In This Issue...
- Was Your Home Security Camera Hacked?
- Getting Compensation for On the Job Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Recipe of the Month: Chicken and Bulgur Salad with Peaches
- What’s Happening In & Around Atlanta
Welcome to The Law Office of Brian H. Sumrall Summer Newsletter. We are excited to
introduce you to our 1st Quarterly Newsletter! We have created this with articles and
features we think will be of interest to you. Please take a moment to check it out and let
us know what you think. We welcome your comments and feedback.
Was Your Home Security Camera Hacked?
The purpose of setting up a home security camera is to give you peace of mind by being
able to see who is at your front door and around your home whether you’re there or not.
Unfortunately, however, since these electronic devices operate through the internet, they
are susceptible to hackers who can get your password and get into your camera system.
Then false information can be sent through your camera which can be used to scare or
harass you and your family. In many cases, it’s not the security company that is hacked
but the individual user. Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself.
It’s All About the Password
Are you one of those people who tries to use the same password for everything? You’re
not alone. It’s estimated that approximately 52% of Americans do. However, this leaves
you wide open to hackers through a technique called “credential stuffing.” When large
data breaches occur through credit reporting agencies, department stores, etc. hackers
can find usernames and passwords and then they try them to access other accounts.
Here are 3 tips to help make your password secure:
- Make sure your firmware is up to date. Security camera companies will regularly
provide updates to fix software bugs and security vulnerabilities. Know whether
your camera downloads these automatically or whether you must check for and
install updates. Look for an “Update” button in the settings menu of your camera’s
- Change your camera’s password. Don’t reuse passwords or even some variety of
the same password. It’s not a far jump from “mittens” to Mittens1. Instead choose
something long, complicated, and random with a combination of letters, numbers,
and symbols. Do not include any personal identifying information such as names,
pets or children’s names, birthdates, etc.
- Use two–factor authentication. This means when you try to log into your account
you will need a one–time access code that the camera company will send to you via
text, email, or phone call to enter. This adds an extra layer of protection that will
help prevent a hacker from accessing your camera even if they do get your
password. Not all companies offer two–factor authentication so be sure to check
before purchasing your home security camera system.
Getting Compensation for On the
Job Motor Vehicle Accidents
Being injured at work in a motor vehicle–related accident is quite common. The leading
cause of work–related deaths in the United States according to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) is from accidents involving motor vehicles. About 35% of
occupational fatalities as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and many non–fatal
injuries occur while driving for work. These accidents can occur in a variety of ways and
settings. It may happen while driving a tractor–trailer on the highway to deliver products
or a small passenger car to pick up parts and run errands around town. It is even
possible to be injured on the site of your workplace or as a pedestrian while performing
your job duties. If you have been in an accident involving a motor vehicle while you were
working, you will have many concerns:
- How extensive are my injuries and what medical treatment will be required?
- How will I pay those medical bills and all my other expenses while I’m out of work
- How will I recover lost wages while being out of work?
- Will my disability be long term or even permanent?
Your first step should be to contact an attorney who is experienced in handling
workman’s compensation cases to navigate the complexities of the legal system and get
you the settlement you need and deserve.
Charting a Course for Compensation
Sometimes employers and insurance companies are reluctant to properly recompense
injured employees. Several steps need to occur to prove your case:
- Establish that the accident is work–related. You will need to provide details of when
and how the accident occurred and what work–related activity you were engaged in
at the time. If possible, take pictures or ask someone you trust to take them for you
at the scene of the accident.
- Be sure to get contact information for any witnesses to the accident.
- You will also need to document your injuries and medical treatment you have
received or are receiving for them. You must seek medical care as that will serve as
a record of the initial injury.
- Be sure to keep all your doctor’s and therapy appointments to prohibit the insurer
from claiming that your injuries were not that serious.
Your attorney should vigorously pursue the maximum amount of payment for your
work–related motor vehicle accident so that you receive the support and recovery you will
need. Your attorney will be able to help clients correctly file for workers’ compensation
claims, and also file workers’ compensation appeals when unfair denials occur.
If you or a family member have been injured on the job in a construction site accident, a
slip and fall accident or any other work–related incident The Law Offices of Brian H.
Sumrall – Atlanta’s Workers’ Compensation Attorney--is where you should turn. Our
expert legal team will handle your claim to help you recover lost wages and also file
workers’ compensation appeals as needed. Get the compensation you need to cover
your expenses and take care of yourself and your family. Call 404-857-3835 24/7 for
your free, no–obligation consultation today.
Recipe of the Month:
Chicken and Bulgur Salad with Peaches
Fresh, seasonal, and light, this is a great meal for summer appetites. Bulgur, a quick–cooking whole grain, is perfect for time–crunched weeknight cooking. You can also substitute quinoa or whole–wheat couscous.
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 2/3 cup bulgur
- Cooking spray
- 1–pound chicken breast cutlets
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 4 cups packed arugula
- 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
- 2 cups sliced fresh peaches
- 3 tablespoons extra–virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
How to Make It
- Bring 1 1/3 cups water and bulgur to a boil in a small saucepan over high. Reduce heat to
medium–low; cover and simmer 10 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water. Drain well; let
dry on paper towels.
- Meanwhile, heat a grill pan coated with cooking spray over high. Sprinkle chicken with ½
teaspoon salt and pepper. Grill chicken, turning occasionally, until done, 6 to 7 minutes.
Remove to a cutting board. Let stand 3 minutes. Slice against the grain into strips.
- Place bulgur, arugula, tomatoes, and peaches in a large bowl. Add remaining ½ teaspoon salt,
oil, and vinegar; toss to coat. Divide mixture among 4 plates; top evenly with chicken.
Recipe courtesy of CookingLight.com
What’s Happening In & Around Atlanta
The COVID–19 pandemic has caused many large events to be cancelled or postponed.
To ensure public safety, we would like to encourage you to enjoy some socially distant
outdoor activities in your area.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Starlight Drive–In Theatre
North Georgia Wildlife Park & Zoo
NOC Chattahoochee Outpost – Powers Island
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