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Herniated disc injuries can lead to lots of lost work

Most people, especially those in manual labor trades, experience back pain at some point. However, some back injuries can result in serious mid- and long-term damage, and often result in many days of missed work.

Here in Denver, our spirit of independence can often lead hard working men and women to put off proper medical care and opt for self-medication. Unfortunately, this can lead to long-term harm.

Witnesses can be crucial in fatal motor vehicle accidents

Some crashes are not what they appear to be when Colorado law enforcement officials first arrive at the scene. For this reason, they rely on witnesses to fill in some of the gaps to help them determine what happened and who was at fault. This is especially helpful in fatal motor vehicle accidents where one or more of the people involved are unable to tell their stories.

For instance, a driver involved in an accident that occurred on a recent Thursday night fled the scene. If not for the quick thinking of a witness who followed the vehicle, police may have not found the driver as quickly. Instead, the driver believed responsible for the crash was taken into custody at his home thanks to the witness. Officials got to the driver quickly enough to arrest him not only for the accident, but also on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Avoiding pedestrian accidents on Colorado's college campuses

You tend to see it all on college campuses here in Colorado. Pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders and vehicle drivers crisscross those campuses daily. Avoiding pedestrian accidents on campus is the responsibility of everyone.

Drivers need to pay particular attention since they can cause the most harm in a crash. Regardless of whether a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, drivers should be prepared to stop at all times. Never take for granted that someone will be paying attention -- even though he or she should be vigilant. Drives also need to watch their speed. The posted speed limits are not only for the safety of drivers, but also for the safety of pedestrians.

How right-of-way factors into motorcycle accidents

Whether you are at a stop sign, a traffic light or just riding down the road, drivers in passenger cars might have trouble seeing you because of the small size of your vehicle. As a result, another driver might fail to yield the right-of-way to you. This is one of the primary causes of the numerous motorcycle accidents that happen here in Colorado and across the country.

The Department of Transportation National Highway Safety Administration conducted a study to either confirm or dispel the perception that motorcycle riders are more often at fault in crashes than those in passenger vehicles. The agency reviewed nearly 900 scenes of accidents between motorcycles and passenger vehicles. It found that, in approximately two-thirds of those cases, it was the automobile driver who was at fault.

High-cervical nerve injury? Know what to expect

Injuring the vertebrae of your spinal cord can change your entire life in an instant, especially when your injury occurs in the higher vertebrae C1 through C4. While injuring vertebrae and enclosed nerves in any part of you back can inflict serious, long-term damage, the result of a high-cervical nerve (HCN) injury can be absolutely devastating.

If you recently suffered such injury, it is time to face some harsh possibilities about what your immediate future and ongoing quality of life may look like. The practical realities of living with such a severe injury may mean that your income decreases sharply or entirely dries up. At the same time, a HCN injury can affect nearly every area of your mobility and even your ability to communicate.

Trucks play a major role in fatal motor vehicle accidents

Do you trust that the truck next to you will stay in its lane? Do you trust that the driver of the truck behind you is paying attention? Perhaps you should be more wary since trucks play a major role in fatal motor vehicle accidents here in Colorado.

Many truckers live in other states and only pass through Colorado on their way to somewhere else. They are unfamiliar with the roads and do not know how the weather can make travel dangerous during certain times of the year. In fact, the stretch of Interstate 25 that runs through the state ranks as number 74 of the deadliest roads in the United States, according to the National Highway Safety Administration. Between 2004 and 2008, for every mile of I-25 in Colorado, .55 crash-related fatalities occurred. Colorado also ranks high when it comes to its icy roads.

Marijuana and fatal motor vehicle accidents in Colorado

The legalization of marijuana here in Colorado remains a controversial topic in many circles. Some researchers are looking at the connection between legalized marijuana use and fatal motor vehicle accidents. The bigger question is how marijuana affects an individual's driving.

Some studies found that there is a correlation between the amount of THC in an individual's blood and driving ability. Like alcohol, marijuana can reduce a driver's reaction time, motor coordination and judgment. However, since THC can remain in a person's system long after ingestion, research regarding the causal connection between marijuana use and fatal accidents could be misleading.

The relationship between BAC and fatal motor vehicle accidents

Many Colorado residents mistakenly believe that if their blood alcohol concentration is below the legal limit of .08 they are okay to drive. Unfortunately, that is not always true. A BAC of as little as .02 can affect the way an individual drives. Drivers who consume any amount of alcohol could cause fatal motor vehicle accidents.

A driver with a BAC of .02 could already have compromised judgment, vision and ability to perform two tasks at once. Every driver knows that driving requires the ability to multi-task, so even at this level a driver could be dangerous. At .05, a driver experiences some loss of coordination, difficulty steering and further loss of judgment, among other things.

5 TBI symptoms that can ruin your small business

You're a small business owner, and you're proud of what you've built. Perhaps you're in your 40s, but you have a business that has been your sole source of income for a decade. You plan to help it grow even more and pass it on to your kids. You've put everything you have into the company, emotionally and financially.

Then you suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Maybe you slip and fall on some else's property. Maybe you're involved in a car accident. Maybe a defective product injures you.

Largest Jury Verdict In A Dental Malpractice Case In Colorado History

The Mahoney Law Firm recently obtained the largest jury verdict in a dental malpractice case in Colorado history. The verdict was for $2 million dollars in a case where the defendant never made any offer.

iStock-112258787_dental_room.jpgIn October of 2013 our client underwent a dental procedure for treatment of recurrent decay around and under an existing crown. The dentist removed the crown and the post (which is used to provide stability to the crown) came out of the molar with the crown. Instead of re-using the old post hole into which to place a new post, the dentist drilled a new post hole next to the old post hole. Rather than following the path of the old post hole, which followed the root canal down the center of the root, the dentist drilled off-axis at an angle. The dentist asserted he could not use the old post hole because the new post he was using was too narrow and he could not obtain retention in the old post hole. The evidence showed instead of drilling a new post hole off-axis, all he had to do was utilize a wider post which would have been retentive in the old post hole.

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