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Pedestrian accidents and spinal cord injuries

Spring provides a near perfect time to get out and go for a walk after being cooped up inside for a good part of winter. Fresh air and mild temperatures inspire many Colorado residents to do just that. Unfortunately, walking also tends to present a significant danger when motor vehicle traffic is nearby. For those who survive auto vs. pedestrian accidents, the risk of suffering debilitating and serious injuries is more of a given than not.

One type of potential injury is a spinal cord injury. The impact of a vehicle or even the fall after being struck can provide enough force to cause this injury. Medical intervention is vital when it comes to these injuries. The types of treatment a victim receives depends on the location of the injury and whether it is complete or incomplete.

A sad byproduct of warmer weather: Motorcycle accidents

Warmer weather here in Colorado often brings people out of their homes after a long winter. For those who ride motorcycles more for fun than utility, it is also a time to get out and ride. Sadly, this means that the warmer weather also brings the potential for motorcycle accidents that could easily result in serious injuries.

One of the most potentially debilitating injuries you could suffer in a motorcycle crash is a traumatic brain injury. The first, second and third most common causes of these injuries are falls, hits by an object (blunt force trauma) and motor vehicle accidents, respectively, unless you are age 24 or under, then a car crash moves to number one. As you can imagine, you could suffer all three of these simultaneously during an impact with a vehicle. You could fall off your motorcycle, hit your head on any number of objects and surfaces all while in a motor vehicle accident.

$80 Million Monsanto Roundup Weed Killer Verdict

iStock-1050668698_weed_killer_lawsuit.-smjpg.jpgOn March 27, 2019, a federal court jury in San Francisco returned a verdict of $80 million in favor of Edwin Hardeman, a 46 year-old man who had been diagnosed with cancer after using Roundup weed killer for more than 20 years. The jury concluded that Monsanto had known about the dangers associated with using its product and had failed to provide adequate warnings. The verdict consisted of 5 million dollars in compensatory damages to the plaintiff and his family, and an additional 75 million dollars in punitive damages.

This is the second Roundup weed killer case to go to trial. The first trial took place in August, 2018, and also resulted in a large verdict against Monsanto. The jury in that case awarded 289 million dollars, most of which consisted of punitive damages. The judge later reduced the award to 78 million, and Monsanto has appealed that verdict. 

Report: Pedestrian fatalities in Colorado are soaring

Worried about crossing the street or jogging near traffic in Colorado? If not, you should be, according to recent reports. They show that the number of deadly pedestrian accidents in Colorado has increased substantially in the past decade.

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Bad weather increases chances for fatal motor vehicle accidents

Anyone living in Colorado knows that just because spring is approaching, it does not mean that winter weather is no longer going to be an issue. Snowstorms often occur well into April or longer in parts of the state, so when a blizzard recently hit, it probably did not come as a surprise. The primary issue with these storms is that they tend to increase the chances for fatal motor vehicle accidents.

One of these blizzards hit the state on a recent Wednesday. Around 200 vehicles ended up stuck on Interstate 25 alone. Parts of this highway and Interstate 70 were closed that night and into the next day due to the weather and road conditions. In the midst of the blizzard, a 52-year-old trooper with the Colorado State Patrol ended up investigating an accident on Interstate 76.

Eye-tracking technology gives our former client a voice

They said this quality of life was impossible

During Joshua's medical malpractice case, the insurance defense lawyers hired doctors to say that Joshua would never be able to communicate. In fact, they asserted that he would be dead by now. Obviously, they were completely wrong. Thirteen years after his lawsuit was settled, Joshua is doing great. 

Joshua and his parents are happily living in Florida now. He uses an eye-tracking technology called "Eyegaze" to communicate. He has a computer screen attached to the front of his wheelchair, and he moves his eyes from one letter to the next to spell words. It is really remarkable how well he can converse with this tool.

Some narrowly avoid fatal motor vehicle accidents

Driving fast can be an exhilarating experience. However, it is also a dangerous one and usually violates the law. In fact, some Denver drivers narrowly escape fatal motor vehicle accidents due to excessive speed. This does not mean that everyone walked away without injury since serious injuries often accompany these types of crashes.

On Feb. 16 at around 12:20 a.m., Demaryius Thomas, a wide receiver in the NFL, was driving here in Denver when a crash occurred. Police reports indicate that his vehicle flew through a 30 mph zone at a speed over 70 mph. Police made this determination by conducting a speed analysis and reviewing information from the vehicle. During the wreck, the vehicle flipped three times before finally coming to rest in a median.

Witnesses play a crucial role in fatal motor vehicle accidents

Even when the mechanics of a crash can be determined from the scene, law enforcement officials here in Colorado and elsewhere require more information in order to complete their investigations. For this reason, witnesses play a critical role in serious and fatal motor vehicle accidents. This is especially true when the seriously injured or deceased party is the victim and cannot speak for him or herself.

Police in Colorado's second largest city are currently asking people to come forward who may have witnessed a crash that took place on a recent Wednesday evening shortly after 5 p.m. From what officers at the scene have been able to surmise, vehicle one slammed into the back of another vehicle on Interstate 25. The impact catapulted the struck vehicle through the grass median into the oncoming lanes of travel.

Issues you face when a hip replacement fails after surgery

Problems with your joints can cause chronic pain and lead to reduced mobility. Many people will suffer through joint pain for years before they finally accept that they will need a replacement surgery, particularly for major joints like the knees or the hips.

The surgery itself is extensive, and the recovery process requires a substantial investment of time and effort. Physical therapy is typically necessary for patients to recover full strength and range of motion after a joint replacement procedure.

A number of pedestrian accidents happen in parking lots

Most Colorado residents think that the worst part of parking lots is finding the perfect space. In reality, these lots are also where numerous pedestrian accidents occur each year. Some of them result in serious injuries that can cause long-lasting difficulties for the victims.

Businesses are encouraged to design their parking lots in a way that helps keep traffic flowing smoothly and protects everyone in them. Even so, Colorado residents could take steps to protect themselves. Keeping one's eyes open is one of the biggest safety tips. This means not being on cellphones or getting sidetracked to the point where someone could miss a distracted driver. 

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