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Family Awarded $260,000 In Wrongful Death Sentence | Wrongful Death Lawyer

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

According to the Gazette, a former Harvard graduate student from Colorado Springs, has been ordered to pay a $260,000 civil judgement after being convicted of manslaughter in 2003 for fatally stabbing a Cambridge man. His conviction was later overturned and he reached a deal to serve two years in prison after his second trial ended in a hung jury. He was found negligent in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of the victim and ordered to pay $520,000, a judgement later reduced to $260,000.

Have you or someone you know suffered a tragic loss due to the negligence of another? Contact a wrongful death law firm as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Civil actions are very different from criminal charges. In a criminal case, the victim of the crime cannot receive financial compensation from the defendant if the defendant is found guilty. In a civil case, the victim may pursue a separate action against the defendant for financial compensation. In a case such as this, a family who has suffered a tragic loss may choose to pursue compensation to ensure financial security for a child or spouse left behind.

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Attorney Mickey W Smith practices law in Pueblo and handles Wrongful Death cases.

Call 719-544-0062 for a free Wrongful Death case consultation or visit his office at:

701 Grand Ave
Pueblo, CO 81003.

Please visit his website at http://www.pueblopersonalinjuryattorney.com/ for more information.

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Failure to Maintain Bridge Results in Mans Death | Pueblo Wrongful Death Lawyer

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Losing a loved one is extremely difficult especially when that loss comes as a result of the negligence of someone else. According to 9 News, the family of a Colorado man is accusing the state of not properly maintaining a bridge that gave way when the man fell and died. The body of George Aldrich Jr. was found under the bridge after a two-week search in Aspen, Colorado. Maroon Creek Bridge is old and had a badly damaged fence around it that was not repaired according to the parents of Aldrich. The family is now suing the Colorado Department of Transportation for failing to properly repair the old bridge and putting the public’s safety at risk. Despite the family’s claim, the deputy coroner has issued a release of the toxicology tests that shows Aldirch had been intoxicated at the time of his death. Further investigation is pending in the case. Even though this incident occurred in Aspen, the state has a responsibility to maintain bridges and other public areas throughout Colorado for the safety of all.

Has a member of your family been killed in an accident due to the negligence of others? Contact a Colorado wrongful death attorney today to further discuss your options and legal rights.

The death of a loved one can leave emotional and mental trauma for family members, in addition to credit debt, medical expenses and child care. Being able to grieve without additional stress is important after the loss of a loved one. While no amount of compensation can replace a loved one, seeking help during this devastating time could help regain some personal security.

If you have a family member that was victimized by wrongful death due to faulty state property and have questions concerning liability, you need to contact a professional Pueblo wrongful death lawyer. Dealing with the death of a loved one is an extremely difficult and confusing time for families. Mickey Smith will commit to your case and has experience dealing with insurance companies to make sure you receive everything you are entitled to. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Mickey Smith at (719)544-0062.

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Failure to Report Defective Toy Proves Costly | Colorado Product Liability Attorney

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that the toy company, Henry Gordy International, Inc. of Plainfield, N.J, has agreed to a settlement in a failure to report a product safety defect case concerning one of their toys. A toy gun known as the Auto Fire Target Set, included the plastic gun, plastic darts, and a small target. It was determined by the CPSC that the small plastic darts were a serious choking hazard for children. Even more disturbing, however, it was also determined that the Henry Gordy company knew of this potentially deadly risk and failed to report the issue or recall the product. Three deaths had been associated with the toy and the CPSC instantly took action. Henry Gordy agreed to pay the penalty of $1,100,000 but declined ultimate responsibility. Total recall of the product has been issued nationwide.

Has a member of your family been a victim of a defective toy and have questions about who is liable? Contact a Colorado product liability attorney to further discuss your options and legal rights.

Safety commissions such as the CPSC are dedicated to the safety of the public when concerning commercial products. According to CPSC.gov, death and injuries, and even property damage caused from consumer products cost the nation more than 900 billion dollars annually. It is the responsibility of the manufactures, distributors and the retailers to report any defects or potentially harmful aspects of the products to the CPSC immediately.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of product liability then you need the professional services of an experienced Pueblo product liability attorney. Making sure you and your loved ones are taken cared for is top priority. Mickey Smith is a quality attorney who will dedicate his time to your product liability case. Understanding your rights and determining who is liable in a defective product case is difficult to make sense of, let the knowledge and experience of Mickey Smith help you in determining your next step. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Mickey Smith at (719)544-0062.

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Tips for Teen Drivers – Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

According to an article posted by New First 5, more teens die in Colorado from car crashes than any other cause. In 2009, 38 Colorado teens lost their lives in automobile accidents. The Colorado State Patrol (CPS) wants to save as many teens as possible. The State Patrol encourages “parents to have their teens attend the Alive at 25 training or a driver safety course to help them be more knowledgeable about laws and the impact that poor driving choices will have on them.” The CPS offers the falling tips for teen drivers:

  1. Always wear your seatbelt
  2. Observe and obey posted speed limits
  3. Lower speed according to road conditions
  4. Never drink and drive
  5. Avoid distractions (cell phones, IPODs, radios) and pay attention to the road
  6. Know and observe the graduated driver’s license (GDL) laws

The CPS offers the falling tips for parents of teen drivers:

  1. Educate yourself about GDL laws
  2. Have your teen attend a driver safety course (Alive at 25)
  3. Be a good driving example
  4. Emphasize the importance of making great driving choices
  5. Let your teen know you care about them and want to be their partner in the safe driving process

The last thing a Colorado parent wants to hear is that their teen has been involved in a car accident. Imagine the devastation of hearing that your teen was injured or killed in a car crash. In a moment like that a Pueblo personal injury attorney is invaluable. An attorney can clear through all the legalese that insurance companies send your way and help you make sound decisions based on what is best for you and your family. Mickey W. Smith has years of experience working with families who have been devastated by car accidents. For a free review or your case, call his office today at (719) 544 0062.

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Crash Claims Two Victims – Colorado Personal Injury Attorney

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

A second persona has died following a rollover accident in Lakewood yesterday. 9News is reporting that a female victim was pronounced dead at the scene and the second victim (a 40-year-old woman) was transported to St. Anthony Central Hospital where she died last night from her injuries. The fatal crash happened at about 2p.m. Monday near C-470 and West Alameda Parkway. The victims were in a Ford Explorer that apparently struck another vehicle before careening off the highway and rolling several times down an embankment.

According to Car-Accidents.com, There were nearly 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States in 2005. A staggering 2.9 million people were injured and 42,636 people killed. Roughly 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States.

If someone you love has been injured or killed in an automobile accident, it is important to contact an experienced Pueblo personal injury attorney immediately. Compensation may be needed to pay for medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages and emotional pain and suffering. No matter what type of accident you were involved in, a Pueblo personal injury attorney can help navigate you through the entire legal process, so you can focus on more important things. Call the Pueblo Personal Injury Law Office of Mickey M. Smith today at(719) 544-0062 for a free consultation.

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Trucker Pleads Guilty in Fatal Crash – Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney

Friday, September 24th, 2010

A trucker from Texas has pleaded guilty in causing the deaths of two women during a 2009 snow storm. According to 7News, Richard Widmier pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide on Wednesday in state court. Widmier was driving his tractor trailer eastbound on I-70 when it slammed into the back of a Jeep Liberty killing both women inside almost instantly. Investigators said that the Jeep was traveling in the far right lane at about 15 miles an hour due to white out conditions. Witness statements and accident reconstruction indicated that the tractor trailer was traveling between 56 and 63 miles an hour at the time of the collision.

When a large truck and a passenger vehicle collide, the results can be devastating. According to the “Large Truck Crash Causation” study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, when a passenger vehicle is in an accident with a tractor trailer, semi truck or an 18 wheel truck, the smaller vehicle’s passengers are more likely to be seriously injured or killed than those in the truck. The study reviewed 120,000 large truck accidents that occurred from April 2001 to December 2003. The study involved 241,000 total vehicles where injuries directly resulted from the accident finding that 44,097 crashes resulted in incapacitating injuries.

If someone you love has been injured or killed in an automobile accident, it is important to contact an experienced Pueblo personal injury attorney immediately. Compensation may be needed to pay for medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages and emotional pain and suffering. No matter what type of accident you were involved in, a Pueblo personal injury attorney can help navigate you through the entire legal process, so you can focus on more important things. Call the Pueblo Personal Injury Law Office of Mickey M. Smith today at (719) 544-0062 for a free consultation.

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4 Years in Prison for DUI Crash that Injured an Officer – Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

A Colorado Springs man will spend the next 4 years of his life in prison for his role in a DUI crash the injured police officer, Sgt. Philip LeBeau. LeBeau, who specializes in DUI enforcement, “was catapulted 45 feet off his motorcycle” when Raymound Laracuente, 27, struck the officer while driving drunk. According to a report by 9 News, Laracuente’s “blood-alcohol content was measured at .112 after the crash,” and he had a prior conviction for driving under the influence. LeBeau’s family members wept as they described the impact the injury has had their lives.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, an “alcohol-related fatality in Colorado costs $3.6 million: $1.1 million in monetary costs and $2.5 million in quality of life losses.” When it is all said and done, automobile accidents “involving alcohol set the state back an astounding $1.9 billion a year.” To be sure, money is not the only way, or even the best way, to count the costs of the loss of a life. However, it does paint a bigger picture of what these accidents cost not only the family who loses a loved one but the larger community as well.

Luckily, the police officer in the above case did not lose his life. He did, however, sustain life changing injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving someone who was driving under the influence of alcohol, you need to speak to a Pueblo personal injury attorney about your legal options. There may be insurance funds you don’t know about but are entitled to that can help cover the costs of your personal injury. Mickey W. Smith is a qualified and passionate personal injury attorney who can help you find justice. For free review of your case call his office today at (719) 544-0062.

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Scooter Accident Kills One – Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

A 52-year-old man died Tuesday when the scooter he was riding rear-ended an SUV. The Denver Post is reporting that the fatal accident happened around 4:20 p.m. in the 900 block of East 4th Street in Pueblo. The victim was driving his scooter when he was unable to slow down and lost control of the scooter. The scoter went down and slid about 30 feet into the back of an SUV. The man, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, in 2008, 548 people in Colorado were killed in motor vehicle involved crashes. Of the 548 fatalities, 42 were pedestrians, 83 were motorcyclists and 56 were semi-truck involved.

If you or someone you love is injured in an automobile accident, it is important to contact an experienced Pueblo car accident attorney immediately. Compensation may be needed to pay for medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages and emotional pain and suffering. No matter what type of accident you were involved in, a Pueblo personal injury attorney can help navigate you through the entire legal process, so you can focus on more important things. Call the Pueblo Personal Injury Law Office of Mickey M. Smith today at (719) 544-0062 for a free consultation.

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Three-year-old Struck and Killed – Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney

Friday, August 20th, 2010

A three-year-old Pueblo boy was killed Thursday afternoon when he was struck by a truck. According to the Denver Post, the incident happened about 2 p.m. at the Pueblo Power Wash. The three-year-old was playing with a five-year-old near the vacuum in front of a carwash bay. A man pulled his truck into the bay striking the three-year-old. The driver of the truck said that he saw the older boy but did not see the younger boy. The child was rushed to the hospital but died a short time later.

The loss of 4,378 lives in pedestrian/motor vehicle crashes in 2008 is an awful statistic. That amounts to twelve deaths everyday of the year. According to WalkingInfo.org, there were 69,000 reported pedestrian injuries in 2008, nearly one every 8 minutes. In the state of Colorado alone, 44 pedestrians lost their lives.

If someone you love has been injured or killed in an automobile accident, it is important to contact an experienced Pueblo car accident attorney immediately. Compensation may be needed to pay for medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages and emotional pain and suffering. No matter what type of accident you were involved in, a Pueblo personal injury attorney can help navigate you through the entire legal process, so you can focus on more important things. Call the Pueblo Personal Injury Law Office of Mickey M. Smith today at (719) 544-0062 for a free consultation.

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Deputy Causes Three-car Accident – Colorado Car Accident Attorney

Monday, June 14th, 2010

A Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy in training caused a three car accident on C-470 on Sunday. According to the Denver Post, the deputy was making a u-turn across the median to respond to a call when he pulled into traffic and was struck by two trucks. The two deputies in the patrol car and one of the truck drivers were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

According to Car-Accidents.com, There were nearly 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States in 2005. A staggering 2.9 million people were injured and 42,636 people killed. Roughly 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States.

If you or someone you love is injured in an automobile accident, it is important to contact an experience Colorado car accident attorney immediately. Call the Pueblo injury law firm of Mickey W. Smith today at (719)544-0062 and receive a free consultation of your case and an explanation of your legal options.

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