In more than 43 years of law practice, Mickey W. Smith has successfully participated in hundreds of mediations, settlement conferences and jury trials including: (more…)
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Summertime is here and with it comes the rush of warm weather, longer days, and more drivers on the road. Whether you’re driving to a vacation or to a family picnic, the summer months are a fun time to spend with family and friends. After all, school is out and so is the sun. Unfortunately, summer also ushers in the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.” This is the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day and it is the deadliest time of the year for teenage drivers. In fact, nine of the ten deadliest days for teen drivers occur during the summer months. (more…)
How healthy is Colorado? The state has long been thought of as one of the healthiest states in the country. Residents here enjoy an active lifestyle and generally eat better than other Americans. They take better care of their weight, their health, and their families. This year, Colorado still made the list of healthiest states, although it fell slightly. The 2018 America’s Health Rankings listed Colorado as the 8th overall healthiest state in the country. Hawaii, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and Utah were the top 5 healthiest states.
For the past 29 years, the America’s Health Rankings report has been conducted. This report includes a variety of factors to overall health, including obesity, cancer rates, children in poverty and high school graduation. According to this year’s report, Colorado residents had lower obesity, lower cancer death rates, and fewer children in poverty. Over the past 5 years, Colorado residents have decreased smoking by 6% and the number of children in poverty has also decreased 35%. (more…)
Parents are constantly required to make choices in order to keep their children safe from dangers in today’s world. Even something that occurs every day, like traveling in a car, can be risky. From researching the safest and most reliable vehicles on the market, to purchasing a certified and safety tested car seat, to bundling up against the cold winter weather, parents and caregivers have many important decisions to make. One unexpected decision parents don’t always take into consideration has to do with how to keep a child warm without risking their safety in a car. Here’s what all parents should know about kids, car seats and winter coats: (more…)
When you are involved in an accident with a driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you have a right to collect compensation. You can file a lawsuit against the drunk driver and collect the money you need to pay for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Unfortunately, this isn’t always easy and there are some additional factors to consider in drunk driving accidents. Understanding what a DUI crash victim’s rights are is crucial to collecting the money you need to recover. (more…)
It’s just a bump on the head right? Just one small concussion so it shouldn’t be a big deal – right? Wrong.
Just one concussion can cause long-term structural brain damage, according to a new study released earlier this year. Researchers at the NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City used a 3D MRI to examine the volume of brain matter in 19 concussion patients over the year after their injury. They also studied 12 individuals who had not had a concussion. The concussion patients scans’ revealed measurable brain atrophy, compared to healthy individuals who had not sustained a concussion. This finding directly counters popular belief that concussions are “no big deal.” (more…)
Pueblo and the surrounding metropolitan area are home to more than 160,000 residents. It is the primary city in the Front Range Urban Corridor and nestled beautifully along the Arkansas River and Fountain Creek. Just a quick 112 miles south of Denver, the city is one of the largest steel producers in the United States. It is also one of the least expensive places to live in the entire state and the sixth most affordable place to live in America. Yet, is it also one of the worst places to live in America? (more…)
If you are feeling disoriented after a car accident, you may be tempted to minimize this feeling or ignore it altogether. After all, your injuries could be worse – right? Unfortunately, feeling disorientation after an accident could be a sign of a more serious injury. It is always best to seek medical help after a car accident – especially if you are experiencing symptoms such as feeling disoriented or confused. A complete examination may be needed to rule out a more serious medical condition or injury. (more…)
Perhaps you were up all night with a crying baby or preparing for a big presentation at work. Perhaps you pulled an all-nighter studying for a final exam or work the graveyard shift. It seems like for most Americans, life in America often means being tired. In fact, the majority of adults don’t get the recommended sleep every night, and this can translate to serious and often fatal accidents on the road. A report published by the Centers for Disease Control that looked at the dangers of fatigued driving, found that over a third of all adults in the United States routinely got less than 7 hours of sleep a night. (more…)
The National Safety Council recently released a study of preventable deaths and discovered that 2016 was not a good year when it came to safety. In fact, preventable deaths in Colorado increased 10%, the number of reported preventable deaths increased by 5.7% that same year. For Colorado, there were numerous reasons why preventable deaths were on the rise. In particular, however, three causes resulted in 75% of all Colorado accidental deaths. (more…)