When most people think about work-related motor vehicle accidents, they tend to think of occupations that only involve driving professionally, such as truckers and commercial drivers. This is often not actually the case, however. A study by Denver-based Pinnacol Assurance Inc., the largest workers’ compensation insurer in Colorado, revealed that more workers in non-professional driving occupations are spending an increased amount of time on the road as part of their jobs. This in turn has lead to serious car accidents and fatalities. (more…)
Archive for the ‘Personal Injury’ Category
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…)
Falling poses a serious danger for the elderly. So much so, that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are working to increase healthcare provider’s understanding of the dangers of falling. Falls lead to approximately 27,000 fatalities each year, and sadly, most of those at risk are older Americans. The issue has become so troubling, that safety advocated have begun to call the matter a public health issue. (more…)
Many advancements have been made recently in the diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries. Despite all these advancements, however, the primary prescription for those suffering a brain injury remains “rest.”
The term “rest” is somewhat of a relative term, meaning different things to different people, and all based on what their idea of an active or full schedule may be. In addition to that, there is a general misconception that merely resting the body is sufficient to recover from a brain injury. When, in actuality, the brain itself needs rest just as much- or more. But just what is required to fully rest the mind and body, so that you can maximize your healing after a brain injury? (more…)
We’ve all seen it at one time or another- the vehicle traveling down the road with a bumper or exhaust pipe tied to the body of the car with a wire, or the pickup truck with an overstuffed bed full of items stacked precariously high, unsecured and bobbing around with every move of the vehicle.
After witnessing events like these, it’s no surprise when you see random debris littering, and sometimes, blocking the road. This debris can be much more than an eyesore, however, it can often cause traffic delays and dangerous car accidents that result in injuries or fatalities.
The American Automobile Association (AAA) recently released a study that indicated there were nearly 200,000 car accidents caused by road debris between 2011 and 2014, resulting in 500 deaths and an additional 39,000 injuries. (more…)
Published in the July issue of the Journal of Rheumatology, the investigation determined that, even years after their initial diagnosis, persons who suffer from fibromyalgia demonstrated a car accident risk double that of the general population. Lead researcher, Dr. Donald Redelmeier, a senior scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, noted these accidents were more than just mere fender-benders, but the type of accidents that sent victims to the hospital with injuries. (more…)
Forty-five-year-old Christopher Baca was riding his motorcycle through the intersection of Interstate 70 frontage road and Kipling Street in Wheat Ridge one night when he was struck by a white Ford Dooley pickup truck.
The driver of the truck was making a left turn at the intersection and failed to stop after hitting Christopher. The truck continued with its left turn even as it rolled over Christopher and his bike. (more…)
According to an analysis of 2 million insurance claims, surgeons and general practitioners are tops on the list of drivers most likely to cause a car accident. In fact, the top ten list of most accident-prone drivers includes an alarming number of healthcare professionals. (more…)
The majority of motorcycle accident fatalities occur because of head injury, yet the state of Colorado only requires that drivers and passengers under the age of 18 wear a DOT approved helmet. Regardless of the law, all Colorado motorcyclists should wear a helmet. Why? By wearing a helmet, you drastically lower your chances of severe injury and/or death. In fact, in 2011, the NHTSA estimated that motorcycle helmets saved over 1600 lives. (more…)
Once you file a personal injury claim in Colorado, the defense will begin their task of fighting it. Whether it’s the insurance company or a private defense lawyer, the defense will look to find any evidence that will help reduce their liability—and ultimately your compensation. As long as you are in a public setting, you can believe that you are being watched—and watched closely. (more…)