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Why do hospital workers get so many injuries?

Hospital workers devote their careers to the well-being and healing of others, and yet, they often suffer a high rate of on-the-job injuries. These injuries can lead to missed time off work as well as long-term disabilities.

The reason that hospital workers often face a wide variety of occupational injuries is due to the physical nature of their work, where they must frequently lift and move patients as well as perform repetitive physical tasks. Over time, these tasks can take a toll and cause injury.

How exactly does underinsured motorist coverage work?

Although they are treated the same in many respects, it is important for Denver residents to have an understanding of the difference between uninsured motorist coverage and underinsured motorist coverage.

The most important point to remember is that, if a Colorado resident gets in a car accident that involves an underinsured driver, then, depending on the type of insurance they purchased from their car insurance carrier, they may have options to pursue additional compensation from their own insurance company.

Is it criminal to text while driving in Colorado?

Distracted driving has become an increasingly problematic behavior on today's roads. Drivers who use their cell phones behind the wheel are frequently the cause of serious accidents that lead to equally serious injuries.

In an attempt to combat distracted driving, Colorado has taken some specific measures directed at drivers. It is important to understand the penalties and ramifications of these measures so you can avoid them. It is just as important to understand how often injuries result from negligent drivers and what you can do if you suffer an injury as a result of this behavior.

How do you prove fault in a car accident claim?

Recently our Denver personal injury blog discussed the concept of the "duty of care" that adults behind the wheel owe to children on bicycles. Establishing a duty of care - and the breach of that duty - are essential to proving fault as part of a claim that someone else's negligence caused your injuries and losses. Just what are all of the elements in a negligence claim?

Establishing a duty of care means showing that the person you're suing owed it to you to act with a certain level of responsibility and competence. Drivers owe a duty of care to others on the road, as we discussed previously, and they owe a special duty of care to children on bikes. Another example may be a surgeon who owes a duty of care to a patient on whom he or she is operating. It must then be demonstrated that that duty of care was breached, meaning that the average person with the same amount of information would have known not to do what the negligent person did.

Federal agency addresses distracted drivers after stunts go viral

Distraction behind the wheel, as we've noted before on our Denver personal injury law blog, is a serious problem today that leads to injuries and death on roads and highways across the country. While media campaigns have tried for years to fight this trend, a new social media fad is unfortunately having just the opposite effect.

The fad arose when one popular online personality shared a video of himself dancing to a new song, "In My Feelings," by Drake. The video went viral on the Internet, with celebrities sharing similar videos of themselves dancing to the same song. It became a popular "challenge" for viewers to share increasingly extreme dance videos, with some eventually filming themselves jumping out of slow-moving cars on the road and dancing as their cars roll along next to them, driverless.

Steps to take after a motorcycle hit-and-run

Motorcyclists have unique risks on roadways. Colorado is home to numerous motorcycle fatalities every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, including 125 in 2016 alone.

Even though most motorcyclists involved in accidents do not lose their lives, they may still sustain serious injuries. The matter becomes even more complicated if the other motorist leaves the scene. Here are the steps to take if you find yourself in such a situation.

Driver negligence in accidents with child bicyclists

A recent post here on our Denver personal injury law blog discussed an incident in which a driver struck and injured a bicyclist. Bike accidents are all too common in Denver, and one type of accident in particular: accidents involving child bicyclists.

Of all car-bicycle accident scenarios, the largest percentage involves child bicyclists. This is important because there are some special considerations surrounding negligence in an accident with a child bicyclist. The information is presented here as a general background on the subject, not as specific legal advice.

3 ways insurance companies manipulate injured workers

Getting injured on the job can be painful, inconvenient and stressful. No matter how severe your injury is, you are likely facing time off for your recovery, potential lost wages and the accumulation of medical bills. Luckily, your employer's workers' comp insurance should cover your treatment and a portion of your lost wages. Getting benefits is often not as easy as you might hope, though.

Many insurance companies deny workers' comp claims and leave injured workers to fend for themselves. They do so through the use of dishonest and manipulative tactics that many workers do not know how to combat. Consulting with a legal representative can help you fight the following forms of manipulation commonly used by workers' comp insurers.

Why insurers deny workers' comp claims

After you sustained a workplace injury or developed a work-related condition, you may be relying on receiving Colorado workers' compensation benefits. Unfortunately, some injured workers receive a claim denial instead.

If you receive a denial, it is important to understand the reasons this can happen. In some cases, you may be able to appeal the decision.

Driver sentenced for drunk driving accident with bicyclist

Sometimes, drivers get behind the wheel while under the influence thinking that they will be okay. They think that they are still sober enough to stay in their lane and to avoid other vehicles. But alcohol affects a driver's response time and judgment in such a way that drunk driving accidents can occur in almost any set of circumstances.

For example, on a Sunday morning late last year, a man in his early forties was driving his pickup truck while under the influence. According to an eyewitness who was on a bicycle behind the truck, another cyclist in front of the truck signaled a left turn. The truck driver, however, proceeded to attempt to pass the cyclist on the left. The truck hit the bicycle, throwing the cyclist off of it.

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