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Denver police officers investigated by FBI for civil rights violations

Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 at 9:18 pm    

A pair of Denver police officers who physically assaulted a 19-year-old are now being investigated for civil rights violations.

The two police stopped Alex Landau for a traffic violation just after midnight on January 15, 2009, and attempted to search his trunk. When the man objected, the police began beating and mocking him. The traffic violation charges against Landau were dropped after he filed a lawsuit alleging the beating left him with brain damage. It was settled out of court for nearly $800,000.

Neither officer faced state charges in the case, but both were later separately fired in different excessive force cases. One of them has since been reinstated to a desk job. If the FBI finds that they violated the young man’s civil rights, they may face further punishment.

If you have been hurt due to the dangerous behavior of someone else, contact the personal injury lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., at (303) 423-1770.

Sudden cardiac arrest less deadly if victim receives hands-only CPR

Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 at 8:28 pm    

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in this country, killing more 325,000 people every year. It is most commonly caused by a ventricular fibrillation, an error in the body’s electrical signaling system that causes the heart to stop beating properly.

When a person falls into sudden cardiac arrest, his or her brain stops receiving oxygenated blood, putting the individual at serious risk of losing brain function should he or she survive the heart attack.

The American Heart Association advises citizens to learn how to perform hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to increase a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival.

Performing CPR can help you keep a person alive long enough for medical help to arrive while reducing the risk of brain damage. It is important that everyone knows how to recognize the signs of sudden cardiac arrest and how to properly respond to this event.

Denver soldier makes remarkable recovery from brain injury

Posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 at 7:51 pm    

A Denver soldier, Joel Hunt, suffered serious injuries in 2005 when he was hit by a bomb blast during his third tour of duty in Iraq. The explosion left him with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), confining him to a wheelchair for an entire year after he returned home.

Since then, Hunt has tried to be an inspiration to others who have suffered similar fates. Hunt has battled post-traumatic stress disorder and is still partially paralyzed in one leg. Despite his situation, he remains optimistic.

He recently ran a 5k in Denver and a local organization, Operation TBI Freedom, has helped him learn to ski. In fact, Hunt now plans to compete as a skier in the 2014 Paralympics. He has heard too many stories of soldiers returning from Iraq and feeling useless. His goal is to show them that they are still valuable people who have a lot to offer.

Recovering from a traumatic brain injury is not easy, and it can also come with costly medical bills. If you have been injured due to another person’s negligence, contact the TBI attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., at (303) 423-1770.