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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Single fathers winning more often in family court …  

According to U.S. Census figures, the number of American families led by single fathers has increased by 27.3 percent over the past 10 years.  The growing number of families with single fathers has led to a greater acceptance of the role of the single father in the U.S.Furthermore, statistics show that more and more single fathers are winning family court hearings like child custody disputes.  "If the dad is really interested in getting custody and wants to have a relationship with his kids, he is far more successful than he was 20 years ago," said a family law professor at the University of Notre Dame.In 1950, only 1.1 percent of American families with children involved single dads.  Today, single dads are in 8 percent of American families that include children.If you or someone you know needs experienced legal representation to help them determine child custody, contact the Denver child custody and visitation lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at 866-385-3505 today.

Fischer Price toy wagon and blocks recalled for la…  

This week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission released a report stating that the Fischer Price Little Builders' Load 'n Go wagon and building blocks set poses a laceration hazard to children.  Mattel and Fischer Price subsequently issued a voluntary recall of around 208,000 of the wagon and building block sets in the U.S.The defective product was sold by retailers from June 2009 to July 2011 and includes a red plastic wagon, a plastic toy dog, and multi-colored plastic building blocks.The toy manufacturer and the CPSC have received 7 reports of injury involving the recalled product.  In most reports, children were injured after falling on the wagon's yellow plastic handle.  5 of these reports involved injuries which necessitated treatment involving stitches or surgical glue.Contact the Denver dangerous childcare products and toys attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at (303) 423-1770 today, if your child has been injured playing with a dangerous or defective toy.

21 passengers in airplane accident at DIA file sui…  

A federal lawsuit was recently filed in U.S. District Court in Denver, Colorado by 21 passengers that were on a flight that crashed during takeoff at Denver International Airport.  The accident occurred in December 2008 when Continental Flight 1404 skidded off the runway.The flight was carrying 110 passengers and 5 crew members.  No one was killed in the accident but several people were injured.  According to court documents, the 21 passengers involved in the lawsuit suffered "physical assault, acceleration and deceleration, rolling, pitching, yawing, bumps, lifting off, crashing down, impact with the aircraft and its interior" and emotional distress.The passengers claim that air traffic controllers and the Federal Aviation Administration are to blame for the accident for understating wind speed and allowing the plane to take off in violation of FAA regulations.  The air traffic controllers are accused of not providing "key, available" information on winds to the flight's pilot and other crew.If you were injured in an airplane accident, contact the Denver airplane accident attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at (303) 423-1770 to discuss your case with an experienced injury lawyer.

Landlord in Baltimore cited for lead paint violati…  

According to the Office of the Attorney General in Maryland, a landlord managing properties in Baltimore has plead guilty to three misdemeanor violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act for failing to tell his tenants about potential hazards from lead paint in the buildings.The landlord manages 175 apartments in Baltimore.  Lead paints were banned in 1978 for the risk they pose to children.  All of the apartments the landlord operates were built before 1978.The landlord was also cited for performing lead paint abatement with children at the site and for not having a supervisor on site during the abatement.A spokesperson with the Maryland Department of the Environment stated, "This is a very serious issue.  While Maryland has made great strides to reduce childhood lead poisoning, last year we still had about 500 children who tested positive for lead poisoning ... and lead poisoning is entirely preventable."If you have questions about the risks associated with lead paint, contact the Denver lead paint poisoning lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at (303) 423-1770 to learn more.

Air traffic controller caught drunk on the job…  

Earlier this month, officials from the Federal Aviation Administration began investigating an air traffic controller that is suspected to have been drunk while on the job in Longmont, Colorado.A random blood alcohol content test taken by the air traffic controller revealed him to have a BAC that was .02 percent higher than is allowed.  The FAA says that they routinely take random BAC tests and that they had no reason to suspect the air traffic controller was drunk.  Air traffic controllers that test between a .02 percent and a .039 percent blood alcohol content are cited by the FAA and enter rehabilitation or counseling programs.The test was taken while the air traffic controller was on duty at the Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center, around 25 miles north of Denver.If you or someone you love has been injured in an airplane accident involving air traffic controller error, contact the Denver airplane accident lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at 866-385-3505 to discuss your case with an experienced injury attorney.

Widow files wrongful death suit in towing accident…  

The widow of a Colorado Springs tow truck driver has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the 33-year old driver that caused the fatal towing accident that killed her husband.  The 35-year old J&J Towing co-owner was killed while attempting to tow a vehicle from an apartment complex parking lot in February.The lawsuit was filed against the 33-year old woman whose GMC SUV was illegally parked and being towed.  The woman has been charged with manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury.The woman jumped in her vehicle and attempted to drive away as the tow truck driver was towing her vehicle.  In the process, the tow truck driver's legs were caught in the tow cables and he was dragged for more than a mile.

Dodge recalls 242,780 Ram pickup trucks…  

Yesterday, Dodge issued a voluntary recall of 242,780 Dodge 1500, 2500, and 3500 model Ram pickup trucks.  Officials say the vehicles have a defective tie rod in the front steering system.The defective tie rod can break and throw off the trucks' steering and direction.  The part is most likely to break when performing high-stress maneuvers like sharp turns.  In addition, the tie rod is more likely to break if a vehicle's alignment is off.The recalled vehicles were sold by the car manufacturer between 2003 and 2011.  Dodge says that dealers are now offering inspections of the vehicles' tie rods.There has been one report of injury caused by the Dodge Ram's defect.Contact the Denver defective vehicles lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at (303) 423-1770 today, if you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by a automobile defect.

Maria Shriver files divorce papers…  

Earlier this month, Maria Shriver filed divorce papers in the Los Angeles Superior Court.  The filing came just 6 weeks after the world learned of her husband's infidelity.Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger married in 1986.  In the divorce filing, Shriver cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce.In addition, in the filing, Shriver seeks spousal support and joint custody of her and Schwarzenegger's two youngest children.  Although property is expected to be divided equally, the former California governor has expressed intent to give Shriver more than 50 percent of their marital assets.So far in the divorce settlement, the only thing that has been decided upon is that Schwarzenegger will keep their family home in Brentwood, California.To discuss filing for divorce with an experienced and compassionate family law attorney, contact the Denver divorce attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. by calling 866-385-3505.

10 children injured in school bus accident…  

Last Friday, 10 children were injured after a passenger car collided with a school bus in Denver.  According to a Denver Fire Department spokesperson, the accident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. at Emporia Street and Iliff Avenue.The bus was taking children home from Kent Denver School.  33 students were riding the bus when the accident happened.The accident occurred when a woman's car struck the school bus at the intersection.  Officials were unsure of which driver caused the accident and closed the intersection for investigations.10 children on the school bus were taken to area hospitals for treatment.If your child has been injured in an accident caused by another person's negligence, contact the Denver child injury lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at (303) 423-1770 to learn more about your rights.

Drunk driver charged with murder in fatal hit-and-…  

Last week, Colorado police charged a woman with first-degree murder for her suspected involvement in a drunk driving hit-and-run accident in Longmont.  In addition, the woman faces 8 other charges including driving under the influence.According to the Colorado State Patrol, the accident occurred when the 32-year old driver was traveling on Nelson Road one Saturday evening.  The woman's truck was witnessed crossing over the center line near 63rd Street before colliding head-on with another vehicle.The driver of the vehicle that was hit by the drunk driver was killed in the accident.  The driver's sister and 2-year old daughter suffered serious injuries in the drunk driving accident.
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