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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Study says flight automation increases pilot error…  

A study conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration suggests that as more planes operate with flight automation, more and more pilots are losing their ability to fly planes without the aid of automated systems."We're seeing a new breed of accident with these state-of-the-art planes.  We're forgetting how to fly," says the co-chair of an FAA committee on pilot training.According to the International Air Transport Association, "loss of control" is the most common cause of airplane crashes.  Most often, these accidents occur when a pilot is unable to manually control the plane.The study warns that opportunities for pilots to train in manually operating an aircraft without an automated system are decreasing.  Furthermore, today, many regulators and airlines advise pilots not to operate planes manually and to never turn off the automated system.If you or someone you love has been injured in an airplane crash, contact the Denver airplane accident lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at (303) 423-1770 and set up an appointment to meet with one of our experienced injury attorneys.

Fatal pedestrian accident involved unoccupied, def…  

According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, the vehicle involved in a fatal pedestrian accident in a parking lot at Chapel Hills Mall was unoccupied.  Originally, police were investigating the accident as a hit-and-run.The accident occurred last week when an SUV hit two people outside of Dillard's.  The two victims were taken to a nearby hospital where one -- an 82-year old woman -- later passed away.Further investigations into the accident have led police to believe the vehicle was a runaway, possibly with a mechanical defect.Sgt. Darrin Abbink stated, "Usually when we see this, we do not see somebody getting killed.  We usually see a car that rolls back and hits a pole, a mailbox, or another car and causes some denting."Officials are currently unsure of how fast the possibly defective vehicle was traveling when the accident happened.Our utmost sympathies go out to the victim's family after this tragic accident.

Report reveals marriage and divorce rates in U.S.…  

A recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau details marriage and divorce rates in different regions of the United States.  According to the report, states in the South had both the highest marriage and divorce rates.On the contrary, states in the Northeast were found to have the lowest marriage and divorce rates.  New Jersey was the state with the lowest marriage and divorce rate for both men and women.The data used in the report was collected from 3 million households that participated in the 2009 American Community Survey.Authors of the report say the most striking thing they found was that the average age to get married at in the United States has increased to 28.4 years for men and 26.5 years for women.If you or someone you know is considering filing for divorce in Denver, contact the Denver divorce attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at 866-385-3505 to learn more about the filing process.

Shortfall in SSD funds expected to grow in 2017…  

According to the Congressional Budget Office's 2011 Long-Term Projections for Social Security report, the shortfall in Social Security Disability Insurance will experience growth beginning in 2017.  Disability Insurance payments are predicted to account for about 18 percent of the Social Security Administration's payments in 2011."As more members of the baby-boom generation (that is, people born between 1946 and 1964) enter retirement, outlays will increase relative to the size of the economy, whereas tax revenues will remain at an almost constant share of the economy.  As a result, the shortfall (in the Disability Insurance (DI)) fund will begin to grow around 2017," states the report.Furthermore, officials involved in creating the report hope that their findings will convince members of Congress to avoid cutting funding to the SSA.  They predict that the issue will not be addressed until around 5 years in the future if and when the problem becomes more serious.Contact the Denver Social Security Disability attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at 866-385-3505, if you or someone you love needs assistance filing for or appealing for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.

Tylenol Cold Gelcaps recalled…  

Last week, Johnson & Johnson issued a recall of 2.5 million packages of their Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Nighttime Rapid Release Gelcaps.Officials issued the recall after investigators discovered unusually high levels of chlorpheniramine ammonio acetate in some of the capsules.  The company says they have not received reports of illness from the recalled product and that adverse risk associated with the product is very small.The recall was issued for wholesale and retailers.  Packages already purchased by consumers before the date of the recall are said to be safe and can continue to be used.If you or someone you love has become ill after taking a recalled or defective pharmaceutical product, contact the Denver pharmaceutical liability lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at 866-385-3505 to learn more about how we can help you.

Semi-truck driver charged in fatal Glenwood Spring…  

The semi-truck driver involved in a fatal truck accident in Glenwood Springs yesterday is being charged with reckless driving causing a fatality.  A 24-year old woman was killed in the accident.According to the Colorado State Patrol, the 58-year old truck driver ran a red light while driving in the southbound lanes of Highway 82.  The accident occurred at about 1:15 p.m. when the truck driver struck the woman's vehicle as it turned left onto the highway from County Road 154.The 18-wheeler struck the driver's side of the woman's Jeep.  The victim's vehicle was then pushed across the two lanes of oncoming traffic before stopping at the highway's northeast shoulder.Police report that speed, alcohol, and drugs are not believed to be factors in the accident.Our prayers and thoughts are with the victim's family and friends.

Corrections officer admits to drinking before car …  

A 38-year old corrections officer admitted to drinking and taking painkillers before being involved in an accident this past Saturday morning.  The accident occurred in Aurora and left a family of three injured.The Department of Corrections employee works at the Denver Women's Correctional Facility.  The officer was driving his personal vehicle when other motorists witnessed him swerving on East Smoky Hill Road near South Riviera.Shortly after witnesses called the police, the accident occurred.  Aurora Police Department officials investigating the accident believe the corrections officer was traveling 75 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone.Police say that if blood tests show the driver had a blood alcohol content of more than .05 percent he will be charged with felony vehicular assault.If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, contact the Denver DUI/DWI accident victim lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at (303) 423-1770 to learn more about receiving  compensation for your injuries.

Construction worker killed in accident near Aspen…  

Last Thursday afternoon, a construction worker was killed in a tragic accident near Aspen.  Police report that the victim was a 39-year old man from Minnesota working for a construction company out of Denver.According to Pitkin County officials, the fatal accident occurred when the worker's safety cord became caught and tangled in a hard-rock construction drill.  The worker was then pulled into the auger.Several co-workers witnessed the accident and stopped the auger, but it was too late.  Investigators will be looking into the accident further.Our utmost sympathies go out to the victim's family and friends.

Deficit-reduction deal could increase SSDI reviews…  

According to The Wall Street Journal, the federal government's deficit-reduction deal which places spending caps on many federal agencies could actually result in an increase in Social Security Disability Insurance reviews by the Social Security Administration.A lack of federal funding to the SSA has prevented the agency from reviewing many SSDI applications and removing current benficiaries of SSDI that are no longer eligible.  Currently, the SSA has a back-log of around 1.4 million.In 2002, the SSA was able to conduct around 850,000 continuing disability reviews.  This number decreased to about 200,000 in 2007 and has only increased slightly since then.However, because the deal exempts the SSA from a spending cap, the agency will be able to continue to allocate funds towards SSDI reviews without being capped.If you or someone you love is seeking legal representation to help them file to receive SSDI, contact the Denver Social Security Disability Insurance attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. by calling 866-385-3505 today.

CDOT worker struck by car, suffers broken bones an…  

Last week, a Colorado Department of Transportation worker was seriously injured in a pedestrian accident on Interstate 70.  The worker was attempting to provide traffic control after an earlier accident on the highway.Police report that the accident occurred at around 1 p.m. on Friday in the westbound lanes of I-70 near Evergreen Parkway.  The 64-year old CDOT worker went into the middle of the roadway to remove a tarp when he was hit by a silver vehicle.The CDOT worker was taken to St. Anthony's Central Hospital where he was listed as being in critical but stable condition.  Authorities attempted to have the man taken to the hospital in a helicopter but delays prevented them from doing so.  The 64-year old was reported to have suffered from a head injury and broken bones.To discuss what to do if you have been the victim of an accident involving broken bones or scarring, contact the Denver broken bones and scarring lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at (303) 423-1770 today.
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