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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Listeria outbreak death toll rises…  

Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the death toll related to the recent listeria outbreak from contaminated cantaloupes has risen.25 deaths reported to the CDC have been linked to listeriosis and the consumption of Jensen Farms' recalled cantaloupes.  The recall was issued last month, but the bacteria can remain in a person's system for several weeks after it is ingested.6 of the deaths linked to the cantaloupes were people in Colorado.  Across the U.S., 123 cases of listerisosis have been linked to the contaminated product.Investigators have been at Jensen Farms looking for the cause of the contamination.  They believe conditions at the farm and equipment are to blame.  Several wrongful death lawsuits against the farm and its distributor have already been filed on behalf of the victims of the listeriosis outbreak.

13 conditions added to SSDI’s Compassionate …  

As of December, 13 new conditions will be added to the Social Security Disability Insurance program's Compassionate Allowances list.  The list currently includes 100 conditions which are considered to clearly meet guidelines for receiving disability insurance.The Compassionate Allowances program was created for people with serious conditions as a way to speed up the approval process.  Only about 5 percent of Social Security Disability Insurance claims meet the Compassionate Allowances program's criteria.The conditions being added to the list are: Pulmonary Kaposi Sarcoma, Angelman Syndrome, Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma, Lewy Body Dementia, ALS/Parkinsonism Dementia Complex, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Primary Effusion Lymphoma, Multiple System Atrophy, Corticobasal Degeneration, Lowe Syndrome, Malignant Multiple Sclerosis, Paraneoplastic Phemphigus, and Multicentric Castleman Disease.If you are seeking assistance with an initial filing or an appeal for disability benefits, contact the Denver Social Security Disability Insurance attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. by calling (303) 423-1770 today.

4 injured in 2-vehicle accident in Ft. Collins…  

Last week, 4 people were injured in a 2-vehicle accident involving a Larimer County Sheriff's Office vehicle in Ft. Collins, Colorado.The accident occurred at 11:27 p.m. on Monday at the intersection of College Avenue and Harmony Road.  According to police reports, a Larimer County officer was stopped in the southbound lanes of College Avenue at a red light when he witnessed a traffic violation.The officer, who was stopped in the left-turn lane, switched on his emergency lights and began turning left into the eastbound lanes of Harmony Road.  In the middle of the intersection, the officer's vehicle was struck by a car traveling northbound on College Avenue with a green light.The 38-year old Larimer County officer was treated for minor injuries at the hospital.  Paramedics took the driver and two passengers in the other vehicle to Poudre Valley Hospital where they were treated for moderate injuries.Police are investigating the accident to determine who was at fault.  Currently, alcohol and speed are not suspected to have played a role in the car accident.If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in Denver, contact the Denver accident lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. by calling (303) 423-1770 today.

Woman injured when SUV hits her while walking dog…  

Earlier this month, a 50-year old woman was injured and sent to the hospital in critical condition after she was struck by an SUV.The pedestrian accident occurred at around 7:03 p.m. in Clifton, Colorado as the woman was taking her dog for a walk on the sidewalk along Canyon Trail.Neighbors witnessed the terrifying accident and told police that a 1993 GMC Suburban traveling northbound down Canyon Trail failed to properly negotiate a curve in the road, jumping the curb, and continuing onto the sidewalk.Police believe the vehicle's 21-year old driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.The woman was taken to St. Mary's Hospital for treatment.  Her dog was killed in the accident.

Colorado man awarded $20.6 million in suit against…  

A jury in Massachusetts recently awarded a Colorado man $20.6 million in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Toys 'R Us over the death of his wife in an accident involving an inflatable slide.According to the lawsuit, the man and his wife were visiting family in Massachusetts when his wife was killed in an accident involving a Toys 'R Us pool slide.  The woman was injured as she was going down the slide and it collapsed, causing her to hit her head on the edge of the pool.  At the age of 29, the wife and mother became a quadriplegic and needed life support.  Her injuries were so severe that she eventually had to be taken off of life support and she passed away.The Toyquest Banzai inflatable pool slide involved in the accident was sold by Toys 'R Us in their store and online.  The product was imported from China and lawyers argued that it did not meet U.S. regulations concerning pool slides.  Last week, the Salem Superior Court found Toys 'R Us liable for the woman's death and awarded her family punitive and compensatory damages.

1 killed, 2 injured in 2-vehicle accident in Eliza…  

Last Tuesday, a tragic 2-vehicle accident in the town of Elizabeth, Colorado left 1 person dead and 2 others injured.The accident occurred on County Road 21 at around 2 p.m., according to Elizabeth Fire Department officials.  The Colorado State Patrol is investigating the accident, but believes that a 1996 Buick Century carrying 3 Elizabeth High School students collided with a Jeep at the intersection of County Road 154.The driver of the Buick, 18, was transported to Littleton Adventist Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.  A 16-year old in the vehicle was flown to Swedish Medical Center, but her condition was not reported.  A third passenger in the vehicle, 17, was killed in the accident.Our utmost sympathies go out to the victims' families and friends.

New drunk driving statistics released by CDC…  

New drunk driving statistics were recently released in a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The report includes data from a survey of 210,000 adults in the U.S.  The data was gathered in an anonymous telephone survey.According to the survey, men between the ages of 21- and 34-years old are the most likely to drink and drive.  While this population only accounts for about 11 percent of the entire population of the U.S., it accounts for about 32 percent of drunk driving episodes.1 in 50 people participating in the survey admitted to driving drunk at least one time within 30 days of the survey.If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, contact the Denver drunk driving attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at 866-385-3505 to speak with one of our experienced injury lawyers.

People in the middle of divorce still hope for rec…  

A survey of 2,500 parents in the middle of a divorce revealed that 1 in 4 people still hope to reconcile their marriage even late into divorce proceedings.The survey was a part of a study titled "Interest in Marital Reconciliation Among Divorcing Parents" and was conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota.  The study's participants were all parents in the middle of a divorce and who had taken parenting classes.3 in 10 individuals involved in the study said that they would like to receive professional help to reconcile their marriage.  Among couples involved in the study, both spouses in 1 in every 10 married couples were interested in getting help to reconcile their marriage.Officials say the study is the first to collect data on divorcing parents' interest in reconciliation.If you or someone you know is interested in divorcing through settlement or mediation, contact the Denver settlement and mediation lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at (303) 423-1770 and set up an appointment to meet with one of our attorneys today.

1 killed, 1 injured in Delta hit-and-run accident…  

Last week, 1 person was killed and another was injured in a hit-and-run car accident near Delta,  Colorado.The accident occurred in between Delta and Hotchkiss on Highway 92 last Tuesday, according to the Colorado State Patrol.  A pickup traveling westbound was forced off the highway to avoid being struck by a white sedan that crossed over from the eastbound lanes into oncoming traffic.The driver of the pickup truck, a 67-year old man from Paonia, suffered minor injuries in the fatal car accident.  His 66-year old wife was seriously injured.  She was taken to a local hospital where she later passed away from the injuries she incurred in the hit-and-run accident.

Negligence can cause cerebral palsy in infants…  

Several types of negligence and mistakes before and during a child's birth can cause cerebral palsy.  Every year, about 8,000 newborns develop cerebral palsy.Cerebral palsy that is caused by a birth injury is most often caused by a head injury during the newborn's delivery.  One of the most common reasons head trauma occurs is if the baby is not positioned correctly.  In addition, if a doctor or other member of a hospital's staff places too much pressure on the infant's head or neck during a delivery, the child could suffer serious injury resulting in cerebral palsy.Instruments used in delivery like forceps and vacuums can injure the baby's head and brain.  Also, if the umbilical chord becomes wrapped around a child's neck or a C-section is not ordered in a timely manner, an infant is at greater risk of oxygen deprivation and brain injury.Contact the Denver birth injury lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at (303) 423-1770, if your child was injured before, during, or shortly after their delivery due to a doctor or hospital's negligence.
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