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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Apt. worker wins $18M in premises fire lawsuit…  

A 37-year-old man employed by an apartment complex to refinish their apartments' floors recently won a lawsuit that he filed against the complex and its managers. The worker filed the lawsuit after suffering numerous injuries in a fire at the apartments.According to court documents, the plaintiff had second- and third-degree burns on over half of his body after a fire broke out at an apartment where he was lacquering flooring. The fire was caused by a gas-fired stove in the unit. Fumes from the lacquer were ignited by the gas, and when the worker attempted to flee the apartment, he fell and caught on fire.The 37-year-old needed more than 20 surgeries to treat his burn injuries. In addition, psychologists testified that the man suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the fire.The plaintiff claimed that the apartment complex knew he was working that day, and that they should have turned off gas to the unit he was working in. A jury found the complex and its managers to have been negligent, and awarded the victim $18, 681,323.To speak with an attorney about injuries you or a loved one has suffered in a fire on another person's property, contact the Denver premises fire lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. by calling 866-385-3505 today.

State police investigating train/truck accident…  

The Colorado State Patrol is currently investigating a train accident that occurred yesterday evening in Wellington. A train and a truck collided at around 10:30 p.m. just north of Fort Collins.The accident occurred at the railroad crossing at East County Road 64. Police reported that a young man was driving the truck, which suffered damage to its passenger side and front end. The train stopped after it collided with the pickup truck.The cause of the accident is not known at this time. Reports did not indicate whether or not the truck's driver was injured in the railroad crossing accident.If you have been injured in an accident at a railroad crossing that was caused by another party's negligence, contact the Denver railroad crossing accident attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. by calling 866-385-3505 today.

Eggs recalled in Colorado and 33 other states…  

Earlier this month, hard-cooked eggs were recalled in Colorado and 33 other states. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, more than one million eggs, or 15,000 pails of eggs, were recalled by Minnesota-based Michael Foods. The eggs were packaged in pails of brine.The recall was issued after investigators outside of the company found that some of the eggs Michael Foods produced contained listeria bacteria. Michael Foods has not received any complaints from consumers about becoming ill with listeriosis. The company also says that they have taken the necessary steps to prevent the contamination from happening again.Last year, around 30 people died after becoming infected with listerosis from consuming contaminated cantaloupes produced at Jensen Farms. The disease is most likely to affect people with compromised immune systems, infants, and the elderly.The recalled eggs were sold under the name brands Glenview Farms, GFS, Columbia Valley Farms, Silverbrook, Papetti's, and Wholesome Farms. Codes on the packages will have the number "1" first and the letter "W" at the end, if they are included in the recall.If you or someone you know has become sick after consuming a contaminated food product, contact the Denver toxic food products and containers attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at (303) 423-1770 to speak with one of our lawyers.

School bus strikes 3 teenage students in Jefferson…  

Yesterday afternoon, three teenage students were injured in a pedestrian accident involving a school bus in Jefferson County. The victims range in age from 15-years-old to 18-years old.A spokesperson for the Colorado State Patrol reported that the three students were walking across a crosswalk when a school bus attempting to turn left hit them. The bus was not carrying any students at the time of the accident, and officials believe that it had a green light. However, a witness to the accident said that the teens had a walk signal when they crossed.The witness also said that after the accident the bus driver seemed to be in shock because they did not get out to help the injured teens. Other drivers and witnesses helped the students while they waited for paramedics to arrive. All three of the victims were taken to St. Anthony's Central hospital and were listed as being in moderate condition.If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the Denver pedestrian accident attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at (303) 423-1770 to learn more about receiving compensation for your injuries.

2 killed in plane accident in Hayden…  

Yesterday, two people were killed in a plane accident in Hayden. The Cessna 414 plane went down just short of its runway at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.According to officials, the plane left from the Corpus Christi International Airport on Sunday morning and made a stop in Dalhart, Texas, before flying to its destination in Colorado. The airplane landed upright in the accident and did not catch on fire.Four people were injured, but were reported to have been conscious after the airplane accident. The injured were treated at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Two people were pronounced dead in the accident.Officials are currently unsure of what caused the plane to crash, but suspect mechanical problems or visibility problems could have played a role. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and friends after this tragic accident.

Wrongful death suit continues against State Patrol…  

Earlier this month, a judge at a federal court in Colorado allowed a wrongful death lawsuit filed against a Colorado State Patrol sergeant to proceed to trial. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a 31-year-old man who was shot by a state trooper.According to the suit, in the summer of 2010, the victim was returning home to his apartment from a trip on the Colorado River. In an attempt to back his jet ski into his driveway, the watercraft fell into his neighbor's yard. The lawn suffered minor property damage, and the neighbor called police to report the incident.After moving the jet ski into his driveway, the victim went into his apartment. When police received the report from the neighbor, they assumed that the man may have been drunk, and two troopers and the sergeant went to his apartment without a warrant in an attempt to test his blood alcohol level. The 31-year-old refused to open the door completely because the police did not have a warrant, and the troopers began to try to break the door down.As the victim was peeking around the door to speak with police, one of the troopers sprayed him with mace. While the other trooper went around the back of the apartment, the door opened a little more, and the trooper shot the man. The judge determined that because the sergeant did not do anything to prevent the troopers from doing what they did, he "directly facilitated and contributed to the warrantless search and use of force."

Evidence from cell phones being used in divorce tr…  

Recent research reveals that 90 percent of divorce lawyers agree that the use of evidence from cell phones is increasing and becoming more important in divorce cases . This type of evidence can come in the form of text messages, call history, photos, videos, emails, and more.Text and photo evidence from cell phones can often display the true state of relationships, making them more credible to a court.  In addition, little evidence is generally presented in divorce cases, so text messages and other mobile phone evidence are sometimes the relied on evidence in a trial.One lawyer stated, "You can document anything at any time in real time. People are taking pictures with their phone as events are happening. Text messages: people are saving text messages, taking pictures of text messages so you don't lose them and can submit them to a judge."Contact the Denver divorce lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at (303) 423-1770, if you or someone you know is considering filing for divorce and would like to speak with an experienced attorney.

Family injured when car slides into another vehicl…  

This weekend, a father and his two children were injured in a car accident when their vehicle, a 2001 Subaru Outback, slid making a turn, and crashed into a pickup truck on C.R. 55 in Steamboat Springs. According to the Colorado State Police, the accident occurred at around 1 p.m. on Saturday.The father was traveling southbound on Routt County Road 55 and drove around a bend to the right when his vehicle slid into the northbound lanes of the road and into a 2000 Ford F350. The Outback crashed into the pickup truck's left side. Police reported that the road was covered in melting snow and mud.One of the driver's kids, a 5-year-old girl, sustained serious injuries in the car accident. The girl was taken to Children's Hospital in Denver, where she was later listed as being in good condition. The father and his 3-year-old son suffered minor injuries; no one in the pickup truck was injured.If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident caused by a road defect, contact the Denver highway defects lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. at 866-385-3505 to learn more about how we can help you.

Denver news anchor bit by dog on air…  

KUSA Denver anchorwoman Kyle Dyer was attacked by a dog on air yesterday during a live segment about a rescued 3-year old Argentine mastiff. Dyer is known for being an animal lover, even hosting a weekly segment that features animals from the Denver zoo called "Kyle's Kritters."The story featured the dog, a firefighter who had recently rescued the animal from a freezing lake, and its owner. During the segment, Dyer bent down to get closer to the dog, and it bit her in the face.People on the news set said the dog had been fine interacting with everyone before the segment. The animal was quarantined after the attack, and its owner has been cited for a violation of leash laws and for not having the proper vaccinations for his dog. After a 10-day evaluation, officials will determine whether the dog can return to its owner.Paramedics rushed Dyer from the studio to the hospital for treatment. The news anchor's injuries needed overnight reconstructive surgery. She is expected to return to anchoring within a few weeks.To speak with an attorney about what to do if you or a loved one has been bitten or attacked by another person's dog, contact the Denver dog bite attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. by calling (303) 423-1770 today.

TBIs can affect children’s cognitive abiliti…  

A recent study into the long-lasting effects of traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, in children says that serious TBIs can reduce a child's cognitive abilities for at least 10 years. This research was conducted in Melbourne, Australia and published in Pediatrics.Participants in the study had suffered traumatic brain injuries between the ages of two- and seven-years-old. The children were first observed five years after their injury, and then researchers followed-up with testing 10 years after their TBI.According to the study, the children who suffered severe--as opposed to mild or moderate--TBIs were the most likely to show minimized cognitive ability. The mean IQ score of children who suffered severe TBIs was 18-26 points lower than that of children who suffered less serious TBIs.Children above the age of seven-years-old and adults were reported to experience fewer long-lasting effects from TBIs. Statistics show that about one in every 30 children will experience a TBI before the age of 16.If you or someone you know has suffered a TBI as a result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, contact the Denver traumatic brain injury attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. by calling 866-385-3505 today.
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