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Ride Share Accidents: What You Should Know

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In today’s world we have a multitude of ways to get around. Driving, taxis, public transportation are just some of the few modes of transportation we can use. One mode of transportation that is rapidly surpassing other forms of transportation is ride sharing. Ride sharing can be an inexpensive and easy way to get access to transportation. However, a gray area can come in if you are involved as a passenger in a car accident in a ride share. Here are some things to keep in mind:

Get Help

If you are involved in an accident, be sure to call the police and notify them of the accident. If possible, try to move the accident out of the roadway and set up emergency cones etc. to alert other drivers to use caution and avoid the accident scene.

Take Notes

Write down details pertaining to the accident (time of day, weather conditions etc.), as well as include the information about your driver.

Weigh Your Options

Due to the fact that ride sharing laws (and who can be held liable) can vary from state to state, it may be beneficial to seek legal representation that can help you navigate through the auto injury claim process.

Injured in a Rideshare Accident?

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident through a ride share service contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our highly experienced attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on motor vehicle accidents here for additional information.

 

 

 

Tips adapted from an article posted online from Inc. by author John White.

 

$29 Million Dollar Verdict Issued in Latest J&J Talc Trial

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A California woman diagnosed with mesothelioma was awarded a $29 million dollar verdict in her lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson over their baby powder.

Seven Losses

The losses continue to stack up for Johnson & Jonson. According to a Bloomberg article, this is now the seventh loss the company has suffered in its litigation battle with consumers who claim their talc based products have caused them to develop mesothelioma and ovarian cancer.

Significant Factors

The jury, which was made up of five men and seven women, asked Johnson & Johnson to compensate the plaintiff Ms. Leavitt after they concluded that asbestos within the powder was a “substantial contributing factor” to her diagnosis. They also concluded that the company failed to warn its consumers of the hidden dangers of using their product.

Internal Documents

Ms. Leavitt’s representation used the internal documents brought to public attention through an investigative Reuters article (read more about the article here) to demonstrate that Johnson & Johnson were aware of asbestos within their talc products, but chose not to make the public aware. Johnson & Johnson stated that they are looking to file an appeal of the case.

Injured as a Result of using Talc Products?

If you or a loved one has been injured through the use of Johnson & Johnson talc-based products, contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on talcum powder and ovarian cancer here for additional information.

Bike Safety Tips for Spring Riding

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Spring is on the horizon (Bomb Cyclone of snow aside) and with the warmer weather, many people will be looking to other modes of transportation to get to work rather than just driving. Case in point: more bicyclists on the road and the potential for more accidents. Here are some things to keep in mind to help minimize the chance of an accident occurring.

Be Aware

While it seems cliche, having an awareness of your surroundings can help prevent you from getting in an accident. Not using headphones to listen to music/talk on the phone, scanning the road ahead for potential obstacles are all important in keeping yourself safe.

Wear proper equipment (ie: Helmet)

Using safety equipment like a helmet can protect your head from a more serious injury if you do end up in an accident. If you are biking at night, wearing reflective clothing or using reflective equipment can help you be visible to other traffic on the road.

Injured in a bike accident?

If you or a loved one have been injured in a bike accident, contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Please also visit our website here for additional information.

These tips were adapted from the AAA website

Man Killed in Back Country Avalanche

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An employee working for a backcountry skiing company died last Thursday after getting caught in an avalanche.

Where did the avalanche occur?

The avalanche occurred a little before 2 p.m. in Jones Pass according to an article by The Denver Channel – ABC 7.

What are the factors that led to the cause of the avalanche?

At this time no direct factors were noted that caused the incident, however the area has experienced very heavy snowfall as of late which has led to multiple road, ski area, and pass closures due to the high risk of more avalanches.

Who reported the avalanche?

The company who the employee worked for, Powder Addiction, notified emergency services about the avalanche. The employee was eventually able to be freed from the snow, however they were eventually pronounced dead at the hospital. The person was later identified to be Hans Berg of Empire, Colorado.

I have been injured in a skiing accident. What options are available to me?

If you or a loved one have been injured in a ski accident contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Please also visit our website here for additional information.

Workers’ Compensation: Receiving Benefits

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When you are injured on the job, the workers’ compensation process can oftentimes be a stressful and confusing process. While having legal representation can make things a lot easier (see our blog post about having legal help for a WC claim here), it is important to know what benefits you may be entitled to as a worker, whether you hire a representative or not.

Payment of Medical Bills

If your injury claim is accepted by the insurance company, all medical treatment that is considered necessary will be billed to your employers insurance company. Under Colorado law, the company is required to make payments or let you know within thirty (30) days as to why they will not be making a payment for a certain treatment.

Wage Loss

If you end up missing more than three (3) days or shifts of work due to an injury, you may be entitled to start receiving disability benefits starting upon your 4th missed day or shift of work. These payments are called “Temporary Disability” payments and are to be paid every two weeks by your employer. These payments will be what is two-thirds (⅔) of your weekly wage – usually a benefit calculator is used to determine the correct amount to be paid to the injured worker.

Settlement

You may be also entitled to additional compensation upon the end of your claim. Keep in mind however that any payment may be offset, based on what your employer has already paid for wage loss.

Have a WC claim?

If you or a loved one have been injured on the job and need help with your WC claim contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our highly experienced attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on Workers’ Compensation here for more information.

 

The information above was found at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment – Division of Workers’ Compensation website.

FDA Confirms Asbestos Present in Certain Claire’s Cosmetic Products

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that they discovered asbestos fibers in three of Claire’s cosmetic products.

How long had the FDA been looking into Claire’s?

The FDA has been looking into reports about asbestos in Claire’s cosmetic products since 2017 according to an article by the Washington Post discussing the findings. Claire decided to voluntarily recall the products as a result. The affected products include compact powder, eye shadow, and contouring kits by the store’s own label (check out our other blog post on the products here).

Did the FDA place any restrictions on Claire’s as a result of the findings?

Unfortunately, no. Due to the guidelines of the administration which have not been updated since the late 1930’s, the most the FDA can do is issue a safety notice warning customers to steer clear of those particular products.

What has been Claire’s response to the release of the findings?

Claire’s has continued to deny that their products contain asbestos, saying that the findings have been “mis-characterized” according to a spokeswoman for the company.

I have been injured due to asbestos exposure. What resources are available to me?

If your or a loved have been hurt through exposure to asbestos, contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our highly experienced attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on asbestos here for additional information.

Purdue Pharma Considering Filing for Bankruptcy

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The pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma creators of the prescription drug OxyCotin are reportedly exploring the possibility of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to mounting legal costs, according to an article by Reuters.

What would be the significance behind the filing?

Filing for bankruptcy would show that the Sackler family who own Purdue Pharma, are facing pressure to respond to the ongoing litigation claims. Furthermore, it would halt all lawsuits and allow the company to negotiate under a U.S. bankruptcy judge.

How has the company responded to the lawsuits so far?

So far the company has denied all charges brought against them, saying that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved labels noting that the drug came with warnings relating to possible misuse and abuse of the drug.

Who has filed lawsuits against the company?

While multiple lawsuits have been filed against the company, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy became the first attorney general ever to bring a lawsuit against the Sackler family over deceptive marketing claims, as well as alleging the family knew the dangerous addictive quality of the drug (read more about that lawsuit here).

I have been injured as a result of using OxyCotin. What are my options?

If you or a loved one have been affected through the use of OxyCotin contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on pharmaceutical drugs here for additional information.  

Eisenhower Tunnel Temporarily Shut Down Over Crashes

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Both directions of I-70 at the entrances for the Eisenhower Tunnel were shut down temporarily on Sunday after several crashes occurred.

Where did the accidents occur?

Colorado State Patrol (CSP) Trooper Schaefer spoke with 9News about the incident, saying that the crashes all happened inside the tunnel. Some crashes resulted in injuries, others just damage to the car and/or tunnel but no deaths have been reported as of yet.

How long did the closure last?

The closure was announced at 11 a.m. and ended around 2:15 p.m. with Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announcing the end of the closure via Twitter.

Did the snow have any effect on driving conditions?

Yes, since snow started falling on Saturday CDOT reported that there was a massive slowdown of two hours close to the city of Golden along I-70, with people being urged to go slow and use precautions (see our winter safety driving tips here).

I have been injured in a car accident. What are my next steps?

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on motor vehicle accidents here for additional information.

Over 20% Increase In Roundup Plaintiffs Since End of 2018

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Since the merger between Bayer AG and Monsanto Corp. Bayer AG has seen an increase in lawsuits filed against them over products like Roundup and Ranger Pro.

How many lawsuits are there currently?

According to an article by Fortune, over 11,000 people have filed lawsuits against the company. At the end of 2018, Bayer AG noted they knew of 9,300 plaintiffs – the change is over a 20% increase in just over three months.

What is the reason behind the increase?

The company has not issued a response over the increase in filings, however seven other Roundup cases are set to be heard this year. Furthermore, the courts have ruled in favor of the plaintiffs before (read about Dewayne Johnson’s landmark verdict ruling here), possibly giving people an incentive to file a lawsuit when they may have been hesitant to do so before.

I have developed health complications through the use of a Roundup product. What are my next steps?

If you or a loved one have been injured or have developed cancer through the use of Roundup, contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on Roundup here for additional information.

Missouri Supreme Court Ruling Could Affect J&J Talc Cases

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A recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling could affect the future of talc lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson.

What was the ruling?

A ruling on February 13th by the court regarding a talc case in which a non-Missouri resident was a part of, was considered to be in violation of Missouri state law in regards to joinder, which is combining two or more cases to allow courts to hear cases that they may not have been able to previously according to a Reuters article discussing the ruling.

What does this mean for future Johnson & Johnson talc cases?

If the ruling denies the opportunity for non-Missouri residents to file a lawsuit in Missouri against Johnson & Johnson, it could potentially give the company an edge in defending cases in smaller courts or in other states where courts are less inclined to rule in favor of the plaintiff.

What are attorneys saying about the ruling?

Some attorneys have responded to the ruling, saying the defense should hold their celebrations if they are not well aware of Missouri case law. Eric Holland who is a plaintiff’s attorney working on talc cases in St. Louis mentioned that a 2016 Missouri Supreme Court ruling that considered another case in which a non-Missouri resident was involved was in violation of joinder, however stated that it did not make the trial unjust for the defendants in the case.

I have been injured by a Johnson & Johnson talc product. What are my options?

If you or a loved one have been injured by the use of Johnson & Johnson talc products contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on talcum powder and ovarian cancer here as well as our other recent blog post on talcum products here for more information.