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Takata Announces Next Phase in Airbag Recall

Takata

Auto airbag manufacturing company Takata announced another recall involving 10 million vehicles over shrapnel concerns. 

Takata’s Final Phase

This latest recall is what Takata is hoping to be the last phase of vehicles affected. The recalls began in 2001 after it was found that the airbag inflators installed in numerous vehicles, have the potential to explode during a crash causing shrapnel to possibly hit the driver and other individuals in the car. This shrapnel has the potential to cause serious injury or death as a result. 

The recalls are now seen as one of the biggest recalls ever to hit the auto industry according to an article by USA Today

Types of Cars Affected

With the newest recall car makes such as Toyota, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Ford, General Motors (GM), Nissan, and Subaru. 

The recall involves new airbag inflators that Takata issued to affected vehicles, after the original inflators were found to be defective. The inflators were created with ammonium nitrate, a chemical which later was found to break down quickly in climates with high temperatures. With the breakdown, this can cause the airbag to explode during the crash and allow shrapnel to come out into the car. 

Injured by a Takata Airbag?

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a Takata airbag, contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or at (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on personal injury for more information. 

Multiple Vehicle Crash Occurs Near Erie Parkway

Erie Parkway

A multiple vehicle crash in Erie on Tuesday, January 7, 2020  has left at least one individual with serious injuries. 

Erie Parkway

Fox 31 Denver reports that the crash occurred in the afternoon and was near Erie Parkway. Erie Police Department who responded to the scene closed the street that includes Weld County Road 5 all the way to Interstate 25 to deal with the crash. According to the article, a garbage truck is one of the vehicles involved in the accident, and a large amount of trash was at the scene as well. 

Investigation Underway

At least one individual was taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. The other vehicles and individuals involved in the crash have not been made known at this time. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation. 

Injured in a Car Accident?

If you or someone you know has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on car accidents for more information. 

Balancing Act: FDA Announces Ban on Some Vape Flavors

FDA

 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is going ahead with a ban on fruit and mint flavored vaping products, USA Today reports. The ban which was announced on Thursday January 2, 2020 will go into effect within 30 days. 

Balancing Act for FDA

Alex Azar who is the Secretary for U.S. Health and Human Services was quoted in the article as saying the ban tries to “strike the right public health balance” between taking away popular flavors used by teenagers, while also keeping flavors such as menthol and tobacco around for those who use vaping as an alternative to regular cigarette smoking. 

Not Far Enough 

Many anti tobacco and public health groups are coming out against the ban saying that it does not go far enough to curb children’s access to vape products. This action by the FDA is more limited than what it was previously considering back in September of 2019. 

In response to the backlash, Azar commented saying that after analyzing data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s report on future trends, youth were primarily vaping fruit and mint flavors with a smaller percentage preferring menthol. 

Marketing Crackdown

The FDA is also going after companies who market their products to children. A federal court order is now in place that requires vaping companies to submit an application by May 12, 2020 in order to continue to be able to advertise. Those who miss the deadline can face enforcement by the FDA. 

Injured by a Vape Product?

If you or someone you know has been injured through the use of a JUUL vape pod or other vaping product, contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on JUUL vape products for more information.

Talk With a Team Member: Derson

1. How long have you worked at Boesen Law? 

  • I’ve had the pleasure of working at Boesen Law for three months so far.  

2. Describe a fun memory/experience you have had since working here.

  • The Ugly Sweater & White Elephant Party was one of the most entertaining experiences I’ve had in the workplace. From the gift stealing to the flipping of collectible coins, the party was one to remember.   

3. What drew you to wanting to work in the legal field? 

  • Outside of the quintessential Judge Judy shows and the occasional Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney video game, I’ve always had a desire to understand how the world works and how I can help to make it a better place for those of us in it. 

4. What do you like most about working in your position and why? 

  • I have the opportunity to learn from some of the smartest legal minds around and work with hard-working professionals.  

5. What do you like to do in your free time?

  • Now that I am out of law school, if I’m not catching up on the hottest pop culture craze of the past decade, then I’m joyfully spending hundreds of hours on the latest video game. 

6. Favorite Food, Favorite TV show/movie, Favorite Quote.

  • It is hard to pick a single favorite nowadays, but here it goes. My favorite food is La Bandera (Dominican white rice, Red Beans, Chicken, and a nice ripe Avocado). My favorite TV show/movie is Breaking Bad/Black Panther. My favorite quote is “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” by Malcolm X

7. Best piece of (general) advice received?

  • If you don’t know where you came from, then how can you know where you are going.   

Celebrate the New Year Safely – Tips to Consider

New Year

The end of the year is upon us and a new year (and decade!) is just around the corner. While people love getting together to celebrate the New Year, it’s also important to take measures to keep yourself safe. Here’s a list of things to think about before you pop open the bubbly and raise your glass:

  1. Make a Plan – Whether you plan to go out with friends or host your own gathering, it’s important to think about how you plan to get to your location. Consider how much time you plan to be there and if you plan on drinking alcohol. If you have children and/or pets, you may want to plan to make arrangements for a sitter if you plan to be out. 
  2. Who Wants to Drive? – If you do plan to be out on the town, think about nominating a designated driver (DD) who will be 100% alcohol free for the evening. If you end up drinking too much, you know you have a safe way to get home. No DD? Use a rideshare app like Lyft or use public transit. 
  3. Firework Safety – Be careful when handling or lighting fireworks. Keep a safe distance away from fireworks after you light them. DO NOT light a firework while holding it as this can cause serious physical injury. If you know your pets can be skittish during fireworks, take steps to make sure they are away from the noise and have correct ID tags in case they get out.  
  4. Lock and Key – New Year’s can be one of the biggest days for car break ins and theft. If you have to leave your car outside overnight make sure anything valuable is hidden away from view, and your car is locked and secure.  

Injured in an Accident? 

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident through no fault of your own contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on personal injury for more information. 

Colorado Named Deadliest State for Avalanches

Colorado

Colorado is known for its beautiful Rocky Mountains and especially mountain activities during the winter such as skiing and snowshoeing. Even with all the winter fun however, avalanche occurrences are still a very real possibility. A report from ABC Denver 7 details how Colorado is once again the state with the deadliest avalanches.

A Record Year for Colorado

Data gathered by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) shows that the state had 4,273 incidents of avalanche activity over the 2018-2019 season. The organization said that this year was extreme, in that many incidents ended up covering entire highways and disrupting traffic. 

Unique Climate 

Deputy Director for CAIC Brian Lazar commented on why Colorado is so prone to avalanches, stating that “We have thin snow pack with dry periods — which gives us all the sunshine we love — that forms weak layers in the snow [and] we tend to have a more dangerous snow pack in and of itself and it’s in close proximity to lots of people.”

Overall 287 people have been killed as a result of avalanche activity in Colorado since the 1950s. This amount greatly surpasses other state totals such as Washington, which only has suffered 130 fatalities and neighboring state Utah which has only had 120 deaths. 

Be Prepared 

Mr. Lazar also spoke for the need for individuals to be ready for any potential avalanches, especially if they are skiing or hiking in back country, where terrain can be unpredictable. Having the correct equipment: at least an avalanche transceiver, probe, and a shovel is also key. Being able to correctly read the forecast and get an idea of when the risk for an avalanche occurrence is also important, and Mr. Lazar says those who need avalanche education should do their research before going out into the mountains. 

Injured in an Avalanche?

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an avalanche through no fault of your own, contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or at (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on personal injury for more information. 

18-Year Old in Coma After Surgery Goes Wrong

Coma

A young girl is in a coma after a cosmetic surgery went wrong, Denver’s ABC Channel 7 reports. 

Gross Negligence Led to Coma

18-year old Emmalyn Nguyen went in for a breast enhancement surgery on August 1st and is now in a nursing home facility after suffering severe brain damage. Her parents have filed a lawsuit in Arapahoe County Court for gross negligence against the doctor and a nurse anesthetist who supervised her procedure. They claim that Ms. Nguyen went into cardiac arrest before the procedure was to begin, and the medical staff did not properly supervise her which caused her to suffer serious injuries.  

The attorney for the girl’s parents commented that he feels that the nurse, Rex Meeker, did not properly give Emmalyn the sedative and failed to monitor her condition. He also commented that the staff let Emmalyn lie on the operating table for 5 and a half hours, before calling emergency services. 

Previous Legal Trouble

This is not Mr. Meeker’s first encounter with the law. He has been sued before by a man back in 2009 after his wife passed away due to brain damage she suffered from another breast enhancement surgery, where he again provided the patient the sedative. 

Oftentimes these types of procedures are done at an outpatient surgical facility where patients can go home that same day. Unfortunately, these types of facilities are not regulated by the state health department. 

Injured at a Medical Facility?

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of medical negligence by a doctor or facility, contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or at (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on medical malpractice for more information. 

 

Denver Receiving More Complaints About Icy Sidewalks

Denver

Denver inspectors are facing an increased number of complaints involving icy sidewalks, thanks to the rash of recent snowstorms. 

Difficult to Get Around

An article by Fox 31 Denver reports that the Denver’s Community Planning and Development department has received a multitude of complaints of ice still on a lot of north facing sidewalks. The department has completed well over a 1,000 inspections of homes and have had to issue at least 38 tickets as a result of homeowner’s not complying with city requirements to clear the sidewalk in front of their home, in order for people to move around safely and reduce a slip and fall risk. 

Amanda Weston who works for the department, says their main goal is education and letting people know about keeping their sidewalks clear – not ticketing. 

Upset Denver Residents 

Some Denver residents believe this approach isn’t working and changes should be made to the department’s way of handling this problem. 

Ms.Weston commented saying that a lot of people who are on the receiving end of the complaints are elderly or those with disabilities who are unable to clear the sidewalk themselves. Oftentimes inspectors will assist those people in clearing the sidewalk. 

Communication is Key

Ms. Weston has said that if you encounter this problem with your own neighbors, to try and let them know first directly before going to the department to file a complaint. However, if you still find yourself with an icy path ahead of you, calling 311 to report the issue is still an option. 

Injured in a Slip and Fall? 

If you or someone you know has suffered a slip and fall incident and been injured through no fault of their own, contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on personal injury for more information. 

Boulder County Joins Federal Lawsuit Against JUUL

JUUL

Boulder County is joining a federal lawsuit against e-cigarette company JUUL, the Boulder Daily Camera reports. 

Misleading and Affecting Youth

According to the article, the county is joining the multi district litigation (or MDL) lawsuit against the company which brings together both individual and state claims under one suit. The suit revolves around the claim that the marketing practices JUUL used were made to appeal and target teens and youth, and has contributed to the nationwide epidemic of teen vaping. 

Vaping A Big Hit in Boulder

Boulder County has said they have seen a big rise in teen and youth vaping around the area. The board of commissioners for the county released a statement that “as community leaders, we feel it is essential to take a stand against JUUL’s practices of promoting the use of their tobacco products to young people in our community.”

The city council has also taken steps to help curb vaping in the community. Flavored vape and nicotine products are now banned, and the age to buy vape and or nicotine products has been raised to 21. Other cities such as Louisville and Broomfield have also raised the age to purchase these products to 21. 

According to survey results from Healthy Kids Colorado, Colorado teens about double the national average for teen vaping use at a big 26.2% compared to the national average of 13.2%. 

Vaping Illness

Many cases are being reported of youth suddenly coming down with serious health problems, especially lung issues, as a result of vaping and e-cigarette use. Over 1,000 cases have been made known to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and at least 34 deaths have occurred as a result. 

Injured by a JUUL or Vape Product?

If you or someone you know has been injured through the use of a JUUL vape pod or other e-cigarette product, contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on JUUL vape pods for more information. 

 

New Takata Airbag Defect Prompts New Recall

Takata

Airbag manufacturer Takata has recently discovered another issue with their already problematic airbags, prompting another recall impacting 1.4 million vehicles. 

New Problem 

The newest issue with the airbags also involves existing issues with the airbags, where they are prone to exploding causing metal pieces and other parts of the airbag to hit and potentially seriously injure or kill the driver. 

According to an article by CNN Business, 41.6 million vehicles have already been recalled due to the problems with the airbags. 

The Takata airbag recall is already known to be the largest recall in automobile history. 

Wide Impact

Many makes of cars have been affected by the recall, including Ford, Honda, and even luxury car brand Ferrari. 

The recalls also forced the company to file for bankruptcy as a result in 2017. The recall has also had an impact globally, with the Australian government reporting that at least 29 deaths have occurred as a result of Takata airbags. 

Injured by an Takata Airbag?

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident as a result of a Takata airbag contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on Personal Injury, and our practice area page on Motor Vehicle Accidents here, for more information.