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Pedestrian Hit by Vehicle on 6th Avenue

6th Avenue

A pedestrian has passed away after being struck by a vehicle on 6th Avenue this morning September 23, 2019.

6th Avenue – Walking on Median

Police received alerts this morning around 6 a.m. regarding a woman walking on the median of 6th Avenue headed eastbound towards Sheridan Boulevard according to a 9News article. 

Not too long after, reports came in involving an accident between a pedestrian and a vehicle. While police have yet to link the two instances together, they have a strong belief that the two are related. 

Alternate Routes

All lanes heading eastbound on 6th Ave near Wadsworth Boulevard were closed for a while as police conducted an investigation. One lane is now open, however police are urging drivers to use alternate routes as they continue to investigate the accident.

Injured in a Car Accident?

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a car 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 motor vehicle accidents for more information. 

 

Purdue Pharma Files for Bankruptcy as New Sackler Family Information Comes Out

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Purdue Pharma is filing for bankruptcy, as new information about the Sackler family who owns the company has come to light. 

Part of Settlement Agreement

According to their federal settlement agreement, Purdue Pharma has filed for bankruptcy as reported by USA Today. However not everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. Multiple states have come out against the agreement as they feel it does not give enough financial help to the victims. 

New Sackler Revelations

The filing of bankruptcy occurs just as news about the Sackler family moving around money has come to light. According to new court documents, the Sackler family has received around $4 billion dollars in profit from Purdue Pharma, as well as have additional wealth outside of the country. State attorney’s like Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro is accusing the family of trying toevade responsibility and lowball the millions of victims of the opioid crisis.” 

Uncertainty Ahead

It remains to be seen how the impact of the federal agreement, as well as separate lawsuits filed in state courts shape the future of Purdue Pharma. While the company could end up going out of business, there is a possibility that new ownership takes charge if a judge decides to go that route. 

Injured by OxyContin?

If you or a loved one has been injured through the use of OxyContin or other prescription drug, 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 pharmaceuticals for more information. 

Teen Sues JUUL Over Misleading Marketing Tactics

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Popular e-cigarette company JUUL is being sued by an individual who claims marketing tactics by the company got him hooked on vaping and left him with significant lung damage. 

Misleading Tactics

Legal representation for Adam Hergenreder who is only 18, commented on the situation that “To put it mildly, Adam didn’t stand a chance to avoid getting hooked on these toxic timebombs” according to an article via Fox News

Mr. Hergenreder’s lung issues began after he was in the hospital due to nausea and trouble breathing. It’s  that doctors found his lungs to be so damaged from vaping, they now resemble lungs of a 70-year old. It was found that Adam was using vape products for over a year and a half as reported by Fox News. 

Vaping Illness on the Rise

Adam’s case is unfortunately no longer the norm. The CDC has reported numerous confirmed cases of illness related to vaping. Many individuals report symptoms of nausea, breathing problems, chest pain, and others to name a few. 

Injured by a JUUL Vape Product?

If you or someone you know has been injured through the result of using a JUUL vape, or other e-cigarette 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 products for more information.  

 

Colorado Rejecting Possible Federal Agreement with Purdue Pharma

Purdue Pharma

The state of Colorado is rejecting a tentative federal agreement with Purdue Pharma, the company behind popular prescription drug OxyContin which helped spark a national opioid crisis. The agreement apparently involves the condition of the Sackler family who owns Purdue Pharma giving up control of the company, as well as paying out $12 billion dollars to victims over a period of time. 

Purdue Pharma Agreement Isn’t Adequate for CO

According to an article from the Colorado Sun, State Attorney General Phil Weiser commented on the agreement stating “No current offer adequately addresses the harm that Purdue and the Sacklers have caused to communities and individuals in Colorado by contributing to the opioid crisis.”

Mr. Weiser is currently pursuing a case against Purdue Pharma in state court. Many Colorado counties and cities are included in the possible settlement, including Denver. However, it remains to be seen how the settlement funds will be spread out. 

Pushing Ahead on their Own

Colorado isn’t the only state to reject the agreement. Multiple other states such as New York, Minnesota, and Connecticut have also come out against the agreement. 

Despite the possible settlement, Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family are still facing legal headaches. Multiple states in addition to Colorado have also decided to go after the company in state courts, so additional payouts could potentially occur. 

Injured By Opioids or other Bad Drug?

If yourself or a loved one has been injured through the use of opioids or other prescription drug contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or at (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to visit our practice area page on pharmaceuticals for more information.

17-Year Old On Life Support As A Result of Vaping

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A 17 year old is currently on life support in Dallas, and her doctors are pointing to vape products as the problem. 

Vaping for Two Years

According to an article from Fox News, the teen has been vaping for two years as noted by her mother. The teen first started showing symptoms with a fever, however her condition continued to worsen and she was eventually diagnosed with pneumonia in both of her lungs. 

A Dangerous Alternative

Vaping is currently being marketed by product developers like JUUL as a healthy alternative to smoking, and has captured the attention of teenagers. Unfortunately, the situation above is starting to become all too familiar. The CDC has reported at least 450 cases of illnesses related to using vape products, as they search for the underlying link. One possible reason that health leaders are looking into, is how chemicals/ oils such as Vitamin E acetate interact and can irritate and inflame the lungs after being heated through the vape device. 

Experiencing Lung Issues?

If you are or know of a loved one experiencing severe lung issues as a result of vaping with JUUL pods or other vaping device, contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Please also view our practice area page on JUUL vape pods here for more information. 

 

Breaking: Johnson & Johnson Hit with $572 Million Verdict over Opioid Crisis in OK

Johnson & Johnson

An Oklahoma judge has found Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals guilty of contributing to the opioid crisis in the state. 

$572 Million 

The judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay the state $572 million according to an NBC News article about the ruling. This is a significant verdict, as this trial was the first of its kind to be heard involving the opioid crisis.

Aggressive Tactics by Johnson & Johnson

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter argued that the company created a “public nuisance” by using extreme marketing tactics to push their prescription painkillers to the medical community, and glossing over the risk of addiction. As a result, an epidemic has occurred nationally, with Oklahoma experiencing over 6,000 deaths as a result of the crisis.

Future Impact

This ruling can potentially impact how other state’s cases against pharmaceutical companies over the opioid epidemic will be viewed going forward. With this ruling, there is a potential for judges to want to side with states over pharmaceutical companies when determining who is at fault. 

Injured by an Opioid or other Bad Drug?

If you or a loved one has been injured through the use of an opioid or other pharmaceutical drug, contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to visit our practice area page on pharmaceuticals for more information. 

Sanofi-Aventis Asks for Delay in Start of Taxotere Trial

Taxotere

Sanofi-Aventis LLC, the pharmaceutical company behind chemotherapy drug Taxotere has asked a federal judge to delay the start of a trial brought by plaintiffs who claim using the drug caused them to have permanent hair loss. 

Needing More Time

According to an article from Law.com, the legal counsel for Sanofi-Aventis LLC argued that other pending pre-trial motions have not been heard yet. They also argued that a ruling by the Supreme Court in a separate case involving Merck Pharmaceuticals, that states “judges, rather than lay juries, are better equipped to evaluate the nature and scope of an agency’s determination.” 

Motion Denied

At the end of the day however, it was a win for the plaintiff’s. The federal judge denied the motion for at least one of the plaintiffs, and attorneys for the plaintiff’s expressed their frustration at the request considering the judge had already granted the respondents a delay back in May. It remains to be seen how the judge will rule regarding the other individuals. Legal counsel for the plaintiff’s have also argued that a delay for the trial is unfair to the other plaintiffs in the lawsuit, as many of them are ill and/or have passed away and are not being allowed a fair shake in the proceedings. 

Injured by Taxotere?

If you or a loved one has suffered permanent hair loss as a result of using Taxotere, or had any other adverse medical reaction due to use of a pharmaceutical drug 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 pharmaceuticals for more information. 

Ford F-150 Brake Lawsuit Moves Forward

Ford F-150

A class action lawsuit involving Ford Motors F-150 trucks is moving forward. On July 10, 2019 U.S. District Judge Gershwin A. Drain dismissed many of Ford’s attempts to derail the lawsuit, allowing Plaintiffs to file their claims. 

Defective Ford F-150 Brakes

The core of the lawsuit revolves around defective brakes that were originally recalled by Ford for the 2013-2014 models. The main part of the defect revolves around the master cylinder which can lead to sudden loss of front brake function.  However the repairs that were made, have now been found to be defective as well. The repair allows for seals within the cylinder to move around and allow for brake fluid to leak from the vehicle. As a result, this can lead to loss of braking ability as more brake fluid leaks out. The models affected now span from 2013-2018 models. 

Ford Knew About Defect

Plantiffs’ legal counsel can now begin gathering evidence to support their claim that Ford Motors has had a problem with their F-150 brakes for at least six years, and knew about the problem the entire time and failed to correct course. 

Am I Affected?

The attorneys who are working on this case are looking into any claims of unusual or braking failures involving Ford F-150 trucks for model years 2013-2018. If you or a loved one have an F-150 truck within these years and have experienced braking issues contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to visit our website for more information.

Denver Has Its First Ever Fatal E-Scooter Crash

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The first fatal e-scooter crash in Denver occurred earlier this week. According to an article from Denverite.com, the crash happened on August 4, 2019.

E-Scooter vs. Vehicle

Police confirmed that the individual Cameron D. Hagan was using a “Lyft rental stand up e-scooter” when the crash occurred with an automobile. Mr. Hagan was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Mr. Hagan was actually cited for being at fault for the accident.

Serious Injuries

Mr. Hagan, who is originally from Montana, was transported to Denver Health in critical condition. He was pronounced dead on August 9, 2019.

Uptick in Incidents

Since the introduction of e-scooters as another means of getting around Denver, police have seen a significant rise in the number of accidents involving the scooters. According to the article “Denver police reported 51 incidents involving e-scooters between May 25, 2018, to Aug. 6, according to the department. They included 24 incidents involving motor vehicles and 27 incidents they deemed non-traffic accidents which means a motor vehicle was not involved.”

Injured in an E-Scooter Crash?

If you or a loved one has been injured in an electric scooter crash through no fault of their 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. 

 

 

 

 

JUUL Vape Products: What You Need to Know

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In today’s world we are surrounded by electronics: computers, smart phones, laptops. Even traditional things such as cigarettes have started to see the rise of e-cigarettes and vapes. Vapes are promoted as a healthier alternative to smoking as they do not contain the same toxic chemicals that cigarettes produce when burned. However, vape products have significant drawbacks that can be just as dangerous as regular cigarettes. 

What is vaping?

As stated above, instead of burning tobacco and inhaling it, vaping involves inhaling nicotine that produced from a battery operated vape or e-cigarette. Often times, vape pens can come in popular flavors such as mint, cherry, and even watermelon. Popular vape company JUUL markets a wide variety of vape flavors to their consumers. However it has been noted that vaping also contains other chemicals that have also been proven to be carcinogens. This is especially concerning as JUUL products are known to contain higher levels of nicotine when compared to other vape products. 

Serious Injuries

Just like with regular cigarettes – certain health issues can develop as a result of using vaping products. Lung issues are one of the main problems that can arise with wheezing, shortness of breath, and scarring being some of the symptoms that can pop up as a result of vaping. These can be especially concerning with young adults, as many vape brands like JUUL focus their marketing efforts towards the young adult audience. Other issues such as seizures, heart problems can occur as a result of vape use.

Injured through the use of a JUUL vape product?

If you or a loved one has been injured through the use of JUUL vape products 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 pharmaceuticals for more information.