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Speeding Vehicle Causes Crash, Injures Two

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A serious crash that injured two people occurred earlier this morning Friday July 26, 2019  as reported by Fox 31 Denver

Speeding a Major Factor

According to the article, the car that caused the accident was travelling “at least 105 miles per hour on E-470 at Chambers Road.” A Colorado State Patrol officer saw the vehicle and attempted to slow down the car by turning on their patrol lights. The vehicle exited E-470 at Dry Creek Road however and hit two cars when the driver failed to yield to other traffic at the intersection. The vehicle also hit an electrical box which cut power to around 1,000 people in the area. 

Multiple Injuries

Two individuals were taken to Sky Ridge Medical Center for treatment. The status of their condition is unknown at this time. 

Under Investigation

The driver and passenger that were in the speeding vehicle escaped the scene on foot. Police are currently looking for the individuals as an investigation gets underway. 

Injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident?

If you or a loved one has been injured in 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. 

Key New Jersey Hearing Set for J&J Talc Trial

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The next big hurdle in the Johnson & Johnson talcum powder lawsuits is approaching quickly according to an article by Fierce Pharma. The company is set to try and challenge evidence that will be submitted for trial by the plaintiff’s attorneys. 

New Jersey Hearing

At a hearing set for next Monday July 29, 2019 the company will challenge the truthfulness of the evidence being submitted for the trial. This trial involves about 14,200 lawsuits combined together. The plaintiff’s claim that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products caused their diagnosis of ovarian cancer & mesothelioma due to the presence of asbestos in their talc. They also claim that Johnson & Johnson was aware that their talc was not safe, but purposely hid that knowledge from the public. 

Loss In Delaware

Johnson & Jonson have been hit with some pretty big verdicts against them in the courtroom. On top of that, the company was recently denied a motion to move all cases to federal court in Delaware, where their talc supplier Imerys Talc America is currently undergoing bankruptcy proceedings. The company is now subject to a criminal investigation by the Department of Justice. 

Pivotal Decision for Talc Cases

Monday’s decision can greatly impact the shape of future talc cases moving forward. For now it remains to be seen whether the momentum will continue in favor of the plaintiffs or if there will be a definite shift. 

Diagnosed With Ovarian Cancer and/or Mesothelioma?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and/or mesothelioma and have regularly used Johnson & Johnson baby powder or their other talcum based products, 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 ovarian cancer and talcum powder for more information. 

Summer Grilling Safety Tips

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A fun summertime activity many people enjoy is turning on the grill and cooking outside. Whether you enjoy grilled meat or veggies, it’s easy to create tasty dishes using a grill. Despite the convenience of using a grill, serious injuries can occur if the grill is not used properly. Below are some safety tips to think about before getting ready to cook:

Outdoors and Away from Buildings/Homes

Make sure while you are grilling, you are doing so outdoors and a safe distance away from homes and/or other buildings. Check to make sure there are no low hanging branches or brush that could potentially catch fire and injure yourself and/or others. 

Stable Surface

Make sure the grill is on a flat stable surface to prevent it from tipping over while in use. 

Pay Attention

Make sure your focus is on the task at hand, and don’t leave the grill unattended. Keep children and pets a safe distance away from the grill while it is in use. 

Wear Appropriate Clothing

Just like with branches or brush, clothing can also easily catch fire if you are not careful. Make sure your shirt sleeves etc. are not hanging over the grill while you are grilling. Don’t wear clothing and/or accessories that are flammable when using the grill. 

Be Prepared In Case of An Emergency

Have a fire extinguisher or other alternatives like baking soda if it’s a grease fire on hand in case a fire does break out and you need to put it out quickly.

Injured from a Grill?

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a grilling accident through the actions of others 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. 

*Tips adapted from an article by Nationwide Insurance

Key Motions Filed in Taxotere Lawsuit

Taxotere Lawsuit

Legal counsel for Plaintiffs for the first bellwether trial involving the chemotherapy drug Taxotere filed motions in regards to potential claims for lawsuit abuse or unfair legal practice by the drug’s manufacturer according to an article from Law.com

Taxotere Lawsuit Not About Them

The attorneys filed the motions as they anticipate Taxtotere’s manufacturer Sanofi-Aventus to pull out all the stops in trying to change the nature of the trial to reflect more on the tactics of their legal team rather than the individuals who have been affected by the drug.

No Warning

The plaintiffs who brought the suit against Sanofi-Aventus are claiming that the manufacturer did not disclose that permanent hair loss could be a side effect of using the drug. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made this change aware to the public after having the company change the product label in 2015.

Injured by Taxotere?

If you or a loved one has been injured through the use of Taxotere or other 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. 

New Data Shows Pharmacies Played Major Role in Opioid Epidemic

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A new report coming from a federal court in Ohio, is casting more light on how the opioid epidemic began than ever before. An article from NPR shows how pharmacies were also a major factor in helping the epidemic grow. 

Major Pharmacies at Fault

A new lawsuit is being brought against many drug manufacturers (like Purdue Pharma who produces OxyContin) by local governments in Ohio holding them at fault for the epidemic. This time pharmacy giants like Walgreens and CVS are also listed in the lawsuit as well. The data being released tracks how many pills were created and distributed to individuals over a six-year period (2006-2012). 

Steady Stream 

An attorney working on the lawsuit commented that looking at the data people “will see the flow, the steady flow of pills – it’s not a trickle, it’s a tsunami.”

Awaiting Answers

A spokesman declined to comment for the article, but mentioned that the claims brought forward by the plaintiffs do not have any weight to them. 

Injured by a Bad Drug?

If you or a loved one has been injured through the use of OxyContin or other opioid 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. 

US DOJ Launches Criminal Investigation Against J&J

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The U.S. Department of Justice has announced they will be launching a criminal investigation into whether Johnson & Johnson lied about the safety of their talc products. 

Criminal Investigation to Begin

According to an article from Insurance Journal, Johnson & Johnson announced in February of 2019 that they had received subpoenas but did not say in regards to what. The investigation is being conducted by a grand jury in Washington that are going over the evidence. 

J&J In Hot Water

The company found themselves in the middle of controversy when internal company memos from the 1960’s and 1970’s were used as evidence in some of the multiple lawsuits the company has, that demonstrate scientists knew of asbestos in their talc presenting a “severe health hazard.” 

Other Lawsuits

Investors in the company are also upset, bringing lawsuits claiming that the company has defrauded them by not disclosing the risk that comes with using their talc products. In addition to these lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson face over 14,000 civil claims regarding the safety of their talc products. 

Diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and/or mesothelioma and have used Johnson & Johnson baby powder or other talcum powder products 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 talcum products and ovarian cancer for more information.

Westminster Red Robin Closes After Individuals Diagnosed with E. Coli

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A Red Robin restaurant in Westminster has been closed since Wednesday July 10th, 2019  after three individuals were diagnosed with E. Coli according to an article from 9 News

Children and Adults

According to the article, the current number of affected individuals are two children and one adult. The Tri-County Health Department is currently conducting an investigation and have already found several instances of improper food handling, cleaning, and safety measures. 

E. Coli Symptoms

The presence of E. Coli bacteria in someone’s system can begin to show up within one to 10 days of coming into contact with the bacteria. E. Coli symptoms include but are not limited to: Diarrhea, stomach pain, vomiting, and fever. 

Do You Have a Food Borne Illness?

If you or a loved one has contracted a food borne illness 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 food borne illness for more information.

River Safety: Are You Prepared?

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A favorite summer activity for many individuals is river rafting or tubing. Flying down the river can be an exhilarating feeling, or relax as you simply float on down the on a lazy river. However, with the added rain this season, rivers in Colorado have been rising at a swift rate. This can lead to serious injury and/or death if the proper precautions are not taken beforehand. 

Is the River Safe? 

Do not raft or tube in rivers where the height is nearly at the top of the bank, or overflowing. Furthermore check the rate of the current, if it’s moving too fast you could be swept downstream in an accident. You may also visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/rt to read on current water data for Colorado.

Wear a Life Vest/Helmet

Make sure you are wearing a life vest and a helmet to protect you from injury in case you fall out of your raft/tube. Even if you consider yourself to be a strong swimmer, take the extra step and wear a life vest or personal flotation device for extra protection if you find yourself in the river – you could end up being swept downstream faster than you think. 

Use the Buddy System

Never attempt these activities alone. Go with a professional guide or have at least one other individual there to help you in case of an emergency. Ensure that you tell a friend of family member your expected return date, and if you are with a guide, listen carefully to the safety guidelines and to your guide’s instructions.

No Drugs or Alcohol

Do not engage in these activities under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. These substances can impair and reduce your thinking and reaction time if an incident occurs. 

Injured in a River Rafting/Tubing Accident?

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from a river rafting or tubing incident as a result of the actions of other individuals contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our personal injury practice area page for more information.

Road Trip Tips: Are You Ready To Hit the Road?

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There’s nothing quite like a summer roadtrip. Music, the open road, and maybe a couple of your family members or friends along for the ride. While it may be the last thing you want to think about, there is always a possibility for an accident to occur during your trip. Here are some tips to help you be prepared in case your trip hits a snag.

Tip 1: Roadside Assistance Kit

Check to see if your car has a roadside assistance kit. If not you can make your own by getting reflective triangles, jumper cables, flashlight, bandages, a rain poncho, quick tire inflation kit, and nonperishable food and water to keep on hand in case something happens.

Tip 2: Getting Help

Many auto insurance plans offer roadside assistance as part of their coverage. If you don’t have roadside assistance coverage with your plan, you can still call to get help, however you may be required to cover the entire cost. 

Tip 3: Check Before Hitting the Road

Do an inspection of your car before heading out on your trip to make sure it’s in good working order and up to handling the task of a long drive. Check your tire pressure and make sure fluids such as oil and washer fluid are at safe levels and get them topped off or changed if necessary beforehand. 

Injured in a Car Accident?

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto 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 here for more information.

Johnson & Johnson Motion Denied in OK Opioid Trial

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An Oklahoma judge issued a ruling to dismiss a motion brought forth by the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson on Monday July 9, 2019. The motion was a request to toss out a lawsuit filed by Oklahoma’s attorney general, which claims the company had a hand in creating the opioid epidemic. 

Johnson & Johnson Fight Back

The company argued that the lawsuit filed under a statute of public nuisance is incorrect, because the issue at hand does not meet the appropriate guidelines. According to an article from MSN, the state attorney general “was visibly angry as he repeatedly accused the company of lying.”

Trial to Proceed

However the effort was in vain, as judge Thad Balkman deemed that the state had presented enough evidence to allow the trial to go forward. The evidence is similar to evidence presented in lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, another pharmaceutical company being taken to task over the crisis. The attorney general laid out evidence that Johnson & Johnson downplayed the risk of opioids to medical professionals, used misleading data, and aggressively pushed using narcotics. 

Injured by a 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 view our practice area page on pharmaceuticals for more information.