It's a robot! It's a pedestrian! It's both.

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August 13, 2021 

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Did you know that in some states robots have legal rights? Under Pennsylvania law, autonomous delivery robots are permitted to travel on sidewalks, paths, and roads and are technically considered "pedestrians." This is one of the newest developments in the relationship between robots and humans. 

In Pennsylvania, these robots can travel up to 12 mph in a pedestrian area, 25 mph on the road, and carry a maximum of 550 pounds. The law took effect in January. Additionally, 11 other states that permit personal delivery robots to share streets with people, including Virginia, Florida, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C. 

There are a few benefits in using these robots, including emission reductions through the reduction in large trucks on roadways. Still, as more states make way for autonomous vehicles and robot delivery services, infrastructure will need to follow. In 2017, engineers at MIT created an autonomous robot that used socially aware navigation, which taught the robot to follow the same patterns as humans. 

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We can answer your pedestrian accident questions and help you find the best way forward. As one of our clients, you will pay us nothing if we are unable to win your case.

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July 4th brought a large number of firework injuries to hospitals

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July 9, 2021

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It  was an incredibly busy holiday weekend for the doctors and nurses at UCHealth Burn Center on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. This year brought even more burn injuries related to firework and grill accidents. 

“The number of burn injuries has gone substantially up compared what I’ve seen in years past,” said Dr. Patrick Duffy, a UCHealth burn surgeon. He said the last two years have been particularly busy.

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“We were certainly involved with responding to a number of people who lost parts of fingers and hands and what not for having fireworks go off while they were holding them,” Duffy said.
Women wounded by illegal fireworks encourage safe celebrations this Fourth of July

One of the more common culprits of these burn injuries? Sparklers. 

“Even those simple little sparklers can wind up leading to severe burns that require surgery,” he said.

Doctors recommend not leaving children alone with fireworks, including sparklers, during the Fourth of July or any other holiday. 

“We also see a lot of people who wind up drinking and celebrating around campfires and falling into the campfires,” he said.

Propane grills were also responsible for quite a few injuries during the holiday weekend. 

“If people go to relight the grill without opening the lid and airing out that propane that’s filled there, essentially you are turning your propane grill into a giant bomb,” Duffy said.

He hopes as the summer continues that residents will take precautions and leave the fireworks to the professionals.

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We believe an accident victim should never have to worry about being able to afford legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you pay nothing unless we win your case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.

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Glenwood Canyon Closures May Continue Beyond 2021

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Source: The Denver Post

Date: July 2, 2021

This summer, two mudslides have covered the highway in Glenwood Canyon in Colorado, and geology and engineering experts say the danger could persist. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, closures on I-70 are to protect other travelers, not to prevent potential natural disasters. While this news may be frustrating for drivers, these preventative measures may prevent countless car accidents. 

According to The Denver Post, "Dozens of basins ravaged by last summer’s Grizzly Creek fire drain down toward Interstate 70, and all it takes is a short burst of intense rain in the right spot — a downpour lasting as little as 15 minutes — to send a soupy mix of sludge and rocks flowing onto the highway."

Glenwood Canyon mudslide

The canyon's steep terrain and hard-to-access high basins that were burned in last year's fire make it impossible to make improvements to the basins. If the terrain were gentler, crews could dig it out and perform necessary construction. 
 
According to The Denver Post, "It will take years in some areas for soil burned during the fire to sprout new ground cover and recover normal levels of water absorbancy. Other agencies have evaluated the burn area and begun making plans to help along that process, which can take longer in areas where fire burned the landscape more severely." Until this work can be done, mudslides are still a huge risk to the area and could cause life-threatening car accident and motor vehicle collisions. 

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Gas pump outage in Southern Colorado not due to lack of fuel supply

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COLORADO SPRINGS (KRDO) -- It's not a lack of fuel that has led to gas pump outages across Southern Colorado. Instead, it's a culmination of pipeline maintenance and a gas truck driver shortage, according to AAA Colorado.

Experts are asking drivers not to panic if they pull up to a gas station without available fuel.

"There is never any reason to panic when it comes to gas," Skyler McKinley, Regional Director of Public Affairs for AAA, told KRDO. "In any other year it's no problem, a pipeline comes offline we just spin up additional trucks, we deliver by truck, everything is all good at the pump."

Magellan Midstream Partners conducted maintenance and testing on its pipeline last week, which required the pipeline from Aurora to Fountain to be shut off, according to a spokesperson for the company. The impacted area of the pipeline was turned back on Saturday afternoon. A spokesperson for Magellan says it adequate supplies of gasoline and diesel fuel to meet the needs of customers in the region and that all operations at its pipeline are back to normal.

"Because of the coronavirus pandemic and the truck driver shortage cause therein, sometimes these pipelines come offline and we can't build up the infrastructure the same way we would. Meaning, we can't instantaneously solve the ripple effect caused by a pipeline shutdown. But we can solve it, it just takes a couple of days longer." McKinley explained.

While there are delays in getting gas to stations in Southern Colorado, McKinley stresses there is not a fuel supply shortage. He predicts Colorado and other states will experience similar issues.

"We're going to see this happen sporadically across the country, it's not unique to Colorado," McKinley explained. "It's this trucker shortage is the heart of it because that's really our backup infrastructure when our pipe infrastructure isn't working exactly as it was designed to," McKinley said.

AAA Colorado says there is "plenty of gas" flowing to Colorado, and the organization is asking drivers to not panic buy. McKinley said panic-buying is the only way our area would face a true gasoline shortage at this time. AAA Colorado does expect pump outages to continue in Southern Colorado through the week.

"There will be some hiccups, there will be some frustrations but there will not be chaos as long as you know people are working to solve these problems," McKinley said. "You should only be buying gas if you need gas, you shouldn't be buying more gas than you need."

Man dies in Colorado after crashing car into tree during Tuesday Squall

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April 7, 2021

AURORA, Colorado | (Sentinel Post) One man has died after crashing his SUV into a tree along South Peoria Street in Aurora Tuesday evening, according to Aurora police.

Authorities said an unidentified man was traveling south on Peoria at about 5:15 p.m. April 6 when he apparently lost control and struck a tree. He died at a local hospital a short time later.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office is expected to identify the man in the coming days.

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The man who died was the only person inside the SUV at the time of the collision, and no other injuries were reported. Police do not believe the man who died was intoxicated at the time of the collision.

Traffic investigators have indicated that inclement weather contributed to the crash. A brief winter squall ensnared traffic Tuesday evening, prompting the city to employ its “accident alert” protocols.

Portions of Peoria were closed for several hours Tuesday as authorities processed the crash scene.

Anyone who witnessed the collision Friday or may have dashboard camera footage for the incident is encouraged to call the Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. Tipsters who call the Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and be eligible for rewards up to $2,000.

 

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Information sourced from The Sentinel.

Choking Injuries

Choking Injuries

Choking hazards are a large risk to children primarily. Everybody may suffer a choking injury from time to time from a more common problem, like not chewing your food properly or taking too large of bites. However, children are much more susceptible to choking, particularly when it comes to toys. A lot of toys are made of, or may have small parts. These parts can break off easily, or are simply too small for young kids. Often, those toys come with warnings, particularly for children under 3. The Consumer Products Safety Commission says that toys with warnings should be free of hazards. However, efforts are often made to get a toy to the market as fast as possible, and to make more money. Subsequently, toy companies may put a product out a little bit too quickly, and fail to give parents appropriate warnings. Therefore, no matter how much care that parent may take in supervising the child, those things can get overlooked.

Anesthesia Errors

Anesthesia Errors and Medical Malpractice

When a person undergoes a surgical procedure, there is always risk, not simply from the surgery, but also from the administered anesthesia. An anesthesiologist is responsible for more than administering anesthesia in the operating room. They are also responsible for maintaining and monitoring levels of consciousness throughout the surgery. Anesthesia errors are rare, but they do occur. Anesthesia is a very common use in surgeries today, including major procedures in hospitals to more routine procedures in a doctor's or dental office. Anesthesia is used to eliminate pain during a medical procedure. This may be used in a particular location or region, or in order to partially or completely sedate a person. About one in every 250,000 anesthesia patients may result in a wrongful death if serious complications occur.

Common causes of anesthesia error during surgeries include:

  • Overdose or underdose of anesthesia
  • Delayed delivery of anesthesia
  • Failure to avoid an allergic reaction
  • Drug interactions complications
  • Failure to properly administer oxygen during surgery
  • Failure to properly monitor the patient
  • Use of defective medical equipment during sedation

Common medical malpractice injuries due to anesthesia error can include:

  • Asphyxia
  • Anesthesia awareness
  • Birth defects
  • Brain aneurysm
  • Brain damage
  • Cardiovascular Injury
  • Coma
  • Death
  • Heart attack
  • Loss of bodily function
  • Spinal cord injury which can lead to paralysis
  • Stroke

Top 3 reasons for anesthesia errors:

1. Poor communication between staff members. Fatigue, personality conflicts, or the rush to complete surgery often cause the anesthesiologist or technicians to fail to consider all of the anesthesia safety factors including the patient's age, weight, history with anesthesia, and type of surgery.

2. Improper training, experience, certification. Many technicians do not have the proper background to be administering anesthesia. Unfortunately anesthesia professionals get a lot of "on the job training" in hospitals and emergency rooms. You never know when you could wind up being someone's practice.

3. Failure to read chart notes or orders. Although someone might have noted your medical conditions, allergies, etc. someone else may not have looked at that notation. You might be given anesthesia that could cause you to have a heart attack or stroke.

If you or a loved one have been the victim of a anesthesia error, contact our experienced medical malpractice attorneys.

Dental Malpractice

Dental Malpractice Claims

Today, people visit the dentist’s office at least twice a year. Unfortunately, as visits increase, so do the number of dental malpractice issues. This is due to dentists branching out from the more common procedures that they are used to or are qualified to perform. Not unlike a medical malpractice situation, dentists can be guilty of performing a procedure, or conducting their practice in manners that do not meet the standards of their professional competency. When these substandard practices result in patient injury, a dental malpractice claim results. For success, claims require an expert testimony to address the standards required in that field, and how the dentists failed to meet them. Malpractice charges can be filed against the organization that is operating the practice, or against the dentist or specialist who performed the procedure and failed to identify the patient’s needs.

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Dentists should be held accountable for their treatments and medical judgement, and patients who are injured as a result of dental malpractice have the right to pursue legal claims, including filing a complaint with the state dental board, and filing a dental malpractice lawsuit.

Common forms of dental malpractice include:

  • Wrongfully administered anesthesia
  • Infections caused by improperly sterilized dental equipment
  • Failure to diagnose and treat periodontal disease
  • Unwarranted delay in treatment
  • Misdiagnosis of a dental condition
  • Needless extraction of teeth

4 Elements Necessary  to Prove Dental Malpractice

1. The Existence of a Duty – You must to prove that your dentist has a duty to properly care for you.  This is implied by the dentist-patient relationship. This is easily proven through patient intake records.

2. A Breach of Care – You must prove that your dentist violated the standard of care.  The standard of care is roughly defined as what is clinically acceptable and recommended treatment and procedure given the medical condition and circumstances. For example, if your dentist was performing a root canal and cut too deep damaging a nerve, then that would be a violation of the standard of care. 

3. The Dentist Injured You –You must prove that the dentist injured you.  This shouldn’t be too hard since the reason most people decide to pursue a malpractice claim is because of an injury.

4. Proof that The Violation of Care Caused the Injury – You must prove that your injury occurred because of the dentist’s negligence.  For example, let’s say that Max goes to see Dr. Gums for a dental treatment.  Max only brushes his teeth three times a week, never flosses and has lots of cavities.  He goes to get hem filled from Dr. Gums.  While the dentist is drilling, he accidentally hits Max's gums with the drill and causes a sore.  A few monthly later,Max has developed gum recession around his teeth. In order to win a lawsuit claiming that Dr. Gums caused his gum recession, Max must prove that it was the dentist’s drill that caused the gum recession, not his own poor oral hygiene,  which would be hard to prove. 

 

Failure to Diagnose

Misdiagnosos and Failure to Diagnose

Medical malpractice is an term that encompasses a wide array of negligent acts by a medical provider, such as a doctor, nurse, dentist or surgeon. Examples of medical malpractice include a medical professional's improper administration of treatment, administration of the wrong treatment, misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose an accurate affliction or illness. One of the largest causes of a malpractice case is a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose. 

This happens often in emergency rooms with pressure to take immediate action. However, there are numerous other ways in which malpractice cases appear. This can include when lab technicians or radiologists misread studies, when doctors fail to order appropriate testing, or when nurses fail to relay symptoms. The most common malpractices that come up are a failure to diagnose cancer, multiple sclerosis, treating infections, or heart conditions. When people aren't accurately or promptly diagnosed, they are at risk of having some sort of detrimental impact. That can range from a worst chance of recovery, a longer recovery period, or permanent damage that may result in some sort of paralysis or even death. 

There are many ways a doctor or medical staff might not adequately diagnose a patient.  These include:

  • misreading test results
  • failing to consider the patient’s history
  • failing to order the necessary tests
  • failing to listen to the patient
  • failing to refer a patient to the proper surgeon
  • failing to prescribe the correct medication
  • failing to elavulate correct treatment options

 

Just because your medical provider failed to diagnose a condition accurately does not mean you immediately have a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice can be very difficult and costly to prove. If you believe you may have a malpractice claim, you should consult a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to ensure you have a strong case. Depending on the particular cause of a failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the hospital, doctor, nurse or perhaps your medical insurance company for their actions.

Food Borne Illness and Contamination

Food Borne Illness and Contamination

In the food industry, food borne illness and contamination is one of the greatest risks. In order to be successful after you have suffered from food borne illness and contamination, you must prove three things. The first is, “Fault.” That means that a seller or processor improperly stored, packaged, handled, or prepared the suspect food. The second requirement to show is something called, “Causation.” This demonstrates that what the sellers or processors did actually caused the contamination. This includes improper storage or packaging, handling, or preparation. Not only must those be demonstrated, but also a third requirement called, “Damage”. “Damage” calls for proof that the contamination is what actually caused your injury and the harms and losses you have sustained.