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Juries can make the workplace safer by holding unsafe employers accoutable

A jury found that an employer had violated various workplace safety rules and laws, and that a worker was injured because of these violations. Please “drill down” for details. http://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/immigration/b/insidenews/archive/2012/08/25/1m-federal-jury-verdict-for-injured-undocumented-worker-romero-v-reiman-corp-d-wyo.aspx

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Watch: Animation created to for trial and settlement of a catastrophic ski slope injury in Aspen, for $3,225,000. Holding unsafe skiers accountable makes skiing safer for everyone

A significant settlement encourages safer skiing. A 19 year old Aspen skier looked before he leapt launching a 360 degree turn before making sure the area below was clear. The skier, who was moving at least 35 miles per hour, ran into medical professional, who suffered a closed head injury, a severely injured shoulder, and […]

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Insured beyond the grave

Here’s another aspect of insurance I heard from this Gospel song on the Bluegrass Junction channel. I HOW YOU CAN BUY INSURANCE FRIEND TO PAY YOU WHEN YOU’RE ILL. AND IF YOUR EARTHLY HOME SHOULD BURN, A NEW ONE YOU CAN BUILD. INSURANCE ON YOUR EARTHLY WEALTH, YOUR SILVER AND YOUR GOLD BUT READ GOD’S BOOK, […]

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Getting Document Evidence from Third Parties

Suppose you or your family were injured because of the carelessness of a “third person” as lawyers say, i.e., because someone else messed up. Suppose further that you are forced to file a lawsuit against that person and you need documents from his employer or from a corporate affiliate that is not a party to […]

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Medical bills in personal injury trials: Ask the jury to award them? The “low anchoring” effect of medical expenses.

Imagine you’ve been injured in a construction accident. Or an auto collision. The medical bills arrive, and accumulate. You have high-deductible health plan and you’ve paid thousands of dollars out of pocket. Or you don’t have insurance at all and are facing tens of thousands of medical bills. And you’re left with permanent impairment and […]

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Enjoying being a Colorado and Wyoming lawyer.

There are no two better contiguous states in the country. Sure, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, or Oklahoma and Arkansas, may claim to be the best abutting states, but no informed person would accept that claim.

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Damages

Damages Injured in a Colorado auto accident  or in Wyoming?  Juries have wide discretion in awarding an amount of money to make up for what happened.  “[A] jury’s verdict will not be disturbed if there is any support for it in the record.”   Blood v. Qwest Services Corp., 224 P.3d 301, 325 (Colo. App. 2009), aff’d  252 […]

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Uninsured and Underinsured Coverage

With uninsured (UM) and underinsured (UIM) coverage, it is absence or insufficiency of liability coverage that triggers first-party coverage under whatever policy is available to tort victim. C.R.S. §10-4-609, Since 1983, uninsured motorist (UM) coverage in Colorado has included underinsured coverage. C.R.S. §10-4-609(4). Determining fact of insurance in auto accident claims is no longer enough. […]

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Mental Pain and Suffering

Except for medical malpractice, noneconomic loss (such as pain, suffering and emotional distress) cannot exceed sum of $468,010 (claims accruing after January 1, 2008), unless court finds clear and convincing evidence that greater amount is justified. C.R.S. §13-21-102.5(3)(a). However, under no circumstances may noneconomic loss damages exceed $936,030 (Amounts adjusted for inflation annually and certified […]

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