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Archive for April, 2014

It is estimated that 44,000 people die each year from medical errors they sustain in the hospital. It is the third biggest cause of death in the country—behind heart disease and cancer. This is frightening for the millions of Americans who go to the hospital each year for a variety of medical reasons. Some are critically injured and seeking life-saving medical treatment, others are just there for routine procedures or illnesses. From the emergency room to labor and delivery, hospitals across the country are booming. Unfortunately, busy hospitals and medical staff often translate to more medical errors and an increased chance of sustaining a serious injury.

Come in and Leave Quickly

The less time your hospital stay lasts, the better. Hospitals are full of a variety of serious germs and diseases, and a hospital-acquired infection, such as MRSA, can be lethal. If you need to be treated in a hospital setting, be sure you ask when you can go home and leave as soon as your doctor gives you the green light to be discharged. You can continue therapy and even receive medications from home through a variety of outpatient agencies.

Know Your Medications

It is important to be proactive in your medical care. This means taking the time to inquire about new medications, understand their side effects, and the possible interactions they may have with other medications you are taking. Ask nurses or doctors to explain the reasons behind taking these medications and understand fully how you are supposed to take them and when. Be sure to note the color and shape of every pill you are taking. This will allow you to notice if a pharmacist or nurse dispenses the wrong medication to you by mistake.

Publicize Your Allergies

If you are allergic to specific types of medications, such as penicillin, be sure to tell everyone who gives you medication or hangs IV fluids of your allergy. Insist on wearing an allergy bracelet and show it to anyone who is ready to give you medicine. Alerting nurses and doctors to medication allergies is the best way to avoid potentially lethal allergic reactions.

Seek a Second Opinion

If you receive a diagnosis in the hospital or a recommendation for surgery, be sure you ask to get a second opinion. This will reduce the likelihood of being misdiagnosed or undergoing the wrong surgery or procedure. Getting a second and possibly third opinion introduces others to your care and opens the door for alternative treatment methods.

Contact Us

denver personal injury attorney john fullerIf you or someone you love has suffered due to a physician or medical professional’s error in Denver, Aurora, Boulder, Commerce City, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, you need a law firm on your side immediately. At Fuller Injury Law, our Denver medical malpractice attorneys will fight aggressively for you, so you can focus on your recovery. We are available 24/7, and routinely handle medical malpractice cases across Colorado. Discuss your case with Denver medical malpractice lawyer John R. Fuller now by scheduling a free initial consultation. Call (303) 597-4500.
Last year, there were 5,448 hit and run accidents in Denver alone. This cost millions of dollars in damages, injuries, and medical costs—as well as higher insurance rates. This year, Denver police authorities have already responded to 1,200 hit and run accidents—three of those were fatalities.

Hit and Run Drivers – Harder Stand

Now, Colorado is taking a harder stand against hit and run drivers, in an attempt to curtail the number of these incidents. In March, Colorado became the first state to enact a law that gives statewide alerts for hit and run incidents involving serious bodily injury or death. This alert system acts similarly to the Amber Alert system that is already in place for abducted or missing children.

 Medina Alert Program

The House Bill 14-1191 is also known as the Medina Alert Program, named after 21-year-old Jose Medina who was killed in a hit and run accident in 2011 while he performed his job as a valet. In addition to the alerts, the bill also includes the use of highway road signs, as well as television and radio bulletins that will be broadcasted to alert the public. Before this law was enacted last month, law enforcement in Denver and throughout Colorado used a system they called Taxis Patrol. This program trained cabbies to be on the lookout for fleeing suspects from hit and runs and other crimes. The program was considered a success and more than 5,000 cab drivers participated in the Taxis Patrol program. In addition to this law, House Bill 1158 is now in committee—and this calls for higher minimum sentences for those convicted of hit and run. It also eliminates the possibility of probation or suspended sentences. Colorado legislators hope that these laws can help to detour drivers from fleeing the scene of an accident. Yet even with these tougher laws, hit and run accidents will still occur. Why? There are many factors as to why a person would flee the scene of an accident. Most commonly is fear—fear of being arrested. They may have been drinking, or texting while driving, or they may have illegal drugs in the car. Yet no matter what the reason, the law is very clear—leaving the scene of an accident is a crime.

Contact Denver Hit and Run Accident Lawyer

john-fuller-personal-injury-attorneyIf you or someone you love is injured or killed in a hit and run accident in Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, Westminster, Commerce City, Boulder, or anywhere in the State of Denver, call personal injury lawyer John R. Fuller today for a free initial consultation. We are available 24/7 and have the resources to handle even the largest injury case. Call us today to review all of your legal options for FREE—at (303) 597-4500.
Denver Car Accident Lawyer
After any terrifying event—a car accident or near death experience—it is only natural to be frightened or stressed. These feelings, while initially debilitating, should subside in time. Yet for many injured accident victims, these feelings worsen and develop into a mental condition known as Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Without the right medical and psychiatric care, PTSD could cause serious harm. It is important to remember that not all people who suffer PTSD are the victims themselves. In many situations, the person who caused the accident suffers from PTSD, as do bystanders who simply witnessed the crash. If you have already suffered a traumatic even in your life, you are at a greater risk for developing PTSD.

Signs of PTSD

There are numerous signs of post-traumatic stress disorder that are typically placed into 3 distinct categories:
  1. Reliving – these symptoms include anything that causes you to “relive” certain aspects of the traumatic event. This includes flashbacks, emotional triggers, hallucinations, and nightmares. Anything can serve as a trigger to bring back a flashback: a song playing on the radio, a color, a sound, or even the anniversary approaching.
  2. Avoiding – these symptoms include avoiding people, places, or any situation that reminds you of the event. PTSD victims usually begin to isolate themselves from those who love them. They may be unable to go to work, choose to not participate in family events, and even lose interest in the activities or hobbies they used to enjoy before the crash.
  3. Increased Arousal – these types of symptoms are a bit easier to recognize and include being “jumpy”, difficulty falling asleep, angry outbursts, difficulty concentrating, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and more
  Young children who have been in a car accident should be monitored closely for signs of PTSD. Unlike adults, they may not understand what is happening to them. They may confuse nightmares with reality and begin to regress emotionally and socially. They may suffer from language delays or other developmental delays, or they may begin to act out in school. Temper tantrums and withdrawn behavior are signs to look for in children.

Contact an Aurora and Denver Car Accident Attorney

denver personal injury attorney john fullerIf you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident and is suffering from PTSD, it is important to speak to an experienced Denver car accident attorney immediately. At the law offices of John R. Fuller, P.C., we fight aggressively for our injured accident victims and their families. We understand the complications that can arise after a devastating accident and work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the money you need to recover.   Contact our Denver personal injury attorneys for a free initial consultation to learn how we can help. Call us at 303-597-4500. We’re available 24/7 by phone, fax and e-mail.
If you have sustained a spinal cord injury in a car crash, you may already have a glimpse of how difficult your life will be. Even if you are not completely paralyzed, your injuries will undoubtedly make life more challenging—and this can result in extreme financial complications for you and your family.

Price Tag of Spinal Cord Injury

So just how much does a spinal cord injury cost? The cost of a spinal cord injury depends largely on the type of injury you suffered, the degree of disability, and the age you are at the time of the accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a car accident victim who suffers from high tetraplegia will require at least $1 million in total specialized care during the first year alone. The lifetime cost of a severe spinal cord injury totals well over $4 million over the course of an average lifetime. This figure, while astronomically high, does not even take into consideration other financial burdens, such as:
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medications
  • Adaptations to your home, such as ramps or lifts
  • Specialized vehicles
  • Wheelchairs and other disability equipment
  • Private health care premiums
  • Out of pocket travel expenses to doctor visits and specialists
  • And more
The more severe your spinal cord injury, the more compensation you will require just to avoid financial ruin. In addition to your lost wages and loss of future earnings, loved ones may be unable to work while they provide round the clock care for you. All of these factors must be considered when seeking compensation in a Denver personal injury lawsuit.

How Much Compensation Should I ask?

Your Denver personal injury lawyer will discuss your prognosis with physicians and healthcare professionals to determine how much compensation you will need to adapt to your new disability. Without a lawyer on your side, insurance companies may attempt to low-ball you and offer you a settlement that is far less than you actually need to recover.

Contact an Aurora and Denver Personal Injury Attorney

denver personal injury attorney john fullerIf you or someone you love has been injured by another driver’s negligence, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Denver personal injury attorney immediately. At the law offices of John R. Fuller, P.C., we fight aggressively for our injured accident victims and their families. We understand the numerous spinal cord complications that can arise after a devastating accident and work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the money you need to recover. Contact our Denver personal injury attorneys for a free initial consultation to learn how we can help. Call us at 303-597-4500. We’re available 24/7 by phone, fax and e-mail.