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Archive for April, 2014
Come in and Leave QuicklyThe 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 MedicationsIt 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 AllergiesIf 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 OpinionIf 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 UsIf 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.
Hit and Run Drivers – Harder StandNow, 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 ProgramThe 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 LawyerIf 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.
Signs of PTSDThere are numerous signs of post-traumatic stress disorder that are typically placed into 3 distinct categories:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Contact an Aurora and Denver Car Accident AttorneyIf 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.
Price Tag of Spinal Cord InjurySo 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
- 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