John R. Fuller P.C.

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Denver, CO 80206

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Death is inevitable for us all. While no one knows the exact day or hour of their passing, in the end, it is something we will all experience. For many of us, this creates extreme anxiety that can develop into phobias about airplane crashes, tornados, or salmonella. Yet what are your odds of dying? You may be surprised!   Odds of Dying:
  • Heart Disease – 1 in 388
  • Cancer – 1 in 499
  • Unintentional injuries – 1 in 2,228
  • Diabetes – 1 in 4,009
  • Motor vehicle accident – 1 in 6,585
  • Gun shot – 1 in 8,802
  • Narcotic drugs – 1 in 34,843
  • Falling objects – 1 in 373,787
  • Electrocution – 1 in 493,153
  • Airplane crash – 1 in 659,779
  • Alcohol – 1 in 811,102
  • Lightening strike – 1 in 3,106,880
  • Dog bite – 1 in 15,966,734
  • Domestic hijacking – 1 in 16,817,784
  • Venomous snakes or spiders – 1 in 54,049,600
  What is particularly interesting is that a large portion of Americans are afraid of spiders, snakes, or airplane crashes—yet it is the simple motor vehicle accident or unintentional injury that we should fear more.   Motor Vehicle Accidents & Death In 2012, more than 33,000 people died in car crashes across the country and this was 1,000 more than the previous year (a 3.3% increase). In particular, pedestrians and motorcyclists represented the most increase in fatalities—especially in states without a universal helmet law. Deaths involving drunk drivers increased as well by 4.6%, as did deaths from distracted driving, such as talking on cellphones and texting while driving.   Tips for Avoiding Car Accident Death While you can’t prevent every accident from occurring, the steps you take before you get into a motor vehicle can have a huge impact on your safety. Consider the following tips:
  • Always keep your tires properly inflated and check to be sure there is enough tread left on your tires.
  • If you are going to be consuming alcohol or drugs, be sure you have a safe way to get home. NEVER drink and drive or drive under the influence of marijuana or other drugs.
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle, even in states that do not have universal helmet laws. Wearing a helmet is the single best way to prevent deadly traumatic brain injuries.
  • Always wear your seatbelt when driving or riding as a passenger in a car. Seatbelts save lives each and every day. From 2004 to 2008, more than 75,000 lives were saved by seatbelt use.
  • Keep your attention on the road at all times. Never use a cellphone to talk or text while driving—it can wait. Keep your cellphone in your glove box if you are tempted to use it while in the car.
  • Know where you are going ahead of time. Look at a map and decide the best route to take to arrive at your destination safely. Waiting until you are in the car and driving is the worst time to begin looking for directions.
  • If you ride a motorcycle, consider investing in some heavy duty riding gear to protect your eyes, face, and skin. This can prevent devastating road rash injuries from occurring.
  • Use your headlights even in the daytime. This will allow other cars to see you on the road, even in nice weather.
  • Change your wiper blades frequently. Rainstorms can come on suddenly. If you are caught in a rainstorm without good windshield wipers, you may find that your vision is impaired and reaction time slower. Be sure to replace your wiper blades on a regular basis.
  Contact Denver Car Accident Lawyers denver personal injury attorney john fullerIf you have been injured in a car accident, contact Denver car accident lawyer John R. Fuller today. Our Denver personal injury attorneys can help you obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries. Our Colorado personal injury law firm has the experience to know when our clients are being treated fairly and will respond accordingly. Contact us today at 303-597-4500 for a free initial consultation.  
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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
insurance policyEven when a car accident is relatively cut and dry and liability is clearly established, your ability to recover damages is limited by the ability of the at-fault party’s insurance coverage. While an experienced Denver car accident attorney can help you get the maximum amount of compensation, if the “at fault” driver does not carry insurance or carries very little, your options may be limited. Colorado State Mandatory Car Insurance Requirements All states have a mandatory minimum car insurance requirement. In the State of Colorado, all drivers are required by law to carry auto liability insurance and proof of this insurance. The minimum requirements are:
  • $25,000 per person for bodily injury
  • $50,000 per accident for bodily injury
  • $15,000 property damage liability
All insurers are required to offer Colorado motorists Uninsured/Underinsured motorist coverage. While it can be rejected, most motorists do choose to carry this policy. It will pay you in the event you are involved in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver. While most drivers carry coverage in excess of these minimum statutory requirements, there are many drivers that do not carry insurance at all—or who carry below the minimum requirements. Knowing insurance policy limits is extremely important. Your attorney may be able to file a claim against the “at fault” driver’s insurance policy and then tap into your own UM/UIM policy if the other driver doesn’t carry enough insurance coverage to meet your medical expenses. In some cases, your attorney may also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking additional compensation, which may include garnishing wages or attacking the responsible party’s assets. While insurance coverage doesn’t affect the emergency medical care you receive, knowing that you don’t have compensation for your injuries can play a large role in your recovery. Accident victims who don’t have insurance may live in pain, rather than pay for pricey prescription painkillers; they may refuse additional surgeries that could improve their prognosis; or they may avoid attending therapies due to the expense. This can lead to future complications or a chronic level of pain/suffering. Contact an Aurora and Denver Car Accident Attorney If you or someone you love has been injured by another person’s negligence, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Denver 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 car accident 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.
denver personal injury attorney Spinal cord injuries are on the rise, due in large part to an increase in elderly accidents—particularly slip and falls. John Hopkins researchers studied over 43,000 adults who were treated for spinal cord injuries between 2007 and 2009. They found that elderly victims over the age of 65 experienced an increase in spinal cord injuries. In 2007, there were 79.4 injuries per million; in 2009, that number had climbed to 87.7. Over that same 3 year period, it was found that falls were the leading cause of these traumatic spinal cord injuries, with car crashes coming in a close second. Unfortunately, when elderly patients do slip and fall and suffer a spinal cord injury, they are 4x more likely to die in the emergency room and 6x more likely to die from complications during their inpatient stay. Spinal cord injuries are not only traumatic for patients, but they are also costly. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates that spinal cord injury victims will spend between $1 million and $5 million during their lifetime, thanks in large part to improving technology that allows victims to live longer lives. In addition, spinal cord injuries cost the healthcare system more than $5 billion a year. Understanding the costs associated with spinal cord injuries, as well as the complications that can arise after the initial injury is extremely important. Your attorney will need to consider all of these factors when advocating for your rights and ensuring that you receive the compensation you need throughout your life. Spinal cord injury victims will need money to cover all medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, loss of future earnings, pain and suffering, and more. After all, your life may never be the same—you need an attorney who can help you plan for the obstacles you will now face and ensure that your future isn’t jeopardized further. Contact an Aurora and Denver Personal Injury Attorney If you or someone you love has been injured by another person’s negligence, it is paramount 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 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.  
 Denver car accident attorney If you are involved in a car accident with one other vehicle, establishing fault is usually a matter of deciding if you or the other driver is to blame for the accident. Occasionally, there may be a third party responsible, such as a government entity or construction road crew. When the accident involves multiple vehicles, however, establishing fault can become increasingly difficult. Multi-vehicle crashes or pileups usually result from a chain reaction. In most multi-vehicle accidents, there may be multiple parties to blame for different components of the accident. You yourself may share some of the blame for the accident or for a portion of the pileup. With so many differing points of view, it can be difficult to establish negligence and know which insurance company to contact. To make matters worse, insurance companies understand these complications and are usually reluctant to reach settlements until the chain of negligence is fully established. To further complicate matters, passengers in varying vehicles may be seeking compensation from all parties responsible or from the driver of the very vehicle they were riding in. As such, you may find yourself seeking compensation from other drivers’ insurance companies and defending yourself from lawsuits at the same time. The complexities that surround multi-vehicle crashes are endless and require a law firm with the resources to fight aggressively for your rights. Insurance companies do not usually reach settlements quickly when there are multiple parties involved and everyone begins pointing fingers at everyone else, in an attempt to reduce their own liabilities. When significant injuries or deaths are involved, the complications become even greater, with much more at stake. Injured accident victims or families who have lost a loved one will need money for medical expenses, lost wages, lost future earnings, pain and suffering, and more. Choosing a lawyer who understands the complications that can arise in a multi-vehicle crash is important to obtaining the compensation you need—and deserve. Contact an Aurora and Denver Car Accident Attorney If you or someone you love has been seriously hurt by another person’s negligence, it is important to retain the services of 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.    
denver personal injury attorneyCar and motorcycle accidents often occur at lightening speeds and with little warning. The impact from those crashes can leave victims with crushed and broken hands, arms, legs, and feet. While orthopedic surgeons and physicians are usually able repair the majority of broken bones and limbs, there are times when complications and even infections can interfere with the healing process. When this occurs, it may be necessary to remove the injured extremity in an attempt to save the accident victim’s life. After an amputation, accident victims will need to relearn even basic skills, such as walking, driving, or even dressing themselves. In addition, they may be unable to continue in their chosen profession, and be forced to find new lines of employment. It is important to understand the true costs of limb loss before you agree to a settlement. These costs are not always apparent and future expenses, such as prosthetic devices, must be taken into account. A study conducted by John Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy found that the total lifetime costs of amputation was well over a half million dollars. This included costs such as hospitalizations, prosthetics, rehabilitation, therapies, outpatient doctor visits, and pain medications. It did not, however, take into account lost wages, loss of future earnings, or pain and suffering. Prosthetic Devices are Expensive If you have suffered the loss of a limb, you will need to be fitted for a prosthetic. These artificial hands, arms, and legs can be costly and cost between $5,000 and $50,000 depending on their design and material. In addition, being fitted for a prosthetic means additional rehabilitation to learn how to use the new device. It is important to know that these costs are not a one time only cost either. Prosthetic devices are usually changed out every 3-5 years, and this ongoing cost must be taken into account before reaching an appropriate settlement. Contact an Aurora and Denver Personal Injury Attorney If you or someone in your family has lost a limb due to another person’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 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.
Denver Car accident attorneyFender benders are a fact of life, and they occur nearly every day in every city across the United States. These accidents are also known as low impact accidents because they occur at relatively low speeds and usually only cause minor property damage. In many cases, police reports are never even filed and accident victims simply exchange insurance information and move on with their day. Unfortunately, even low impact accidents can cause injuries that can take days and even weeks to become fully apparent. When the injury does finally surface, accident victims may not realize the correlation between their injury and the accident they endured. When a 2,000-pound automobile or truck collides with another car at just 10 mph, the result is an impact force of 3.7 tons. This force is enough to damage the soft tissues in the neck and back, leading to whiplash, herniated discs, and back sprains. Whiplash is the most common, due to the jarring forces of low impact collisions. Unfortunately, even though low impact accidents can cause injuries, the majority of insurance companies are suspicious of these types of claims. As such, they may delay or deny your claim unfairly or investigate you closely in an attempt to prove fraud. Documentation of your injury is critical to winning your claim and the compensation you need. Your attorney may need to show medical tests, diagnoses, and even expert testimony to fight the insurance company on your behalf. Proving that your low impact accident caused an injury is difficult—but with the right legal representation, it is not impossible. Your experienced Denver car accident attorney can help you after a low impact accident, so you can focus on your rehabilitation and on your recovery. Contact an Aurora and Denver Car Accident Attorney If you or someone you love has been injured in a low impact car accident, 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.