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Older Americans at High Risk of Bicycle Accident Injuries

Posted on: October 2, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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A new study by researchers at the University Of California San Francisco, found a significant increase in in serious injuries among senior bicyclists. According to the data, between 1998 and 2013, there was an increase of 28% in bicycle injuries among all adults, and much of that increase was driven by senior citizens. Injuries involving persons above the age of 45 increased by 81% to a total of 32% of all bicycle-related injuries during the study period.

None of these injuries were minor injuries. Hospital admissions for bicycle-related injuries increased by 120% for all adult bicyclists while the rate of head injuries increased to 16% of all injuries. Senior citizens unfortunately accounted for a significant proportion of these statistics.

There has been a push to promote bicycling among senior citizens, not just for the exercise benefits, but also to penance emotional and mental health for senior citizens. However, that increase in senior bicycling rates has come at a price. As more senior citizens join the bicycling population, it’s important for Denver authorities to pay even more attention to improvements in bicycle infrastructure. More numbers of bicycling lanes, promotion of helmet use among bicyclists, as well as greater awareness of bicyclist rights as well as bicyclist education, can help prevent many bicycle accidents every year.

For help filing a claim after an accident, speak to a Denver bicycle accident attorney. Claims must recover compensation for medical expenses, as well as the long-term health consequences of an injury. Schedule a free evaluation of your claim by a Denver bicycle accident attorney.

Filing a Claim after an RTD Bus Accident

Posted on: September 30, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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There may have been a number of causes of your bus accident. The bus driver may have been fatigued, or may have made a critical driving error that caused the crash. Your driver may have been driving rashly or driving at excessive speeds. In all these cases, the driver may have been at fault in the accident. However, holding the driver liable is more challenging in such cases. The Governmental Immunity Act in Colorado requires that you inform the government about your injury within a period of 180 days after the injury. If you fail to do so, your right to bring a claim against the entity, or in this case, the Regional Transportation District, is lost.

If you have been injured in an accident involving an RTD bus, do not delay. Get medical help for your injuries, and speak with a Denver bus accident lawyer immediately.

Teens Learn Distracted Driving from Parents

Posted on: September 28, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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Most American parents continue to set very bad examples for their teenage children when it comes to distracted driving. According to a new study, many teens who admit to texting while driving say that they are updating their parents via text at the time.

The study found that even teenagers who call themselves safe drivers admit they frequently checked on their phones and texted while steering. Many of the teenagers admitted that they are often distracted while driving by parents who text them, and expect them to text back immediately. About 50% of the teenagers confessed that they frequently texted while driving in order to reply to their parents who expected immediate responses within a minute. Approximately 19% of the teenagers said that their parents expected such immediate responses to their texts.

According to the researchers, the problem seems to be a generation of parents that is very used to being constantly in the know about the whereabouts of their teenage children at any given point. These parents require their children to text back within a minute or so of receiving a text message. Unfortunately, in many cases, teenagers are driving when they receive a text from their parents, and feel the need to respond immediately to the message.

Teens are also at risk of other distractions at the wheel. The use of Instagram and Snapchat while driving are extremely popular with more than 50% of the teenagers admitting to using these apps at the wheel.

Types of Distracted Driving

Although teens may frequently get distracted by using their cell phones while steering, there are other forms of distracted driving that parents should know about.

Distracted steering falls into three categories: visual, manual and cognitive. Visual distractions involve taking your eyes off of the road, manual distractions include taking your hands off of the wheel and cognitive is any mental distraction from the road. Any activity that falls into one of these three categories can be considered a danger on the road including but not limited to:

  • Texting
  • Talking on the phone
  • Eating
  • Reading
  • Messing with the radio or navigation system
  • Watching a video

Parents should learn that there is more to distracted driving than texting or talking on the phone. Teens should be aware that any of these activities could lead to a higher risk of getting into an accident with serious injuries.

What Can Parents Do?

In Colorado, texting while steering is banned and there are also restrictions placed around cell phone use. Drivers under the age of 18, considered to be novice drivers, are not permitted to use cell phones at all, even if the phone is hands free. It’s vital that parents inform their teens about these distracted steering laws so that they can understand the seriousness of texting or talking on the phone while steering. Not only is it dangerous, it’s illegal, too.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration encourages parents to talk to teens about the danger and consequences of distracted driving. These topics include steering under the influence of alcohol, texting while driving, speeding, driving with extra teen passengers in the car, and texting while steering. These are some of the most important and critical factors involved in teen injuries and fatalities in car accidents every year. In fact, auto accidents are the number one cause of death for teens between the ages of 15 and 20 in the United States. In 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than 2,600 teen car drivers who were involved in fatal accidents. About 130,000 drivers were injured in these accidents.

However, other surveys conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that many parents continue to avoid talking about driving safety with their teenage child. Only about a quarter of parents in one survey had brought up the topic of driving safety with their child. It’s important to discuss not just the need to avoid driving practices like driving under the influence of alcohol and texting while driving, but also to discuss key safety components.

Here are some other tips that Denver car accident lawyer suggest to help your teen understand the dangers of distracted driving:

Drive regularly with your child, and use these driving sessions to teach your child to recognize accident cues, and other important safety practices. Most importantly, as you drive with your child, follow safe driving practices yourself. Your advice to your teenage child about avoiding texting while driving is no good if your child sees you frequently texting while driving.

Talk to your teens about all distracted driving risks. Many parents talk to teens about drinking and driving, but forget to mention that’s not the only thing that poses a danger for you behind the wheel. Teens should understand that anything that takes their attention away from the road is considered to be a risk, whether that be fiddling with the radio, turning to talk to a friend or watching a video on their cell phone. In fact, some distractions could even be more dangerous than drinking and driving. Research from the Transport Research Laboratory and the Institute of the Advanced Motorist shows that the driver’s reaction time slows by 38% while using a smartphone, while it only slows by 12% while intoxicated. Use this information to show teens the seriousness of using a smartphone behind the wheel.

Teach teens that if they need help navigating to their location or calling someone, a passenger in the car should handle that responsibility. Passengers can easily look up directions, text a friend or make a phone call on behalf of the driver to ensure that the driver’s attention is focused solely on the road ahead. If you know your teen is driving with friends, don’t text your child, text his or her friend instead. 

If you were injured in a distracted driving accident, speak to a Denver car accident lawyer about how to prove that the other driver was distracted, and recover compensation. Schedule a free evaluation of your claim by a Denver car accident lawyer today.

Can I File a Car Accident Claim against the Other Motorist in My Accident?

Posted on: September 25, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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Colorado has “fault” insurance laws, that allow motorists more than one option to recover compensation when they have been involved in an accident. If you were involved in an accident in Colorado, you may have more than one option to recover compensation.

You can go ahead and recover compensation from your own insurance company. However, if your injuries have been very severe, you can go ahead and file a lawsuit against the other motorist involved in your accident.

If you have been involved in a minor accident, with no injuries, and some minor damage to your car, you could possibly handle that claim on your own. However, in those cases, where your accident has resulted in injuries, damage to your car, or if the insurer of the other motorist is claiming that you were liable in the accident, you may need legal help. Speak to a Denver car accident lawyer for help filing a personal injury claim to recover damages. Also talk to an attorney if your own insurance company denies your accident claim, or fails to offer you a sufficient settlement.

A personal injury claim can help you recover damages for medical expenses incurred in the treatment of your injuries, pain and suffering, disability, lost income, and other damages that you may have suffered as a result of injury. Schedule a free evaluation of your case with a Denver car accident lawyer today.

Drowsy Driving Facts

Posted on: September 23, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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According to the National Sleep Foundation, drowsiness is a major–and dangerous–epidemic among Americans. Most Americans function on far too little sleep, and often, that sleep deprivation manifests itself in the form of drowsiness while driving which can cause serious accidents on the road.

Drowsy Driving Statistics

Drowsy driving causes as many as one in six deadly accidents and one in 18 accidents that result in hospitalization.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that drowsy driving causes more than 1,500 fatalities and 71,000 injuries every year. It is mentioned as a factor in more than 100,000 accidents annually.

The National Sleep Foundation says that vehicles, in which a motorist had a passenger, were approximately 50% less likely to be involved in a drowsy driving accident. That indicates that having company while you drive could possibly keep drowsiness away.

More than 50% of motorists in a survey reported that they had fallen asleep while at the wheel in the past year. Out of these, more than 50% also reported that they had driven for less than an hour before dozing off.

About 26% of motorists who had dozed off while driving reported that this incident occurred between noon and 5 PM. Men are much more likely to report dozing off at the wheel, with approximately 50% of males reporting such behavior, compared to 30% of females. 

Signs of Drowsy Driving

How can you tell that you’re too drowsy to be driving? Look for physical signs of tiredness, such as heavy eyelids, frequent blinking and yawning or difficulty paying attention to the road or conversation.

Police officers can spot drowsy driving the same way that they can look out for intoxicated drivers. Typically, drowsy drivers will swerve between lanes, follow other cars closely, have a delayed reaction to braking or turning on signals, or drive over speed bumps without slowing down. If you notice any of these behaviors in your driving, pull off of the road and either call a friend to help you get home or find a spot to quietly nap for 20-30 minutes.

How Does Drowsy Driving Cause Accidents?

You don’t have to completely doze off at the wheel to be involved in a drowsy driving accident. Drowsiness can become a factor in an accident even if you do not fall asleep at the wheel. When you are extremely sleepy, there may be moments when you zone out and don’t remember the last few seconds of driving. You might not have dozed off, but your reflexes are extremely impaired.

Drowsiness also results in impaired judgment, making it difficult for you to judge distances between your car and car in front. It can impair your perceptual skills, and make it difficult for you to focus. You may have problems with short-term memory, as well as processing important information. You might find yourself becoming sluggish. All of these factors severely increase a person’s risk of being involved in an accident.

If you are a young male or shift-based worker, or suffer from chronic sleep deprivation, then you may be at a much higher risk of being involved in a drowsy driving accident. If sleep deficiencies are making you frequently doze off at the wheel while driving, get help for your sleep issues. Fix your sleep schedule so that you are getting much more sleep at night.

Look into your sleep environment, including the lighting of your bedroom, calmness of the room and other factors to determine why you aren’t getting the sleep you need.

Remember to check the label on any medications that you take to ensure that they do not cause drowsiness. If you must take a medication that does cause drowsiness, plan to take it after you are already home so you don’t have to get behind the wheel.

Do you have a regular sleep schedule? If so, avoid driving during the time that you are usually asleep. Your body becomes used to the routine that you create for it, so if you’re always sleeping at 11 p.m., your body will know to be tired then. Don’t attempt to drive somewhere during your normal sleep hours unless you absolutely must in an emergency situation.

Are you planning on going on a long drive? If so, bring a buddy. Schedule regular driving shifts so that the other person can take a nap and rest up before taking the wheel again. Don’t plan on driving for hours without a break, which can lead to dangerous drowsy driving accidents.

How Can Employers Help Reduce Drowsy Driving?

Several studies have established that employees, who work in shift-based jobs, may be at a much higher risk of excessive sleepiness, and consequently driving while fatigued. Drowsy driving is a much-neglected factor in motor vehicle accidents in Illinois. For help filing a car accident claim, speak to a Denver car accident lawyer.

Employers however can reduce those risks. Eliminating shift-based work is not practical, and therefore, employers need to look at other approaches. Research has indicated that alertness management approaches can be effective in helping reduce fatigue, when a person is driving home. Besides, employers must also account for the fact, that there are differences among individual workers tolerance to night work. Some workers may be much more severely impacted by night work than others. Employers must take these points into consideration, while determining schedules.

Employers should also educate employees about the risks of drowsy driving, when they are working irregular hours, or working during nighttime. Employers can make arrangements for napping for night shift workers in order to help employees maintain their circadian rhythm, and minimize the risk of sleepiness.

Employers can also invest in physical training for employees because this is also believed to help reduce the risk of fatigue among employees.

If you were involved in a drowsy driving accident, speak to a Denver car accident lawyer for help filing a claim. Proving that the other motorist in your accident dozed off at the wheel, and is, therefore, liable is difficult. Schedule an evaluation of your claim with a Denver car accident lawyer, and discuss your claim.

How Does Drowsiness Cause Car Accidents?

Posted on: September 21, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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You don’t have to completely doze off at the wheel to be involved in a drowsy driving accident. Drowsiness can become a factor in an accident even if you do not fall asleep at the wheel. When you are extremely sleepy, there may be moments when you zone out and don’t remember the last few seconds of driving. You might not have dozed off, but your reflexes are extremely impaired.

Drowsiness also results in impaired judgment, making it difficult for you to judge distances between your car and car in front. It can impair your perceptual skills, and make it difficult for you to focus. You may have problems with short-term memory, as well as processing important information. You might find yourself becoming sluggish. All of these factors severely increase a person’s risk of being involved in an accident.

If you are a young male or shift-based worker, or suffer from chronic sleep deprivation, then you may be at a much higher risk of being involved in a drowsy driving accident. If sleep deficiencies are making you frequently doze off at the wheel while driving, get help for your sleep issues. Fix your sleep schedule so that you are getting much more sleep at night.

Look into your sleep environment, including the lighting of your bedroom, calmness of the room and other factors to determine why you aren’t getting the sleep you need.

For help filing a claim after an accident, speak to a Denver car accident lawyer. Schedule a free evaluation of your claim by a Denver car accident lawyer and discuss the damages you could eligible for in a claim.

Cell Phone Notifications Can Also Constitute a Distraction Risk

Posted on: September 18, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that around 8 people are killed everyday as a result of distracted driving. There are three ways that a driver can be distracted:

  • Visual: taking your eyes off of the road
  • Manual: taking your hand or hands off of the wheel
  • Cognitive: zoning out and not paying attention to the road ahead of you

Distracted driving can refer to any activity that diverts a driver’s attention away from the road including but not limited to:

  • Texting
  • Talking on the phone
  • Eating
  • Reading
  • Messing with the radio or navigation system
  • Watching a video

Many states have enacted laws that prohibit texting or talking on the phone while driving, however that has not necessarily solved the problem. Distracted driving still occurs on a regular basis, and all motorists should be aware of the dangers and consequences of it.

Although all of these activities are considered to be distracted driving, using a cell phone is by far the most common—and perhaps the most dangerous—type. In fact, research has shown that using social media while driving could be up to three times more dangerous than even drinking and driving! Research from the Transport Research Laboratory and the Institute of the Advanced Motorist shows that the driver’s reaction time slows by 38% while using a smartphone, while it only slows by 12% while intoxicated.

When you choose to send a text message while driving, you will have to take your eyes off the road for five seconds. Although this may not seem like much, in just five seconds, a car traveling at 55mph can cover the length of a football field!

A new study confirms that the safest thing to do with your cell phone while you’re driving is to put it on mute, or switch it off altogether. Your safety might depend on it. According to the study, even cell phone notifications and alerts can be distracting enough to cause an accident.

The new study was conducted by the Florida State University, and found that when a motorist hears a cell phone alert, his mind immediately begins to wander. Even if he does not take the phone, and read the text message or answer his cell phone, he loses concentration. He is no longer focused on the task of driving.

According to the researchers, they were surprised to find that the distraction level was serious enough to increase the risk of an accident. In fact, they found that these cell phone notifications were as distracting, as actual conversations on the cell phone at the wheel.

Social Media

Texting while driving is bad enough, but a person is likely to be much more distracted when using social media while driving.

A new study finds that many people use social media networking sites, like Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter while they are at the wheel. Such use also includes the taking of selfies and uploading them right driving.

This information came from a survey that was commissioned by AT&T recently. The survey found that many people admitted to using the social networking site Twitter “ all the time.” 27% of drivers between the age of 16 and 65 reported that they used Facebook frequently while driving, with 14% admitted to using Twitter. However, among those who admitted to using Twitter at the wheel, 30% admitted to using it all the time.

Many motorists also admitted to using video chat while driving. As many as one in 10 admitted to frequently using such video chat services while driving.

Some of these activities are actually much more distracting than texting while driving. Not only is distracted driving becoming an epidemic, but the scope of distracting activities is becoming wider, with many people now admitting to a wide variety of activities involving electronic devices while at the wheel.

What Damages are Recoverable in a Distracted Driving Accident?

Under Colorado law, individuals are prohibited from texting while driving. However, motorists are not entirely banned from all types of cell phone use while driving. Novice drivers, defined as drivers under the age of 18, are prohibited from using a handheld or hands free cell phone while driving in Colorado. However, that doesn’t mean that they always obey this law. Teenage drivers are the most likely demographic to drive distracted and are more likely to cause injuries due to their distracted driving habits. If you were involved in an accident involving a distracted driver, it is important to identify the driver’s negligence in causing your accident. Get in touch with a Denver car accident lawyer immediately, and discuss your claim for compensation.

You can file a car accident claim for compensation that includes damages for the following:

– medical costs

– loss of income

– diminished earning capacity

– pain and suffering

– disability

However, in order to file a successful car accident claim, you must be able to prove that the other driver was negligent by his distracted behavior at the wheel. On your own, you may not be able to collect the kind of evidence that you will need to file a successful car accident claim based on distracted driving. A lawyer however, will recover evidence that can prove that the other motorist involved in the accident was distracted at the wheel. Cell phone records, eyewitness accounts, and other kinds of evidence can prove that the other driver was texting at the time of the accident. In order to prove liability, you must be able to provide substantial evidence that the other motorist was distracted at the time of the accident.

If you were involved in a car accident involving a distracted driver, speak to a car accident lawyer in Denver about filing a claim for compensation. It’s important for you to establish that the other motorist was distracted at the time of the accident to prove negligence. This can be a much more challenging task than you may think. Schedule a free consultation with a car accident lawyer in Denver, and discuss how you can prove that the other driver was distracted in your car accident.

What Employers Can Do to Help Reduce Drowsy Driving Accidents

Posted on: September 14, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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Several studies have established that employees, who work in shift-based jobs, may be at a much higher risk of excessive sleepiness, and consequently driving while fatigued. Drowsy driving is a much-neglected factor in motor vehicle accidents in Illinois. For help filing a car accident claim, speak to a Denver car accident lawyer.

Employers however can reduce those risks. Eliminating shift-based work is not practical, and therefore, employers need to look at other approaches. Research has indicated that alertness management approaches can be effective in helping reduce fatigue, when a person is driving home. Besides, employers must also account for the fact, that there are differences among individual workers tolerance to night work. Some workers may be much more severely impacted by night work than others. Employers must take these points into consideration, while determining schedules.

Employers should also educate employees about the risks of drowsy driving, when they are working irregular hours, or working during nighttime. Employers can make arrangements for napping for night shift workers in order to help employees maintain their circadian rhythm, and minimize the risk of sleepiness.

Employers can also invest in physical training for employees because this is also believed to help reduce the risk of fatigue among employees.

If you were involved in a drowsy driving accident, it can be challenging to file a claim and prove that the other motorist was fatigued while driving. Speak to a Denver car accident lawyer about how you can recover damages.

Understanding Consequences of Brain Injury

Posted on: September 11, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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Traumatic brain injury has a wide array of effects, and almost all of these can affect a person’s ability to live a normal life. There are several different types of brain wound, and the degree or severity of the brain damage will dictate the type of consequences the person suffers.

Even a moderate brain wound can affect a person’s mobility. Movements may become slow, and the person may find himself taking a much longer time to complete tasks, or perform movements. In some cases, mobility may be impaired so badly that the person needs a wheelchair. That’s because of impaired balance and coordination which can increase the risk of a fall.

The person may experience tiredness or fatigue, and may find it difficult to focus on complex tasks. There may be sensory impairment and changes in the walking gait, or posture.

A brain wound can affect a person’s sense of taste or smell. The impairment may even permanent. Speech becomes slurred, and difficult to understand. Sometimes, persons may not find the words that they need to communicate, or may find themselves repeating the same thing all over and over again.

Seizures After Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain damage can have many serious and possibly devastating consequences on a person’s health. One of these is the development of seizures that can begin soon after the damage, or many months after the wound. In some cases, seizures may begin to appear months or even years after the person has suffered the damage.

The severity or frequency of the seizures may be related to the severity of the damage. The more severe the traumatic brain injury, the greater the frequency and severity of the seizures. Certain types of brain injury also seem to have a higher risk of seizures. For instance, persons who have suffered an acute intracranial hematoma are much more likely to suffer seizures. In one study, out of approximately 4, 200 persons who had suffered a mild head injury, 53% developed epilepsy, and out of these, 57% developed the epilepsy within a year of suffering the injury. In fact, the risk of seizures is so high when a person has a brain injury, that doctors often suggest a preventative course of medication in other to control symptoms of epilepsy.

Brain Injuries And Relationships

Brain injuries are catastrophic injuries that can have a significant effect on physical and mental health, as well as the quality of your relationships. You may find that your friend circle – a primary source of support for you – is beginning to grow distant from you. This may seem painful, but it is all too common after a person suffers a brain injury.

Every person wants to feel valued. However, when a person has suffered a brain injury, the injury has a significant and dramatic impact on his social and personal relationships. You might find that friends are not inclined to come over anymore, especially after the initial period of hospitalization and treatment is over. Talk to a Denver brain injury lawyer for help filing a claim.

Besides, brain injury survivors also find that their own injury has now left them with a markedly different sense of emotional functioning, which makes it difficult for them to relate to other people and their lives. Also remember that a brain injury typically has a way of overwhelming one’s life. You might have nothing else to speak about apart from your brain injury, and that makes it difficult for people to connect with you. Not surprisingly, the lowering quality of personal and social relationships simply adds to feelings of depression, bitterness, resentment, and feelings of low confidence.

To help deal with all of these major changes in your social relationships, don’t isolate yourself from friends and family. In many cases, you may find that friends want to help, but may no longer be able to deal with your moods, or your sense of depression. Try to create a support network of close friends who genuinely want to help you. Take care of your physical and emotional health. Join a support group for brain injury survivors.

All of these are consequences that make it difficult, if not impossible, for a person to go back to his former job. It also impairs a person’s quality of life.

How Loved Ones Can Help

If your loved one has suffered a head injury, understand that he may not feel 100%, even if the doctors say that he is completely recovered from the injury. There may be short-term memory issues that you need to deal with. Don’t be stressed, if your loved one seems to forget the names of certain persons, or dates. Keep repeating names of important persons in the individual’s life to help stress on memory.

Provide a calm environment at home, and keep noise to a minimum. If certain types of noises, like loud music, seem to agitate your loved one, eliminate such noise from his life.

Your loved one will also have trouble focusing on more than one task at a time. Avoid any activities that involve multitasking.

What Are Loss of Consortium Damages?

In Colorado, the laws allow spouses of persons who have suffered severe personal injuries to claim loss of consortium damages. Loss of consortium is not claimed by the person who has suffered the injury, but by the spouse of the injured victim. Husbands or wives may be eligible to recover loss of consortium damages according to a Denver personal injury lawyer.

For example, when a person has suffered a severe brain injury, and suffers physical, emotional, and sexual consequences that severely impact his marital life, the spouse may be eligible to recover damages for loss of consortium. These are in addition to the pain and suffering and other types of noneconomic damages that the injured victim may also claim.

Broadly, loss of consortium damages will seek to compensate the spouse for loss of companionship, loss of support, and loss of affection, as a result of the injury. The damages will also compensate the spouse for the loss of services as a result of the injury. For instance, the injured spouse may no longer be able to care for children, or help the spouse with household chores, and these damages can be included in a claim. Finally, loss of consortium damages may also seek to compensate a spouse for the loss of sexual relations or intimacy as a result of the injury. Remember, these consequences may last a long time, and could even be permanent.

For help filing a claim that will account for all of these damages in a claim, speak to a Denver personal injury lawyer. A claim can help cover medical costs, lost income, and loss of enjoyment of life as a result of the injury. Talk to a Denver personal injury lawyer and begin the process of filing a claim.

What are Loss of Consortium Damages?

Posted on: September 9, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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In Colorado, the laws allow spouses of persons who have suffered severe personal injuries to claim loss of consortium damages. Loss of consortium is not claimed by the person who has suffered the injury, but by the spouse of the injured victim. Husbands or wives may be eligible to recover loss of consortium damages according to a Denver personal injury lawyer.

For example, when a person has suffered a severe brain injury, and suffers physical, emotional, and sexual consequences that severely impact his marital life, the spouse may be eligible to recover damages for loss of consortium. These are in addition to the pain and suffering and other types of noneconomic damages that the injured victim may also claim.

Broadly, loss of consortium damages will seek to compensate the spouse for loss of companionship, loss of support, and loss of affection, as a result of the injury. The damages will also compensate the spouse for the loss of services as a result of the injury. For instance, the injured spouse may no longer be able to care for children, or help the spouse with household chores, and these damages can be included in a claim. Finally, loss of consortium damages may also seek to compensate a spouse for the loss of sexual relations or intimacy as a result of the injury. Remember, these consequences may last a long time, and could even be permanent.

Speak to a Denver personal injury lawyer to determine whether you are eligible for loss of consortium damages.

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