Month: May 2014

Colorado Woman Trapped in Car for 5 Days—Found Alive!

A Colorado woman has been found alive, after being trapped in her car for at least 5 days. Kristin Hopkins, a single mom of four, was found upside down in her Chevrolet Malibu, after it skidded off a winding mountain road and crashed near Fairplay, Colorado five days earlier. The person who found Hopkins’ car reported that there was a dead body inside; however, when first responders arrived, Hopkins put her hand up against the window and signaled to everyone that she was indeed alive. Once rescued, Hopkins was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated for serious internal and external injuries, including having both of her feet amputated.

 

Like Kristin Hopkins, every year, thousands of people are involved in devastating and life changing car accidents. The loss of limbs, crushed bones, disfiguration, and brain damage are all common and life-threatening injuries that can occur in the blink of an eye because of a severe accident. The road to recovery can be long and grueling, and physical and occupational therapy is often needed for months and even years as injury victims attempt to recover. Sadly, many accident victims will never recover fully from their injuries—leading to a lifetime of pain, suffering, and disability.

 

 Car accidents don’t always involve colliding with another car, however, and often times, a single-car accident can occur. When this happens, it is natural for police officials, insurance companies, and even accident victims to assume that there is no one to blame for the accident—or worse, that the driver of the car is to blame. This isn’t necessarily the case. There may be a third party responsible for your accident and your injuries. Some of the most common reasons why a single-car accident could occur, include:

 

  • Faulty or defective car parts, such as brakes failing or a defective steering wheel, or airbag system;

  • Poorly maintained roads;

  • Bushes or trees blocking traffic signs or signals;

  • Inadequate shoulder or guardrail;

  • A hit and run accident

 

No matter what the reasoning for your car accident, it is always best to speak with an experienced Denver personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Insurance companies are often reluctant to pay accident victims the maximum compensation—even when they are entitled to it. As a result, they often look to reach settlements quickly and easily; the less money they have to pay the better. Unfortunately, this is usually only a fraction of what accident victims need to recover from serious injuries.

 

 

Compassionate Colorado Personal Injury Attorneys

 Reisch Law Firm DenverIf you or someone you love is injured in a car accident in Westminster, Arvada, Northglenn, Denver, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, you are not alone. The experienced Colorado car accident lawyers at Reisch Law Firm can help you obtain the compensation you need. Call the Colorado injury lawyers at Reisch Law Firm today at 1-303-291-0555 for a Free Consultation.

 

 

The personal injury attorneys at Reisch Law Firm have successfully represented injured individuals and their families in Westminster, Arvada, Boulder, Commerce City, Northglenn, Broomfield, Berkley, Wheat Ridge, Brighton, Thornton, Denver, Lakewood, and throughout the State of Colorado.

 

 

Shopping Cart Injuries on the Rise

 

The study was conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and they found that there has been a significant rise in shopping cart injuries between 1990 and 2011—even though numerous shopping cart safety standards were implemented in 2004.

How did those injuries occur? 70.4% of the injured children fell from the shopping cart. Shopping cart collisions, tip overs, and limb entrapment also accounted for a large number of injuries each year. Of those children that were injured, an astonishing 78% sustained a head injury of some kind.

 

 

Even though safety standards have improved, shopping cart injuries are rising. This suggests the need for further safety standards to prevent tip overs and falls from occurring. Yet there is no need to wait for regulations and safety standards to be implemented. Parents can ensure their child’s safety by following these simple tips:

 

 

  • Always buckle or secure your child in the shopping cart. If the buckle is broken, get a new cart. Be sure your child is snuggly secured in the straps, much like a car seat.

  • Never allow your child to roam free in the basket of the shopping cart.

  • If possible, have your child sit in the seat that is closest to the ground. There are numerous ones now that come in car and rocket ship shapes and seat the child on ground level.

  • NEVER place an infant seat carrier on the top of the shopping cart. They are not meant to go there and infants have fallen and died from being placed on the top of the shopping cart.

  • If your child is too little to sit in the shopping cart seat properly, consider placing your infant in a front or back pack carrier or leave your child home with another adult if possible.

  • When you bring your shopping cart to the car, secure your children in their car seats before you remove the food from the grocery cart. This way, runaway-shopping carts won’t be running away with your child.

Compassionate Colorado Personal Injury Attorneys

 Reisch Law Firm DenverIf you or someone you love is injured in a car accident in Westminster, Arvada, Northglenn, Denver, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, you are not alone. The experienced Colorado car accident lawyers at Reisch Law Firm can help you obtain the compensation you need. Call the Colorado injury lawyers at Reisch Law Firm today at 1-303-291-0555 for a Free Consultation. 

 

 

The personal injury attorneys at Reisch Law Firm have successfully represented injured individuals and their families in Westminster, Arvada, Boulder, Commerce City, Northglenn, Broomfield, Berkley, Wheat Ridge, Brighton, Thornton, Denver, Lakewood, and throughout the State of Colorado.