Work-related injury deaths decline in Colorado in 2012

130809_0002According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, work related injury deaths are decreasing statewide.

The report referenced data from the 2012 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. The findings of the report showed the total number of work related deaths that happened in 2012 were only 80 and they decreased to 12 from the total number of work related injury deaths caused in 2011. 92 deaths were caused in 2011. Of all the deaths caused in 2012, 40% were related to transportation.

Construction industry is on the top in the list of industries where the deaths occurred; twenty one work related injury deaths occurred in the construction industry. From those who died, 9 were construction trade workers and 5 were first-line supervisors.

The top 3 reasons of work-related deaths were transportation, violence and falling or slipping from high places. Of the eighty deaths, thirty two were transportation-related. In thirty two fatalities, twenty were caused due to road accidents and seven pedestrians died due to collision of motor vehicles. Of the 32 transportation-related deaths, fourteen were heavy equipment and tractor-trailer truck drivers. In 2012, fifteen fatalities were caused due to violence in which six were self-inflicted, intentional injuries, according to the report. Fifteen deaths were caused by slipping and falling.

The number of deaths in Protective-service occupations were twelve, of those 7 were law enforcement workers.

A total of 67 deaths occurred in the private industry and 13 individuals who died were government workers. Of all the 80 deaths, 67 were men. The findings showed that men were victims in the majority of fatalities. In Natural resources and mining industry, thirteen deaths occurred.

The number of fatalities of white non-Hispanic workers were fifty one, the number of Hispanic workers who died in 2012 was twenty one, the number of black or African-American was four.

Twenty four individuals died who were in the age group of 55 to 64. The number of people who died between the 35 to 44 age group was seventeen.

Department of Public Health and Environment’s Health Statistics Section, the Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance Program and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics collaborated for the Colorado Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries which recently released its preliminary 2012 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data.

sommer-lutherReview of death certificates, workers’ compensation claims, reports from the U.S. Occupational Safety, Health Administration and many other sources helps in identifying the Work-related deaths.

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Taxi Driver Stuck Between Two Trucks

According to 9news, a taxi cab driver had to be rescued from his cab after being involved in an accident. The taxi cab was sandwiched between two semi-tractor trailer trucks when police reported to the scene and the driver could not get out. The accident was on southbound lanes of I-225 by Parker Road. According to the police reports, the accident originated when the two trucks were involved in an accident with a couch that was on the highway. The taxi driver tried to avoid rear ending the truck but ended up stuck between the two. The accident caused minor back ups on southbound I-225 for some commuters. The taxi cab driver had to be taken to a nearby hospital for minor injuries, both truck drivers were uninjured.

Have you been involved in a commercial vehicle accident? Contact a Denver commercial vehicle accident attorney.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that commercial vehicles account for more than 2% of traffic on the roads. Their presence on the roadways affects the traffic of a city. Commercial vehicles include semi-trucks, oil tankers, school buses, moving trucks, and much more. They are large vehicles that weigh, in many cases, in excess of 2 tons. Most of these drivers are trained in operating their vehicles but there are many conditions that can affect their vehicle that can cause harm to other drivers. In 2010 there were over 3,000 reported fatalities involving large trucks/commercial vehicles. This is a high volume of deaths associated with one type of vehicle. The weight and size of these trucks make normal driving maneuvers a very big challenge to truck drivers. However, there are many ways that a truck driver can make sure that his motor carriage is performing to the best of its ability. There are many regulations that are set in place for commercial vehicle that the drivers are held responsible for but, many regulations are the responsibility of the company.

If you have been involved in a commercial vehicle accident and sustained serious injuries it is essential to contact a Denver commercial vehicle accident attorney. Contact Sommer Luther an experienced attorney; she can help you through your recovery by acquiring the financial compensation you deserve. After being involved in a commercial vehicle accident it is common that the company, who owns the truck, will deny responsibility for the accident. It is helpful to have an experienced attorney who can investigate and prove the accident deserves being compensated for. In order to cover your medical bills and damages from your crash that was not your fault, you may need financial compensation. Don’t stand alone and risk not receiving what you deserve, hiring an attorney can help protect your rights and ensure that your recovery is an easy process. Contact The Injury & Recovery Law Center today for a FREE case consultation at 1(800) 517-4439.

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Three Injured in School Bus Accident | Denver Rear End Collision Attorney

CBS Denver reported that a school bus accident sent three children to the hospital. The school bus was by Interstate 70 when two cars rear ended the bus. The collision caused the children in the back rows  injuries. The three children were sent to a near by hospital. All three are expected to make a full recovery.

Have you been involved in a rear end collision and suffered a serious injury? Contact a Denver rear end collision attorney today to learn what your case is worth.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that school buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children to and from school. These vehicles are specially designed to protect passengers and pass crash tests better than passenger vehicles. School bus drivers go through training on how to avoid crashes. Combined this mode of transportation is the best option for commuting children to and from school. School buses also keep over 17.3 million cars off the roads surrounding schools each weekday morning. However, the NHTSA report indicates that an average of 19 school-aged children die each year in school related traffic crashes. In 2000, 0.34% of crashes that year were involved in school related traffic crashes that involved fatalities. Not all of these crashes involved school buses.

If you have been involved in a rear end car crash and suffered serious injuries contacting a Denver rear end collision attorney today can help you recover financially from the damages. When seriously injured it is important that you receive the best medical care available. Often times insurance companies want to avoid paying for your medical bills, a dedicated Denver car crash attorney can make sure that you get the medical care you deserve. When involved in a car crash that is not your fault, it is important to recover all the financial compensation you deserve. Many people believe they cant afford a lawyer, but remember if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay anything out of pocket, it is part of our contingency fee agreement. Contact Sommer Luther at The Injury & Recovery Law Center today for a free consultation at 1(800) 517-4439.

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Hit and Run Fatality | Denver Car Accident Attorney

There were reports of a fatal hit and run from the Denver Post on South Broadway. The driver was said to have been speeding over twice the posted speed limit on Broadway when crossing Cedar street. The driver, with two passengers in the car, struck a 32-year-old woman. After impact the driver left the scene of a fatality. The woman was leaving a dinner with her boyfriend when she was struck. Her boyfriend immediately called the police. The driver then ditched the car on railroad tracks where it was reported by on-site construction workers. The car was registered to the defendants mother who said it was not her son but his girlfriend who was driving. The defendants is being held and awaiting trail and possible jail time.

If you have lost a loved one in a hit and run car accident in Denver, contact a Denver car accident attorney.

The American Automobile Association Foundation found that more than 1 of every 10 crashes reported to the police involved a hit and run driver. Hit and runs are a very serious crime and most hit and runs involve a fatality. The majority of those fatalities cases involve a pedestrian getting hit. To better prevent the amount of hit and runs, justice needs to be served to the individuals who are involved.

the national trial lawyers associationIf you have been injured in a hit and run car accident you may want to consider contacting a dedicated Denver car accident attorney. At The Injury & Recovery Law Center countless victims of hit and run injuries are seeking justice and financial compensation. When trying to heal from an injury the financial burden can be the hardest part of recovery; let an experienced Denver car accident attorney recover what you deserve. Call Sommer Luther at The Injury & Recovery Law Center at 1(800) 517-4439 for a free consultation today!

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2 Injured in Dog Attack | Aurora Dog Bite Injury Lawyer

Two people were attacked by a group of dogs at an Aurora park, according to 9 News. The two attacks were separate incidents, occurring about twenty minutes apart, but are believed to have involved the same three dogs. Horseshoe Park, near Chambers and Mexico, has been placed on Aurora Animal Care’s “blitz” list. This means that whenever a police officer is in the area, they will check the park for these three dogs. Fortunately, neither of the dog bite victims in this particular instance appears to have been seriously injured. The three dogs all appeared to be pit bulls, a group of breeds that are banned in Aurora. If the dogs are found, the owner will most likely face criminal charges.

Have you or your child been bitten in a dog attack? Speak with a dedicated Aurora dog bite injury lawyer immediately to discuss your options.

Every year, according to the National Humane Association, about 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs, requiring medical care in about 800,00 of those cases. The vast majority of those bites, over 80%, involved children under the age of fifteen. The National Humane Association also lists a number of good tips for both dog-owners and parents to keep children and dogs safe around each other. They also note that research does NOT support breed bans such as several Denver Metro municipalities, including Denver and Aurora, have on pit bulls. In many cases, it appears likely that dog attacks actually have more to do with the behavior of the owner than the dog.

If you have been seriously injured in a dog attack, contact an experienced, compassionate Aurora dog bite injury attorney immediately. Sommer Luther has helped numerous Coloradans who have been injured by dog bites to recover compensation for medical bills and lost wages that resulted from the attack. She is a dedicated Aurora dog bite injury attorney who understands the complexities of any personal injury case, and can help you get the best possible outcome from your situation. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Sommer at the Injury & Recovery Law Center today at 1(800)517-4439.

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Cyclist Killed in Tragic Accident | Arvada Bicycle Accident Attorney

A cyclist who was struck by an SUV in Arvada was killed in the collision, according to KDVR news. The man, who appears to be approximately forty years old, was struck by a Ford Explorer near the intersection of 80th Avenue and Wadsworth. The driver of the SUV remained at the scene of the accident, and is cooperating with the police investigation. The accident occurred at about 10:00 in the evening, in an area that is apparently not particularly well lit. The man was carrying alcohol, but the police have not indicated that he had been drinking.

Have you or a loved one been seriously injured in a bicycle accident? Contact an experienced Arvada bicycle accident lawyer right away to discuss your options.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 600 cyclists are killed each year across the country. While cycling is an excellent way to get around inexpensively, and with minimal environmental impact, it is extremely important to be aware of your surroundings while riding, particularly at night. However, given the significantly lower level of protection that cyclists have in the event of a collision, it is also important for drivers to be aware of the presence of bicycles as they drive.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, speak with the dedicated Arvada bicycle accident attorney Sommer Luther of the Injury and Recovery Law Center as soon as possible to discuss your options. Sommer has helped countless Coloradans to recover damages from medical bills, property damage, and lost wages after serious injury accidents. As an Arvada bicycle accident lawyer, Sommer has been recognized by organizations such as the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association for her expertise and legal skills. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Sommer today at 1(800)517-4439.

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Independence Day Safety | Denver Child Injury Accident Attorney

Keeping Your 4th of July Celebration a Safe One

Clearwater Personal Injury Lawyer(This graphic used with permission of Clearwater Personal Injury Lawyer Jim Dodson.)

Independence Day is one of our nation’s most celebrated holidays and a popular time for family get-togethers or a night out with friends. But as the holiday quickly approaches, it is important to keep the safety of your family and friends in mind.

In one way or another, nearly everyone celebrates the 4th of July with fireworks. We either light some off ourselves, or head over and watch one of the many local municipal fireworks shows. But as a reminder, not all cities, counties, and states allow the possession of the same kinds of fire works. If you are not sure what bans, if any, for fireworks are enforced in your neighborhood, check with your local police department website. The Denver police department has issued this flier on what is and is not acceptable this 4th of July: http://www.denvergov.org/Portals/720/documents/News/FireworksFlyer2012.pdf

Fireworks and Injuries

According to a study conducted by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPAC) in 2011, approximately 9,600 people were treated at emergency rooms for fireworks injuries. More than half of those injuries were burns, and nearly half of the injuries were injuries to the hands and fingers. The majority of injuries to other body parts were to the eyes, head, or face. The eyes were the only part of the body where lacerations, contusions and foreign bodies were more common injuries than burns. Most people treated at the emergency room were released without being admitted to the hospital.

Injuries to Children

Of course, there are things you can do to ensure the safety of your family. An analysis of the ages of fireworks injury victims shows that about 16% of all fireworks injuries are to children under the age of ten. The fact that sparklers cause more injuries than any other type of firework probably goes hand in hand with this statistic. Something to remember is that, even if you don’t give your children fireworks, children are curious, so you need to watch them around fireworks, and also watch the fireworks and matches or lighters to be sure that your children aren’t getting into them out of curiosity.

The CPSC related one other very disturbing trend for the 4th of July holiday. They report a spike in child pool drownings during the week surrounding the 4th with over 20 drownings, but also several thousand emergency room visits after near-drownings. As important as it is to monitor your children around fireworks, please don’t forget, if you have a pool, to be sure that a responsible, sober adult is monitoring the pool at all times. The fact is, it only takes a moment for a small child to have a terrible, tragic accident.

If You are Injured by the Reckless Use of Fireworks by Another Person, You May Have Legal Recourse.

If you are burned, a family member is injured, or your property is destroyed by the reckless use of fireworks by another person, you may have legal options. You should not be forced to pay for your damages due to someone else refusing to celebrate the 4th of July safely. The experienced, dedicated Denver child injury accident attorneys at The Injury and Recovery Law Center wish you a very happy and joyful 4th of July holiday, and also remind you to please be conscious of your own safety, as well as the safety of any children with whom you are celebrating. If everyone is careful, there is no reason that we can’t all have a fun, safe, enjoyable holiday. In the unfortunate event that you have been injured through the negligence of someone else, contact Denver personal injury attorney Sommer Luther at the Injury and Recovery Law Center at (800)517-4439 for more information and a FREE CONSULTATION.

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Arrest Made In Tragic Hit-And-Run | Denver Hit-And-Run Accident Lawyer

After a fatal hit-and-run accident on the edge of the University of Denver campus, police have a suspect in custody, according to 9News. The man who was killed in the crash was a 24-year-old graduate student, who was walking his bike across the street on a green light when a red or maroon SUV drove through a red light, and struck the cyclist. The man was taken to the hospital, where he died. Police received tips about at least two vehicles that appeared to match the description of the vehicle involved. The owner of one of those vehicles, who has an extensive criminal history, has been arrested for vehicular homicide. The Colorado legislature has recently passed a bill that would toughen the penalties for hit-and-run drivers who are caught.

Have you been involved in a hit-and-run accident? Contact an experienced Denver hit-and-run accident lawyer immediately to discuss your options.

Of course, hit-and-run accidents are difficult, because there is always the possibility that the driver will never be identified, however there are things you can do. If you can write down any details that you remember about the vehicle and the driver, this may help police make an identification. Many businesses have outside security cameras that happen to catch the street in front of the business, which can help identify the vehicle. Unfortunately, in some cases the penalty for leaving the scene of an accident, particularly if the driver has been drinking, is more severe than taking responsibility. Hopefully the new legislation will correct that. Finally, even if the driver is not identified, a Denver hit-and-run accident lawyer may be able to help you receive compensation from your own insurance policy.

If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident, speak with a dedicated, aggressive Denver hit-and-run lawyer immediately. Sommer Luther at The Injury and Recovery Law Center has helped countless Coloradans to recover the compensation that they needed to return to a normal life after a serious accident. With a thorough understanding of the law, and a sharp courtroom presence, Sommer is an effective advocate for her clients, and has had great success. For more information and a FREE CASE EVALUATION contact Sommer at (800)517-4439.





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Traffic Fatalities Decline Nationwide | Denver Wrongful Death Attorney

An estimate of 2011 traffic fatalities has been released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The report projects a decline in highway fatalities from 2010. Even better, when accounting for total vehicle miles traveled (VMT) nationally, a number that also went down in 2011, fatality rate per 100 million VMT seems to have declined as well. These numbers have in fact been steadily decreasing since a high point in 2005, including a period in which the numbers went down for 17 quarters in a row: just over 4 straight years.

If you have lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence in a car accident, speak with a compassionate, dedicated Denver wrongful death attorney today. A wrongful death is a death that was caused by another driver’s careless, negligent or reckless driving, reported Clearwater, Florida car accident lawyer Jim Dodson.

Obviously, it is very good to see these numbers on a downward trend, but the fact still remains that there are many fatalities in traffic accidents every year, with over 24,000 deaths in the first three quarters of 2011. Of course, these accidents had many different causes, but each of them left at least one family to grieve the untimely loss of their own. While accidents are an unfortunate part of life, and certainly they are an unfortunate part of driving on the highway, many accidents are caused by the reckless or negligent actions of one driver.

If you have lost a loved one in a traffic accident that was caused by the negligence of another driver, speak with a dedicated Denver wrongful death attorney to discuss your options. During the very difficult time after your tragic loss, it is hard to think about legal action, however expenses related to the accident can build up, and the fact is that bill collectors are not thinking about your loss. The dedicated Denver wrongful death attorneys at The Injury and Recovery Law Center can help you understand your rights, and the process of a claim against the person who caused your loss, while you care for the physical and emotional well-being of your family. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Sommer Luther at The Injury and Recovery Law Center at (800)517-4439.


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CU Hospital Gives Helmets To Aurora Kids | Aurora Bicycle Accident Attorney

KDVR news reports on an event run by the University of Colorado Medical Center at Fletcher Primary School in Aurora. CU Hospital donated 300 bicycle helmets to the school, and med students from CU will talk to the young students about bicycle safety and the importance of wearing the helmets every time they go out riding. KDVR talked to one of the students at Fletcher, a 3rd-grader who said that after learning how badly he could get hurt he always wears his helmet. Fletcher’s principal also indicated that one thing she likes about this event is exposing the primary school students to medical students who can talk about following their dreams. All around, this is a great event for the kids at Fletcher.

Has your child been seriously injured in a bicycle accident? Speak with an experienced Aurora bicycle accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options.

KDVR indicates that nearly 400,000 children across the country are taken to emergency rooms after bicycle accidents. One of the greatest dangers of cycling is of course the very limited protection that riders have in the event of an accident. Safety experts say that helmets can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 80%. New Port Richey personal injury lawyer Jim Dodson observes that injuries to children can be far more emotional than similar injuries to adults.

Obviously, head injuries, especially to children are extremely dangerous. Perhaps the worst thing about them is the potential for long-term injuries requiring continual doctor visits for years and medical bills that keep mounting. A bicycle accident that doesn’t seem so serious at first can become a very big deal over time, as many symptoms of brain injury take time to present themselves. If your child has suffered a head injury in a bicycle accident, contact a dedicated Aurora bicycle accident attorney as soon as possible. If your child hits his or her head in an accident, it is critical to seek medical attention immediately. If the accident was caused by the negligence of another person, an attorney can help your family recover compensation for present and future medical bills, so that you can be sure that whatever happens your child receives the medical care that he or she needs. Sommer Luther is an experienced, dedicated Aurora bicycle accident attorney who will work hard to make sure that your child is taken care of. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION call Sommer at 1(800)517-4439 to discuss your options.

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