Sears & Associates, P.C.

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Colorado Springs, CO - Colorado 80903
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Good, Bad or Ugly?” Obama-Care’s” Impact on Personal Injury Claims In Colorado.

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As a personal injury attorney in Colorado, I must ask myself: “How does Obama-Care affect my clients and how does it impact their claims in Colorado?”

It is to that end that this article is written; to help those injured, and seeking justice for their injuries, navigate newly charted waters formed in the wake of “Obama-Care” and understand how this affects them: good, bad or ugly.

In this case, spoiler alert, the “changes” brought about by “Obama-Care” seems to be mostly positive as it relates to those injured by third parties.

“Obama-Care” and the Need For Future Care.

Over the years, many of my clients have had the same questions as their cases near resolution or trial: “What happens in the future if I have a flare up or my symptoms return, what do I do then?  Who will pay for my care in the future if/when my symptoms return?  Will I have to pay for future care out of my own pocket?”

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It’s a Slippery Slope: Exploring Dangers of Skiing

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What do you think of when you think of skiing? Do you think of the cool air whipping across your face as you speed down the Vail slopes? Do you think of the thrill of conquering a new slope?

Do you contemplate what could happen to you if you had an accident? Probably not.

One second, you could be having the vacation of your life, and the next you could be in an ambulance headed toward the nearest hospital.

Professional freestyle skier Mike Shaw did not think of this risk either. In a recent Vancouver Sun article, Shaw discussed his life threatening ski accident.  While skiing in Keystone Mountain Resort in Colorado, he hit some bad snow and face-planted. He told the Sun that he knew that he was paralyzed as soon as it happened.  [Read more…]

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Pedestrians: Don’t Fall Victim to Hit and Run Accidents

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You may have read our recent post about the bill approved by the Colorado House of Representatives. You’ll be happy to hear that Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bill into law June 6.

This law will take effect on July 1, doubling the statute of limitations from five years to 10 years. The government has been taking action in this issue due to the staggering number of hit and run accidents in Colorado. These accidents have left pedestrians and drivers with serious, sometimes fatal, injuries.

Not only is the state government taking action on this statewide issue, but the general public is as well using social media. Using the hashtag #JustStopCO, bystanders are posting images and news about hit-and-run car accidents in Colorado.  [Read more…]

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Interstate 70: The Colorado Danger Zone

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If I had a nickel for every time I heard a sour story about I-70, I would likely be the richest person in Colorado. Running through the Rocky Mountains, this interstate is prone to the effects of avalanches, rockslides, and severe weather conditions, causing major delays and perturbing congestion.

The infamy is not unwarranted. Interstate 70 has a prolific history of road closures, horrific accidents, and falling boulders causing injuries, gridlock traffic, and fatalities affecting people traveling to major Colorado destinations like Denver and Vail. Just recently on the 4th, a pedestrian was killed on the interstate. According to the Vail Daily, this closed the road for three hours.

Commercial semi trucks and slope-bound tourists do not bode well together in this tricky terrain. Accidents are far too frequent. Trucks careen off the road and cars lose control. You cannot go a week without learning the news of an accident on Interstate 70. [Read more…]

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Gale Sayers Sues NFL for Brain Injuries and Negligence

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Football Helmet | Colorado Springs, CO | Sears & Associates, P.C.As an NFL fan, the name Gale Sayers brings to mind classic images of the Bears’ storied history. He is one of the all-time great running backs charging down the field, clad in navy and orange.

 

Unfortunately, even the great Gale Sayers suffered injuries during his playing days—including some brain injuries that have affected his entire life.

 

As experienced Colorado Springs brain injury attorneys, a recent headline featuring Sayers caught our attention: the Hall of Famer is suing the league, claiming he suffers from memory loss as a result of head injuries suffered while playing.

 

An article in the Chicago Tribune detailed the case, reporting that Sayers filed the lawsuit in September after suffering from headaches and short-term memory loss after retirement. He claims that he was sometimes sent back into games after suffering concussions and that the NFL overall did not do an adequate job in protecting him from the devastating concussive head traumas.

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Late Recall by GM for Faulty Ignition Switch Linked to 13 Traffic Deaths

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GM Faulty Ignition Switch Recall | Colorado Springs, CO Car Accident Injury Attorney | Sears & Associates, P.C.As the owner of a vehicle, you expect the manufacturer to take the utmost caution with concerns to driver and passenger safety. Unfortunately, even major auto corporations—General Motors, in this case—sometimes cut corners or don’t address a problem as quickly as they should.

According to a recent report from 7NEWS Denver, 13 GM traffic deaths have been linked to a faulty ignition switch that took 10 years to recall.

Sadly, the fix for the faulty ignition would have cost just 57 cents per vehicle to fix. Members of Congress demanded answers from GM’s CEO last month on just why it took a decade to recall the vehicles with the faulty ignition.

While GM’s CEO, who just took over the position in January, insists that the company does and will continue to put the safety of consumers first, the families of those lost due to the delayed recall question why it took so long for a recall announcement. [Read more…]

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Are Medical Malpractice Insurance Companies Doing Their Job? Florida Supreme Court Doesn’t Believe So

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Medical Malpractice Lawyer | Colorado Springs, CO | Sears & Associates, P.CEarly last month the, the Florida Supreme Court criticized the arguments used by medical malpractice insurance lobbyists and organized medicine to push for caps and other “tort reforms.”

The court struck down the state’s cap on non-economic damages in wrongful death cases, and, in the process, basically informed all physicians that they have been lied to.

The medical malpractice insurance industry pushes for laws that limit compensation to sick and injured patients in every state—including Colorado. They also lobby for such laws at the federal level.

In the brutally honest Florida Supreme Court decision, members of the court stated that: [Read more…]

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Jason Landress Pushes for Harsher Penalties for Texting While Driving

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Harsher Penalites for Texting and Driving | Colorado Springs, CO Car Accident Injury Attorney | Sears & Associates, P.C.At any given moment, there are 660,000 distracted drivers on the road, many using their cellphones. 3,300 have been killed since 2012 in distracted driving related crashes.

As a car accident injury and wrongful death attorney in Colorado Springs, Colorado, I unfortunately see firsthand the pain and suffering distracted driving—most often caused by cellphone use and texting—causes victims and their family members.

Because of this, I support the push for harsher penalties for texting while driving in Colorado.

A recent report from KOAA highlights a legislative initiative and reveals some shocking statistics surrounding texting and driving in our state: [Read more…]

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Defective GM Ignition Switch Cover Up

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Trial lawyers work to hold corporations accountable when they put profits over people and when government agencies fail to protect the public. A great example of this is shown in the video below of former trial lawyer Sen. Claire McCaskill as she relentlessly questions General Motors CEO Mary Barra. During this hearing at the Senate’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance Sen. McCaskill exposes a key document that GM tried to hide. GM decided against fixing a defective ignition switch that would have cost only 90 cents per car.

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Shopping Cart Injuries a Real Threat to Children

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Shopping Cart Child Injury | Colorado Springs, CO Personal Injury Attorney | Sears & Associates, P.C.Each week, we all go to the supermarket to restock our fridge. Whether it’s Walmart, Safeway, Costco, or another regional grocer, the weekly routine rarely varies.

If you have children that accompany you on these shopping trips, did you know that there is a prevalent safety hazard that injures more than 66 children per day in the U.S.?

A recent study from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital reports that U.S. emergency departments treat 66 children per day for shopping cart-related injuries. [Read more…]

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