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Fort Collins personal injury attorneyWhen you think of the effects of a serious accident, such as a car crash, physical injuries like broken bones, lacerations, bruises, and head or back trauma may be the first things that come to mind. However, severe accidents can also affect the lives of injury victims in other, less tangible ways. As such, victims are often eligible to recover non-economic damages in addition to compensation for their medical expenses when they pursue a personal injury claim. Appropriate dollar values for non-economic damages can be difficult to determine, and they can also be limited by statutory caps under Colorado law.

What Are Non-Economic Damages?

Non-economic damages compensate for things like the victim’s pain and suffering, stress and anxiety, loss of companionship, and emotional distress. Determining a monetary award for these types of injuries can be very challenging for all parties involved. While the injuries may certainly be very serious, there are many factors that jurors will likely consider when trying to determine adequate compensation for the victim, some of which include:

  • The severity of the injury and the extent to which it interferes with the victim’s life

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colorado boat accident lawyerFort Collins and the surrounding areas have some gorgeous areas for those who enjoy boating. Whether you are looking to go fishing, water skiing, kayaking, or just enjoy a leisurely cruise, boats are welcome at  Horsetooth Reservoir, Boyd Lake State Park, Carter Lake, and Lonetree Reservoir. Unfortunately, boating activities also bring the risk of boating accidents. Last year, the state of Colorado reported 34 recreational water-related deaths. The state is already reporting four deaths so far this year, with two in Larimer County, with the warm weather season just beginning.  

Boating Accident Statistics

According to data collected by the U.S. Coast Guard, there are approximately 4,000 boating accidents that occur nationwide each year, resulting in more than 600 deaths and leaving thousands more injured. Around 80 percent of those fatalities are caused by drowning, and the Coast Guard reports that more than 85 percent of those victims do not have life jackets on at the time of the accident.

Just like car and other vehicle accidents, alcohol is a significant factor in fatal boating accidents, responsible for almost one-fourth of all incidents. Colorado law enforcement report that there have already been numerous arrests for BUI (boating under the influence) already this season. Other frequent causes of boating accidents include:

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fort collins personal injury lawyerIt has been well documented that even a minor brain injury can result in major issues, leaving a victim dealing with confusion, headaches, coordination issues, and even seizures. Multiple studies reveal that years after the injury has healed, a victim could have new medical problems that are triggered by that brain injury. In one new study, researchers in the U.K. have determined that victims who sustain a traumatic brain injury have a significantly increased risk for stroke years after the initial injury.

The Study

The study was done by researchers from the University of Birmingham's Institute of Applied Research, using data collected from 18 different studies conducted in four countries. The compiled data revealed that people who had sustained brain injuries had an 86 percent higher risk of suffering a stroke than people without brain injuries. That risk is highest during the first four months following the injury, but a victim still has a significant risk of stroke for up to five years later. Even more alarming, the studies show that the severity of the brain injury made no difference in a victim’s stroke risk. Since more than 70 percent of brain injuries are considered “mild,” the study team suggests that any brain injury should be deemed a “chronic condition” even if the victim has recovered.

Long-Term Effects of Brain Injuries

This study is not the first to reveal that brain injuries have a significant long-term impact on victims’ lives. Prior studies have found brain injuries increase the risk of many neurological conditions, including dementia, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that approximately 2.5 million people suffer brain injuries each year. Vehicle accidents and falls are responsible for almost half of these injuries. When a victim suffers a brain injury, the recovery and rehabilitation process can be a long and painful one. Many victims are left with high medical bills and are usually unable to work while they recover. The brain injury may also leave them with life-long disabilities, and as many of these studies show, at risk for dangerous medical conditions later in life.

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Fort Collins truck crash lawyerThe national statistics for deadly truck accidents are alarming. According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are almost 500,000 truck crashes that occur each year in the United States, resulting in more than 4,000 deaths and almost 110,000 injured victims. The majority of those injuries range from serious to catastrophic.

In fatal truck accidents that involve a passenger vehicle and a semi, more than 95 percent of the victims who are killed are the occupants in the passenger vehicles. Truck accidents account for more than 10 percent of all fatal vehicle accidents each year.

Colorado State Patrol Set Up Mobile Check-Ins

These ever-increasing numbers of truck accidents have led the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) to be on the lookout for truckers who try to evade weigh stations that the state has set up to ensure that trucks that travel on Colorado roads are in good working order and are not over the weight limit. These check-ins also are an opportunity to make sure that truck drivers operating these massive vehicles are properly licensed and are adhering to federal regulations regarding hours of service that truckers are allowed to operate.

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Larimer County personal injury attorney

Spinal cord injuries are one of the most catastrophic injuries a victim can suffer, significantly impacting their quality of life. The spinal cord is the body’s message center, responsible for sending messages from the victim’s brain to other parts of the body. If there is an injury to the spinal cord, this can stop the messages from being delivered, causing great physical limitations for the victim. Up until recently, there have been limited treatment options for victims. There may be new hope, however, with early research finding that stem cell infusions may help victims regain lost sensation and movement.

The study was conducted by Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. The researchers took mesenchymal stem cells from the 13 study participants’ own bone marrow and multiplied them in the lab. The stem cells were then intravenously infused back into the participants at approximately 40 days after they had sustained their injuries.

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