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FAQs Regarding Medical Liens in Auto Injury Cases

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Nobody likes sticker shock — the moment you discover the true cost of that new car you’re about to buy, complete with extras, dealer charges, and taxes. Unfortunately, people who have been injured in a car accident sometimes experience a form of sticker shock when they discover that something called a medical lien must be paid to health care providers before they can receive their settlement. In order to avoid unpleasant surprises, it’s important to understand what your rights and obligations are when it comes to a medical lien on your settlement. Here are a few frequently asked questions and answers...

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Part 1, How To Avoid Hitting a Deer and Other Animals on the Road

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No one wants to hit a deer or other animal while they’re driving. Most people value living creatures and don’t want to be the reason for killing any. Hitting a deer or other large mammal also can cause accidents as well as car damages. Handling a roadkill collision can be daunting if you’re unclear about which steps to take. Read below for tips to avoid hitting wildlife on the road. You’ll also learn what to do if you cause or encounter roadkill and how your auto insurance coverage might cover any damages in an animal-related accident.  Jump to:Part 1: How To Avoid...

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WHEN AND HOW TO FILE A CAR ACCIDENT REPORT IN COLORADO

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Drivers love shortcuts. But sometimes what seemed like the quick and easy route turns out to be a lot more time-consuming and costly than you expected. The same can be said about the way some people handle car accidents. Consider this situation: A driver in a hurry gets into a minor scrape with another vehicle in heavy traffic; the motorists exchange contact information and decide, since nobody is hurt, not to waste any more time filing an accident report. It happens all the time, but it’s often the wrong move. There are several compelling reasons to file an accident report for any kind...

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Attorney Fees: Know what you’re going to pay

Most people know that attorneys can be expensive. The work that they do is diligent and their fees are based on several factors. These factors can include: the attorneys experience, the time spent on your case, their ability and reputation, the degree of difficulty for the case, the results of the case, and other costs involved. Some additional factors include the attorney’s overhead expenses such as rent, utilities, and office equipment. All of these factors may influence how much you’ll pay and listed below are some of the more common fee agreements for attorneys. The first fee agreement is the ‘Contingency...

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The Colorado Wilderness: Some Hiking Tips

Many people from around the country as well as locals enjoy the colorful scenery that Colorado has to offer year round. Whether you’re an experienced climber or just looking to enjoy a day hike with the family, there are plenty of trails and spots for everyone to visit. While hiking can be a great way to get out and enjoy nature, you should always be prepared to make sure your experience is an enjoyable one. There are a few essentials everyone should bring along when trekking outdoors: Always remember to bring a map and a compass and know how to use...

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Eggshell Plaintiff

In the world of personal injury law, there’s a phrase called “eggshell plaintiff”.  What exactly does this mean?  Well, I’m glad you asked!  In many personal injury cases, the injured party had a pre-existing condition, which the collision exacerbated, making the injuries even more severe than they would have been. Let me give you an example: let’s say that in the cold weather, an older woman slipped on black ice on your property.  But just a week before this fall, she had a hip surgery, and this simple fall, which would have otherwise been relatively harmless, left her hip in a...

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Look Both Ways Before You Cross: Crosswalk Safety

As of 2016, pedestrian deaths make up 14% of total traffic deaths in the U.S. To try and decrease this number, state legislatures are tightening pedestrian right-of-way laws. In Colorado, motorists must yield to pedestrians if they are on the same side of the road or are approaching closely enough from the opposite side of the roadway to be in danger. Right-of-way laws in Colorado regarding pedestrian are described in the Driver Handbook as “when driving, you should yield the right-of-way to pedestrians under all conditions”. With sunny skies ahead, it’s important to know how you can be safe both...

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The History of the Bicycle Helmet and why you Need to be Wearing One

Most people generally know it’s a good idea to wear a bike helmet, yet not that many of us consistently wear one. People who bike long distances as a sport or exercise generally do wear bike helmets, but the real problem is people who ride leisurely. Here we will lay out the history of the bike helmet, and give you some facts about how they can protect you. The first widely used bicycle was the Penny-farthing. This was the bicycle that had a very large main wheel and a much smaller wheel in the back. The name came from the British...

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Leading Causes of Car Accidents

  Getting into a car accident can turn your world upside down. You might be questioning, “Why is my insurance company not returning my calls? Who’s going to cover my medical bills? How am I going to get work?” Each year hundreds of thousands of people are seriously injured or die in auto accidents in the U.S., with approximately 450 traffic fatalities occurring in Colorado each year. Due to the high risk factors associated with driving, it is important to understand the leading causes contributing to car accidents across the nation. At Franklin D. Azar & Associates, we want you to...

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What to Know About Accidents Over the Holidays

Holidays should be a time for rest and recovery but not if that means recovery from an accident sustained while on holiday. Accidents happen every day, and holidays are the worst time for motor vehicle accidents. Holiday parties, and the vibrant celebrating that often ensues, entice greater numbers of people to take the wheel after drinking, placing other people like you and your family in danger during one of the most joyous times of the year. But not all holiday accidents involve alcohol and vehicles. Many people travel during the holidays, and yes, accidents happen wherever people go, causing various levels...

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