Colorado Legal Digest – April 2024 Newsletter

Apr 30, 2024



The second annual Design A Frank Azar Billboard Contest for Colorado students is in full swing and accepting submissions from budding artists aspiring to see their design displayed on a billboard this summer. Frank Azar is reaching out to artistic kids all across Colorado to help him in designing his next billboard to be seen by motorists in their community.


Whether the medium is crayon or digital, students interested in entering the contest can follow the steps below to submit their designs.


  1. Apply to the contest: Fill out the form on and include your name, school, grade, parent’s email, and the submission region.
  2. Instructions: After you apply, you will receive a confirmation email followed by an email that includes the design assets and a brochure of instructions, a template, and a parental consent form.
  3. Have fun designing your billboard! Use your creativity and your favorite medium to come up with a new concept to be displayed on a billboard in your area.
  4. Submit your design and signed consent form by May 20, 2024: Submit your design and signed consent to the provided address or email.


One winner for Denver and Colorado Springs will be announced on May 30, 2024. Not only will each student get to see their design displayed on a billboard, but they will each receive a $2,500 educational grant.


This contest was inspired by Frank Azar’s passion for helping students further their education. “It’s important to encourage young people in their creative endeavors,” said Frank Azar, the firm’s founding attorney. “This billboard contest is one way to help those who may be interested in pursuing a career in commercial art or design.” The Franklin D. Azar & Associates law firm is happy to partner with Lamar Advertising Company to make this contest happen and bring it to students across Colorado.


For more information about the Design A Frank Azar Billboard Contest or to enter, please visit



What To Do Following a Concussion from an Accident What To Do Following a Concussion from an Accident by Frank Azar, The Strong Arm


Considering the range of injuries someone could sustain in an accident, a concussion might seem minor by comparison — perhaps minor enough that the victim doesn’t seriously consider seeking medical treatment. But early diagnosis is vital, as an undiagnosed head injury could lead to symptoms such as vision problems, cognitive issues, permanent disability, or worse.

If you’re involved in an auto accident, seek medical care right away. Doing so is the best way to diagnose a concussion, protect your health, and help you begin building evidence for your claim against the at-fault driver.


What Is a Concussion?

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons defines a concussion as “an injury to the brain that results in temporary loss of normal brain function.” A type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussions are the result of the bruising, stretching, or bruising and stretching of the brain’s nerves and blood vessels. These injuries cause chemical changes that present as concussion symptoms.


If you’re in an auto accident and hit your head on the dashboard, steering wheel, or other structure inside the car, you could have a concussion. Additionally, although it’s a widely-held belief that concussions only result from a direct hit to the head, that doesn’t always hold true.


Any sudden jolt that causes the brain to move inside the skull can cause a concussion. For example, if you’re in a rear-end collision, the sudden forward thrust of the head followed by the rapid recoil could lead to the brain “bouncing” against the skull and suffering a concussion with no external impact at all.


Didn’t Lose Consciousness? You Could Still Have a Concussion

It’s a myth that you have to lose consciousness to have a concussion. People can suffer concussions and remain fully conscious — in fact, it’s more common not to lose consciousness.


Common Signs and Symptoms of Concussion

Concussion symptoms generally fall into four major categories:

Physical: Headaches, dizziness, trouble balancing, sensitivity to light, and vision problems.

  • Cognitive: Trouble concentrating or thinking clearly, slow response times, grogginess, and problems with short- or long-term memory.
  • Social or emotional: Feeling more anxious, nervous, irritable, angry, or sad than usual, or being spurred into those emotions more easily.
  • Sleep: Sleeping more or less than usual or having difficulty falling asleep.


In cases of severe injury, concussion symptoms can appear immediately after the accident. Symptoms may also be delayed and begin to flare within hours or days. The sooner you receive medical care, the sooner you can start to recover.


Seek Professional Medical Attention After a Concussion

Concussions are often referred to as mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs), but that’s only because the majority of concussions are not life-threatening. In reality, these injuries can cause significant symptoms that affect you in multiple ways.


There are different types of concussions and grading ranges from mild to moderate to severe on a scale from 0 to 4. Early testing, treatment, and monitoring help ensure appropriate recovery plans.


The Risk of Delayed-Onset Concussion Symptoms

Because concussion symptoms are wide-ranging and can seem like other unrelated health issues, you may not realize you’re experiencing TBI-related symptoms after a head injury. Additionally, concussion symptoms don’t always present right after an injury. Symptoms can appear within hours, but they could also appear days or weeks post-accident.


Since symptoms can be delayed, you could have a moderate or severe head injury that requires immediate attention following a collision without knowing it. And, without a proper medical exam, it’s impossible to know if you’re experiencing bleeding or swelling that could lead to secondary injuries. Delaying care can lead to lingering symptoms, more severe symptoms, or post-concussion syndrome. Rarely, concussions can lead to seizures, coma, or death from undiagnosed bleeding and brain swelling.


For these reasons, it’s important to seek professional medical attention immediately following an accident. Waiting even a day or two could delay the treatment of a potentially more serious injury or life-threatening condition. Heading to the hospital as soon as possible will help you get diagnostic testing and a treatment plan in place.


Postponing a medical visit also creates a challenge when seeking any type of legal claim for the concussion and persisting symptoms or injuries. Early documentation allows your attorney to negotiate with your insurance provider and build a case for appropriate compensation. Always keep copies of documents from visits to the emergency room, urgent care, primary care physician, or specialist following the accident, and pass them on to your attorney as soon as possible.


Next Steps After a Concussion

If you or someone you know is in an accident and might have a concussion, seek medical attention right away. Delaying care could not only negatively impact your health, it may also make filing a legal claim more difficult.


For the sake of your well-being, follow these steps.

  1. Get medical treatment as soon as possible. If you can, call 911 at the scene and go to the hospital for an examination. After that, it’s a good idea to follow up with an appointment with your primary care physician for a more thorough assessment. Limit the time between the emergency room visit and seeing your doctor to one to two days to ensure you’re receiving appropriate care and gathering solid documentation of the early stages of your injuries.
  2. Gather documentation. While waiting for emergency care at the scene, try to gather documentation such as photographs or witness information. After you head to the hospital, start keeping records of any appointment related to your injury and recovery, such as emergency room trips, medical appointments, urgent care visits, and outpatient diagnostic testing. Your attorney will need these records to build your case.
  3. Call your attorney for guidance. Navigating insurance claims and other legalities can be difficult after any accident. Speak to a professional with experience in personal injury and traumatic brain injury cases for guidance on how to move forward as soon as you can do so.
  4. Continue monitoring symptoms throughout recovery. Stick to the treatment plan outlined by your primary care provider and monitor any changes in symptoms throughout your recovery. Keep your attorney updated.


If you’ve been in a collision, it can be difficult to know the next steps to take. Our firm is available to help take the stress out of the situation so you can focus on your health.



Learn about Sergio’s Concussion Accident Experience



For nearly years the attorneys at Franklin D. Azar & Associates have helped thousands of injured people obtain complete and timely compensation for their losses. Our proven track record and expertise in serious injury cases have allowed us to grow into the largest personal injury law firm in Colorado, with offices in Aurora, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Greeley, Lakewood, Littleton, Longmont, Pueblo, and Thornton. If you’ve been injured in a bus, car, rideshare,  truck, or motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Please call the car accident attorneys at FDAzar day or night at 800-716-9032, or contact us here for a free consultation and no-obligation evaluation of your case.



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