5-year-old Colorado Springs boy in coma after being found in hot tub


BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – A 5-year-old Colorado Springs boy named Jayden Huller is in a coma after he was found unconscious in a hot tub on Saturday.

According to the police, officers responded to a call that came in at 4:15 p.m. The incident happened at the Grand Lodge in Breckenridge located on 1979 Ski Hill Road.

Jayden’s grandfather, Randy Marck, has been near his grandson since he was taken to the hospital. Jayden climbed into the hot tub by accident, said Marck. Jayden was airlifted from Breckenridge to the Children’s Hospital in Denver. It is still unclear why Jayden was in the hot tub. Marck said, “He’s curious… I’m guessing he wandered off. I don’t know if he fell in or if he climbed in, and I don’t know if anyone else knows either.”

It is unclear how long Jayden had remained in water. Jayden’s mother said, “One doctor said it had to have been longer than a minute because of how much water he had in his lungs, they had to revive him before they could even airlift him to the hospital. The biggest concern is that he hasn’t been sedated this whole time and he just hasn’t woken up”.

A part of the Grand Lodge is under construction and despite the construction, the hot tub was open for use, said police.

According to KKTV-TV, they talked to Jayden’s mother and she said that his brain is too much damaged; if he comes out of the coma he likely will never be able to walk again.

The small boy is still in serious condition in the hospital.

Marck has a message for other families with small children. He doesn’t want any other family to suffer this. “You can’t be careful enough with little kids. They’re quick. They’ll be gone before you know it. They can cover a lot of ground a lot faster than you realize”.

The incident is still under investigation and Breckenridge police has released little information and the police hasn’t said if there could be charges in the case.

According to Jayden’s father, his other son who is 3-year-old is still in the custody of foster parents. On Monday, there was an emergency hearing of the incident. After the hearing, Jeremy was turned over to his grandmother.

It was said that foster parents may have taken the children out of El Paso County without authorization.

On Tuesday, Jayden underwent brain scans and his father, Huller said, “We’re trying to remain positive and just be here for Jayden. We don’t want to go down the path of anger”.

Jayden’s grandmother, Andrea Konig insisted the incident was accidental and said she felt horrible for his foster parents. “They are just devastated, they really love the boys. I knew they were going up to Breckenridge, they wanted to take them to the mountains, the zoo, to have fun with them and bring back a bunch of photos to show us”, she added.

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New study reveals a rise in Questionable Workers’ Compensation Claims despite drop in total number of workers’ compensation claims


The National Insurance Crime Bureau released a report of a new study on the workers’ compensation (WC) questionable claims (QC) referrals that were submitted in between the time period of 1st of January 2011 to 30th of June 2013. According to the findings, the total number of WC claims has been decreasing and the percentage that is deemed “questionable” has been increasing.

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the number of workers filing for compensation claims has decreased from 3.35 million in 2011 to 3.24 million in 2012.

The number of WC claims in 2011 was 3,349,925 which were found in the Insurance Services Office (ISO) ClaimSearch® database. Last year, the number was 3,244,679 which decreased from 2011, and in 2013 the number further decreased and 1,498,725 claims were received in the first half of 2013. After viewing the number of claims filed in the first half of 2013, the number of claims is again decreasing said the bureau.

3,474 WC QCs were directed to NICB in 2011 and in 2012 that number increased to 4, which is a 28% increase. In 2011 of all the claims submitted, 3.5% were WC QCs and in 2012, the percentage increased to 3.8. The number of WC CQs that were directed to NICB in the first half of 2011 was 1,681 and in the first half of 2013, the number was 2,174.

In the list of states where the number of WC QCs is high, California is at the top with a total of 2,270 WC QCs. Illinois is on the second number with 689 and New York is third with the total number of 688 WC QCs. The report showed that when ranked by claims per 100,000 residents, Delaware was on the 1st number in the list in 2011, Connecticut was on the top in 2012 and Maine was on the 1st number in the first half of 2013. Chicago had the highest number of questionable claims in 2011 and Los Angeles was on the top 2012 and also in the first half of 2013 among cities.

The claims that are directed by the NICB member insurance companies to NICB for closer review and investigation based on 1 or more signs of possible fraud are called as QCs. There are a number of referral causes due to which NICB member companies can select to further describe a Questionable Workers’ Compensation Claims. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, the first 3 referral reasons were the same. The 1st cause was “claimant fraud” with a total number of 6,107; second cause was “prior injury/not related to work” with a total number of 2,319 and third was “malingering” with 1,380.

The report said an injury claim which is not related to work is an individual who suffers an injury off-duty but does not report it until at work, thus claiming the injury happened when he was on-duty. A malingerer is a person who has suffered a legitimate injury but continues to show the symptoms, thus getting the benefits for a long period of time after fully recovering.

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At the law firm of Stephen Boutros, LTD., in Houston, Texas, our attorneys are passionately devoted to protecting accident victims harmed by the negligence or misconduct of others. We are a comprehensive personal injury law firm fighting to secure maximum compensation for our clients.

22-year-old Cashton man dies on wedding day from welding accident


22-year-old Jacob Gronemus died on Saturday 5th of October due to life-threatening injuries he suffered in a tragic welding accident. He was supposed to be married the same day; the wedding date was set for 5th of October but the young man died late that night.

Instead of wedding bells, champagne toasts and plans for the future, there were hopeless sighs and the sound of life saving equipment at the hospital. The incident left the young groom with third-degree burns.

75% of his body burned in the incident. According to reports, he was taken by helicopter to the University of Madison burn unit where he fought for his life but died after four days of continuous struggle for life due to the severe injuries.

Carol, Gronemus’s mother, remembers getting the call from her son on 1st of October. She remembered him saying, “Mom, I’m burned. You have to get here fast”.

19-year-old Ashley Kast, his fiancé, cannot describe her loss. In 2012, they both met and he proposed her almost exactly one year ago. “He took me squirrel hunting. I came back with a ring,” she said with tears in her eyes.

On Wednesday afternoon, close family and friends gathered in Cashton to pay their respects to Jacob Gronemus who they remembered as honest, decent and full of life.

Jake was the oldest of 4 siblings. He was very talented with a vast knowledge of diesel engines. He started his own business by the name of “Jake’s Ag and Diesel”. He was also a role model at home, at school and on the football field where he played fullback for the Cashton Eagles. He was a three year starter. In 2012, he graduated from Cashton High School and football standout. Last Friday, he was honored by the Eagles football team. The team wore No. 32 decals on their helmets in his honor, which was his former number. Gronemus was a 2010 Cashton graduate.

Tears of grief changed to smiles as the family shared Jake’s memories, the old blue Dodge pickup truck he rebuilt and the old Cadillac motor that sat in his garage. A fund has also been set up in his honor at the Bank of Cashton.

Carol said, “We always used to say he reminded us of that Johnny Cash song, ‘Piece by Piece’”.

His brother, Mark said, “He was always the one giving the hits right back. He was aggressive, but off the field he was humble and very hardworking.”

Prior to proposing Ashley, Gronemus took her father, Gabe Clark out to dinner and asked for his blessing and permission to marry his daughter. Clark said, “He was perfect for Ashley. She was a better person for knowing him. We all were”.

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Tips to survive an Insurance Dispute after a car accident


Once a claim is submitted for auto insurance, it works as a self-defender. The Insurance company’s job is to pay the minimum amount for your claim to maximize their yields. Simply, it is to make the options and rights of a person un-assured while making him/her to settle the claim as soon as possible. The insurance company will call a person many times for the claim settlement but it is not a good idea to set the claim quickly because some injuries caused by an accident can take time to be diagnosed.

Here are some points that can help to survive an insurance dispute:

1. Report on your own behalf – even the insurance companies insure you for the proper record – by documenting the scene

Keep a disposable video box along with you, or simply use a cell phone to take instant photographs and videos of the scene.

2. Info must be exchanged with individuals involved in the event

It includes names, drivers licenses, addresses of the victims as well as accused people and driver, addresses of Insurance policy carriers, license plate numbers and other similar things. Any photos taken or video made at the scene of the accident are very helpful for tracking down any information which you may have missed. They can also be used as evidence of the involvement of the other party.

3. Approach the nearest hospital or doctor as quickly as possible

It is important to consult a doctor and go for a checkup after an accident to check the injuries that cannot be seen with eyes because people are mostly shocked or stressed when an accident happens and this masks the damage a person physically sustains.

4. Maximize your insurance quotes options

Insurance companies provide you with different levels and quality of quotes. Make sure that you choose one which assures you the maximum level of claim.

5. Take help from the court or hire an experienced attorney

If you are not satisfied with the work of your insurance company, then simply hire an experienced attorney to look after your case so that you can focus on your physical healing.

6. Recovery process

Muscle pain and tissue injuries can cause severe pain and they heal up gradually. Neuro-skeletal problems don’t occur so quickly but leave their impact for a long time. So, a proper medical checkup is necessary to ensure long term safety especially for mental fitness otherwise it leaves a mental retardation or the drastic after effects of an auto accident.

Important Tip

Google your State Laws: Type in “Total Loss” along with the respective State abbreviation in the search bar. The respective State Insurance Commission as well as the State Bar Associations will both tell you about the professional advocates/attorneys providing their services in your state. This is extremely helpful in case you are in a dispute situation with your insurance company.

We all are forced by law to have Auto Insurance for safe driving purposes, so knowing the legal rights provided by the government will assist in making right what the insurance policy will not.

Author’s Bio:

The Tooley Law Firm LLC of Lakewood, Colorado, is a provider of experienced and aggressive criminal defense in matters of DUI, domestic violence, and other felonies, misdemeanors, and traffic violations. Since 1987, Thomas C. Tooley has been providing criminal defense representation and protecting the rights of the accused. 

Two Motorcyclists Involved In A Wreck


Two motorcyclists who were involved in a car wreck in Aurora may be lucky to be alive, according to the Denver Post. Both riders were wearing helmets at the time of the crash, which, according to Aurora Police Lt. Jeff Turner, can be the difference between life and death in these kinds of accidents. The men were riding west on Hampden near Chambers Rd in Aurora when a car pulled out of a Winchell’s Donuts parking lot in front of them, and they crashed into the side of the car. Both men were hospitalized, but neither suffered life-threatening injuries. Lt. Turner reminds drivers that, as the weather turns warm for the summer, it becomes increasingly important to keep an eye out for motorcycles at all times while driving.

Have you or a loved one been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident? Contact an Denver motorcycle accident lawyer today to discuss your options.

While the officer in this case believes that the men’s helmets may be what saved their lives, it bears consideration that here in Colorado, motorcyclists who are at least 18 years old are not legally obligated to wear helmets. The first thing this means is that you will not be pulled over for riding without a helmet, but it goes much further than this. Because there is no legal obligation to wear a helmet, there is also no negligence implied by not wearing one. This means that, if you are injured in an accident in which you were NOT wearing a helmet, the fact that you weren’t wearing a helmet doesn’t make your injuries your own fault.

Speak with a dedicated Denver motorcycle accident attorney immediately to protect your rights if you have been injured because of the reckless or negligent actions of another driver. In many cases, demonstrating that the other driver was negligent can be very difficult. You need an attorney who has years of experience, and possesses a sharp legal skill. You want to speak with a lawyer who has protected motorcyclists, and successfully recovered financial compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Understanding your rights while recovering from serious motorcycle accident injuries is complicated. Talk with a knowledgeable Denver personal injury attorney today.

Thornton Fire Crew Promotes Bike Safety

The Thornton fire department has been giving certificates for free ice cream treats to kids who the see wearing helmets while riding their bikes, according to CBS Denver. A fire crew driving around Thornton stopped several kids who they saw wearing bicycle helmets, and gave them a quick lesson in how to ensure that the helmet fits properly along with their free ice cream. North Suburban Medical Center sponsored the giveaway as part of an ongoing commitment to increasing public awareness of bike safety for kids.

If your child has been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, speak with an experienced Denver bicycle accident attorney immediately to discuss your options.

North Suburban spokesman Dr. Tom Dietrich said that bicycle helmets can significantly cut down on the risk of head and face injuries to children, reducing the numbers by as much as 80%. Some kids don’t want to wear the helmets for various reasons, and as a parent, getting your children to wear them when you’re not around isn’t always easy. However, it is worth the effort. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of your children, and bike helmets can be a big part of that. If you wear a helmet when you ride with your child, they will see you modeling good habits, and as they become accustomed to wearing the helmet, not only are they being safe but they are developing the habit of taking the time for safety in other activities as well.

In addition to the safety concerns of your children, preventing injuries can also make financial sense.  The medical bills that can be racked up by a serious head injury can cause debt problems in Colorado.  The fact is, there is just no reason not to have your children wear a helmet while cycling.

Contact a dedicated Denver bike accident lawyer right away to discuss your options if your child has been hit by a car on his or her bicycle. Many Denver personal injury attorneys work on bicycle accident cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay your lawyer a fee only after successfully recovering financial compensation. If the driver who injured your child was negligent, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages while caring for your child, and pain and suffering related the the injury. For more information, speak with an experienced Denver car accident lawyer today.

4-Year Old Drowned In Pool


A tragic accident in a community pool has resulted in the death of a 4-year-old boy, according to 9 News. With a large number of adults around, the child managed to make his way from the children’s pool where he had been playing to the adult pool without anyone seeing him. After he was seen, he was pulled out of the pool, and CPR was performed, but he could not be saved. Investigators are looking into the exact cause of death, as well as how he managed to get into the adult pool. The boy’s uncle is urging parents and caretakers to keep a close watch on their children near water, because it sometimes takes only a moment for a child to drown.

Have you lost a loved one in a drowning accident? Contact a dedicated Denver wrongful death attorney immediately to discuss your options.

Several thousand people drown in non-boating accidents every year, with about one fifth of those fatalities involving children. It is vital that parents and caretakers closely supervise children at all times near the water. When a toddler is in the water, there should be an adult within arm’s reach at all times, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in order to prevent accidental death. Other tips to help prevent these accidents involving getting children involved in swimming lessons, and to understand that inflatable pool toys, or foam pool toys are not actually safety devices, even if they look like them. A Denver personal injury lawyer knows that there is simply no substitute for close adult supervision, which should be one on one in the case of preschool aged children.

Contact an experienced Denver personal injury lawyer immediately if you have lost a family member in a water accident. If the accident was caused by the negligent actions of someone else, your family may be entitled to financial compensation for the loss of companionship and terrible suffering that you are experience. Obviously, this compensation won’t return your child, but it can help hold responsible the negligent party, and may help prevent another family from going through the same pain in the future. A compassionate Denver wrongful death lawyer can help you understand your options. For more information, speak with a lawyer today.

1 Dead in Tragic Motorcycle Crash

A motorcyclist died in a tragic accident with a small car in Fountain, according to the Gazette. The motorcyclist was a 37-year-old man from Colorado Springs who crashed into a Hyundai Accent that had made a left turn in front of him. The car and the motorcycle had been traveling in opposite directions on Fontaine Boulevard when the car attempted its left turn onto Fountain Mesa Road. The biker was taken to Memorial Hospital after slamming into the side of the car. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, but he died at the hospital. The driver of the car was not injured in the collision.

Have you lost a loved one in a tragic motorcycle accident? Speak with a dedicated Denver wrongful death attorney today to discuss your options.

Over 4,000 motorcyclists die in traffic accidents each year. A disturbingly large number of these crashes involve alcohol. Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to injury in accidents than people riding in cars, which makes Colorado drunk driving an even bigger problem. While motorcycles don’t have the inherent protections and safety features of cars and trucks, there are certainly things that motorcyclists can do to protect themselves. Helmets and riding leathers can go a long way toward preventing serious injury, particularly in minor accidents. Rider safety classes are an excellent way for motorcyclists to learn to be more alert and safer while riding.

Speak with a dedicated Fort Collins motorcycle accident attorney immediately to discuss your options if you have been in a motorcycle wreck. If your accident was caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another driver, then you may be entitled to financial compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages during recovery and pain and suffering that directly result from the collision. Many Denver personal injury lawyers work on accident cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you can always afford to speak with a lawyer. Don’t let your rights go by the wayside after a serious injury accident. For more information, speak with an experienced Denver car accident attorney today.

Two Pedestrians In Critical Condition In Separate Accidents


CBS Denver reports on two separate pedestrian accidents, which both left the victims in critical condition. Both crashes occurred just before 10:30 at night. In the first one, a woman who was walking in the alley between Dallas and Dayton streets was struck by a car while crossing the street. The driver remained at the scene during the investigation. Police do not believe that alcohol was involved, and the pedestrian appears to have been at fault in the accident. In the second crash, a man was walking on the bike path alongside the road when a minivan hit him. The van carried the man about a hundred yards down the road. The driver took off, but returned to the scene about 20 minutes later. He was arrested for drunk driving, leaving the scene of an injury accident, hit-and-run, and defective vehicle.

Have you or a loved one been seriously injured in a pedestrian collision? Speak with an experienced Denver pedestrian accident lawyer immediately to discuss your options.

Pedestrian accidents are incredibly dangerous. Because pedestrians are not protected in the way that people inside cars and trucks are, when a pedestrian is hit by a car, the potential for serious injury or death is very high. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 4,000 pedestrians are killed in traffic accidents each year. Making the issue more difficult is that some pedestrian accidents are actually the fault of the pedestrian. Pedestrians do sometimes walk out in front of traffic without paying attention, and cause accidents that result in their own injury. However, in many cases, pedestrian accidents result from a driver not paying attention. In these cases, when the driver is negligent, the pedestrian may be entitled to financial compensation after the crash.

Speak with an experienced Denver pedestrian accident attorney today to discuss your options if you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident. Many Denver car accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay a fee to your attorney only after he or she successfully recovers compensation for you. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering if the accident was the result of negligent or reckless behavior on the part of the driver of the car. For more information, speak with an experienced Denver personal injury attorney today.

Traffic Accident Kills Bicyclist


The Denver Post reports that a man who was arrested after a traffic accident resulting in the death of a bicyclist in Lyons has been on record as saying that cyclists don’t belong in Lyons. At recent meetings of the Lyons Planning and Community Development Commission, Patrick Ward sometimes appeared to speak about bicyclists breaking traffic laws, and saying that they don’t belong. He made it clear in his statements that he did not approve of cyclists in general. After a traffic accident which resulted in the death of a bicyclist, Ward was arrested for vehicular homicide, careless driving resulting in death, and driving under the influence.

Have you lost a loved one in a bicycle accident? Contact an experienced Denver wrongful death attorney immediately to discuss your options.

The emotional trauma of losing a loved one is terrible, but can be compounded by the financial hardship that can accompany a serious accident. In many cases, family’s find themselves deeply in debt with no way to get out, needing the help of a Colorado debt management professional. When the lost loved one is also the primary breadwinner for a family, it can be very difficult to make ends meet. A dedicated Fort Collins wrongful death attorney can protect your family.

Contact an experienced Denver wrongful death lawyer today if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident. Many Colorado wrongful death lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means that even if your family is struggling, you can afford to speak with a lawyer. A Greeley personal injury attorney can help hold accountable the person who caused your family’s pain, and protect them from financial hardship. For more information and a FREE CASE EVLAUTION, contact a Colorado wrongful death lawyer today.

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