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Police officer allegedly drives drunk, causes car accident

Most Denver residents know it is illegal and unsafe to drive after drinking. One would expect law enforcement officers to be even more vigilant about their driving.

A Denver police officer received a 16-day suspension because he chose to drive drunk following a CU football game, police said. According to reports, the police officer rear-ended a car that stopped in front of him and pushed that car into another car. There was significant property damage reported in the accident. The police officer's blood alcohol content was reportedly 0.151, which is nearly twice the legal limit in Colorado. The officer had his driving privileges revoked and is off the job until October.

Dirty surgical instruments can be a serious problem

When people go under the knife for a surgical procedure, they trust that their medical care providers will treat them with a level of care that is up to professional standards. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors and hospitals fall short of these standards, and patients can be injured as a result. Occasionally, there are safety issues that occur when surgical instruments are not properly cleaned.

The cleaning of hospital surgical equipment is typically done by a hospital sterilization department. This department is tasked with cleaning and sterilizing the instruments so that they will not cause infection or other problems. Unfortunately, the employees working in hospital sterilization departments typically receive little training. This can result in surgical equipment not being adequately sterilized and can lead to injury to the next patient who comes into contact with the dirty instruments. Patients can suffer from unexpected infections, hepatitis B, and many other serious medical conditions.

Bicyclist killed by hit-and-run driver

There are many people in the Denver area who enjoy riding their bikes. Denver is home to many cyclists and races. Most of the time bicyclists are able to safely share the road with other vehicles but, occasionally, a serious bicycle accident occurs.

Recently, a bicyclist was hit and killed in a hit-and-run accident. The accident occurred near Speer Blvd. and Logan Street. The person who hit the bicyclist drove away, but police found him shortly after. The driver appeared to be impaired and underwent tests for drunk driving. He has been charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, DUI, driving without a license and reckless driving.

What to do if you suspect nursing home neglect

When a person gets older, they often need additional care. Older people need help with day-to-day tasks, medication, and caring for themselves. These situations often require a person to enter a nursing home where they are taken care of around the clock. This is an agonizing decision for a family and families want their loved one to be well taken care of.

Although most nursing homes do a wonderful job of taking care of their residents, there are occasional stories of nursing home abuse. If a family believes their loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, there are certain steps they should take.

Doctor plans to sue Denver hospital for negligence

A Denver doctor underwent hip surgery at Porter Adventist Hospital in 2016. Soon after the surgery, she developed a serious infection – so serious, she almost died.

Earlier this year, CBS4 reported that the hospital was halting surgeries due to issues with sterilization of orthopedic surgical instruments. The hospital confirmed that the doctor was in the group of patients who had been operated on during the time frame that instrument sterilization was at issue.

Steps to take following a car accident

No matter how good a Denver area driver is, they can't always avoid getting into a car accident. Although most of these are minor fender-benders, others car accidents cause serious injuries and extensive damage.

There are certain steps a person involved in a car accident should do following the accident. First, an accident victim needs to remain at the scene. If they leave, they can be charged with hit-and-run. Next, a person should make sure all drivers and passengers are okay. If there are injuries, medical attention should be sought.

ATV accidents can be serious

There are many people in Colorado that enjoy using their ATV for either work or play. These vehicles are fun to drive and can also be very handy on rural properties. But they can also be very dangerous and an ATV accident often leads to serious injuries and even death.

Many of ATV accidents involve the vehicle flipping or rolling. When this happens, the driver and their passenger can be thrown from the ATV or pinned underneath it. Some of the most serious injuries an ATV driver can receive is a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, chest and abdominal injuries, and fractures. Injuries such as TBIs and spinal cord injuries can result in a lifetime of medical care. The Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that in 2015, over 98,000 people had to go to the emergency room for ATV injuries.

What might serve as evidence of distracted driving?

Every day, drivers take risks and make decisions while driving that put them at serious risk of causing a crash. One such risk is driving while distracted.

If you have been injured in an accident, it can be crucial to determine if the other driver was distracted, which can be the basis for a legal claim. There are numerous places to look for signs of distraction.

Undiagnosed head injuries after an accident

You mind your business and drive along a busy highway. As usual, it is rush hour and the traffic is awful. You pray that soon you will finally be free of this stressful situation. Suddenly, without warning a truck hits you from behind. Your head hits the windshield. You lose consciousness, an ambulance is called and you are rushed to the hospital.

You may have just suffered a head injury after your car accident. That means it could be something very serious called a concussion. This is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that effects the way the brain works. The effects can vary from a minor blow to the head with short-term dizziness to a life-changing brain injury as a result of major shock. That is why it is so vital that your head injury is properly diagnosed. It is important for your doctor to understand that you suffered a head injury and pay close attention to your symptoms. When the appropriate tests are run these tests can tell the function of the brain and see physical changes.

10 Ways to Avoid Car Accidents

If you have a long commute for work or travel along an Interstate every day, then chances are you see car accidents on a regular basis. A study released in May show that seatbelt usage fluctuates from state to state, and that belting up continues to be a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents in the U.S., according to the National Safety Council (NSC).

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