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  • Hands-Free Talking - Is It Safe?

    || 22-Aug-2017

    Most of us know that fiddling around with a cell phone while driving is dangerous. However, many more believe that using a hands-free device is a safe method to continue to go about your business while driving. According to several studies conducted by many universities and organizations, this is actually far from the truth. While a hands-free device will make it easier to operate a vehicle, we ...
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  • How Do Insurance Companies Determine Pain and Suffering?

    || 8-Aug-2017

    If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you have a right to pursue compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company. You can receive compensation not only for your medical expenses, lost wages, or other costs associated with your injuries, but for your pain and suffering as well. Since pain and suffering sound rather abstract and subjective, we will define ...
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  • Tips for Breaking the Divorce News to Your Children

    || 28-Jul-2017

    Divorce is not an easy decision to make and, regardless of how amicably you and your spouse might have come to this conclusion, you are both undoubtedly experiencing some difficulty in coping with it. If you share children, it will be even harder for them to understand the situation and the fact that their lives will be forever changed. It is crucial to break the news to them in a manner that will ...
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  • Common Causes of Boating Accidents

    || 14-Jul-2017

    Boating can be a fun activity, especially when the weather is right. However, it is important to still consider your safety even while going out for a fun day on the water. In 2014, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, there were about 4,064 accidents that resulted in 610 deaths and 2,678 injuries. To help prevent a disaster from happening to you or others, it is important to understand why these ...
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  • Will My Medical Marijuana Use Affect my Personal Injury Case?

    || 7-Jul-2017

    Colorado was one of the first states in the nation to legalize marijuana for recreational use, and many users in the state rely on marijuana for medicinal uses. It is legal to use marijuana throughout the state, but that doesn’t mean that you are entirely free to use the substance. Marijuana has been shown to impair users’ judgment and reactions and can affect more than just ...
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  • Employer Liability in Distracted Driving Accidents

    || 19-Jun-2017

    Distracted driving is a major problem amongst drivers across the country, accounting for approximately 28% of all crashes every year, or 1.6 million crashes. Smartphone usage is a major part of these numbers. In the past, these devices were considered a luxury, but now almost every adult and teenager has one, giving them the irresistible ability to access the world through their fingertips. For ...
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  • Why Teen Drivers Crash

    || 12-Jun-2017

    The crash rates for teenagers is much higher than it is for adults, and ranks as the leading cause of death among those between the ages of 12 and 19. There is a multitude of reasons why teens are more susceptible to accidents on the road than any other age group and understanding these reasons is the first step to addressing this major problem. Here are some of the most common reasons behind ...
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  • Matthew Clawson, of Clawson & Clawson, LLP, has been selected to the 2017 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for ...
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  • Uber/Lyft Accident - Can I Sue?

    || 6-Jun-2017

    Rideshare companies are becoming increasingly common these days and many are opting for services like Uber or Lyft instead of calling a taxi when in need of a ride. However, accidents happen and, when they do, it is important to know and understand what steps you must take next. In accidents involving rideshare companies more than one party might be held liable. The driver, the car owner, even the ...
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  • 7 Common Child Custody Mistakes

    || 30-May-2017

    Divorce is difficult enough, but when you add children to the mix, the situation can become even more stressful for all parties involved. A grueling child custody battle can be time-consuming, emotionally draining, expensive, and many cases are often rife with mistakes, some of which are nearly impossible to undo. You do not have to get caught in this tangled web, however, and some of the most ...
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  • How Is Pain & Suffering Calculated for a Personal Injury Claim?

    || 24-May-2017

    After an accident, you should be compensated for all injuries you have sustained, including emotional trauma, physical pain, and other damages. Your injuries may need significant medical care and cause you pain and suffering as you recover. Insurance companies generally will pay your medical bills, but it can be more difficult to obtain compensation for the more subjective costs of your injuries. ...
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  • What is Separate Property?

    || 9-May-2017

    In a divorce, most couples will need to divide their marital property in a way that is equitable and fair, but what happens to property that belongs to one spouse alone? Before the division of property can occur, the court or the couple must determine what property is eligible to be divided, and what property is considered separate property. Separate Property vs. Marital Property Marital property ...
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  • Don't Post About Your Injury on Social Media

    || 20-Apr-2017

    You’d be hard pressed to find someone under the age of 30 without a social media presence online. Ever since the inception of social media, people have become obsessed with making social connections and sharing bits and pieces of their life with friends, family, and even total strangers. While websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have brought the world closer together, they have ...
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  • Can I Sue the Military If I Was Negligently Injured?

    || 8-Mar-2017

    People and organizations are responsible for the negligent injuries of any number of individuals. In many cases, those responsible can be held accountable when the injured pursue legal action against them. The military is a slightly different matter, however. While the military can cause injury through negligence, it has the advantage of being part of the government. Under the doctrine of ...
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  • Car Accidents Increase Each Year During the Holidays - Here's Why

    || 16-Dec-2016

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that December 23 rd and 24 th are two of the top five deadliest days for drivers in the country. Beyond those two days, the entire holiday season seems to pose a threat to motorists, as there are more car accidents during that brief time of the year than any other. What is going on to cause the roads to become such hazards and ...
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  • PTSD Caused by Car Accidents

    || 8-Nov-2016

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition brought about by a significantly troubling or violent event and that flares up as psychotic episodes when the sufferer encounters a certain trigger. Most people associate PTSD with soldiers who return home from the warfront and are subsequently traumatized by the sound of firecrackers, engines backfiring, and other noises similar ...
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  • Things You Should Never Say After a Car Accident

    || 14-Oct-2016

    Being involved in any car accident is sure to be an unpleasant and shocking experience, even if you are not injured. While you may feel frustrated or angry following the shock of impact, it is imperative you stay in control of your situation and watch what you say during this time. Making a successful car accident claim can be difficult, especially if the involved insurance companies are in ...
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  • Understanding How Personal Injury Cases Settle

    || 27-Sep-2016

    Personal injury cases are often represented in the media and in movies as big, dramatic court cases that end with one corporation or another shelling out millions to ecstatic plaintiffs. In reality, this is a fairly uncommon scenario. Instead of being argued in court, the majority of injury claims actually begin and end in the conference room due to negotiations and settlements. How Personal ...
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  • Six Common Personal Injury Claim Mistakes

    || 20-Sep-2016

    After being struck by a drunk driver or slipping and falling in a puddle left in an aisle of a retail store, you might feel pretty confident that your personal injury claim is a guaranteed win. But you must be aware that there are always ways a case can tip out of your favor. In fact, there are six commonly-made mistakes plaintiffs make that strip away their winnings and put liability for their ...
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  • Colorado Springs Residents Concerned Over Lack of Traffic Cameras

    || 21-Jul-2016

    There is an old rule in politics that states that for every letter of complaint you receive, there’s at least another 100 you should have received but were never written. This is important to remember when considering a recent letter of sent to the Gazette of Colorado Springs, in which a local resident expressed serious concern over intersection safety in the city. In particular, they stated ...
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  • Can I Get Arrested in Colorado Springs for Smoking Pot?

    || 5-Jul-2016

    With the legalization of medical marijuana in 2010 and recreational marijuana in 2014, it would seem that anyone might be able to pull a joint out of their pocket in the middle of downtown and start smoking with no concern of consequence. So can you ever get in trouble for smoking weed or being high? To put it succinctly: YES. It is Illegal to Possess More than One Ounce of Marijuana in Colorado ...
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  • The Best Places to Eat in Colorado Springs

    || 27-Jun-2016

    Whether you are looking for a casual dining atmosphere, happy hour appetizers and drinks, or are celebrating your 25 th wedding anniversary, Colorado Springs has it all. Below we have listed some of our favorite restaurants in Colorado Springs to help you narrow down your options. 1. Carlos’ Bistro Carlos’ Bistro is the ideal location to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, or any other ...
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  • Will Your Relationship Last? Credit Scores May Hold the Answer.

    || 20-Jun-2016

    You may be aware of the financial consequences of a low credit score as they relate to credit interest rates, qualifying for loans, ease of acquiring new assets and liabilities, and so forth. What you may not realize, however, is that your credit may be a solid indicator of your ability to commit and maintain long-term relationships. 2015 census data indicates that a household with a combined ...
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  • Parental Responsibility Evaluation (P.R.E.) FAQs

    || 13-Jun-2016

    Many parents who find themselves in the midst of a contested legal proceeding involving the allocation of parental responsibilities (i.e. living arrangements, visitation and rights of decision-making) consider obtaining an expert’s opinion on the subject through a process known as a Parental Responsibility Evaluation (PRE). As its name suggests, a Parental Responsibility Evaluation is an ...
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  • Arrested for Driving Under the Influence in Colorado Springs?

    || 7-Jun-2016

    “Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have.” - Norman Vincent Peale Protect Yourself. The Colorado Department of Transportation reports over 1,160 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) citations issued so far for the year 2016 - a 5% increase from last year, and we ...
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