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Thousands of people are killed in the workplace every year, and millions more suffer serious injuries that require emergency medical treatment. Although some fields of work are more dangerous than others, it's important to remember that workplace injuries can happen to anyone at any time. According to Mark A. Simon, a Denver workers' compensation attorney, these are the most common workplace injuries: Repetitive Motion Injuries Repetitive motion injuries are much less obvious than other injuries because they slowly set in over time. But, just because they are not obvious does not mean that these are minor injuries. Repetitive motion injuries caused by typing or using the same equipment for prolonged periods of time can be incredibly painful and make it difficult for workers to do their jobs. Learn more about the harmful effects of a repetitive motion injury. Traffic Accidents Employees who have to travel by car are at risk of getting into traffic accidents. If the accident occurs while the employee is performing the duties of his or her job, then the employee's injuries are considered workplace injuries. Machine Entanglement Employees who work in factories with heavy equipment and machinery are at risk of sustaining machine entanglement injuries. This type of injury occurs when an employee accidentally gets his clothing, jewelry, hair, or even a body part caught in a machine. Depending on the type of machine, this could lead to serious, long-term injuries. It's important that employers take the time to properly train employees on safety measures that will prevent these injuries from occurring.  Overexertion Injuries The most common type of injury that occurs in the workplace is an overexertion injury, which occurs when an employee lifts, carries, pulls, pushes, or holds something that is too heavy. It can also occur when an employee uses the wrong technique to handle these heavy items. For example, employees can sustain overexertion injuries if they choose to use their backs instead of their legs to lift a heavy box. Slip and Falls Slip and fall accidents can occur in any type of workplace. These accidents typically happen when an employee slips on a wet floor or trips over an object that is in the employee's path. Falling Objects Employees can also be injured by falling objects such as books or tools. If an employee is hit by a falling object, it's very likely that he could suffer a head injury, which could require extensive treatment. Employers should do everything in their power to prevent these devastating injuries by clearly labeling areas where debris may fall. This way, employees know to steer clear of these areas or to be more aware of their surroundings if they have to walk through them.     If you have any questions about whether you are entitled to workers' compensation after an on-the-job injury, contact attorney Mark A. Simon right away. If you have been injured while at work, call us at 303-321-4878 or contact Mark A. Simon to discuss your right to recover compensation during a free consultation. http://coloradolawyer.net/blog/11786/Denver-Workers--Compensation-Attorney-Explains-the-Most-Common-Workplace-Injuries?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=gplus #blog

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Avoid Saying These Things After An Auto Accident in Denver: It can be hard to think clearly in the moments following an auto accident in Denver because you may be overwhelmed with shock or fear. But, it's important to remain calm because the things that you do and say during this time can make or break your personal injury case. If you have been involved in a car accident, be sure to avoid saying these things: "I'm ok." The other drivers or passengers involved in the accident may ask you how you are doing as you exchange information. It's important to avoid saying things such as "I'm ok" or "I'm fine." Even if you think the injuries you have sustained are minor, they may get worse over the next few hours or days. But, if you tell someone at the scene that you're ok, this may complicate your personal injury case and make it harder for you to recover compensation. "We can handle this without the police." Are you in a hurry? The thought of waiting for a police officer to arrive at the scene may tempt you to tell the other parties that you're fine with not calling the authorities, but don't do it. It's important that a police officer comes to the scene so he can learn about what happened, determine who is liable, and put this information in an official police report. This report will play an important role in your personal injury case, and without it, your case could turn into a "he said, she said" argument between you and the other driver. Learn how to file an accident report with the police. "This is all my fault." Do you think that you were partly or completely to blame for the accident? You may be right, but it's possible that you're wrong. When you get out of your vehicle to exchange information with the other drivers, do not accept blame for the accident. In fact, you should also steer clear of saying "I'm sorry," which could be taken to mean "I'm sorry that I caused this problem." These words could be used against you later on in your personal injury case if you try to recover compensation from the driver that really was at fault. "Um...I think..." If the police officer asks you questions regarding the events that led up to the accident, don't provide an answer unless you know that it's 100% true. You shouldn't make statements like "I think I was going the speed limit" or "I think she had she turning signal on." If you aren't sure, then tell the police officer that you do not remember. Don't make up an answer that could turn out to be untrue and make you look like you are hiding something.   If you need more advice on how to handle your car accident case, attorney Mark A. Simon can help. If you have been injured because of someone else's negligence, call us at 303-321-4878 or contact Mark A. Simon to discuss your rights during a free consultation. http://coloradolawyer.net/blog/11695/Avoid-Saying-These-Things-After-An-Auto-Accident-in-Denver?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=gplus #blog

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Denver Personal Injury Attorney Explains the Most Common Causes of Wrongful Death: Wrongful death claims are civil lawsuits that are filed by the family members of a person who has been killed by another person's negligence. Unfortunately, many people choose to act recklessly, which means these cases are far too common. Why are there so many wrongful deaths? Here are some of the most common causes according to Denver personal injury attorney Mark A. Simon: Workplace Accidents Every employee is at risk of being injured while on the job, especially those who work in high-risk industries such as construction. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that over 20% of all worker fatalities occur in the construction industry. See more commonly used statistics related to worker safety.   If a worker's death is caused by the employer's or another party's negligence, the victim's family may be able to file a wrongful death claim. Medical Malpractice Doctors are supposed to care for you and make you feel better, but many times, they do more harm than good. If a doctor, nurse, surgeon, or any other medical professional makes a fatal mistake, the victim's family could file a wrongful death claim against him or her. Wrongful death caused by medical malpractice can occur due to surgical errors, prescription errors, malfunctioning medical equipment, or misdiagnosis. Traffic Accidents Many wrongful deaths occur in tragic traffic accidents involving cars, motorcycles, bicycles, trucks, and pedestrians. These deaths can be caused by drivers who are intoxicated, distracted by an electronic device, or too drowsy to focus. People who are driving recklessly and ignoring traffic laws can also cause fatal accidents. Bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians are at a higher risk of suffering fatal injuries in an accident because they don't have the same protection that motorists and truck drivers do. But unfortunately, sometimes even the most technologically advanced safety features inside vehicles are not enough to protect drivers and passengers from fatal injuries.   In all of these cases, the victim's family has the right to file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver and any other parties that may be at fault. Defective Products Consumers never expect the products that they purchase to harm them, but unfortunately, that's what happens in some cases. Product designers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers sometimes make mistakes that lead to dangerous product defects. For example, if there is no warning label that tells consumers of the potential risks of using a product, this is considered to be a defect. Errors during the manufacturing process can also lead to dangerous defects that may cause fatal injuries. If a consumer is killed by a product defect, his family members may be able to recover compensation through a wrongful death claim filed against the at-fault party.   Have you lost a loved one? If you have any questions about your wrongful death claim, attorney Mark A. Simon can help. If you have lost a loved one because of another person's negligence, call us at 303-321-4878 or contact Mark A. Simon to discuss your rights during a free consultation. http://coloradolawyer.net/blog/11617/Denver-Personal-Injury-Attorney-Explains-the-Most-Common-Causes-of-Wrongful-Death?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=gplus #blog

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Denver Auto Accident Attorney Explains Common Mistakes That Could Hurt Your Car Accident Claim: Unfortunately, people are injured in car accidents caused by negligent drivers everyday. If you've been injured in a collision with a negligent driver, it's important to speak to a Denver auto accident attorney as soon as possible about how you can recover compensation. If you don't consult with an attorney, you may end up making one of these common mistakes that could hurt your car accident claim: Failing to seek medical attention after the accident. One of the first things you should do immediately after a car accident is seek medical attention for your injuries. If you wait a few days before getting treated, the defendant could argue that you did not suffer your injuries in the accident, otherwise you would have received treatment right away. Even if your injuries are minor, you should still go to a doctor so you have a record that shows the symptoms you were experiencing immediately after the accident. This will come in handy if your symptoms worsen over time and turn into something more serious. Not following a doctor's instructions. The doctor that treats your injuries may give you prescription medication, ask you to return for a follow-up visit, or even suggest that you see a specialist. It's imperative that you follow the doctor's instructions closely after a car accident. Why? If you don't, the defendant may argue that you are either faking your injuries or not taking the claim seriously, which will affect your ability to recover compensation. Talking about the accident on social media. Any good personal injury attorney will advise you to stay off of social media until you have successfully recovered compensation. This is because anything that you say or post on social media can easily be taken out of context and used against you by the defendant. Even an innocent picture of you smiling with friends could be used as evidence that you are not as injured as you are claiming to be. Because of this, it's strongly recommended that you take a break from social media if you have filed a personal injury claim. Could social media impact your personal injury claim? Not getting a police report. Call 9-1-1 immediately after a car accident. If no one is seriously injured, ask the dispatcher to send a police offer to the scene of the accident so he can write up a report. A police report is a great piece of evidence to have in a car accident claim, so don't skip over this step if you're in a hurry and eager to leave the scene. The report often contains information on who was at fault, what witnesses saw, and what damage the officer observed. If you have all of this information documented in an official police report, it is much easier to negotiate with the at-fault driver's insurance company.   If you have any questions about your car accident claim, attorney Mark A. Simon can help. If you have been injured because of another driver's negligence, call us at 303-321-4878 or contact Mark A. Simon to discuss your rights during a free consultation. http://coloradolawyer.net/blog/11479/Denver-Auto-Accident-Attorney-Explains-Common-Mistakes-That-Could-Hurt-Your-Car-Accident-Claim?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=gplus #blog

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Personal Injury in Denver: Possible Outcomes to Your Case: Have you been injured by another person's negligence? If you have suffered a personal injury in Denver, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages by filing a personal injury lawsuit. One of the first questions that victims may ask an attorney is, "What will happen at the end of my case?" Predicting how a case will end is difficult, but there are several possible outcomes that you should know about. Settlement Most personal injury cases are settled outside of the courtroom. Why? Let's say you are injured in a car accident and the other driver was at fault. The at fault party's insurance company will not want to pay court costs and attorney's' fees, so they may try to reach a settlement outside of court because it is much cheaper to do so. Your attorney will be responsible for negotiating with the defendant's attorney in an attempt to reach a settlement. That's why it's imperative that you work with an attorney who has strong negotiation skills and a track record of success when it comes to winning personal injury cases. Remember, you do not have to accept a settlement just because it is offered to you. You should never agree to a settlement before talking this decision over with your attorney. If you accept compensation in a settlement agreement, you will have to drop the lawsuit against the defendant. An attorney will be able to advise you on whether it is best to accept the settlement, or whether he thinks you can get more compensation by taking the case to trial. The Plaintiff Wins If your case is not settled during pretrial negotiations, it will be taken to court. A jury will listen to the evidence presented by both the plaintiff and the defendant, and then decide whether the plaintiff is entitled to compensation from the defendant. If the plaintiff wins the case, the defendant will be ordered to pay him a specific amount of money. The Defendant Wins The plaintiff does not always win, however. If the jury finds that the defendant's negligence did not cause the plaintiff's injuries, the defendant will win the case. In this situation, the defendant will not have to compensate the plaintiff. In fact, the plaintiff may have to cover the defendant's attorneys' fees and court costs. The Verdict is Appealed Either side may appeal the verdict at the end of the trial. For example, if the plaintiff wins, the defendant may appeal the verdict. If the defendant wins, the plaintiff may appeal the verdict in a final attempt to recover compensation. You will have 30 days to appeal the verdict, so you must move quickly to work with your attorney and determine if this is the best decision. You can find out more about personal injury law in this article. If you have any questions about your personal injury case, attorney Mark A. Simon can help. If you have been injured because of someone else's negligence, call us at 303-321-4878 or contact Mark A. Simon to discuss your rights during a free consultation. http://coloradolawyer.net/blog/11406/Personal-Injury-in-Denver--Possible-Outcomes-to-Your-Case?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=gplus #blog

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The Importance of Documenting Evidence After A Car Accident - Denver Auto Accident Attorney Explains: If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another person's negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. Compensation is never guaranteed in any type of personal injury case, but there are a few ways you can strengthen your case and increase your chances of recovering the money you deserve. How? According to Denver personal injury attorney Mark A. Simon, it helps to document as much evidence as possible after an accident. What should you document? If you are not severely injured, it's recommended that you take photographs at the scene of the accident. Take pictures of damage on your vehicle and any other vehicles that were involved in the crash. If a stop light or traffic sign played a role in the accident, take a picture of that as well. If you have visible injuries, you should photograph these so you have proof that they occurred during the accident. Were there any witnesses? If they are still at the scene of the accident, politely ask them for their contact information. Your attorney may need to get in touch with them later to discuss what they saw leading up to the accident. Learn how to document auto accident damage. After you have left the scene of the accident, you should continue to document evidence over the course of your recovery. Visible injuries should be photographed every few days to show how they have healed or worsened over time. If your injuries are not visible, keep a journal where you can write down the symptoms you are experiencing on a daily basis. This may help you prove that you suffered from both physical and emotional pain. You should also start to gather documents that show you have incurred expenses or suffered losses as a result of your injuries. For example, if you had to pay for medical treatment, prescription medication, or transportation to the doctor's office, keep a file that contains all of these invoices. If you have had to take time off of work because of your injuries, request a formal letter from your employer that states the dates you have taken off, and a letter from your doctor that explains why it was necessary for you to take time off of work. Why is documenting evidence important? The at-fault driver's insurance company is sure to put up a fight over compensating you for your injuries. They may argue that your injuries are not as severe as you are claiming, or that you are being dishonest in reporting the expenses you have incurred as a result of the injury. But, it is hard to argue with photographic proof and official documents from your healthcare provider and employer. The more evidence that you document after an accident, the stronger your case will be. If you have any questions about your personal injury case, attorney Mark A. Simon can help. If you have been injured because of someone else's negligence, call us at 303-321-4878 or contact Mark A. Simon to discuss your rights during a free consultation http://coloradolawyer.net/blog/11337/The-Importance-of-Documenting-Evidence-After-A-Car-Accident---Denver-Auto-Accident-Attorney-Explains?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=gplus #blog

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Losing a loved one is difficult under any circumstances, but it becomes even more challenging to cope with when your loved one was killed by another person's negligence. This is known as a wrongful death, and according to Denver personal injury attorney Mark A. Simon, your family may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault party. Here's what you need to know about the wrongful death laws in Colorado: What is a wrongful death claim? If you are injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, you can file a personal injury claim to recover compensation for your injuries. A wrongful death claim is similar to a personal injury claim, however the victim is no longer alive, and the claim is filed by the victim's loved ones. You must be able to prove that the defendant acted negligently or recklessly, and that this behavior led to the death of your loved one. For example, let's say someone is killed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. It would be fairly simple to prove that the drunk driver was negligent at the time of the accident, and that this negligence led to a fatality. Who can file a wrongful death claim? Each state has its own rules regarding who is allowed to file a wrongful death claim. In Colorado, the only person who is legally permitted to file a wrongful death claim within the first year after the victim's death is the surviving spouse. In the second year after the victim's death, the spouse and any of the victim's surviving children are able to file a wrongful death claim. Some victims may not have spouses or children at the time of their death. In this case, the victim's parents would be able to file a claim. The representative of the victim's estate can also file a claim alongside the surviving family members. This is known as a survival action, and it is only done to recover compensation for losses that the estate has suffered as a result of the victim's death. How long do you have to file a wrongful death claim? The statute of limitations for wrongful death cases varies depending on the state. In Colorado, the surviving family members have two years from the date of the victim's death to file a claim. If you wait until this deadline has passed, you will no longer have a right to file a claim or recover compensation for your loved one's death. Learn more about the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim in Colorado. Two years may seem like a long time to take action, but time can go by very fast, so it's recommended that you move quickly if you are interested in filing a wrongful death claim. If you have lost a loved one because of another person's negligence, attorney Mark A. Simon can help. Don't hesitate to call us at 303-321-4878 or contact Mark A. Simon to discuss your rights during a free consultation. http://coloradolawyer.net/blog/11271/Denver-Personal-Injury-Attorney-Explains-Colorado-s-Wrongful-Death-Laws?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=gplus #blog

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Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and Your Denver Auto Accident Attorney: Did you know that May is Motorcycle Awareness month? Whether you drive a car or ride a motorcycle, it is important to always be conscious of those riding and make the roads safer for everyone to avoid an auto accident in Denver. Alarming Stats: The unfortunate reason we have to have a month dedicated to bringing awareness to sharing the road with over 8.4 million motorcyclists are the amount of accidents that happen each year. According to the Insurance Information Institute, there were 4,586 motorcycle accident casualties in 2014, which was down 2.3 percent from the prior year. While that decrease is positive, injuries rose 4.5 percent with 92,000 injured.     Safety for Motorcyclists: One of the simplest ways motorcyclists can practice safety methods are to wear a helmet and quality riding jacket. The helmet will not only protect your head in the event of an accident, but anything else that can fly into your face as you are riding. When riding, always strive to be visible to the cars around you and never cruise in their blind spot. Also use caution in bad weather when roads can be slippery. Attend a motorcycle safety course to help you learn all of the different elements of the road and how to drive safely.   Common Accidents:  The 10 most common accidents and how to avoid them says is when cars turn left in front of you. This can happen when the driver is distracted or perhaps you are in their blind spot. Other common accidents include hitting gravel, going around turns too fast, cars switching lanes into motorcycles, getting rear ended, being in a crowd of motorcyclists that are not paying attention, locking the front brakes, car doors opening into motorcyclists, drunk drivers and slippery weather conditions. Awareness Tips for Vehicles: Those driving cars should always be on the lookout for motorcycles. While it can always be hard to see out of blind spots, this is why it is good to check over your shoulder before switching lanes or turning. When driving behind a motorcycle, be sure to leave plenty of distance in between the two of you and make sure to always use your turn signal. Most of all, just always be conscious that they are on the road. Often times after an accident occurs, drivers explain they did not even realize there was a motorcycle around them. One of the best and most common sayings is to look twice for a motorcyclist. This will help keep the roads safer for everyone. If you are in a motorcycle accident, the premier services of Mark A. Simon will help you get the money you deserve. We are your local go-to law office with years of experience with motorcyclists. Mr. Simon will present constructive avenues as your Denver auto accident attorney to get you the care and money you deserve—especially since motorcycle accidents are often severe. This Motorcycle Awareness Month, whether you are a rider yourself or just have a car, it is best to educate yourself. And if you find yourself in an accident, learn about Mark's services and give us a call at 303-321-4878 to get started. http://coloradolawyer.net/blog/11118/Motorcycle-Safety-Awareness-Month-and-Your-Denver-Auto-Accident-Attorney?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=gplus #blog

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Denver Auto Accident Attorney Discusses Common Causes of Truck Accidents: Because of the difference in size between a truck and a vehicle, truck accidents can be catastrophic. Unfortunately, there are far too many truck accidents that lead to devastating injuries and property damage. Why do so many accidents occur? According to Denver auto accident attorney Mark Simon, these are the most common causes of truck accidents: Fatigue The federal government regulates how many hours a commercial truck driver can spend on the road within a certain timeframe. These regulations were put in place to ensure that truck drivers are well rested when they are behind the wheel. However, some trucking companies and drivers do not adhere to these regulations. Fatigued drivers cannot react quickly or think clearly, so they may have trouble operating a large truck, and may end up colliding with another vehicle as a result. Learn more about truck driver fatigue. Distracted Driving Distracted driving is a serious issue that affects everyone on the roads—even truck drivers. These drivers have to spend long hours confined inside their trucks, so they may become restless and start to fiddle with the radio or use their smartphones to pass the time. Truck drivers can also become distracted by eating or looking at their GPS systems to see how many more miles they have left in their trip. But, these distractions are dangerous and could lead to a serious accident with grave consequences for everyone involved. Inexperience The larger the vehicle, the more difficult it can be to operate, which is why truck drivers are required to go through training prior to getting on the road. However, some trucking companies do not provide their drivers with enough training before sending them out on the road. Sometimes, trucking companies also purposely hire more inexperienced drivers because they won't expect as high of a salary as an experienced driver. The decision to inadequately train a driver or hire a driver that is not qualified to drive a truck is not wise, and could lead to someone getting injured. Loading Errors Truck drivers are responsible for transporting cargo from one spot to another. The cargo is loaded on the back of their truck and expected to stay in place throughout the trip. However, if the person who loads the cargo does not do it properly, this could cause an accident. Loading errors lead to an unbalanced weight distribution on the back of the truck, which could make it difficult for the driver to control the truck once he gets on the road. He may struggle to maneuver the truck and end up colliding with another vehicle, or pieces of cargo that have not been properly secured could fall off of the truck onto another vehicle. Either way, this mistake is one of the most common causes of trucking accidents. If you have any questions about your truck accident case, attorney Mark A. Simon can help. If you have been injured because of someone else's negligence, call us at 303-321-4878 or contact Mark A. Simon to discuss your rights during a free consultation. http://coloradolawyer.net/blog/11165/Denver-Auto-Accident-Attorney-Discusses-Common-Causes-of-Truck-Accidents?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=gplus #blog

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Denver Personal Injury Attorney Reveals the Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries: With Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month right around the corner, learn more information about the risks of motorcycles. Motorcycles do not offer as much protection as cars and trucks, so motorcyclists are at a greater risk of getting seriously injured in a collision than motorists are. What are some of the injuries that motorcyclists often sustain in an accident? According to Denver personal injury attorney Mark A. Simon, these are the most common motorcycle accident injuries: Head Injury Unfortunately, head injuries are fairly common among motorcyclists who have been involved in an accident. These injuries can occur if the motorcyclist is thrown off of the bike, or if he is simply jerked back and forth while still on his bike. Some head injuries, such as a concussion, are far less serious than others, such as skull fractures, but every type of brain injury can be devastating. Learn about the symptoms and treatment of a traumatic brain injury. Road Rash Motorcyclists who make contact with the pavement during a collision may develop road rash, which is a skin abrasion. This may sound like a minor injury, but it should be taken very seriously. In extreme cases, the road rash can be so severe that it can completely remove the skin from the biker's body, leaving only fat exposed. Bikers can protect themselves from road rash by wearing the proper clothing while riding. It's best to wear long sleeves and full-length pants if you plan on getting on a motorcycle. This may limit the damage caused by road rash in the event of an accident. Broken or Fractured Bones Motorcycles often tip over on the motorcyclist during a collision, which can lead to many broken and fractured bones. It's common for motorcyclists who have been involved in an accident to suffer broken or fractured bones in the legs, as this is usually where the bike lands when it tips to the side. Motorcyclists can also fracture or break bones in their hands and arms. This happens when they instinctively try to break their fall by reaching their hands out in front of them during a collision. Biker's Arm Another injury that motorcyclists often sustained in accidents is biker's arm. As previously mentioned, it's normal to try to protect yourself by reaching your arms out to break your fall if you have been thrown from your bike. Many motorcyclists also wrap one arm around their body to try to cushion the blow of their bodies hitting the pavement. Unfortunately, by putting your hands and arms in harm's way, you are putting yourself at a greater risk of developing biker's arm. This condition is characterized by permanent nerve damage that occurs when your arms bear the brunt of the impact. Wearing protective gear such as elbow pads and thick, sturdy jackets may provide you with some protection from this painful injury. If you have any questions about your personal injury case, attorney Mark A. Simon can help. If you have been injured because of someone else's negligence, call us at 303-321-4878 or contact Mark A. Simon to discuss your rights during a free consultation. http://coloradolawyer.net/blog/11119/Denver-Personal-Injury-Attorney-Reveals-the-Most-Common-Motorcycle-Accident-Injuries?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=gplus #blog
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