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Do Regulations Help Prevent Truck Accidents?: Commercial trucks weigh up to 80,000 pounds and travel at speeds of 55 miles per hour or more, making them the most lethal vehicles on our roads. Due to the potential for trucks to inflict maximum levels of devastation in the event of an accident, federal regulations exist to set rules in place so truck accidents are less likely to happen. The following example will illuminate the importance of regulations in the commercial trucking industry. Officials Shut Down a Colorado Trucking Company As a regulatory body overseeing the commercial motor carrier industry, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) is tasked with aggressively enforcing safety regulations. The FMCSA recently shut down a Colorado trucking company and declared it an “imminent threat to public safety”. According to the FMCSA, the trucking company was shut down after an investigation uncovered several violations that were putting Colorado drivers at risk. Among the violations, the... Read More » The post Do Regulations Help Prevent Truck Accidents? appeared first on Metier Law Firm. http://www.metierlaw.com/regulations-help-prevent-truck-accidents
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Did You Know? Some hospitals and researchers have begun using advanced technology, including robotics, to help individuals with a #SpinalCordInjury in their rehabilitation.
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How #SpinalCordInjury Rehabilitation Focuses on Regaining Independence: Spinal cord injuries (SCI) occur when there is damage to the vertebrae ligaments and discs, affecting a persons’ ability to control their limbs. Depending on the severity of a spinal cord injury, rehabilitation will be very different. For example, someone with tetraplegia will have no control over all limbs, and may require an assisted breathing device and other forms of assistance. However, the main purpose of SCI rehabilitation is to prevent additional complications and maximize functioning so patients can gain back some independence. How Does SCI Rehabilitation Work? Lower mobility versus upper mobility will become a large part of how individuals with an SCI will move forward with rehabilitation. For example, someone with loss of movement in his or her legs will have a physical therapist help him or her with difficulties of mobility. Psychologists also become an integral part of rehabilitation, offering emotional support for individuals who have sustained... Read More » The post How Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Focuses on Regaining Independence appeared first on Metier Law Firm. http://www.metierlaw.com/spinal-cord-injury-rehabilitation-focuses-regaining-independence
The main purpose of SCI rehabilitation is to prevent additional complications and maximize functioning so patients can gain back some independence.
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Did You Know? Research by Ohio State University has found that inflammation from a #BrainInjury plays a leading role in causing depression and other mental health complications later in life.
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Adaptive Sports – Activities Individuals Injured in an Accident Can Enjoy: Suffering a catastrophic injury is one of the worst parts of going through an accident, leaving some survivors with permanent disabilities that will involve extensive rehabilitation. However, some accident survivors are finding creative ways to move forward and have fun by taking part in recreational sports. After Luann Bannister was in a car accident that left her with a spinal cord injury, she had assumed it would be impossible to enjoy sports again. Now the Colorado woman is learning to play “adaptive sports” like sled hockey. The adaptive sports program is offered by the Roger C. Pearce Rehabilitation Hospital, which receives money through a grant from the South Carolina Development Disabilities Council. What Adaptive Sports Are Available? Adaptive sports have become a popular recreational activity for people with disabilities, offering programs like rock climbing, horseback riding and monoskiing. Some of our readers might be asking how any of this is... Read More » The post Adaptive Sports – Activities Individuals Injured in an Accident Can Enjoy appeared first on Metier Law Firm. http://www.metierlaw.com/adaptive-sports-activities-individuals-injured-accident-can-enjoy
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Did You Know? Soldiers returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq make up a staggering number of new #TBI cases. According to Department of Defense statistics, as of 2014, 313,800 veterans have sustained #TBIs.
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What Challenges Will a Person Face After Sustaining a Brain Injury?: The brain is one of the most important organs in the human body, so when it is injured, the consequences of the injury can be extensive and severe. Individuals with a traumatic brain injury may have difficulty concentrating and often suffer from frequent migraines. Life after a brain injury can involve a long period of rehabilitation and adjusting to new routines, challenges and symptoms. School and work can become more difficult, and in some cases, impossible for an individual who has sustained a TBI. TBIs can lead to a reduction in the quality of life, making them a very frustrating injury to live with. How Can Individuals with TBIs Get Help? Having access to information can help individuals who have sustained brain injuries and their families. Several national and state organizations exist that help educate the public on TBIs and provide information on what medical and financial resources are available... Read More » The post What Challenges Will a Person Face After Sustaining a Brain Injury? appeared first on Metier Law Firm. http://www.metierlaw.com/challenges-will-person-face-sustaining-brain-injury
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Toys with Unsafe Levels of Lead Are Still Being Sold to Parents: Toy manufacturers do not always follow the rules set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and toys can be released that contain high amounts of lead. When toys are sold that contain defects or other unsafe mechanisms, children can be permanently injured. According to the CPSC, all toys manufactured after August 14, 2011 are not allowed to contain more than 100 parts per million of lead content. Regulations also ban lead-based paints and coatings on toys. Lead is considered dangerous to children and it can affect their mental and behavioral development, leading to permanent changes. Why is Lead Dangerous in Children’s Toys? According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, lead exposure is one of the most preventable forms of poisoning in children. Effects from lead exposure can lead to behavioral changes, hearing loss, learning disabilities, lowered IQ and permanent brain damage. Children under the age of... Read More » The post Toys with Unsafe Levels of Lead Are Still Being Sold to Parents appeared first on Metier Law Firm. http://www.metierlaw.com/toys-unsafe-levels-lead-still-sold-parents
One recent example of a toy with lead was the Captain Cutlass toy pistol that contained a high lead content in its surface paints.
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Are Current Methods for Detecting Concussions Effective?: We have written previous blogs discussing how concussions can affect football players, but they can also affect people other than athletes, and unfortunately, more and more Americans are falling victim to this increasingly common type of traumatic #braininjury. The number of concussions sustained by Americans has gone up 70 percent over the last 10 years, and presently it is estimated that 2.5 million are affected annually. Finding a way to diagnose concussions and chart their severity has been a challenge for health care workers, as CT scans and MRIs are not always effective tools for evaluating the severity of a concussion. Detecting a concussion early on can help avoid potentially fatal brain injuries, so the benefit of finding a new method is highly desirable in the medical community. How Will New Detection Methods Help People with Concussions? Researchers affiliated with New York University have developed a new approach to... Read More » The post Are Current Methods for Detecting Concussions Effective? appeared first on Metier Law Firm. http://www.metierlaw.com/current-methods-detecting-concussions-effective
Is there a better way of detecting concussions? Finding a way to diagnose concussions and chart their severity has been a challenge for health care workers.
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Are Truck Companies Liable For Accidents Caused by Unsafe Vehicles?: The driver of a semi-truck is facing a trial for careless driving after a truck accident caused a multi-vehicle crash. According to investigators, the accident happened because the driver was operating an unsafe or defective vehicle. Last year, Robert Lara was headed north on Foothills Parkway when he lost control of his truck, sending a load of sand onto two other vehicles. One of the survivors managed to get free of her vehicle, but she was badly injured and had to be transported to Boulder Community health with fractured ribs and vertebrae. Police issued a defective vehicle ticket because a certified truck inspector examined the brakes and found that seven of them were not adjusted properly. The brakes were in such bad condition, that the brake pad and brake would not have even connected. Trucks are capable of cutting through cars like a knife can cut through a stick of... Read More » The post Are Truck Companies Liable For Accidents Caused by Unsafe Vehicles? appeared first on Metier Law Firm. http://www.metierlaw.com/truck-companies-liable-accidents-caused-unsafe-vehicles
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Research Uncovers a New Kind of Brain Injury: After the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, tens of thousands of veterans have returned home from the frontlines with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Researchers working with John Hopkins University have discovered that TBIs caused by bomb blasts are different from other TBIs. Scientists associated with the project suspect that bomb-induced brain injuries might be their own disease. Insurgents in the Iraq and Afghan wars used improvised explosive devices to kill and wound tens of thousands U.S. troops. The new study published in the Acta Neuropathologica Communications, a neuroscience journal, found that TBIs from bomb blast wounds had different shaped brain lesions than car accident and sport-related brain injuries. Researchers found their evidence by examining the brains of deceased veterans aged 23 to 38 and with a history of surviving blast related injuries. What researchers found was a honeycomb pattern across the area of the brain that deals with executive function... Read More » The post Research Uncovers a New Kind of Brain Injury appeared first on Metier Law Firm. http://www.metierlaw.com/research-uncovers-new-kind-brain-injury
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Come and Join Metier Law Firm for Our Sponsored Event – The Soup Labyrinth: We are proud to announce that Metier Law Firm will be one of several local sponsors of The Soup Labyrinth, an event that will allow Colorado residents to savor delicious handcrafted soups. In addition to eating some great soup, those in attendance will get to keep the soup bowl pottery created by students of Casper College. The event, hosted at the Tate Pumphouse Trail Center, will also allow attendees to jam out to live music featuring musician John Kirlin. Tickets are $50 per person and attendees who purchase two tickets or donate $100 will be eligible to win a weeklong vacation at a luxury condominium in the beautiful Central American paradise of Costa Rica. What Will Donations Go Towards? Ticket purchases will go towards a donation to help fund the Platte River Trails’ Bart Rea Learning Circle as well as a new Fine Arts scholarship at Casper College. The event... Read More » The post Come and Join Metier Law Firm for Our Sponsored Event – The Soup Labyrinth appeared first on Metier Law Firm. http://www.metierlaw.com/come-join-metier-law-firm-sponsored-event-soup-labyrinth
We are proud to announce that Metier Law Firm will be one of several local sponsors of The Soup Labyrinth.
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Our national accident lawyers and staff members form a dedicated legal team that is ready to help injured victims as well as family members grieving the wrongful loss of their loved ones. If a serious accident or injury affected your life in any of the following ways, we can help you seek damages to compensate for your loss and hold negligent parties responsible for their mistakes:

·         Traumatic brain injuries

·         Truck accidents

·         Motorcycle accidents

·         Car accidents

·         Product liability

·         Cycling accidents       

·         Injuries to children

·         Premises liability

·         Burn injuries

·         Wrongful death

·         Spinal cord injuries/paralysis

·         Loss of limb

·         Industrial or oil field accidents

·         Insurance disputes

·         Psychological trauma

·         Dangerous prescription drugs

·         Nursing home negligence and abuse

Lead attorney Tom Metier was inspired to help injured victims after sustaining serious injuries in a motorcycle accident in college. From this experience, he realized that he wanted to dedicate his career to helping people who need it most. We offer free consultations to explore your rights after a serious accident, and we handle personal injury cases on a contingency basis. This means we receive a percentage of your award if we win your case instead of charging fees upfront. If we are not successful with your case, you do not owe us anything for our services. To talk with our injury attorneys, call (866) 377-3800 today to explore your options.