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Hot Dog: Pets in Parked Cars

It can be dangerous, even deadly, to leave a pet inside a hot car. Earlier this year, Governor Hickenlooper passed a law in Colorado granting immunity if you break a dog out of a hot car. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside of a parked car can reach 100 degrees in just a few minutes. With summer temperatures around 90-degrees, the interior temperature can reach as high as 109 degrees in less than 10 minutes. As we enter the hottest months of the year, it is important to know what to do if you see a pet trapped in...

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Look Both Ways Before You Cross: Crosswalk Safety

As of 2016, pedestrian deaths make up 14% of total traffic deaths in the U.S. To try and decrease this number, state legislatures are tightening pedestrian right-of-way laws. In Colorado, motorists must yield to pedestrians if they are on the same side of the road or are approaching closely enough from the opposite side of the roadway to be in danger. Right-of-way laws in Colorado regarding pedestrian are described in the Driver Handbook as “when driving, you should yield the right-of-way to pedestrians under all conditions”. With sunny skies ahead, it’s important to know how you can be safe both...

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Let’s Talk About Auto Insurance: Introduction

Let’s face it, car insurance is complicated and can be confusing at times, especially if you’ve recently been in an accident. There are 5 major categories of auto insurance you should be familiar with. Some are required by law, and others are not. In this series we will be covering one type of insurance each post and giving you the details on what it is, what it covers, and if you need it. Check back each Monday and Thursday to learn about another type of insurance and as the blogs get posted we will update this post with the links!       ...

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The Future of Automobiles, What Will Your Car Look Like in 10 Years?

Some of the hottest buzzwords in tech and automobiles right now are “autonomous” and “self-driving”. Most of us generally understand what a self-driving car is, but how will that impact what your car and the roads look like in the coming decades? The Cars If our cars drive themselves, do we need steering wheels? For now, yes. Currently the regulations of self-driving cars on public streets require that a driver be able to take control of the vehicle if need be and that, of course, requires a steering wheel and pedals. That doesn’t mean it will always be that way though. Google...

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Hot Coffee… how personal injury impacts your everyday life

Every once and a while a lawsuit will make national headlines. That was the case with Liebeck v. McDonald’s, more commonly known as the hot coffee lawsuit. In 1992 Liebeck was at a drive through McDonald’s and ordered a coffee. While pulling the cap off to add sugar, she accidentally spilled the cup of coffee all over her lap. Liebeck suffered second and third degree burns and was hospitalized for 10 days and then had two years of continuing medical care. Liebeck contended that the coffee was unreasonably hot (190 degrees) for anyone to safely consume and therefore constituted gross...

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Pharmaceutical price gouging: What happened to Mylan and the EpiPen scandal?

You may remember back in the fall when pharmaceutical giant Mylan came under fire for raising the price of a lifesaving product, the EpiPen. But where does US law stand on price gouging? And what ever happened to the scandal? To start off let’s recall what exactly happened with Mylan, a company that raked in $11 billion in 2016. The EpiPen is an auto-injector that contains a drug called epinephrine. Epinephrine is synthetic form of adrenalin in the human body and is used to counteract the effects of an allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. For 3.6 million users in the United States...

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What exactly is a “generic” prescription?

For the 70% of Americans who consistently use prescription medications, they may have faced the choice whether to purchase the name brand or generic drug. But what exactly is a generic drug? And what are the laws surrounding them? What are generic drugs? Under the broadest drug category classified by the Food and Drug Administration there are innovator drugs and generic drugs. The innovator drug is, as the name suggest, the drug that was the original innovation. These are the drugs that carry a name brand title that many people recognized and are widespread across drug categories such as Xanax, Lipitor, and...

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Watch What You Eat: Supplements Not Regulated By the FDA

On May 18, 2017 dietary supplement maker, Nutrition Distribution LLC, filed a suit against rival company, Metabolic Edge Nutritional Supplements LLC, claiming that its’ supplements actually contain carcinogens and can cause liver damage. Metabolic Edge, more commonly known as Iron Muscle Supplements, markets its products specifically to body-builders claiming their supplements have the same benefits as anabolic steroids without the serious side effects. Why are products that could cause cancer on the market? The answer is one of the lesser known secrets of the Food and Drug Administration.  Most people don’t know that the Food and Drug Administration does not...

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Will your next prescription come from Amazon?

Nearly everyone has logged onto Amazon to see if they have a product they are interested in. And Amazon almost always carries that product. That’s because Amazon takes advantage of an economic principle called the long tail. Essentially what this means is that Amazon can make profits from selling obscure rarely purchased products that a big box retailer could not. As Amazon continues to expand the nearly half billion item long inventory list (compared to just about 142,000 products sold in a WalMart) they are looking to enter new industries. The latest? Prescription drugs. So, what challenges do you face,...

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What Happens When you Don’t Pay Your Tickets, the Wheel boots New Friend

Every now and then when driving around town you see a yellow metal cap wrapped around a car’s wheel. A clear sign of an unpaid parking ticket. Well, the wheel boot may soon be a thing of the past as a new invention comes into play: the Barnacle. How does one even get a boot on their car? Well, according to the Denver Police Department, boots are placed on vehicles that have three or more outstanding violations against them. Once the boot is placed on the car you have 72 hours to pay all fines or the vehicle will be towed...

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