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Brain Injury Characteristics

According to data compiled by Merck, brain injuries cause nearly 50,000 U.S. deaths and approximately 230,000 hospitalizations each year. Many victims suffer lifelong effects from these injuries, leading to medical and rehabilitative costs of more than $76 billion every year. Approximately half of all head injuries result from motor vehicle crashes.

Brain injury symptoms

Mild brain injury may include:

  • Memory or concentration difficulties
  • Minor loss of consciousness that can last up to a few minutes
  • Headaches
  • Balance and dizziness issues
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensory difficulties, such as blurry vision or ringing in the ears
  • Mood swings or sudden changes that can include sudden anxiety or depression
  • Heightened sensitivity to audio or visual stimuli
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Increased fatigue

Moderate and severe brain injuries can include all of the above symptoms and:

  • Increased periods of unconsciousness
  • Extreme confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Heightened levels of aggressiveness or other abnormal behavior
  • Worsening headaches
  • Problems with coordination
  • Loss of strength in the extremities, particularly the fingers and toes
  • Vomiting, convulsions and seizures
  • Pupil dilation
  • Fluids draining from the nose or ears

Children’s symptoms

The greatest challenge facing the diagnosis of children who may have suffered brain injuries is that, unlike adults or teenagers, small children tend to lack sufficient communication skills to report what hurts them or how they were affected. Therefore, it is important for adults to watch for telltale signs, including changes to eating and sleeping habits, inconsolable bouts of crying, increased irritability, a shortened attention span, and apparent depression or sadness.

Following a traumatic brain injury, your first priority should be to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Then, you should contact an experienced personal injury firm. Bell & Pollock can evaluate your claims and devise a plan of action to recover damages from potential third parties who may have caused the harm.

Following a traumatic brain injury, your first priority should be to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Then, you should contact an experienced personal injury firm. Bell & Pollock can evaluate your claims and devise a plan of action to recover damages from potential third parties who may have caused the harm.

If you have questions about these issues, contact one of our experienced personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Bell & Pollock P.C. as soon as possible so we can help you formulate your Legal Game Plan.™

From our offices conveniently located in Denver, and Steamboat Springs, our lawyers provide the highest quality legal services to injured people throughout the Denver metro area, Arapahoe County, Routt County and throughout the entire state of Colorado.

Now a Word from Bradley Pollock

By Bradley Pollock of Bell & Pollock Injury Attorneys

Colorado continues to make life easier and more convenient for its residents by changing a long-standing law that prohibited the sale of full-strength beer in grocery stores statewide. Effective January 1, 2019, consumers can purchase full-strength beer, that’s beer above 3.2% alcohol by volume (ABV), at their local grocery, and wine, champagne, and full-strength beer are now allowed in Denver parks and most state parks. Convenience and grocery stores may now deliver beer, like liquor stores, and an additional number of grocery stores are permitted to sell liquor and wine.

With the increased accessibility of beer, wine and spirits in our stores and parks, will we see an uptick of Driving under the Influence or Driving while Alcohol Intoxicated? Only time and accident reporting will tell. But the consequences of DUI or DWAI are serious and can be hefty, including: jail time, fines, driver’s license suspension, and community service… And this is only for a person’s FIRST Offense! Second and third offenses can magnify these penalties and may have additional consequences of court-mandated alcohol education classes and points on one’s Colorado DMV driving record.

For those injured by drunk drivers, the effects can be significant and even fatal. Bars and vendors who sell or provide alcohol to a visibly or obviously intoxicated person can be held liable under Colorado law if that person subsequently injures another person. Damages an injured person may be entitled to under Colorado “Dram Shop” cases may include: medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, injured parties must act quickly in these type cases as the specific time limit or statute of limitations on filing a dram shop lawsuit against the bar or vendor is only one year from the date of the injury. Injured parties can also bring a lawsuit against the individual responsible for the harm in addition to a Dram Shop lawsuit, but the case against the individual may have different time limitations.

If you have questions about these issues, or if you’ve been injured by a drunk driver or a driver under the influence, contact one of our experienced personal-injury attorneys at the law firm of Bell & Pollock P.C. as soon as possible so we can help you formulate your Legal Game Plan.™

At Bell & Pollock “We Educate & Advocate”

The better educated you are, the better off you’ll be.

Remember, Bell & Pollock airs specialty “injury shows” for injured victims on the following stations, at the following times and days:

  • KBCR 96.9 FM at 8:00 am on Sundays
  • The Boat 1230 AM at 9:00 am on Sundays
  • KEZZ 94.1 FM at 9:00 am on Sundays
  • ESPN 98.9 FM at 8:30 am on Sundays
  • KRDO 105.5 FM at 8:30 am on Sundays
  • KRAI 93.7 FM at 7:00 am on Sundays
  • KRDO 120 AM 105 AM at 8:30 am on Sunday
  • Saturday Specialty Injury Show – The “Champions of the People” Injury show. Denver 60-minute Injury Show: KOA 850 AM at 10 AM, KRDO 1240 AM 105 FM in Colorado Springs at 11:00 AM, KRAI 55 AM in Craig at 8 AM and KBCR 96.9 FM in Steamboat Springs at 8:00 AM.

Bell & Pollock also has a live call-in show on Saturday morning on 630 AM KHOW and on KRDO 1240 AM 105 FM in Colorado Springs and on KEZZ 94.1 FM in Steamboat Springs, and on KRAI 55.0 AM in Craig, Colorado. The show starts at 7:00 AM every Saturday morning.

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For the ninth consecutive year in a row, Bell & Pollock, P.C. has received an award from the Colorado Supreme Court with regard to its pro-bono representation of people in the community. This means that Bell & Pollock, P.C. has dedicated and devoted substantial time each year to helping people with legal work on a pro-bono basis.

Bell & Pollock, P.C. is very pleased with this award and has dedicated a large effort to helping people in the community. Remember that Gary Bell and Brad Pollock do a live call-in radio show at 7:00 am on 630 KHOW AM dial in Denver and it also airs on KRDO 1240 AM 105 FM in Colorado Springs, KRAI 55 AM in Craig and KEZZ 94.1 FM in Steamboat Springs.

It is a call-in show, and people can call in and ask any legal question on any legal subject. Gary Bell and Brad Pollock have been doing this for years and very much enjoy the interchange with the community and helping people who are seeking some form of legal help and answers to their questions.

The Bell Pollock Legal Show! You might want to tune in. Some of the questions and answers are eye opening!

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Here’s Gary Bell & Brad Pollock receiving one of their awards from the Colorado Supreme Court.

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Now for the Fun Stuff!

Mr. Potato Cook

Antonio’s Gourmet Corner:

Lemony Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Breadcrumbs

Ingredients

  • 2½ pounds brussels sprouts, trimmed
  • 4 ounces slab bacon or pancetta (Italian bacon), coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup coarse fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 small Fresno chile, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • Kosher salt

Preparation

  1. Remove outer leaves from brussels sprouts; set aside. Halve sprouts; set aside. Pulse bacon in a food processor until finely ground. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-low. Cook bacon, stirring often, until browned around edges and fat is rendered, about 4 minutes. Add breadcrumbs and cook, stirring often, until brown and crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer breadcrumb mixture to paper towels and let cool slightly. Toss in a medium bowl with chile, thyme, and lemon zest; set aside.
  2. Increase heat to medium-high and heat 2 Tbsp. oil in same skillet. Add reserved halved brussels sprouts; season with salt. Cook, tossing occasionally, until deeply browned all over, 5–8 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover skillet, and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Uncover skillet, add reserved leaves and 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, and toss to combine. Cover skillet and cook, tossing occasionally, until leaves are bright green and just wilted, 4–5 minutes. Uncover; add remaining 1 Tbsp. lemon juice and season with salt.
  3. Transfer brussels sprouts to a platter, drizzle with more oil, and top with reserved breadcrumb mixture (reheat breadcrumb mixture if needed in a small skillet or in microwave).

Recipe via https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/lemony-brussels-sprouts-with-bacon-and-breadcrumbs/