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Breaking down the Glasgow Coma Scale

Perhaps the most jarring news that one can receive aside from hearing that a loved one has unexpectedly died on Broomfield is that they have sustained a traumatic brain injury. Such injuries can leave victims in need of lifelong, around-the-clock care, which can exact both a heavy financial and emotional toll on their family members and friends. Yet not all TBI cases turn out like this. Information shared by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons shows that as many as 1.7 million new TBI cases are reported each year in the U.S. Certainly all of those do not result in worst-case scenarios. 

How can one know, then, if their loved one has the chance to recover from their TBI? Healthcare providers conduct a clinical observation test immediately upon receiving a TBI victim for treatment. This test gives them an indication of exactly how extensive the victim's injury may be. Called the Glasgow Coma Scale, it measures a TBI victim's response in the following areas: 

  • Motor skills
  • Communication capabilities 
  • Visual response

Divorce can impact children's educations even if wealthy

Research tends to point to shortened academic careers for children in divorced families. According to a new study, wealth does not appear to provide a complete counterbalance. Instead, UCLA researchers suggest it may be that financially stable families suffer disproportional academic setbacks.

Is it just a matter of expectations?

Are speed limits too high?

Speed limits have been increasing in some rural areas, where there are not really any places to stop and a low number of residences, businesses, or cross-streets that could mean problems. However, these higher speed limits are still causing more fatalities, according to a new study. The number of additional deaths due to a higher speed limit is estimated to be around 37,000 over the last 25 years. That might not seem like much, but the study also shows that fatality rates go up 8.5 percent for every five miles per hour the speed limit rises.

Faster speeds mean harder collisions

Areas to watch out for while driving on April 20

April 20 has been a controversial holiday for the last couple of decades. Typically, those who celebrate cannabis culture mark the occasion by smoking marijuana around 4:20 p.m. Others use the occasion to get high for the majority of the day. As one of the first states to legalize pot for recreational use, Colorado becomes an especially popular destination around this time of year.

Unfortunately, some take their celebrations too far. A study from 2018 reveals that the risk of a fatal car crash increases by 12 percent after 4:20 p.m. on April 20 and 38 percent for drivers under the age of 21. This is likely because so many people head home from work less than an hour later. Regardless of when you choose to drive during that day, you need to be careful towards locations that will likely contain drivers that are high off pot.

Avoid copyright infringement on social media with best practices

As a small business owner in Colorado, you work hard to build your brand and professional reputation. You may rely on trademarks, copyrights, concepts and other intellectual property to make your company, services and products stand apart from the competition. At the law offices of Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C. we often represent clients in intellectual property disputes.

According to Business News Daily, social media provides plentiful opportunities for you to connect with users to share content and reach new customers. As a small business owner or manager, understanding copyright infringement laws is essential for avoiding potential litigation.

Dealing with divorce as an older adult

Divorce can be tough for married couples regardless of their age, but for some people the divorce process can be especially challenging. For example, those who are much older may have a hard time dealing with various legal, emotional and financial issues related to the end of their marriage. If you are an older adult who is considering the idea of divorce or determined to end a toxic marriage, it is crucial to be aware of the different options on the table and take steps to work toward a better future.

Some people may think that those who have been married for many decades should stay in the marriage and avoid the hassles associated with divorce. However, it is extremely important for people to stand up for themselves and do what is necessary to improve their lives. Whether someone has been subjected to physical or verbal abuse for many years, or simply wants to move on from a marriage that they are not happy in, nobody should feel trapped or stuck in a marriage that is not working out.

Officers sued for killing man following chase

People in Broomfield trust in law enforcement officers to uphold the law and keep them safe. Fulfilling that expectation requires entrusting officers with the ability to use force in the execution of their duties. The hope may be that such officials are able to exercise sound judgment in the application of that force. Yet police officers may be subject to the same stresses that people in the general population face, and likewise may experience the same fears when confronted with a potentially tense situation. Unfortunately, the resources they use in their work could cause their reactions to said situations to produce devastating results. 

The case of a Virginia killed in a confrontation with law enforcement officials illustrates this point. The man fled the scene of an accident he had been involved in, prompting authorities to pursue him. He stopped fleeing at separate points in the pursuit, only to drive away again after officers reportedly pointed their guns at him. After his third stop, authorities used vehicles to block his escape. Dashcam footage of the incident shows that as officials approached the vehicle, it started to move again. The officers responded by firing into the vehicle and killing the driver. 

3 things you can do with a timeshare in divorce

When couples divorce in Colorado, family courts mandate that marital assets must be divided equitably. The marital portfolio was a joint venture, and so the law seeks to allow both of you to enjoy the fruits of your labor. But timeshares are kind of an oddity in divorce.

Timeshares are not a brick-and-mortar property asset, nor do they enjoy highly-defined and updated values like a stock. They’re part asset and part discretionary spending in many ways. Although resolving a timeshare issue may not be perfect, these are three ways divorcing couples can deal with it.

Will in-car cameras reduce privacy or save lives?

Privacy advocates are raising concerns about Volvo’s interior cameras, but the car-maker that stakes its reputation on safety places a higher value of curbing crash-related injury and fatalities.  

The Swedish multinational automobile manufacturing company recently announced that models rolling out as early as 2020 will be equipped with in-vehicle cameras that monitor the driver’s behavior. Things such as eye movement, distracted driving, drowsiness, intoxication, and texting while driving will be sharply observed.

3 medical causes of reckless driving you might not be aware of

Before anyone gets behind the wheel of an automobile, they must be in a suitable condition to drive or risk putting themselves and others at risk. Although exceeding the legal limit of .08 BAC and texting are common causes of reckless driving, medical conditions may also disqualify someone from taking the wheel. If you have been injured by someone who falls into one of the following categories, that driver may have recklessly caused the car accident.

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