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Linda Chalat

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Justice For All

JUSTICE FOR ALL When I was a young girl growing up in Roanoke, Virginia, our class started each day with the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge ended with the words from which I drew inspiration: "Justice for All." Now, those words ring hollow for many Coloradans. Wealth inequality has been widely discussed as a political issue. Less attention, however, is paid to the ever-growing barriers to civil justice for low-income people trying to protect themselves and their families. Access to legal counsel is a growing national problem even though there...


$2.3 Million Dollar Wrongful Death Judgment Against Drunk Driver

After a hearing on May 1, 2019, an Adams County, Colorado District Court Judge entered a $2,282,005.00 wrongful death judgment against Shaelina Fragale. The court found Ms. Fragale responsible for the death of Marcus Burke, who was driving his employer’s HVAC van southbound on Hwy 85 in Commerce City on the evening of October 6, 2017. Ms. Fragale, under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, was driving northbound on Hwy 85 when she lost control of her vehicle, continued into the median and then became airborne, slamming into the driver’s...


After an appeal, a second jury orders Ford to pay.

On September 20, 2009 Forrest Walker was driving his 1998 Ford Explorer.  He was stopped at the intersection of Arapahoe Avenue and Cherryvale Road in Boulder. Walker’s Explorer was rear-ended. His driver’s seat malfunctioned, and he was thrown backwards sustaining head and neck injuries.


E-Scooters: Spontaneous Fun or Serious Danger?

Riding an electric scooter in Denver can be convenient, but it can also be dangerous. A visiting Minnesota executive landed in intensive care at Denver Health Medical Center after he crashed on the scooter he was riding March 10. He suffered a skull fracture and a traumatic brain injury.


Thanksgiving Threats

With all the hustle and bustle surrounding this most culinary-focused holiday, accidents do happen.  So what poses the greatest threat to all those celebrating with friends and family – car accidents?  Kitchen fires?  Inebriated guests?  Nope, the top threat to your well-being next Thursday is germs.


Happy and Safe Halloween

Trick and treating is a great favorite when it comes to holiday traditions, but children are more than twice as likely to be victims of a fatal car accident on Halloween than on any other day of the year. To guard against a Halloween nightmare, follow some simple precautions:


Tampered Food Scares

In the past few weeks, Australia has experienced over a hundred reports of needles found in strawberries. The reports came from consumers who had purchased the produce from grocers. This past week in New Zealand, the same tampering was discovered. In response, New Zealand and Australia have both pulled Australian strawberries. And Australian Woolworth stores have pulled sewing needles to help curtail the threat.


School Is in Session

School is back in session for most Colorado students, and many are travelling to class when commuters are also heading to work.  Be extra cautious while youngsters become accustomed to routes and you learn their routine.


Vail Not Liable for Death

A six-year legal battle by a family who lost their son ended yesterday with a jury verdict in favor of Vail Resorts. Thirteen-year-old Taft Colin was killed at Vail Mountain on Jan. 22, 2012 by an in-bounds avalanche. His parents filed a lawsuit against Vail.


Summer Fires Threaten Colorado

The extreme fire danger currently experienced in Colorado has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to close one of the most popular tourist destinations. The San Juan National Forest is closed, the first full closure of a national forest since 2002. As early as March of this year, the fire season outlook was concerning due to the low snow pack in Colorado mountains. Fire restrictions are currently in place in over one-third of the state. Homeowners are on high-alert for the possible outbreak of a catastrophic fire.