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Damages

On a June morning in 2016, Richard Terlingen came to Denver District Court for a case management conference. He was rolling down the hallway using a sip-and-puff wand to drive his heavy-duty extra-large electric-power wheelchair. He mis-judged the courtroom entrance by an inch or so on the right and bashed into the door frame. Richard cussed softly to himself and backed out. He was a big man in a big wheelchair. Richard Terlingen, age 61, was paralyzed from the neck down. He was a quadriplegic (medical term: “tetraplegic”). He had no movement or...


What is a Ski Collision Case?

What is a ski collision case?Skiing is not a contact sport and being blindsided by another skier or snowboarder is not an inherent risk under either Colorado or Utah law. Colorado law presumes that the uphill skier or boarder is at fault in a skiing accident, because the overtaking skier has the primary duty to avoid the skier below. In Utah, skiers are required to exercise “reasonable care” to avoid collisions. Usually, this also means the uphill skier must yield to skiers below.Thus, one of the key issues in any skier/skier case is who was the...


Colorado Ski Law

Colorado’s "Ski Safety Act," located at Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 33-44-101 to -114 provides for skier assumption of inherent dangers, and creates statutory duties for skiers and operators. Skiers, inclusive of sledders and snowboarders, have duties to ski within their abilities, with uphill skiers having a primary duty to avoid collision. Breach of skier duties constitutes negligence.No distinction is drawn between young children and adults in application of the Act, such that the common law, particularly that young children can not commit...


Colorado's new "Red Flag Law"

It doesn’t matter which side you take in the gun debate. Everybody wants the killing to stop. Red flag laws were proposed after the February 14, 2018 shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. These laws change the focus away from reaction to prevention. Colorado is one of 12 states to enact a red flag law since the Parkland shooting.


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...


For The Public Good

When my great-grandparents, and maybe yours, landed at Ellis Island and were given a new “American” name, they started out at the bottom of society. With the help of their community – people to teach them English, to help them get jobs, and to integrate into society, they took the first incremental steps toward success. Four generations later, I am (and maybe you are) lucky enough to be possessed of the benefit of that long-ago hand up. Lawyers hold themselves out as trusted advisors, passionate advocates, and public citizens with a special...


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.