Fremont County car accident results in two fatalities

Posted on Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 5:32 pm    

The Wyoming Highway Patrol reported that two individuals died in a two-vehicle collision in Fremont County on Wednesday, March 12.

According to reports, heavy snow on U.S. Route 26 contributed to the occurrence of the accident. Ruiz-Villa was driving east at an excessive speed, which caused him to lose control of his car. Ruiz-Villa’s passengers, 4-year-old Aylin Ruiz and 56-year-old Delores Ruiz, suffered from fatal injuries.

Police authorities are still investigating the incident. Their findings will be reviewed by the Fremont County Attorney’s Office once it is completed.

The attorneys at Jessica Rutzick & Associates, P.C. extend our condolences to those affected by this tragic accident.

Skin rashes prompt Fitbit to issue a recall for fitness wristband

Posted on Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 7:17 pm    

On February 20, Fitbit issued a voluntary recall of its “Force” wristband after nearly 2% of all users reported experiencing skin problems.

According to Fitbit CEO, James Park, the affected users might have had an allergic reaction to the nickel and steel used in the manufacturing of the device. Fitbit issued several apologies along with the recall. People who own the Force wristband are eligible for a refund or replacement.

Manufacturer negligence can result in the injury of consumers. If you have sustained injuries from a defective product, you could be eligible to pursue financial compensation. Jessica Rutzick & Associates, P.C. are experienced in helping injury victims obtain compensation. Call (307) 733-8140 to speak with a member of our experienced legal team.

Caldwell teen killed in Middleton car accident

Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at 9:38 pm    

On Monday, February 10 Chase Panda, 19, died in a two-vehicle accident west of Middleton.

The accident occurred before 10 a.m. on Idaho 44. Panda was driving east when he ran into a tractor-trailer turning east onto Idaho 44. Panda was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the tractor-trailer did not sustain serious injuries.

Currently Idaho police are still investigating all possible causes of the accident. Some investigators mentioned that the weather on the day of the accident may have affected Panda’s ability to see beyond certain distances.

The attorneys of Jessica Rutzick & Associates, P.C. extend our condolences to those affected by this tragic accident.

Young woman dies in Interstate 80 accident

Posted on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 at 5:49 pm    

A passenger in a Toyota Tundra died in a car accident on Wednesday, January 29 five miles west of Rawlins.

The accident occurred along Interstate 80, when Sean Anderson, the driver of an eastbound Toyota Tundra, veered off of the road and struck a post in the median. After the truck struck the post it flipped multiple times.

Tiffany Anderson, a passenger in the backseat of the vehicle died from serious injuries after being ejected from the vehicle. Sean was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Jessica Rutzick & Associates, P.C. offer our condolences to those affected by this unfortunate car accident.

Wyoming’s learner’s permit age gets criticism

Posted on Saturday, January 25th, 2014 at 10:47 pm    

A new annual report from the District of Columbia-based Advocates of Highway and Auto Safety issued on Wednesday, January 22, criticized Wyoming’s policy of allowing 15-year-old teenagers to obtain driving learners’ permits, calling attention to the youth of the applicants in the state’s graduated driver’s license program.

However, Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Driver Services manager Don Edington said precautions are put in place, with teenagers being required to pass a written test before they get the license, and ensuring that they are accompanied by a licensed adult in the passenger’s seat when they start driving after they get the license. Edington added that there is also a limit to the number of people who can be in the vehicle while the teenager is driving, with exceptions for school or work activities.

The report also found fault with Wyoming’s non-enforcement of seat belt laws and lax laws on motorcycle helmet-wearing, ignition interlock, and open containers.

Our lawyers at Jessica Rutzick & Associates, P.C. seek to help drivers who have been injured by reckless drivers. If you or a loved one is going through such a situation, whether you were harmed by a young driver or another negligent party, call us at (307) 733-8140 to find out how we might be able to help.

Woman poisoned from carbon monoxide in her apartment furnace awarded $28.2 M

Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 at 4:11 am    

U.S. District Court Judge Alan Johnson and a jury in a federal court in Cheyenne, Wyoming awarded $28.2 million to a woman poisoned by carbon monoxide in her apartment.

The now 23-year-old Amber Lompe incurred a permanent brain injury that makes it hard for her to retain information, concentrate on things around her, focus her attention, and multi-task due to being poisoned by carbon monoxide coming from her apartment furnace in 2011.

Newport Beach, California-based Sunridge Partners LLC and Salt Lake City-based Apartment Management Consultants LLC were ordered to pay $750,000 in compensatory damages and $3 million in punitive damages, and $1.95 million in compensatory damages and $22.5 million in punitive damages, respectively.

According to documents uncovered by Lompe’s attorney, Tyson Logan, Sunridge’s owner and manager did not take action after receiving warnings that the broken furnace could be dangerous to the apartment’s inhabitants and proceeded to remove the unit after the said poisoning in 2011.

At Jessica Rutzick & Associates, P.C., we offer our legal services to people who have suffered injury or illness due to the negligence of other people. To discuss your case or clarify any questions or concerns you may have, contact our attorneys by calling us at (307) 733-8140 today.

Man charged with vehicular homicide after killing passenger

Posted on Saturday, December 7th, 2013 at 10:11 pm    

Eighteen-year-old Cheyenne, Wyoming resident Jacob Torres, who was allegedly driving at a high speed when he crashed his car into a tree, killing his 16-year-old passenger, was taken into police custody on Friday, November 22 and is now facing one felony count of aggravated vehicular homicide-reckless driving charges.

A preliminary hearing for Torres’ case occurred on Thursday, December 5.

According to the police, Torres was driving at between 69 miles per hour (mph) and 94 mph before his vehicle crashed on June 8 north in the left lane of the 4100 block of Warren Avenue. The speed limit in the area is 30 mph.

His passenger, 16-year-old Chance Garcia, died at the scene of the accident.

Losing someone to another person’s reckless actions is devastating. If such a tragedy has happened to you in Wyoming, talk with a lawyer at Jessica Rutzick & Associates, P.C. about pursuing the justice and compensation you need. We can be reached at (307) 733-8140.

Wyoming official: Insurance agency having problems with Affordable Care Act

Posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at 10:24 pm    

Wyoming’s health insurance industry is reeling with indecision after President Barack Obama announced on Thursday, November 14 that companies can continue providing existing health insurance packages, Wyoming’s Insurance Commissioner Tom Hirsig said on Friday, November 15.

According to data from the state, around 500 policies have already been canceled by private insurers in Wyoming, and they are looking at cancelling 2,600 more to conform with Obama’s directive for insurance companies to offer new health insurance coverage that will meet the new requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

Hirsig said insurance companies are still figuring out how Obama’s announcement will impact their business and are making calculations as to how much it would cost to continue existing coverage, with Hirsig noting that “it’s just not something they can determine overnight.”

Unfortunately, getting the insurance coverage you need is not always as easy as simply filing a claim with your insurance provider. At Jessica Rutzick & Associates, P.C., our lawyers help people in Wyoming fight against insurance companies that are acting in bad faith, or failing to provide the proper coverage a claimant needs. Call us at (307) 733-8140 to talk with us if you are dealing with such a situation.

Wyoming insurance commissioner discusses Affordable Care Act

Posted on Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 5:15 pm    

On Thursday, November 14, in a talk about the Affordable Care Act, insurance commissioner, Tom Hirsig said that Wyoming’s health care costs have been among the highest in the nation. He, however, assured listeners that many of the state’s residents were qualified for tax credits toward premiums.

Hirsig also spoke of the dangers of fraud. He said that some people might take advantage of the newly-approved healthcare law and prey on others by trying to convince them to enroll in the healthcare marketplace over the phone.

Additionally, Hirsig reminded people that if they are already receiving Medicare or Medicaid, they do not need to do anything to comply with the Affordable Care Act.

Having a reliable and comprehensive insurance policy is a valuable asset to homeowners and business owners, alike. If you are experiencing problems with your insurance agency, contact Jessica Rutzick & Associates, P.C. at (307) 733-8140 to learn more about what we can do to help you.


Wisconsin’s private insurers canceling 2,600 policies due to Affordable Care Act’s new standards

Posted on Saturday, November 9th, 2013 at 8:19 pm    

Private insurers in Wyoming are on the verge of canceling more than 2,600 health insurance policies due to increased governmental regulation and increased minimum standards as set by the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration’s legislation aiming to overhaul the country’s healthcare system.

More than 500 health policies were already canceled earlier this year, with some of the cancellations taking effect in December and others in March of next year, according to a statement from Wyoming Insurance Commissioner Tom Hirsig on Thursday, October 31.

Hirsig said customers with cancelled health policies can be eligible for federal subsidies until they acquire a health insurance policy that would meet the requirements of the new law. However, it is yet to be known when government-approved coverage would be available, he added.

Wyoming is one of the least-populated states in the country, with only around 560,000 people residing in the state, but it faces one of the highest-priced federally-approved health care policies.

Having a reliable insurance policy, whether for medical coverage or property protection, is important for many individuals and business alike. Unfortunately, when an insurance company fails to act in good faith, an insured party might not get the coverage they should be owed. If your insurance company refuses to fulfill its obligations according to your policy, contact our attorneys from Jessica Rutzick & Associates, P.C. at (307) 733-8140.