Charges Filed in the Wrongful Pesticide Deaths of Two Young Layton Girls

Charges Filed in the Wrongful Pesticide Deaths of Two Young Layton Girls

Criminal charges were filed on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, against Cole Nocks for his participation in the pesticide poisoning deaths of two young Layton girls, Rebecca and Rachel Toone. Mr. Nocks, 62, faces charges of Class A Misdemeanors of negligent homicide which could result in two years in prison and serious fines. Who Caused the Deaths of Two Young Utah Girls? According to a Deseret News report, civil charges are in the process of being filed against Cole Nocks and his employer, Bugman Pest and Lawn Inc., for operating in faulty and negligent manner. Bugman Pest & Lawn Inc. business practices violate the National regulation to create fumigant t management plans for the toxic chemicals used by their business. By law, they are required to provide homeowners with this plan and information of the toxin risk. They are also legally required to return to the home or business and inspect the toxin level in the areas pesticide was applied. It does not appear that Nocks followed any of these guidelines nor did Bugman require their employees to do so. Nathan and Brenda Toone have the right to file wrongful death claims on behalf of their two deceased daughters, Rebecca and Rachel Toone, and a personal injury claim for their third minor daughter who was also hospitalized with pesticide poisoning. It is important to note that Utah Law designates a limited time frame to file a wrongful death claim. The Toone family is well advised to speak to an experienced wrongful death and personal injury attorney before signing any paperwork or making any decisions. The Utah Wrongful Death Guidebook: In Utah,...
How to Avoid Being Involved in Utah Bicycle Accident this Spring

How to Avoid Being Involved in Utah Bicycle Accident this Spring

Bicycle Safety Tips Another beautiful Utah spring is underway and many locals are enjoying the outdoor freedom that comes with the warmer weather.  Bicycle enthusiasts have fine-tuned their bikes, strapped on their helmets, and hit the pavement for exercise and enjoyment.  The attorneys at the Christensen &Hymas would like to start this bicycle season with some safety tips and reminders for all of Utah’s cyclists. First and foremost, wear a helmet. Although Utah law does not require helmets for bicyclists over the age of eighteen, every cyclist should wear a helmet as a safety precaution.  Helmets reduce the risk of head injuries by 85%, yet a study conducted by the Utah Department of Health found that only 19% of Utahns consistently wear helmets while riding.  Please remember to always wear a helmet for your own protection.  This one simple act can save your life. Always remember to follow the rules of the road when riding in urban areas. Utah state law designates bicycles as moving vehicles, requiring them to obey all traffic signs and lane markers.  When riding your bike, be sure to follow all traffic laws and ride in designated bicycle lanes where available.  Always ride with the flow of traffic on the right-hand side of the road. Use hand signals to communicate your intentions to motorists. If you do not know the proper hand signals or how to utilize them, simply log on to YouTube.com and type “bicycle hand signals” in the search bar.  This search will yield many instructional videos that will show you how to properly use bicycle hand signals. Be aware of your surroundings....

Overcoming the Emotional Obstacles of Surviving a Dog Attack

When it comes to discussing Utah dog attacks, the focus tends to center on the physical implications of a vicious dog bite.  This is with good reason; dog bites can result in long-term physical injuries, including permanent scarring and facial disfigurement.  Such injuries will have lasting physical implications.  However, the physical consequences of a dog attack are only one side of the issue.  Emotional and psychological side effects of dog bites can be just as detrimental to a victim’s long-term health. The Psychological Implications of Facial Disfigurement of Children When a dog attacks, the victim may be bitten in the face and permanently scarred and disfigured.  This is particularly common among children, as their shorter height makes it easier for dogs to reach their faces.  Permanent facial scarring has lasting psychological implications for adults and children alike, but it can be especially damaging to a child’s overall mental development. We all remember how difficult elementary school can be with teasing and bullying.  Children who have suffered facial disfigurement from a dog attack are often subjected to pointing, laughing, and ridicule from their peers.  Even outside the playground, children with facial scarring receive stares, startled reactions, and looks of pity.  As a study published in Psychology, Health & Medicine notes, these behaviors leads the victim feeling ostracized and lonely.  Such feelings can develop into long-term social and behavioral problems. Children with facial disfigurement often develop social anxiety, low self-esteem, and insecurity, carrying these distresses with them well into their adulthood.  If your child has suffered from facial scarring as the result of a dog attack, it is important to be...

FrontRunner Shut Down After Fatal Accident Kills Utah Teenager

FrontRunner Shut Down After Fatal Accident Kills Pedestrian A fatal accident involving the UTA TRAX FrontRunner and a pedestrian shut down the FrontRunner service in Clearfield. A spokesperson from Utah Transit Authority confirmed that a pedestrian was stuck while walking on the tracks near the Clearfield station of 250 West and 700 South around 7 am Thursday morning of April 22, 2010. The Trax services were suspended for several hours. A teenage boy apparently crawled under a fence near the tracks near the viaduct. There are no pedestrian crossing areas at this point in the TRAX route where the train travels at speeds close to 79 miles per hour. The teen was killed instantly upon impact. Newly Available Facts New facts are available in the horrific UTA TRAX accident that killed a teenage boy early Thursday morning of April 22, 2010. According to KSL news, the teenage victim is 14 year old J.J. Reyes. The young victim lived less than a mile from the scene of the accident. He reportedly is a 9th grade student at North Davis Junior High School. Fellow students and teachers at the Junior High remark that the late J.J. Reyes was a compassionate, fun and friendly young man. I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and those who knew and loved the late J.J. Reyes. From the balloons and handwritten notes left at the fatal train accident scene, it already apparent that this young man will be missed. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers as they go through the difficult process of losing someone they love in such...

Dealing the aftermath of Surviving a Utah DUI Accident

“3 in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related car crash in their lives”- MADD Facts Surrounding the Salt Lake DUI Accident that Killed 1 and Injured 4 28-year-old Jeremy Kemple was returning home from celebrating his friend Michael Peterson’s 25th birthday when the fatal car accident occurred at the intersection of E Street and South Temple on March 23, 2010. The 26-year-old driver of the Honda Civic was driving drunk and smashed into the late Mr. Peterson’s Volkswagen Passat—killing Michael Peterson instantly and critically injuring Jeremy Kemple and the two passengers of the Honda. Surviving A Utah Drunk Driving Accident According to a KLS news interview, Jeremy Kemple describes his gratitude to be alive and the utter devastation of losing his friend in this horrific Utah drunk driving car accident. Jeremy sustained 10 fractures in his pelvis, a ruptured bladder, a collapsed lung, a severed spleen, and broken ribs. He has a metal contraption drilled into his hips to stabilize his pelvis and back. Jeremy is still an inpatient in a rehabilitation hospital and unable to work. He and his family are under a lot of stress dealing with the death of a loved one, the slow recovery of serious injuries, mounting medical bills and the inability to work. The severe and devastating consequences of the reckless actions of a drunk driver are apparent in this terrible DUI accident. Drunk Driving Statistics Despite the option to use a cab or to designate a sober driver, many people still consciously choose to drink and drive. Statistics from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) demonstrate that every minute a...