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Stephen Johnston

Stephen Johnston

Johnston Law Firm, LLC
  • Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury, Social Security Disability ...
  • Colorado
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Biography

Stephen M. Johnston is not just an attorney; he's your advocate, your defender, and your ally. With a deep-rooted commitment to the Pueblo, Colorado, community, Stephen brings over two decades of experience to his clients. No matter what your needs may be, Attorney Johnston is prepared to fight for you.

Education
University of Wyoming College of Law
J.D. (2002) | Law
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Honors: Order of the Barrister, Summa Cum Laude
Activities: Trial and appeal competitions.
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Professional Experience
Managing Member
Johnston Law Firm, LLC
- Current
Litigation of Workers' Compensation, Personal injury, Criminal and social security cases.
Managing Member
Johnston Law Firm, LLC
- Current
Litigation of Workers' Compensation, Personal injury, Criminal and social security cases.
Municiple Court Judge
City of Fowler
- Current
Associate Attorney
Hassler Law Firm, LLC
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Litigated and resolved workers' compensation, personal injury, criminal and social security cases.
Associate Attorney
Koncilja and Koncilja
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Worked as an attorney on Workers' compensation, Personal injury and criminal cases.
Assistant County Attorney
Albany County Attorney's Office
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Worked as a prosecuting attorney.
Awards
Recognizing Excellent in the Legal Profession
Elite Lawyer
Excellence in Workers Compensation Law
Lawyers of Distinction
Recognizing Excellent in the Legal Profession
Elite Lawyer
Excellence in Workers Compensation Law
Lawyers of Distinction
Professional Associations
State Bar of Colorado
Member
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Colorado
Colorado Supreme Court
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
    I don't get paid unless you get paid.
Practice Areas
Workers' Compensation
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Social Security Disability
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. hello, Can a person get sued for emailing another persons social security info with no permission?
A: Yes, under New Mexico law, a person could potentially face legal consequences for emailing another person's Social Security number without permission. The law prohibits the intentional communication of a Social Security number to the public, which could potentially include sending it via email without the individual's consent.

The law specifically prohibits making the entirety of a Social Security number available to the public, including intentionally communicating a Social Security number to the public. This could be interpreted to include emailing the number without the individual's consent. Additionally, the law prohibits requiring the use of a Social Security number over the internet without a secure connection or encryption security. This could potentially apply to emailing the number, especially if the email is not sent over a secure connection or without encryption.

Furthermore, the law prohibits transmitting material that associates a Social Security number with an account number for a bank, savings and loan association, or credit union, unless both numbers are required as part of an application or enrollment process or to establish, amend, or terminate an account, contract, or policy or to confirm the accuracy of the number. This could potentially apply if the email included such information.

In conclusion, under New Mexico law, emailing another person's Social Security number without their consent could potentially be considered a violation of the law, depending on the specific circumstances. However, it is important to note that this interpretation is based on the information provided in the legal document
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Q. In Colorado, can a nurse stop life support on patient w/o family's consent legally?
A: Based on the information available, it appears that a nurse in Colorado cannot legally stop life support on a patient without the family's consent. The Colorado End-of-Life Options Act provides a path for terminally ill patients to receive aid-in-dying medication from their physicians, but it requires the patients to affirmatively request such assistance People v. Bagwell, 2022 COA 44. This suggests that the decision to end life support is primarily in the hands of the patient, not the medical staff.

Furthermore, the scope of practice for nurses in Colorado, as defined by the state's laws, does not explicitly include the authority to make decisions about ending life support Nonphysician Practitioners Licensing (CO). Nurses are allowed to provide a range of services, including evaluating health status, providing therapy and treatment, and executing delegated medical functions, but these do not seem to encompass the authority to stop life support without consent.

In addition, Colorado law has specific requirements for the withdrawal of life support. The patient's wishes as expressed in a living will or a Medical Order for Scope of Treatment (MOST) form are very important § 18.3 DOCUMENTS. These documents must be obtained from and filled out with the patient's doctor, indicating that the decision to end life support is a serious one that requires the patient's explicit consent.

In conclusion, while nurses play a crucial role in the care of patients, the decision to end life support in Colorado seems to be a matter that requires the patient's explicit request and does not fall within the nurse's scope of practice. This conclusion is based on the information available in the provided snippets People v. Bagwell, 2022 COA 44§ 18.3 DOCUMENTSNonphysician Practitioners Licensing (CO).
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Q. What are my options when it comes to a closed work comp case?
A: Your best bet is a new FCE. Your primary care can actually modify your work restrictions. You might try going to a different doctor.

Keep in mind that your previous employer is under no obligation to rehire you.
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Johnston Law Firm, LLC
616 West Abriendo Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004
Telephone: (719) 309-9484