Raffle for Phoenix Children’s Project

According to The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a whopping 27% – or 429,000 – of children in Arizona are living in poverty with Arizona ranking a dismal 46th in the United States. One local foundation, Phoenix Children’s Project, has made it its mission to improve the lives of children living in poverty in our local Phoenix community. Most recently, the Law Offices of Michael Cordova sponsored children as part of the Phoenix Children’s Project back-to-school program, providing uniforms, shoes, and essentials to start the new school year.


Do you have the desire to help children in our local community but not sure how? The Law Offices of Michael Cordova has made it easy and fun to support this great organization! We have created a Diamondbacks raffle giveaway, and here is how it works:

For every $1 you donate, your name will be entered into the raffle. You have a chance to win a Diamondbacks basket filled with lots of goodies and 4 tickets to the Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game at Chase Field on Saturday, September 12th at 5:10 PM.

Simply click on the Donate link, make your donation, and fill out your name and e-mail address in the instruction box to be entered into the raffle. Remember, if you donate 1$, your name is entered once. If you donate $5, your name is entered 5 times! All proceeds will be given to the Phoenix Children’s Project. The raffle will end on Monday, September 7th at midnight, and the winner will be announced Tuesday morning.

Childhood poverty is happening right in our backyard. Let’s combat this local problem together!




Scholarship Winner for 2015-2016

The Law Offices of Michael Cordova is pleased to announce that Tania Mendez-Delgado is the winner of our annual scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year. Tania epitomizes what we were looking for in a recipient, and we look forward to helping her realize her goal of pursuing higher education.

Scholarship Winner

Unfortunately, it can be extremely difficult for young high school graduates to afford the expenses associated with higher education, and Tania worries about these costs. She does not want to impose them on her family, and the Law Offices of Michael Cordova Scholarship helps ease this financial burden. Tania is grateful for this opportunity and is quite humbled in having been picked.

In preparation of pursuing higher education at ASU, Tania dedicated her time and efforts on excelling during her high school academic career. In addition to being involved in extracurricular activities in high school, Tania played an active role in helping those less fortunate in her local community. She also has a personal appreciation of higher education as a first generation student and looks forward to obtaining a degree with the hopes of bettering herself, helping her family, and continuing to help those less fortunate.

It has been an honor and privilege having met Tania, and we wish her the best of luck in pursuing higher education and accomplishing her dreams!

Beating Heat Exhaustion

For an entire month, Arizona has seen daily temps reach 100 degrees or more. The following month is much of the same. Suffice it to say, hot weather is here to stay, and beating the heat is now a priority. An often overlooked aspect of hot weather, though, is heat exhaustion. This largely stems from our constant sluice of air conditioning. But, make no mistake, heat exhaustion can happen quickly, and to the most unsuspecting.

Background of Heat Exhaustion

Living in the desert can be a bit deceiving. Indeed, this is particularly true when dealing with heat, and heat exhaustion. Many times, our desert doesn’t afford us the gradual climb to 100 degrees; rather, the Arizona desert seems to prefer going from the 80s in March, to outright scorching by May. This makes the problem of heat exhaustion even more problematic, as it denies our bodies to acclimate to the weather.heat exhaustion

Further, the spike in heat, along with sustained heat thereafter, poses another set of problems—old habits die hard. Most people, like us, need time to change our daily habits to deal with the heat. This includes drinking 1-2 extra cups of water, changing our workout or hiking routine, and certainly changing the times we head outside. Without this much needed buffer of time to help acclimate to the weather, you might find yourself behind the curve.

That being said, Arizona emergency rooms consistently experience almost 2000 heat exhaustion cases year-over-year. Moreover, Arizona Department of Public Safety reports that heat has claimed 1,500 lives from the years 2000-2012. Numbers like that are no laughing matter.  So, let’s get into how we can combat heat exhaustion.

Types of Heat Exhaustion

Perhaps a surprise to many, heat exhaustion comes in two forms: water depletion, and salt depletion. Further, many cases of heat exhaustion are accompanied by dehydration. Lastly, without proper and immediate treatment, heat exhaustion can easily turn into heat stroke possibly damaging your brain, and other vital organs.

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

There exist a variety of indicators to let you know the onset of heat exhaustion has occurred. Here are the most common signs:

  • Nausea, Diarrhea, or Vomiting
  • Muscle or Abdominal Cramps
  • Confusion, Dizziness, Fainting, or Headache
  • Pale Skin and Profuse Sweating

Treating Heat Exhaustion

The principle to treating heat exhaustion is a relatively easy one: get cool! To that end, the first thing to do is get out of the sun, then focus on cooling down. To accomplish the latter, loosen or remove tight fitting clothes, put something cold on the back of your neck, utilize any other cooling measures such as fans and baths, and begin to hydrate. As a good rule of thumb, consider doing all of them. If these remedial measures fail to provide relief, someone should seek emergency medical help for you.

With the Arizona heat showing no sign of reprieve, knowing the basics of heat exhaustion could save your life, or a loved one’s life. Be sure to know the symptoms of heat exhaustion, and the remedial measures to help combat the onset of heat exhaustion.  For more information, you can visit sites like WebMD or the Mayo Clinic for more information on heat exhaustion.

The Law Offices of Michael Cordova is committed to the safety of not just our clients, but our community. This article is meant to be informative, and in no way provides medical advice.  Should the onset of heat exhaustion occur, or any other medical ailments, the Law Offices of Michael Cordova reminds you to consult a medical professional for assistance.

GRID Bikes Takeover Phoenix

At the beginning of the year, Phoenix contracted with CycleHop, LLC., to institute a bike share program across the city. The program includes 500 GRID bikes in the city of Phoenix alone. Tempe and Mesa are said to follow. But, with beginners and novices swerving into traffic without helmets, or an understanding of Phoenix bike laws, is bike sharing the safest route possible for commuters on any set of wheels?

Grid Bikes

Phoenix Makes a Commitment—Sort of

The city of Phoenix was fully committed from the onset. Once the contract was accepted, Phoenix promptly made changes to the street grid. Mostly, this came in the form of adding bike lanes. But, these commitments do fall short. Instead of adding a real bike lane, where there is added space to the furthest right-side car lane, Phoenix instead chose to just add bike lane markings to already existing car lanes. Thus, this lane operates more of an interchangeable lane, where cars and bikes both ride in it. This is a stark difference to many bike lanes found in other metropolitan areas like Chicago or New York, where the bike lane is separate and apart from a car lane to ensure the safety of the rider.

The Numbers are Good

Arizona is relatively late to the bike sharing program. Indeed, the first bike share program started in 2007, while most other major metropolitan areas had one by 2013. However, that is a good thing. With Arizona cities as late entrants, previous cities have provided enough information to show if the bike share program really is safe.

Using New York as a guide—known for their mean streets—perhaps proves that safety is attainable. There, after nearly 10 million rides, New York’s bike share program has yet to mark a fatality; however, 40 riders have been injured resulting in medical attention. Nonetheless, those numbers are low. What’s lower? How about no fatalities across the entire U.S. since the beginning of the program (2007), which has chalked up a total of 23 million rides! Those numbers are nothing to balk at, and, oddly, do not reflect the same kind of safety expected by non-bike sharing riders.

Nevertheless, Phoenix might find itself on a different page. Again, other metropolitan cities like Chicago and New York built bike lanes separate and apart from a car lane. Phoenix, however, built bike lanes right into a car lane, where the lane can be used interchangeably. Without question, the safety of the rider in this scenario is at greater risk than a rider who has the benefit of using a separate bike lane.

GRID bikes provide ease and convenience for the city commuter, or for local errands and coffee with friends. Even with this convenience, riders should be prepared to know the laws governing bike riding in that city. Moreover, bikers should utilize all proper protective equipment.

GRID Bike Injury—Getting Help

If you or a loved one sustained an injury while riding a GRID bike, it is important to call an attorney immediately. The Law Offices of Michael Cordova has attorneys who are experienced in personal injury, bicycle accidents, and wrongful death.

Arizona Fireworks Guide

With every state having a complex set of firework laws, Arizona is no difference when it comes to which fireworks are legal, and which fireworks are illegal. To make it more confusing, Arizona passed a bill in April last year creating tiers for fireworks, dates permissible for use, and an outright prohibition on counties from banning fireworks. One thing that is clear: violation of the fireworks law will land you a fine up to $1000, and a class 1 misdemeanor. Here’s what you need to know about using fireworks during July 4th.

Prohibitions on Bans

The firework bill expressly prohibited counties, and cities within those counties, from banning fireworks. There is a catch: those counties must have populations of over 500,000 people. Thus, smaller counties are exempt from the outright prohibition of banning fireworks, and are free to institute a ban.

Restricted Use and Sale

Fireworks and the desert just don’t mix. That is why the firework bill sought to restrict the use of fireworks throughout the year. This also helps limit safety issues, as well. Unfortunately, the bill has two separate timeframe categories: sale and use. Further, of those two categories, the timeframes don’t always overlap (still with me?). Therefore, it is extremely easy for an Arizonan to find trouble with the law. Here are the dates to know:

Permitted Sale: May 20 – July 6; Dec 10 – Jan 3
Permitted Use: June 24 – July 6; Dec 24 – Jan 3

Fireworks—Legal and Illegal

Fireworks come in a large variety. Consequently, Arizona sought to create three categories of fireworks to help consolidate all the varieties, and square it with the bill’s restricted use and sale time frames. These categories come in green, yellow, and red: fireworks in the green category are available for use and sale all year; fireworks in the yellow category are restricted to the seasonal time frame, as annotated above, and; fireworks in the red category are completely prohibited. Below is a picture as a guide:

fireworks chart

As a friendly reminder, the Law Offices of Michael Cordova remind you to be safe when using fireworks. All fireworks, including novelties like sparklers, may cause injury if used in a manner inconsistent with proper use. Should you, or a loved one, find yourself injured by someone else’s improper use of fireworks it is important to contact an attorney immediately to review your case.