2011 October Archive

Halloween Costume Safety Tips

By Cullan & Cullan on October 31, 2011 - Comments off

Picking out a Halloween costume is a favorite activity of many children, but did you know that some costumes actually put your kids in danger? If you do not select a costume carefully, your child could be at an increased risk for burn injuries, slip and fall injuries, and other accidents. These Halloween safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will help you ensure that your children’s costumes are as safe as possible.

  • Costumes should not drag on the ground, as this increases the risk of tripping and falling.
  • If you buy a costume, it should be made of flame-retardant materials that extinguish flames quickly.
  • Costume props should be made from flexible materials that present a low risk of injury. Read the rest »

Mercedes-Benz Recalls Several Models Due to Faulty Fuel Systems

By Cullan & Cullan on October 27, 2011 - Comments off

Mercedes-Benz has recalled several vehicle models due to fuel system problems. The recall affects 6,872 of the Mercedes-Benz E, ML, GL, S Class and R models. The manufacture dates for these vehicles are:

  • E: 2011 models manufactured from July 2010 through February 2011 (212 Platform)
  • ML: 2011 models manufactured from January 2010 through March 2011 (W164 Platform)
  • GL: 2011 models manufactured from March 2010 through March 2011 (X164 Platform)
  • S Class: 2012 models (221 Platform)
  • R: 2011 models manufactured from April 2010 through April 2011 (251 Platform) Read the rest »

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Cullan & Cullan on October 25, 2011 - Comments off

Every October, the organizers of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month work to spread information about the effects of breast cancer. Nearly 200,000 cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed each year, with more than 40,000 women dying from the disease annually. Women should familiarize themselves with the types and stages of breast cancer so they can seek medical treatment early if they notice anything unusual during a self-exam.

Invasive breast cancer spreads through normal breast tissue, which gives cancerous cells the opportunity to spread to the lymph nodes and other organs of the body. This type of breast cancer is more serious than non-invasive breast cancer.

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is one example of non-invasive breast cancer, as the cancerous cells remain in the milk ducts of the breast. Although this cancer starts out as a non-invasive malignancy, it can spread if not treated. Read the rest »

Bagged Salads Recalled Due to Listeria Contamination

By Cullan & Cullan on October 21, 2011 - Comments off

The California company that makes Hy-Vee grocery store bagged salads is recalling four different varieties of this product after discovering that more than 2,000 cases could be contaminated with the bacteria responsible for causing listeriosis. This bacterium, Listeria monocytogenes, can cause deadly infections, especially in young people, the elderly, and those who have compromised immune systems.

Identifying Recalled Products

The four varieties included in the recall are 8 oz. shredded iceberg, 12-oz. American blend, 12-oz. Romaine garden, and 12-oz. garden supreme. They are all sold under the Hy-Vee name. The “best by” date on the recalled packages is October 14, 2011. Hy-Vee operates more than two dozen stores in Nebraska, with 11 of those stores in Omaha and surrounding communities. Read the rest »

Omaha Pedestrian Crash Leaves Teen in Critical Condition

By Cullan & Cullan on October 19, 2011 - Comments off

KETV 7 reports that a car struck a teen student on her way to school Friday morning, leaving the victim in critical condition. Omaha Police say the accident occurred on Paxton Boulevard, where the teen victim was walking to Omaha North High School. She was hit with such force that she lost her backpack and shoes in the crash. Emergency medical personnel determined that the teen was in critical condition and took her to Nebraska Medical Center. Hospital personnel indicate her condition has improved to “fair.” The driver responsible for the accident had no insurance and was cited for reckless driving.

When reckless drivers use Nebraska roadways, they put everyone at risk. Nebraska Revised Statute 60-16,213 defines reckless driving as driving a motor vehicle in such a manner “as to indicate an indifferent or wanton disregard” for the safety of other people and property. Many people think that reckless drivers speed, but even someone going the speed limit can show “wanton disregard” for the safety of others. When they do, you and your family members are at an increased risk for injury and property damage. If you notice someone driving recklessly, try to stay away from the driver. If you can safely get the driver’s license plate number, call the police and report the reckless behavior. Staying vigilant on the road can save your life and protect the lives of other motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcycle riders. Read the rest »

Lack of Accident Report Leaves Victim with $250,000 in Medical Bills

By Cullan & Cullan on October 11, 2011 - Comments off

In August 2011, a woman got involved in an altercation between two men in an Omaha City bar parking lot. While she was in the parking lot, she was hit by a pickup truck and injured. The driver of the pickup truck had a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit, but the injured woman has been unable to get his insurance information because there is no accident report on file. According to the WOWT News 6 website, state law does not require law enforcement officers to investigate the accident or file a report since the woman was hit on private property.

The driver who allegedly hit her says the woman jumped in front of his truck, but the woman’s boyfriend says the driver was negligent. The victim has not been able to track down the driver of the pickup truck to get his insurance information because the incident report lists an incorrect address and he has not answered calls to his cell phone. She now has $250,000 in medical bills that her insurance may not cover in full. Read the rest »

I-29 Closes After Tow Truck Slams Into Car

By Cullan & Cullan on October 7, 2011 - Comments off

KETV reports that part of Interstate 29 shut down Thursday afternoon after a tow truck slammed into a stalled car and pushed it into a ditch. The tow truck driver was not injured, but two people inside the car were transported to the hospital. The accident occurred near Loveland at approximately 4:00 p.m.

If your car stalls while traveling in or near Omaha, it’s important to take steps to protect your safety and reduce the risk of an accident. Do not let anyone talk you into leaving your car where it is stalled. Leaving the car unattended increases the risk of an accident and may also lead to the theft of items from your vehicle. Instead, put your emergency flashers on and remain with the car until you get help. If you have a cell phone, call the police immediately. Read the rest »

Lawsuits Continue to Increase for Complications with DePuy Hip Replacements

By Cullan & Cullan on October 6, 2011 - Comments off

After receiving over 2,000 lawsuits, with 350 alone coming in August, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. is attempting to deal with the fallout over their voluntarily-recalled ASR XL Acetabular System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System, both used for hip replacement surgery. The Johnson & Johnson-owned company has come under fire in the past year for a high rate of early failure in its hip replacement devices, causing some patients to suffer joint dislocation, pain, swelling, and even damage to the central nervous system, thyroid, and heart.

With lawsuits continuing to pour in, DePuy is attempting to stem the tide by trying to identify possible claimants before they file and evaluating the victims, according to Reuters. The tactic has become controversial, as the doctors diagnosing patients are being paid indirectly by DePuy, which some see as possibly leading to a conflict of interest. DePuy intends to cover the costs of services and surgeries caused by the failed devices. Read the rest »