2011 December Archive

How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Nebraska

By Cullan & Cullan on December 30, 2011 - Comments off

Nebraska CO LawsuitCarbon monoxide (CO) is a tasteless, odorless, colorless gas produced anytime a fossil fuel is burned. This toxic gas can cause sudden and serious illness or death caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, which occurs after enough of the gas is inhaled. Carbon monoxide is frequently produced in domestic and industrial settings by things such as motor vehicles, heaters, or cooking equipment.

As inhalation of this gas is initially non-irritating, it can be difficult for people to detect; symptoms of mild carbon monoxide poisoning can be similar to the flu and can also include nausea, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, headaches, vertigo, or lightheadedness. Larger exposures to this dangerous gas can lead to toxicity of the central nervous system and heart, or possibly death.

Carbon monoxide can be very dangerous, but following a few simple tips can help prevent you and your loves ones from suffering from this type of poisoning: Read the rest »

CPSC Warns Injuries Involving Holiday Decorations On the Rise

By Cullan & Cullan on December 23, 2011 - Comments off

A report issued this month by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that consumer injuries involving holiday decorations and decorating have increased. Decorating and making your home more festive for the holiday is one of the most fun parts of the winter season, but hazards such as falls, lacerations, and fires are occurring in homes across the country, making it imperative for families to practice safety during the holidays.

The CPSC estimates that in the last 2 months of 2010, more than 13,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for injuries involving holiday decorations. Christmas tree fires caused an average of $18 million in property damage between 2006 and 2008, and $360 million in property losses occurred from candle fires. The following tips, offered by the CPSC, can help you and your family stay safe and injury-free this holiday season. Read the rest »

New Senate Bill Will Require Companies to Track Implants

By Cullan & Cullan on December 22, 2011 - Comments off

Nebraska DePuy Hip Replacement LawsuitA new bill has been introduced in the Senate that would require medical device manufacturing companies to track artificial knees, hips, and other implants. According to Injuryboard.com, the bill would allow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to coerce companies to track implants, such as replacement hips, “that belong to a category of products that do not require human testing for approval”.

The reason for the introduction of the bill was due to the problems that have surfaced regarding the DePuy hip implant and Zimmer Knee implants. Many critical medical implants, including these, have been approved without any human testing under a divisive FDA provision known as the 510(k) approval process. This approval process rests on the notion that if a similar device is already on the market, then little or no testing is needed for the new device. Read the rest »

The Dangers of Nebraska Anesthesia Accidents

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

Nebraska Surgery Anesthesia AccidentWith millions of patients undergoing surgery each year in the U.S. and receiving anesthesia, it is important to be aware of the potential risks that may occur from being anesthetized. Use of anesthesia includes when a patient is numbed with medication at certain levels of the spine, when topical anesthetic is used to numb the skin and soft tissue areas, or when intravenous narcotics are used to “put a patient under” or “put a patient to sleep.” Anesthesia is usually administered for surgical procedures such as brain, heart, or other organ surgery, C-sections, or for surgery on limbs or skin. According to Injury.com, approximately every 1 out of 250,000 people die from anesthesia-related complications and accidents.

Some causes of anesthesia accidents include:

  • Lack of patient monitoring;
  • Faulty medical equipment/devices;
  • Allergic reaction;
  • Drug interactions; and
  • Too much or too little anesthesia.

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New Nebraska Drunk Driving Law to Take Effect January 1

By Cullan & Cullan on December 15, 2011 - Comments off

Nebraska DUI Accidents StatisticsAccording to a report by The Republic, the Nebraska’s Department of Motor Vehicles feels a new law aimed at drunk drivers should improve roadway safety in the new year. The new state law gives the option for drunk driving offenders to request ignition-based breath sensors in lieu of an administrative hearing to revoke their licenses.

This ignition interlock device is installed on a vehicle’s dashboard and requires drivers to blow into a sensor to start the vehicle; if the driver’s BAC (blood alcohol content) is higher than 0.03, the car or truck will not be able to start. The new law extends the interlock option to first- and second-offense drunk drivers, creating strong incentives for them to accept it, as opposed to challenging their license revocation in court. Read the rest »

Bellevue Couple File Wrongful Death Lawsuit over Son’s Death

By Cullan & Cullan on December 12, 2011 - Comments off

According to Omaha.com, a Bellevue couple who tragically lost their son in a truck accident in September are now taking legal action and filing a wrongful death suit. The married couple’s 26-year-old- son died September 3 as he was riding his bike south in the northbound lanes on Dahlman Avenue near D Street in South Omaha, according to Omaha police. The lawsuit alleges that a Nebraska-Iowa supply company semi truck that was also traveling south suddenly turned into the victim’s path as he tried to enter a Nebraska Beef parking lot. Police state that the victim tried to stop, but died when his bike hit and slid under the semi. The couple is seeking compensation for funeral expenses, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship in this wrongful death lawsuit.

In the event of a loved one dying unexpectedly, the family is often left with the horrific question as to whether or not the death was preventable and was caused because of the negligence of another person. If the victim died due to the negligent actions of another, then a family may have a valid wrongful death claim and can seek compensation for their loss. Read the rest »

What is Insurance Bad Faith?

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

Injury Insurance Bad FaithBad faith refers to dishonesty or fraud in a transaction, such as knowingly misrepresenting the quality of something being bought or entering into an agreement with no intention of ever living up to its terms. Insurance is, in essence, a contract; in return for premiums, the insurer agrees to indemnify and defend you if a covered event occurs, such as an auto accident. Thus, when an insurance company is accused of acting in “bad faith,” they have failed to act in a way that is required by the policy and have not fulfilled their obligations to the insured. However, not all disputes with an insurance company will be considered bad faith, and any insurer is allowed to question and investigate the claims being made against them.

There are a number of different examples of insurance bad faith claims. The following are just a few to help you determine if you may have this kind of a claim: Read the rest »

DOT Announces Ban on Cell Phones for Commercial Vehicle Drivers

By Cullan & Cullan on December 2, 2011 - Comments off

Nebraska Cell Phone Truck AccidentThe U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a final rule at the end of November regarding cell phone use and commercial vehicle drivers, which was decided jointly with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The FMCSA reports that U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the DOT’s final rule to ban all hand-held cell phone use by interstate truck drivers and bus drivers while they are operating their vehicle.

This final rule is a measure to prevent distracted driving and the dangerous accidents that may come as a result. Dialing a cell phone while behind the wheel makes a commercial vehicle driver six times more likely to be involved in a crash, and reaching for an object (such as a cell phone) increases the chance of being involved in an accident by 3 times. Read the rest »