2012 February Archive

Goodyear Issues Recall for 41,000 Wrangler Tires

By Cullan & Cullan on February 27, 2012 - Comments off

According to a Reuters report, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has issued a substantial recall for 41,000 of its Wrangler Silent Armor tires. The tires, produced in 2009, were recalled over concerns that certain models could tear and cause tire failure, which can lead to a serious auto accident. The potential partial tread separation can also lead to vehicle damage. The affected tires are used on a variety of motor vehicles frequently used at construction sites or for off-road applications, including pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles, and vans.

The recalled tires were all manufactured from March 1, 2009 to May 31, 2009. The Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor tire sizes include: Read the rest »



Study Finds Smoking Marijuana before Driving Increases Risk of a Fatal Crash

By Cullan & Cullan on February 21, 2012 - Comments off

The Daily Nebraskan reports that a new study released in The British Medical Journal shows that smoking marijuana before driving nearly doubles the chances of being involved in a serious auto accident. The study’s research, conducted by Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, came from nine studies that sampled close to 50,000 drivers. The crashes examined for the study occurred on public roads and included at least one moving vehicle, and the researchers looked at “evidence of marijuana from blood tests and self-reported drug use.” Researchers discovered that individuals who smoked marijuana at least three hours before driving were twice as likely to get into a fatal auto accident.

The study’s researchers do caution to interpret data carefully as they examined only nine studies, and current guidelines don’t recommend testing for an overall analysis with less than 10. In addition, only one of the studies included assessed infrequent or habitual use of marijuana by drivers, meaning they were unable to distinguish between THC amounts (the active chemical in marijuana that causes the “high” feeling). However, as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 18 percent of motor vehicle fatalities involved marijuana and cocaine (which are often used in combination with alcohol), the study serves as an excellent reminder for drivers to not get behind the wheel impaired.
Though drugs are an increasing factor in traffic accidents, alcohol is still the number one contributor to driving under the influence. Read the rest »



For American Heart Month, Join Million Hearts to Help Save Lives

By Cullan & Cullan on February 16, 2012 - Comments off

Nebraska Medical Malpractice InjuryFebruary is American Heart Month, which was launched to increase public awareness and education about cardiovascular disease, also known as heart disease. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with one in every three deaths caused by heart disease or a stroke.

In addition, heart disease and strokes are the leading cause of disabilities that prevent people from working or enjoying everyday activities.

With these alarming statistics in mind, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with other agencies in the U.S. government, have launched the Million Hearts initiative. The aim of this national initiative is to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by the end of 2016 by: Read the rest »



Makers of Plavix Face Lawsuit from Plaintiffs Across U.S.

By Cullan & Cullan on February 14, 2012 - Comments off

Manufacturers of the blood thinning medication Plavix are now facing a lawsuit filed by 72 plaintiffs from across the country, according to The Madison Record. The plaintiffs claim they suffered strokes and heart attacks after taking Plavix, which was originally touted as a “super aspirin,” though it allegedly can cause heart attacks, strokes, internal bleeding, blood disorders, or even death. The drug is manufactured by Bristol-Meyers Squibb Company and Sanofi Aventis. In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs allege strict products liability, manufacturing defect, failure to warn, and negligence against the defendants.

The lawsuit states the plaintiffs began taking this drug after its makers claimed the drug was more effective than aspirin to prevent strokes and heart attacks, in addition to claiming Plavix would give a user more cardiovascular benefits than a daily aspirin. Bristol-Meyers Squibb Company and Sanofi Aventis also said Plavix was safe to use with aspirin, though this claim had not been established, and, according to the suit, was also proven false and dangerous as a combined therapy for patients who do not have peripheral arterial disease and acute coronary syndrome. Read the rest »



National Burn Awareness Week Aims to Prevent Child Burn Injuries

By Cullan & Cullan on February 10, 2012 - Comments off

National Burn Awareness Week, February 5-11, seeks to increase awareness about fire and burn injuries and educate the public on how to prevent them. Fire departments across the country are focusing this year on children’s increased risk of burn injuries in order to keep them protected. Annually, an estimated 465 children ages 14 and under die due to burn-related injuries or unintentional fires, with children three and under at the greatest risk, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In addition, the most common cause of hospitalization to kids five-years-old and younger is scald burns caused by hot liquid. Hot tap water accounts for nearly one in four of all scald burns among children, and is also associated with more deaths and hospitalizations than any other hot liquid burn. To protect little ones from a dangerous burn injury, officials offer these five safety tips: Read the rest »



Pfizer Recalls 1 Million Birth Control Packs Following Manufacturing Problem

By Cullan & Cullan on February 8, 2012 - Comments off

Nebraska Medical RecallAccording to a report from CBS News, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. has issued a recall for 1 million packs of the birth control Lo/Ovral-28 and its generic equivalent. A manufacturing mishap led to some of the packs of this drug being distributed with the pills out of order, which means patients may have unknowingly skipped a dose, increasing their risk of an accidental pregnancy. Each packet of the birth control contains 21 pills with the active ingredient that prevents pregnancy and seven placebo, or non-active, pills. In order to prevent pregnancy, women are supposed to take the pills in order and not mix the placebos with the active pills; doctors say taking three or more placebos in a row negates the pregnancy protection the pill offers.

Pfizer became aware of the problem when a patient reported finding a pink placebo tablet in the middle of the white active birth control pills, and the drug company immediately fixed the manufacturing problem. The company issued a nationwide recall in December asking pharmacies to pull the affected lots from their shelves, but did not publicly announce the recall due to the low risk to patient safety and the small amount believed to be affected – approximately 30 packs. Read the rest »



Nebraska Man Sentenced to 51 Years in Prison for Fatal Motorcycle Drunk Driving Accident

By Cullan & Cullan on February 6, 2012 - Comments off

According to a report from KETV7, a 55-year-old northeast Nebraska man received a lengthy prison sentence for being the cause of a drunk driving motorcycle crash in Nebraska that killed two Emerson college students. The Hubbard resident was driving his vehicle drunk when he crossed the road’s center line and hit the oncoming motorcycle of the two students head-on. The driver was a 20-year-old male and the passenger was his girlfriend, a 19-year-old female. The driver reportedly had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.196 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit in Nebraska of 0.08 percent. This DUI conviction marked the second for the convicted man in Nebraska and his seventh overall.

Court records show that the convicted drunk driver was sentenced to 25 to 40 years in prison for each of the vehicular homicide charges and one year for drunken driving, which the judge ordered he serve consecutively. The judge considered the man’s past convictions when deciding upon a prison sentence and considered the fact that he clearly never took advantage of the state’s many offers to get him help for his alcohol problem. The father of the female victim states the man’s sentencing closes this painful chapter of his family’s life, though he states no matter the length of the prison sentence, it won’t bring his daughter back. He hopes the offender’s sentence makes other Nebraska drivers think twice before drinking and driving. Read the rest »



$1.8 Million Award to Omaha Child in Birth Injury Case

By Cullan & Cullan on February 2, 2012 - Comments off

According to the Omaha World-Herald, a Douglas County jury awarded $1.8 million to a 3-year-old Omaha girl who lost the use of her arm at birth. The young girl’s left arm is effectively paralyzed after she suffered ruptured and ripped nerves during her delivery in June of 2008. The child’s disabled left arm will permanently be shorter than her right arm and will likely be of little use, and her left hand only shows slight flickers of movement. Joseph and Patrick Cullan of the Nebraska law firm Cullan & Cullan, LLC, who were representing the parents of the girl, state the doctor made some critical mistakes during the girl’s delivery that caused her birth injury and subsequent disability.

Joseph Cullan explains that the obstetrician performing the delivery used a vacuum extractor to help the newborn come through the birth canal, although it was not necessary. In addition, the delivering obstetrician dealt improperly with “shoulder dystocia,” which occurs when the baby’s shoulder gets stuck behind the mother’s pelvic bone. Cullan states that there are specific ways for physicians to handle this problem, including manipulating the mother’s legs or exerting pressure on the pelvic area, but the doctor in this case pulled down on the baby’s head, causing severe nerve damage and rendering the child’s left arm useless. Read the rest »