2012 May Archive

Joseph Cullan Outlines Some Causes of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

By Cullan & Cullan on May 31, 2012 - Comments off

NE Carbon Monoxide Poisoning IllnessCarbon monoxide poisoning is an illness caused by exposure to too much carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide (CO), frequently referred to as the “Silent Killer,” is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas that is difficult to detect. In addition, the signs of CO poisoning may be subtle. As a personal injury lawyer, Joseph Cullan understands the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and how important it is for Nebraskans take necessary precautions, such as installing a CO detector, to prevent a CO poisoning incident in their home.

There are a number of things that may cause CO poisoning, and various appliances you may already have in your home may be emitting unsafe levels of carbon monoxide if not properly maintained and kept in good working order. Also, using certain appliances in an enclosed, or partially closed, space may cause dangerous levels of carbon monoxide to fill the air. The following are different appliances which may cause CO poisoning: Read the rest »

Study Reveals New Advancement in Spinal Cord Injury Therapy

By Cullan & Cullan on May 29, 2012 - Comments off

Omaha Spinal Cord TreatmentA new study published in the Journal of Brain Research shows that a new physical therapy treatment may help those living with a spinal cord injury, according to a YumaSun.com report. The staff of the Spinal Cord Society Research Center in Fort Collins, CO found significant improvement with the use of a new physical therapy called TANES, or tail nerve electrical stimulation. This therapy triggers the activation of the central pattern generator, or neuro-muscular reflex generator, and the study showed “significant improvement in their ability to walk with coordinated motion after treatment.” The experiment’s results were based on test subject rats, but the treatment will be developed further for human clinical trials.

The Spinal Cord Society (SCS), which is headquartered in Minnesota, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the total reversal of chronic spinal cord injury. The SCS research center staff focuses its efforts solely on developing therapies to address chronic spinal cord injuries. Read the rest »

Recent String of NFL Suicides Raises Hard Questions about Head Injuries

By Cullan & Cullan on May 23, 2012 - Comments off

Nebraska Football Brain InjuryThe heartbreaking news of the death of former NFL (National Football League) player Junior Seau is the latest in a string of suicides of former NFL players, and concussions may be to blame for these tragedies, according to a TMZ Sports report. The 62-year-old former player for the Atlanta Falcons shot himself in his Virginia home in April, and his surviving spouse filed a lawsuit against the NFL over its handling of concussion-related football injuries as she claims her husband developed symptoms of dementia following his football career. The wife asserts that the NFL intentionally concealed links between this type of injury and didn’t do enough to deal with the issue.

Dozens of similar concussion-related lawsuits have been filed against the NFL, but they insist the accusations are without merit. A 50-year-old former player for the Chicago Bears sadly died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest in his Florida home in 2011. Prior to his suicide, the former pro athlete texted his family asking that his brain be used for research, which is likely why the gunshot wound was in the chest. Months later, Boston University research neurologists discovered he had a neurodegenerative disease linked to concussions. Some are speculating this may also be why Junior Seau took his life, who also shot himself in the chest. Read the rest »

New Research Shows Brain Injuries in NFL Players Similar to War Vets

By Cullan & Cullan on May 18, 2012 - Comments off

Finding the Link Between Soldiers, Football Players, and Brain Injury

Omaha Head Injury DisabilityAccording to a CNN.com news report, research has revealed that the same dementia-like disease found in the brain tissue of several NFL (National Football League) players is the same shown in the brains of four U.S. veterans who were exposed to explosive devices and other types of head trauma. The suggestion made by the new data is that there is a common thread binding those exposed to traumatic brain injury, whether it occurs on a football field or in a war zone. Two of the military cases and a group of mice studied concurrently by researchers suggest that a single exposure to an IED (improvised explosive device) may instigate the cluster of abnormal protein in the brain that characterizes the disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine excised thin slivers of brain tissue from four U.S. veterans who suddenly died and compared the tissue to two other groups: three amateur football players and a professional wrestler with a history of concussions. Read the rest »

Practice Safety and be a ‘Roll Model’ During National Bicycle Safety Month

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

Nebraska Bicycle Safety Awareness MonthWith the summer season fast approaching and the mercury rising, Nebraskans are gearing up to enjoy the great outdoors. Bicycling is an exhilarating way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Cornhusker State, but bike riders face unique hazards that others on the open road do not. With this in mind, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and AAA are launching the “Be a ‘Roll’ Model” public awareness campaign, which focuses on bicycle safety.

The Roll Model campaign encourages parents, siblings, grandparents, and other caregivers to demonstrate safe bicycling habits for younger children every time they are going to hit the road on two wheels. Injuryboard.com offers these tips for Roll Models for safe bicycle travel: Read the rest »

New CDC Report Shows Child Injury Deaths are Down

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

Omaha Child Accident InjuryA recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that child injury deaths have significantly decreased, according to a report in The Christian Science Monitor. From 2000 to 2009, the CDC data shows child injury deaths dropped almost 30 percent. Medical experts and researchers state the findings mean more than 11,000 children’s lives have been saved. However, more than 9,000 children still die annually from unintentional injuries, making injury the number one cause of death among children. Read the rest »

Eight Injured in Nebraska Following a Boating Accident on Lake

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

According to a JournalStar.com news report, eight people were injured and sent to the hospital after a boating crash on Nebraska’s Branched Oak Lake. The 19-year-old driver was operating a large Sea Ray motorboat when it collided with a drifting sailboat around 8 p.m. on May 4. Both sea vessels sustained major damage and are being held by authorities for review. An official with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports that all eight individuals injured in the collision are expected to survive and were treated for non-life threatening injuries, including cuts, bruises, and fractures.

The 19-year-old driver of the boat has been arrested by deputies with the Lancaster County Sherriff’s Department on suspicion of boating under the influence. In addition, the driver and another passenger were cited for possession of alcohol as a minor. The driver was treated for minor injuries at BryanLGH Medical Center West following the aquatic collision and was then taken to jail. The young man was out of custody on May 5, and formal charges have presently not been filed. Read the rest »

Hastings Truck Accident on Highway 6 Claims the Life of One Man

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

A 52-year-old Prosser man died as a result of a recent Nebraska semi truck accident near Hastings, according to TheIndependent.com. The Nebraska State Patrol stated a truck hauling batteries was traveling eastbound on Highway 6 around 11:30 a.m. when it stopped at a railroad crossing. An eastbound semitrailer truck that was hauling corn then collided with the rear of the first truck, and the collision then forced the truck into the westbound lane where the accident victim who lost his life was driving his 2008 Ford pickup truck.

The 63-year old driver of the battery truck, a resident of Omaha, was taken to Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries to his face and shoulders. The 46-year-old semi trailer truck driver who caused the initial collision was not injured. Tragically, the pickup truck driver was announced dead at the scene. The victim was reportedly a safety officer for the Wood River Volunteer Fire Department. Read the rest »