2012 July Archive

Multi-Truck Crash Near Silver Creek, NE Leaves Two Dead

By Cullan & Cullan on July 30, 2012 - Comments off

A head-on collision near Silver Creek involving three tractor-trailers claimed the lives of two men, as reported by TheIndependent.com. The multi-truck accident occurred approximately two miles from Silver Creek on Highway 30 between 1:15 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. A press release from the Nebraska State Patrol states a westbound truck crossed the center line and clipped a semi truck traveling eastbound and then proceeded to strike another semi head on. The two trucks then burst into flames as a result of the impact.

Tragically, the drivers of both the burned trucks were killed. The driver of the first eastbound semi truck was not injured in this fatal Nebraska truck accident. According to the State Patrol press release, the drivers of all three trucks were men and all three semis were hauling trailers. Highway 30 was closed from about the time of the collision to 1:15 p.m. for cleanup and investigation, and traffic was rerouted during the closure. Read the rest »

Helpful Information on Hemiparesis: Diagnosing Your Condition

By Cullan & Cullan on July 26, 2012 - Comments off

NE Brain Injury ParalysisThis is part two of a two-part blog series on hemiparesis. Please feel free to read the first installment for information on the causes and forms of hemiparesis.

Hemiparesis is a medical condition characterized by slight paralysis or weakness affecting one side of the body, which can in turn affect the quality of one’s day to day life. This is related to a condition called hemiplagia, which involves paralysis of one side of a person’s body instead of weakness. There are a number of causes of hemiparesis and the treatment options for this condition differ depending on why the person developed hemiparesis. Additionally, proper and timely diagnosis of this condition is vital to providing the proper course of treatment. Read the rest »

Helpful Information on Hemiparesis: Causes and Forms

By Cullan & Cullan on July 24, 2012 - Comments off

Nebraska Hemeparesis Brain InjuryThis is part one of a two-part blog series on hemiparesis. Please read the second part of the blog series coming soon for information on diagnosing hemiparesis.

Hemiparesis is a condition generally caused by either cerebral palsy or stroke, though it can also be caused by brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases of the brain or nervous system. The medical definition of hemiparesis is a slight paralysis or weakness affecting one side of a person’s body, and an estimated 80 percent of people who have a stroke may also either have some level of trouble moving one side of their body or have weakness on one side. Read the rest »

US Drug Watchdog Offers Assistance to DePuy ASR Hip Implant Recipients

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

NE Hip Replacement Defect InjuryThe US Drug Watchdog, the premier medical device and pharmaceutical watchdog in the U.S., is aggressively expanding its initiative to provide aid to recipients of the DePuy ASR hip implant. In a report from the Digital Journal, US Drug Watchdog notes that of the more than 40,000 recipients of the recalled DePuy ASR metal on metal hip implant, only 3,400 have been identified thus far, causing the group to be concerned. The New York Times states that the metal on metal hip implants are failing at high rates within a few years as opposed to lasting 15 years or more as artificial joints normally do.

The group is urging recipients of the hip implant, as well as friends and family of anyone who has received the DePuy ASR hip implant, also called the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant, to contact the US Drug Watchdog for assistance. For information regarding the hip implant failure or assistance finding a high caliber, qualified attorney to assist them in pursuing a lawsuit against the manufacturer, the group can be reached by calling (866) 714-6466 or online via its website at http://usdrugwatchdog.com/. Read the rest »

GlaxoSmithKline Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Pay $3 Billion in Health Fraud Case

By Cullan & Cullan on July 12, 2012 - Comments off

NE Defective Drug LawsuitAs reported by Fox News, British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has agreed to pay $3 billion for criminal and civil violations regarding ten drugs, making it the largest health care fraud settlement in United States history. The drug manufacturer pleaded guilty to promoting the popular antidepressants Wellbutrin and Paxil for unapproved uses. According to government officials, the original complaint alleged that GSK promoted Paxil as safe for use by children and adolescents; however, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had not approved it for younger patients and the company’s clinical trials raised concerns about an increased suicide risk.

In addition, prosecutors in the case accused GlaxoSmithKline of promoting Wellbutrin for unapproved uses, including using it for the treatment of obesity, sexual dysfunction, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and attention deficit disorder (ADD). The drug, however, was not shown to be safe or effective for any of these uses. The British drugmaker has also admitted to failing to report to the government safety problems with Avandia, a drug used for the treatment of diabetes. The drug was banned in Europe and restricted in the U.S. in 2010 after it was found to significantly increase the risk of congestive heart failure and heart attacks. Read the rest »

Doctors Declare 11-Year-Old Stepson of R & B Artist Usher Brain Dead After Georgia Jet Ski Accident

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

The stepson of mega recording artist Usher Raymond was seriously injured in an Atlanta Jet Ski accident and has been declared brain dead by doctors, according to an NBC New York report. Kyle Glover, the 11-year-old son of Raymond’s ex-wife Tameka Foster, was sitting on an inner tube along a 15-year-old friend which was being pulled by a boat on Lake Lanier in Atlanta. The pair was then struck in the head by a 38-year-old man on a Jet Ski, who reportedly was part of the group with Glover that was on the lake excursion and is a friend of the family.

Glover was unresponsive when he was pulled out of the water, and he and the 15-year-old female friend were airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston for treatment.

The female friend was treated for a cut on the head and a broken arm. However, according to doctors, the 11-year-old suffered more critical injuries and has not shown any signs of brain activity since his admission. Doctors have declared the young boy brain dead as a result of his brain injury. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is investigating the tragic incident and officials are still unsure how the crash occurred, but authorities have ruled that alcohol was not a factor in the accident. Read the rest »

Appeals Panel Rules Against Verdict in NE Jail Suicide Case

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

NE Wrongful Death AppealA federal appeals panel ruled that an $850,000 jury award does not have to be paid to the mother for the wrongful death of her son as was originally decided by an Omaha jury. As explained by a news report in the Sioux City Journal, the 37-year-old son of an Effingham, KS mother was being held on several charges in a Dodge County Jail when he committed suicide in August of 2006. As her son had a history of mental illness, the mother filed a NE wrongful death lawsuit declaring jail officials disregarded the signs that her son was suicidal, including warnings from the man’s psychiatrist. He was the third inmate to commit suicide at the jail since 2001.

A federal jury in Omaha agreed with the mother’s claims and ordered damages of $750,000 from the county, $25,000 from the jail’s nurse, and $75,000 from the jail administrator. The grand jury also recommended that jail officials review policies and procedures for suicide watches, change air vent covers in cells, and take other steps to prevent other suicides. Read the rest »

Fourth of July Dangerous Day for Teenage Drivers

By Cullan & Cullan on July 3, 2012 - Comments off

Omaha Distracted Driving Crash FatalityThe Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that the Fourth of July holiday has been one of the deadliest days of the year for teen drivers in the U.S. from 2006 to 2010, according to TorqueNews.com. Specifically, over 800 fatalities have occurred on Independence Day during the four year period. The Allstate Foundation states that if current projections hold true, 140 motorists may be killed during this national holiday, and of this projected number, teens are especially susceptible. A new study conducted by The Allstate Foundation reveals that teenage drivers are mainly vulnerable to a deadly distracted driving accident as nearly half of all teens studied report that texting is their greatest distraction while behind the wheel.

Congress is presently considering legislation that will urge states to enact teen driving laws, also known as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL). According to recent research, states with GDL policies have significantly reduced traffic accident-related fatalities by as much as 40 percent in states where the laws have been enacted. The Allstate Foundation asserts that GDL implementation across the nation may save $13.6 billion per year and save 2,000 lives. Read the rest »