2012 August Archive

Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewers Recalled, Possible Burn Hazard

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

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada announced a voluntary recall for the Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewing System, issued in cooperation with Jarden Consumer Solutions (JCS). The recall affects an estimated 520,000 units in the U.S. and 80,700 in Canada. A build-up of steam in the brewer’s water reservoir can force the brewing chamber open and expel hot coffee grounds and water, which can pose a potential burn hazard to users.

Presently, JCS has received a total of 164 reports of the brewing chamber opening due to steam pressure, including 59 reports of burns in the U.S. and two in Canada.

The product was sold at mass merchandisers nationwide, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Kmart, Target, and Lowe’s, as well as online at mrcoffee.com from September 2010 through August 2012. The recalled item was sold for between $60 and $80, and comes in black with silver, red, or white trim. The recalled model numbers can be found on the bottom of the brewer, and for specific numbers, please visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website at www.cpsc.gov. Read the rest »

Dog Bite May Be to Blame for Death of Papillion Man

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

A 50-year-old man who was bitten by a neighbor’s dog during an August 4 gathering may have died as a result of the incident. According to an Omaha.com news report, the man was bitten on the cheek by Ace, a lab/pit bull mix owned by a neighbor of the Papillion resident, when he was petting the dog in the backyard of the person’s home. The man did not seek medical attention for the bite, which his wife of 28 years said looked more like a scratch, and opted to clean the wound himself. The owner of the dog had also offered to take the man to the hospital, but he declined. Tragically, he died several days later at Lakeside Hospital.

The 50-year-old had gone to the hospital two days after the fatal dog bite accident, telling the emergency room staff he was having difficulty breathing and also had a “weird feeling” in his hands and feet. The physicians explained to the man’s wife that her husband suffered from a rapidly moving infection that “ravaged” her husband’s organs, which may have been caused by a bacterium found in dogs’ saliva. The bacterium, known as Capnocytophaga, can cause severe and rapid infection when it enters a person’s bloodstream, though it is unusual. Read the rest »

What are the Causes and Complications of Quadriplegia?

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

NE Paralysis InjuryParalysis is the loss of muscle function in part of your body, and is certainly one of the most devastating things a person can experience and can seriously impact one’s quality of life. One severe form of paralysis is quadriplegia, which is paralysis of both the arms and the legs, which can either be partial or complete. The primary cause of quadriplegia is a spinal cord injury; however, other conditions, such as a stroke or cerebral palsy, can cause a similar “appearing” paralysis. If a patient’s quadriplegia is the result of a spinal cord injury, the amount of impairment depends on the part of the spinal cord injured and the amount of damaged that occurred.

Quadriplegia may cause a number of complications for a patient, which will often need careful management. These complications can include: Read the rest »

National Awareness Campaign Encourages Nebraska Drivers to “Stop on Red”

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

NE Speeding Driver CollisionA new driver safety campaign aims to prevent dangerous intersection accidents and remind drivers of the deadly risk of running a red light. According to the Nebraska Radio Network, the “National Stop on Red Week” was celebrated this month with the goal of educating, encouraging, and empowering motorists across the nation to “make better decisions when stopping on red.” A federal study of NE traffic accidents showed that intersection-related crashes claimed 64 lives in 2009, and in the U.S., 8,700 people were killed in intersection collisions.

Also, a federal study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that red-light running is the leading cause of urban accidents, and more than 2.3 million drivers received a red light citation last year. Read the rest »

Equipment for NE State Fair’s Sky Tram Destroyed in I-80 Truck Crash

By Cullan & Cullan on August 17, 2012 - Comments off

A semi truck crash near Henderson, NE has endangered the fate of the proposed Sky Tram at this year’s Nebraska State Fair, according to a LEXCH.com news report. The Interstate 80 truck accident occurred at 5:50 a.m. at mile marker 341 in the westbound lane of the interstate past the Hamilton/York County line. The semi trailer, carrying the equipment for the Sky Tram, was bound for the State Fairgrounds in Grand Island when it collided with another semi as it merged onto I-80 from the interstate’s shoulder. The collision caused both vehicles to catch fire and the contents of both semis, which included the Sky Tram equipment, was destroyed.

The driver of the other truck, a resident of Kansas City, was injured in the crash and taken to an Aurora hospital. The female driver of the semi carrying the Sky Tram equipment was also injured as a result of the crash, but was treated and released. One lane of Interstate 80 was closed until 1:30 p.m. the same day. The executive director for the Nebraska State Fair confirms that the semi involved in this collision was one of three trucks transporting Sky Tram equipment to Grand Island. Read the rest »

Lawsuits Being Filed Alleging Zoloft Caused Birth Defects in Children

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

As reported by The Legal Examiner, defective drug liability cases are being filed against pharmaceutical giant Pfizer after mothers alleged their children suffered birth defects due to Zoloft. Zoloft, which is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant manufactured by Pfizer, has been associated with a number of health risks, the most serious involving women who are pregnant and taking the drug.

Various studies have linked Zoloft and SSRI use during pregnancy to severe birth defects. Here are the noteworthy results of several of these studies:

  1. A study conducted by the British Medical Journal in 2009 showed that exposure to Zoloft before birth can triple a baby’s risk of septal heart defects.
  2. The New England Journal of Medicine reported two studies that link the use of SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy to increased risk of birth defects of the brain, heart, spine, organs, and more. Read the rest »

Autopsy Confirms Former NFL Player Ray Easterling Suffered from Brain Disease

By Cullan & Cullan on August 9, 2012 - Comments off

Omaha Brain Injury EffectsAn autopsy report recently released concluded that Ray Easterling, a former safety for the Atlanta Falcons, had a degenerative brain disease widely connected to athletes who have absorbed frequent blows to the head. According to a report from The New York Times, Easterling began coping with depression and dementia about a decade into his retirement. At age 62, the former National Football League (NFL) player died as a result of a self inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Richmond, VA.

Performed by a medical examiner in Richmond, the autopsy found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is a progressive degenerative disease. The medical examiner concluded that this was the underlying major condition that “accounted for Easterling’s difficulties.” Read the rest »

Plane Crash Near Imperial, NE Claims Life of Pilot

By Cullan & Cullan on August 7, 2012 - Comments off

A 54-year-old man lost his life in an aviation accident in western Nebraska, leaving investigators to look for the cause of the crash. As reported by Omaha.com, the fatal plane crash occurred near Imperial, NE and firefighters believe the single-engine plane crash occurred the morning of August 4. Officials say the plane burst into flames and started a grass fire; as such, the wreckage was discovered by the Imperial volunteer fire department, which was called to fight the blaze. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are currently investigating the fatal NE plane accident.

The 54-year-old pilot, a resident of Imperial, was a rancher and farmer.

Aircraft accidents occur less frequently than other types of accidents, such as traffic accidents, but when they do take place the results can be far more devastating. There are many reasons why an aviation accident may occur, and while pilot error may be a factor, other potentially dangerous elements may be out of a pilot’s control. Some possible reasons for aviation accidents include: mechanical errors, negligent maintenance of the aircraft, adverse weather conditions, and air traffic control errors. Read the rest »