2012 September Archive

General Motors Recalls More Than 400,000 Vehicles due to Transmission Problem

By Cullan & Cullan on September 28, 2012 - Comments off

Nebraska Auto Defect InjuryGeneral Motors (GM) Co. has issued a recall for 474,000 specific midsize vehicles to fix a potentially dangerous transmission problem. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the indicated position on the recalled models’ shift levers may not match the actual gear engaged in the transmission, which may cause a risk for a “rollaway” if drivers believe that the vehicle is in the park position. The transmission cables may break, which can cause the shifter to show that the car is in park though it is actually in gear. Affected vehicles include the 2007-2010 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6, and Saturn models, which are all equipped with four-speed automatic transmissions. General Motors states that it is aware of four crashes related to the transmission defect, but no injuries.

The recall indicates that dealers will add reinforcement to the shift cable end fitting to prevent it from breaking at no charge to vehicle owners, but in some cases, the entire cable will have to be replaced. Customers who have already had the work done may be eligible for reimbursement. The automotive company will send letters to owners to alert them of the problem and provide instructions on how to schedule appointments with dealers for repairs. For questions regarding the recall, consumers can call General Motors at (800) 521-7300. The recall is expected to begin October 3. Read the rest »

Head Injury Basics: Types of Closed Head Injuries

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

Omaha Brain Damage AccidentA closed head injury is any injury to the head that does not penetrate the skull, and this type of injury is typically caused by blows to the head that may occur in traffic accidents, assaults, and falls. There are significant risks associated with a closed head injury, and very strong blows can lead to severe complications, such as intracranial pressure or brain swelling, which can lead to permanent brain damage if delicate brain tissue and nerve cells are destroyed.

There are several different types of closed head injuries that a person may endure, and the following is more information on each type:


A concussion is generally any head injury that temporarily affects the normal functions of the brain. Most concussions are mild and may not cause a person to lose consciousness, and immediate symptoms of a concussion can include headache, vomiting, nausea, and dizziness. Read the rest »

Blue Hill, NE Truck-School Bus Collision Claims Lives of Two Children

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

The Nebraska State Patrol reported that a school bus and tractor trailer collision in southern Nebraska tragically resulted in four fatalities, including two young students. As reported by WISTV.com, the fatal NE traffic accident occurred at a rural intersection in Blue Hill. The 21-year-old male driver of the semi truck, a resident of Blue Hill, and the 59-year-old female bus driver, a Red Cloud resident, died in the collision. In addition, two students of Blue Hill Community Schools also lost their lives in the accident, an 18-year-old young man and a 10-year-old girl.

Five other students aboard the bus were taken to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries. Two of the children, a seven-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl, were treated and released the same day of the accident. Two others, a 10-year old boy and eight-year-old girl, were admitted to a Hastings hospital and were listed in stable condition. A seven-year-old girl was flown to the Children’s Hospital in Omaha, noted to be in serious condition. Authorities have not yet released details about how the tragic crash occurred. Read the rest »

End Texting and Driving by Taking the Pledge to “Wait”

By Cullan & Cullan on September 19, 2012 - Comments off

Distracted driving is a dangerous nationwide epidemic that is increasingly a cause of traffic accidents across the U.S. and injures and kills thousands each year. One exceptionally unsafe form of driver distraction is texting and driving, a dangerous habit that can increase the chances a person will be involved an auto accident by 23 times. In order to try and end this dangerous habit and encourage drivers to be safer on the roads, telecommunications giant AT&T created the “It Can Wait” campaign to focus on educating the public on the dangers of texting and driving. The ultimate goal is to save lives, while making the act of texting while driving as unacceptable as drinking and driving.

As part of the “It Can Wait” campaign, AT&T has a number of initiatives and efforts to inform the public about the extraordinary risks of texting and driving. On September 19, the company is encouraging drivers across the nation to take part in the “No Text on Board-Pledge Day,” which is a pledge for a lifelong commitment to never text and drive. Drivers can take the pledge by visiting http://itcanwait.com/ and can help spread the important message of this campaign by telling family and friends to join in the movement. Read the rest »

Medical Malpractice in Nebraska: What are Some Examples of Surgical Negligence?

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

Nebraska Surgeon Negligence AccidentMedical malpractice is the cause of approximately 225,000 deaths in the U.S. annually, making the negligence of healthcare providers the third highest leading cause of death in the nation. There are a number of different types of medical malpractice that can cause a patient harm, but surgical malpractice is a factor in an alarming amount of death and permanent injury cases. Surgical malpractice is the failure of a surgeon to provide adequate treatment to patients and exercise the same degree of skill and care that another surgeon of the same medical specialty would use under similar circumstances.

The failure to provide appropriate care can result in serious injury, or even death, to a patient.

Negligent surgical errors can occur at anytime, whether it is during a noninvasive outpatient surgery or an emergency surgery where time is of the essence. Depending on the type of surgery, the injury to a patient can be severe. The following are some examples of surgical negligence: Read the rest »

Number of Pedestrian Fatalities in U.S. Rises

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

Omaha Fatal Pedestrian AccidentAccording to new statistics from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the annual number of pedestrian deaths in the nation has increased for the first time in five years. AOL.com reports that 4,280 pedestrians lost their lives in 2010, which is a four percent increase from the 4,109 pedestrians killed in 2009. In addition, an estimated 70,000 were injured. Overall, pedestrians accounted for 13 percent of the 32,885 traffic-related fatalities in 2010, which is a one percent increase from the prior year.
The report also indicated that a pedestrian is killed every two hours in the U.S., on average. These latest statistics from the NHTSA do not include pedestrians or bicyclists that occurred on private property. Read the rest »

Two I-80 Crashes Leave 5 Dead, 1 Arrested in Nebraska

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

According to a North County Times news report, two western Nebraska traffic accidents that claimed the lives of five people on Interstate 80 (I-80) stemmed from a truck forced to stop because of mechanical problems. The first collision occurred about 40 miles from the Wyoming border on the morning of September 9 when a tractor trailer ran into the stalled truck on the westbound lanes of the interstate. A second semi truck then struck a car that had stopped because of the accident, and the driver of the truck is now facing manslaughter charges.

The second fatal NE truck crash occurred about two miles east of the first site when the 36-year-old big rig driver slammed into the back of the smaller car, which reports indicate was a 2010 Ford Mustang. The force of the impact pushed the car into a 2007 Toyota Corolla, which was then shoved underneath the semi that was sitting ahead of it. The driver of the Mustang tragically died, as well as the driver of the Corolla and the two juveniles who were passengers. Read the rest »

Nebraska Nursing Home Neglect: What are the Signs?

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

Omaha Nursing Home Neglect HazardInstances of nursing home abuse and neglect are far too common in an industry responsible for providing care and support for the elderly. Each year, an alarming number of innocent nursing home residents endure some type of abuse at the hands of the staff entrusted with their care, and due to fear or intimidation, many are afraid to report the abuse to loved ones or the appropriate authorities in or outside the care facility. However, those who have an elderly loved one in a nursing home can help protect their wellbeing by understanding and knowing the signs of nursing home neglect.

The following are several common problems and ailments associated with nursing home neglect for family and friends of the elderly loved one to be aware of:

  1. Falls: Falls are a serious cause of injury for the elderly, and if residents are not properly monitored, a serious fall accident may occur and the effects of the fall may worsen. Ensure that the staff is suitably monitoring your loved one to prevent a potentially dangerous fall incident. Read the rest »