2013 March Archive

Douglas County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Admits to Driving under the Influence

By Cullan & Cullan on March 28, 2013 - Comments off

A sheriff’s lieutenant from Douglas County has admitted in court that he was driving while under the influence.  As reported by The Omaha World Herald, Richard J. Lally Jr., age 46, was accused of traveling the wrong way on a campus street at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.  Lally was at that time in charge of the Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and was driving an unmarked sheriff’s vehicle.

Although he has since been relieved of the job of Sheriff’s Office emergency services unit commander, Lally may assume his duties again when his probation ends.  That is according to Chief Deputy Marty Bilek, who added that after being charged, Lally had been assigned to a security detail post in Omaha at the City-County Building.

Lally was not on duty at the time the incident occurred.  The traffic stop was made at around 3:20 a.m. According to the police report, his unmarked patrol car was swerving while traveling the wrong way on University Drive South. Read the rest »



Safety Remembered by St. Patrick’s Day Revelers — Few Problems in Metro Omaha Area

By Cullan & Cullan on March 26, 2013 - Comments off

According to Omaha Police Sergeant Joe Collins, the fact that St. Patrick’s Day was on a Sunday this year may have kept more people sober and out of trouble.  The sergeant, who works in the police traffic unit, said having a prolonged holiday celebration helps to lower the number of drunken driving arrests.  This year, even on a so-called “drinking” holiday like St. Patrick’s Day, few problems had been reported in the metropolitan Omaha area by late Sunday.

According to The Omaha World Herald, in order to discourage drunken driving, additional police officers were put on duty on St. Patrick’s Day Sunday.  Bar owners and law enforcement officials worked together this year to encourage the use of designated drivers.  Party buses were more popular this year than in previous years. Read the rest »



First of Omaha’s New Police Cruisers Wrecked

By Cullan & Cullan on March 20, 2013 - Comments off

Omaha’s new police cruisers were just unveiled recently. Now according to a report by WOWT News Channel 6, and published on Monday, March 11th, 2013, one of the new cruisers has been wrecked during a storm. The cruiser was hit from behind while an officer who was not harmed worked the scene of a crash on Sorenson Parkway. The crash occurred close to Fontenelle Boulevard on Sunday night, March 10th while the storm was at its worst.

The cruiser is one of 40 new Chevrolet Caprices added to the force. The cars are easier to steer and handle, faster, and safer than older cruisers. They have also demonstrated improved braking, quicker stops, and greater stability than the department’s old Ford Crown Victorias.

The Omaha city council acquired the 40 Caprice cruisers along with five Ford SUVs under a leasing program. The vehicles will be leased over a three-year period for a cost of $670,000 per year. Council members are hoping the cruisers will have maintained a higher trade-in value once the lease agreement expires. Read the rest »



Jury Awards 8.3 Million against Johnson & Johnson DePuy Unit over Hip Implant

By Cullan & Cullan on March 18, 2013 - Comments off

Nebraska Hip Implant FailureA Los Angeles jury has awarded $8.3 million in compensation to a man, stating that the faulty design of the ASR XL replacement hip caused him injury. That is the first lawsuit of 10,750 to go to trial over the medical device, according to Bloomberg News.

The jury did determine that Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy unit had warned consumers of the risks associated with the metal-on-metal hip implant and consequently did not owe punitive damages. The attorney for the claimant issued a statement saying that the medical device is not just an imperfect hip; it is also a health disaster. He hopes the decision will encourage companies that manufacture medical devices to do the job right.
93,000 of the hip implants in question were recalled by Johnson & Johnson in August of 2010. The company admitted a failure rate of 12 percent over a five-year period. Read the rest »



U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Generic Drug Manufacturer’s Liability

By Cullan & Cullan on March 14, 2013 - Comments off

As reported in The New York Times, a New Hampshire woman developed a severe reaction to the drug sulindac. Her doctor prescribed the drug to treat shoulder pain. She spent two months in a burn unit due to the loss of nearly two-thirds of her skin. Her lungs were permanently damaged as was her esophagus. The reaction also left her legally blind. Sulindac is a drug similar to ibuprofen. Both are in the class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Nsaids).

The manufacturer of the generic drug, Mutual Pharmaceutical Company, was sued and the victim was awarded $21 million in compensation in a 2010 trial in Federal District Court in Concord, NH. The verdict was later upheld by an appeals court decision.

Later this month, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in regard to the case and whether or not Mutual should be held accountable for the victim’s injuries. Read the rest »



Two Hospitalized after I-80 Crash

By Cullan & Cullan on March 12, 2013 - Comments off

As reported by The Omaha World Herald, and published on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, a driver and his passenger were still in the hospital on Monday, March 4th, being treated for injuries they received in a car crash. The car crash occurred on Interstate 80 near Grand Island.

The Nebraska car accident attorneys at the law firm of Cullan & Cullan, LLC want you to know that the lawyer you choose after you have been injured in a car crash like this one on I-80 can make all the difference. At Cullan & Cullan our attorneys who are also doctors conduct a thorough investigation in order to determine whether the crash was due to someone else’s negligence. Defective tires or brakes could have contributed to the crash. Your car could have stalled as the result of a defect that prompted a NHTSA investigation or recall. Another driver could have been driving while distracted or impaired. Read the rest »



Nebraska State Senator Cited for DUI

By Cullan & Cullan on March 8, 2013 - Comments off

As reported by Omaha.com, according to Chief Deputy Marty Bilek, Omaha State Senator Scott Lautenbaugh was cited for a first-offense DUI (driving under the influence) in the early morning hours of February 27. A Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy made the traffic stop at approximately 2:00 a.m. at West Maple Road and 147th Street.

The Nebraska DUI accident victim attorneys at Cullan & Cullan, LLC are aware that DUI vehicle crashes contribute to countless injuries and deaths on Nebraska highways. They want you to know your rights if you become the victim of a crash caused by someone driving under the influence of alcohol. Nebraska law prohibits driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and allows recovery of compensation when an impaired driver causes you or your family harm. Read the rest »



Nebraska Couple Endangered after Unknowingly Buying Unsafe “Totaled” Used Car

By Cullan & Cullan on March 6, 2013 - Comments off

Courtesy of WOWT.com, in a report published on February 27, a Nebraska couple recently purchased a used car that had been declared “totaled,” yet still repaired and sold to them with nothing on the title to indicate that the car could be unsafe. Automobile insurance companies declare a wrecked vehicle ‘totaled” if they consider it unable to be repaired. A ‘totaled” vehicle is one that has sustained severe damage as the result of a crash or a natural disaster, such as a violent storm, tornado, hurricane, etc.

Insurance companies consider a car to be “totaled” when the cost to repair the vehicle is more than a certain percentage (51 to 80 percent) of its market value.

At Cullan & Cullan, LLC our Omaha car accident injury lawyers understand that a car accident is not always a true accident. The car itself may have been poorly manufactured with parts that malfunction and may contribute to crashes. Unsafe vehicles may be sold to unsuspecting consumers who are not aware they are putting their families’ safety in jeopardy. Read the rest »