In September 2007, a Douglas County jury handed down one of the largest medical malpractice awards in county history. The jury awarded $4 million to the family of a man who died from colorectal cancer after the man’s physician failed to remove a colon polyp originally discovered in 1991. The physician also failed to monitor the polyp properly, allowing it to grow into a cancer that went undiagnosed until 2001.
The man, who had a family history of colon cancer, wanted to be proactive by undergoing colon cancer screening in his forties. His physician identified the polyp in 1991 but decided to monitor it instead of removing it. After using a proctoscope – a lighted tube used to examine the anus, rectum and sigmoid colon – clinic personnel could not locate the polyp. The doctor believed the polyp had been evacuated from the patient’s body. In January 2001, physicians found a 2.5 cm rectal tumor that turned out to be malignant. The man died seven months later. Read the rest »
Recently, the personal injury attorneys at Cullan & Cullan helped an Omaha woman obtain a $52,000 settlement for injuries suffered in a car accident in Omaha, Nebraska. The collision was caused after a motorist wrongfully turned in front of the woman, who is also a mother of two children. As a result of the crash, the woman suffered neck and back injuries.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2009 approximately 2.2 million people in the United States were injured in car accidents. The injuries sustained in car accidents in Nebraska can vary greatly. The most common injuries include head and face injuries, such as lacerations, bruises, fractures, and dental injury; brain injuries, such as concussions; neck injuries, such as whiplash, fractures, sprains, or disc injury; shoulder and arm injuries, such as sprains, lacerations, fractures or dislocations; back and spine injuries; various leg, knee, and foot injuries, including hip injury; and even psychological injuries with symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder. Read the rest »
In May of 2008, a Douglas County jury returned a verdict of $120,000 after an Omaha car accident caused a 62-year-old Omaha man to suffer severe back injuries. The man was represented by injury lawyers from Cullan & Cullan. During the trial, the defense denied the accident was the cause of the back injuries, but the jury disagreed. The jury verdict was one of the largest verdicts in Douglas County Court in Omaha, NE, at the time.
During the man’s trial against State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., he alleged that the accident was caused when he was driving eastbound on Ames Avenue at 30th Street when a vehicle traveling westbound failed to yield the right-of-way and turned left in front of him, resulting in the injury accident. The other motorist also reportedly failed to comply with the appropriate traffic signal and was traveling at an excessive speed. Read the rest »