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MOTORCYCLES: The Great Helmet Debate

Posted on April 01, 2014
For as long as motorcyclists can recall, the debate over whether motorcycle helmets should be mandatory has flourished. Forty-seven states, including Nebraska, as well the District of Columbia, Guam, Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have laws in place requiring the use of a helmet for some riders...

GENERAL MOTORS: Cobalt Recalled for Ignition Defect Linked to Accident Deaths

Posted on March 21, 2014
On March 6, 2010, Brook Melton dropped off her 2005 Cobalt from the dealership after experiencing a problem with the ignition shutting off while she was driving. She had lost her power steering and brakes and had to pull over the car to restart it. Her father insisted she take it to the dealership for [...

Social Networking: Is the potential cost worth the rant?

Posted on March 12, 2014
Social networking has provided us with the ability to keep in contact with old friends and relatives, as well as trusted colleagues. It allows us to share personal and professional information easily, including photos and life events. While this is wonderfully convenient, it is important to be cautious about what you are actually sharing on [...

CDC Reports Fewer Children Dying in Car Crashes

Posted on February 26, 2014
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new study showing death rates of children in car crashes fell by 43 percent from 2002 to 2011. Even more death could be prevented with use of adequate safety measures. The study showed that one of three children who died in a car crash [...

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Do Side Air Bags Pose a Risk to My Children?

Posted on January 31, 2014
Front air bags have been required in all passenger cars since 1998. Since that time, automakers have capitalized on the safety of adding side-impact air bags as a selling point. Are side impact air bags really necessary? Side impact air bags offer protection from fast-moving chunks on metal and glass which can fly freely in [...

Can I Protect My Parents from Elder Abuse and Nursing Home Negligence?

Posted on January 17, 2014
As our parents begin to age, we are reminded of our responsibility to protect them. Elderly persons are at risk for bullying, being taken advantage of financially through scams, falls, and even neglect by those to whom we entrust their care. We see them become more physically frail, sometimes even suffering dementia or other mental [...

2013 Brings Over 190 Fatal Accidents to Nebraska Roads

Posted on January 07, 2014
On December 20, 2013, the Nebraska Department of Roads released its monthly report for November 2013 regarding traffic fatalities. During the month of November, twelve persons were killed in traffic crashes on Nebraska?s roadways in a total of ten crashes...

Is that Toy Safe for my Child?

Posted on December 17, 2013
Each Christmas season, we feel the excitement of the season as the tree goes up, the decorations come out and the new toys of the season are introduced. As parents, safety in choosing which toys to purchase is just as important as purchasing the newest, coolest toys of the year...

Distracted Driving Deaths an Increasing Problem in America

Posted on November 22, 2013
Over the past few years, the dangers of distracted driving have become more well-known. According to a University of Nebraska Medical Center study, the national number of pedestrians being killed as a result of distracted driving has suffered an almost 50 percent increase, from 344 in 2005 to 500 in 2010...

Winter Weather Awareness Day: Are you prepared?

Posted on November 06, 2013
November 7, 2013 has been declared Winter Weather Awareness Day for the State of Nebraska. This is the day to concentrate on preparing for winter weather. In Nebraska, a major winter storm can last for several days and can include, snow, high winds, freezing rain, sleet, heavy snowfall and dangerously low temperatures...

Nebraska Dog Bites Fall Under Strict Liability Statute

Posted on October 16, 2013
They are man?s best friend. They don?t know evil or jealousy or discontent. Although the majority of time dogs are docile and friendly, they sometimes can be dangerous. Dogs can be aggressive, sometimes lacking malicious intent, but causing serious injury or death nonetheless...

Lawyers Against Hunger

Posted on October 11, 2013
Inserra & Kelley will again be hosting the Lawyers Against Hunger turkey giveaway to support our community. This year?s event will take place on November 26, 2013 between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the No Frills Supermarket parking lot located at 50th & G Streets in Omaha, NE...

Is the School Bus Safe for My Child?

Posted on September 19, 2013
As parents, we want our children to be as safe as possible when we send them off to school. Twenty years ago, we could assume our children were safe not only getting to school but in school. Unfortunately, there are many aspects of school safety that we simply have no control over...

FDA Recalls Stryker Spine OASYS Midline Occiput Plate

Posted on September 10, 2013
The United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Class 1 Recall on the Stryker Spine OASYS Midline Occiput Plate, used as an implant in spinal surgeries. The recall was issued as a result of reported fractures of the pin that connects the implant?s tulip head to the plate body...

Appeals Court Grants Plaintiff Day in Court

Posted on August 27, 2013
The Nebraska Court of Appeals has granted the mother of a deceased 15-year old a chance to present her case to a jury, reversing the dismissal of a lower Court. The case stems from a crossing accident in which the plaintiff?s ex-husband was traveling in a car along with his 15 year old son and [...

Nebraska Supreme Court Rules Portion of Jury Award Taxable in Railroad Injury Case

Posted on August 19, 2013
In 2004, Eddie Heckman of Alliance was injured while working for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. In 2011, Heckman was awarded $145,000.00 by a jury for his injuries. Although the award was paid by the railroad, $6,200.00 was deducted for tax withholdings for the lost wages portion of the award...

Safety During a Traffic Stop

Posted on August 12, 2013
No one likes to get a ticket, but should you find yourself in the position of being pulled over by a Police Officer, it is important to know how to keep yourself and the Officer safe. Remember that police get killed in traffic stops, usually as a result of a lack of safety precautions...

Do Men and Women Have Different Outcomes in Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries?

Posted on July 29, 2013
A recent IMPACT study to evaluate Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) outcomes has disclosed that while age, race and education are all associated with outcomes, gender does not. The IMPACT study analyzed Glasgow Outcome Scores at six months post moderate-to-severe TBI injuries...

Are You Aware of the Risks of Your Generic Medications?

Posted on July 12, 2013
Thanks to a Petition submitted by Public Citizen to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a change may be coming in generic drug labeling. At the present time, FDA regulations prohibit generic manufacturer?s from updating a product?s safety label too efficiently, creating a safety gap, as potential health risks may not be available to the [...

Can Depression Medication Decrease Your Pain Levels?

Posted on June 26, 2013
CAN DEPRESSION MEDICATION LESSEN YOUR PAIN? Although doctors have been prescribing antidepressants for pain for years, this practice is becoming more frequent. The use of Cymbalta has been...

It's good to mitigate your damages

Posted on March 23, 2010
A Sarpy County jury reached a $150,000.00 verdict on behalf of our client William 'Bill' Kernes on February 24, 2010. Mr. Kernes was injured while working for the State of Nebraska as a maintenance worker, driving a snowplow when he was rear ended by the defendant's tractor trailer...

AVL Light Fixtures Recalled Due To Shock Risk

Posted on March 03, 2010
Outdoor Lighting Fixtures are being recalled by American Electric Lighting -- a division of Acuity Brands Lighting Inc. -- due to improper wiring which poses a shock hazard to consumers. To date, no injuries have been reported to the company in connection to the recall...

Nebraska's Attempt to Keep Drunk Driver's Off the Road

Posted on October 05, 2009
Recently, the Nebraska legislature passed two bills, LB 497 and LB 736 amended the state statutes to increase the previous consequences for those that drive drunk. Previously, legislation did not penalize first-time DUI offenders by requiring them to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles...

New Requirements to Get Driver's Licenses in Nebraska

Posted on June 09, 2009
Local news agencies are reporting that drivers should be aware of changes in how to get new or replacement licenses. Starting in July, drivers will no longer be able to exchange an expired driver's license for a new one. Neither will those replacing lost driver's licenses be able to walk out with a new license the same day that they visit motor vehicles...

Caffeinated Chewing Gum May Present Health Concerns, Especially for Teens

Posted on May 31, 2009
Reuters and the Lancet are reporting on the case of a thirteen year old boy recently hospitalized with caffeine intoxication. The boy consumed two packs of caffeinated gum within a four hour period, ingesting about 320 mg of the stimulant. The boy's parents first noticed that he was acting irritable and aggressive, but symptoms soon worsened...

Hewlett Packard Recalls Laptop Batteries due to Potential Fire Hazard

Posted on May 18, 2009
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has released news of a voluntary recall of lithium-ion batteries used in Hewlett-Packard laptop computers. The voluntary recall went into effect last Thursday, causing many people to turn their laptop computers upside down and look at the model number that appears on the top of the service label stuck to the bottom of the laptop...

Motorcycle Accident Takes Life of Omaha Rider

Posted on May 10, 2009
The Omaha World Herald reported last week on the unfortunate death of David Splittgerber, a resident of Omaha. Just twenty-three, David was riding his motorcycle northbound on Interstate 29 in Council Bluffs when he lost control of his bike. David was riding a 2007 Harley Davidson, and authorities have suggested that he may have been struck by a second motorcycle shortly after his own started sliding down the road...

Fitness Balls Recalled from Gyms, Department Stores, and Sporting Goods Retailors Following Explosions

Posted on April 22, 2009
US News and World Report publicizes that EB Brands has recalled about 3 million fitness balls from gyms and stores in the previous weeks. Fitness balls are generally used for physical therapy and exercise. The balls are made of a soft PVC inflated with air...

Judge Raises Questions - and Suggests Answers - About the Valuation of a Diminished Life After Hearing Accident Cases

Posted on April 14, 2009
The Honorable John P. Murphy of the District Court of Nebraska recently heard a case regarding a number of claims against the state for failure to care for the intersection of U.S. Highway 30 and Newberry Access near North Platte. The Journal Star reported that the Judge found 'ample evidence of negligence' in properly signing and maintaining the intersection...

Careful Not to Cross the Line (or Lane)! Knowing Lane Rules for Motorcyclists Increases Safety

Posted on April 11, 2009
To become licensed to drive a motorcycle in Nebraska, both written and driving tests are required. Riders must fulfill all the requirements, including motorcycle skills tests at local testing centers and demonstrating knowledge of the Nebraska motorcycle operating manual...

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