Some long-awaited news has finally come for Kansas farmers who bought and used Syngenta corn seed between the years 2009 and 2014. Syngenta, a Swedish agribusiness, knowingly sold seed containing a genetically modified trait that was not approved in China. Farmers in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri were unable to export most corn crops to China during this time since the crops were potentially contaminated by the unapproved trait. This caused financial disaster for many farmers.
On June 23rd, 2017, a federal jury in Kansas awarded these farmers with nearly $218 million in a verdict against Syngenta. The farmers sued stating that the company knew that the trait wasn’t approved in China yet sold the seed regardless. China is one of the largest importers of U.S. corn and the effects were apparent worldwide when farmers were unable to export their crops.
Flexible hernia mesh patches are often used to repair abdominal wall (ventral) hernias in patients to reduce the chances of hernia recurrence. Having a hernia patch inserted during repair surgery can also lessen the amount of complications that may cause the patient to require extra surgeries. Most types of hernia patches are made from porous, bioabsorbable materials that the body is able to partially absorb. This allows the body’s tissues to become stronger over time, reducing the chance of recurrence.
Many patients undergoing hernia repair surgery understandably ask themselves, “How dangerous is hernia mesh?” All surgeries are potentially dangerous, of course, but repair surgery that involves a hernia patch is generally safe and less invasive than other types of repair procedures that require the use of temporary sutures or multiple surgeries. Due to the natural components of most flexible hernia patches, the body’s tissues rarely react negatively to the patch, allowing for a faster and safer recovery.
Semi trucks, big rigs, 18-wheelers, and other types of large, commercial trucks and buses can be challenging to drive near if you’re in a smaller passenger vehicle. Some drivers are even understandably uncomfortable driving next to a large truck. Semi trucks are noisy, make wide turns, take longer to stop, and can limit visibility. Additionally, it can be nerve-wracking to drive next to these vehicles when you know that any type of truck accident would almost assuredly result in devastation.
In order do our part to avoid dangerous truck crashes, we need to focus on driving safely and cautiously around large trucks. Doing so makes it easier for the truck driver to avoid accidents as well as encourages a smooth, safe flow of traffic.
Vehicle fires can be incredibly dangerous. When mixed with fuel and the electrical parts of a car, even a small engine fire can quickly combust into an explosion that may give the occupants of the vehicle little time to escape. Auto manufacturers are creating vehicles that are safer than ever, but car fires continue to be a risk due to the myriad of electrical parts and batteries modern vehicles boast.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 174,000 highway vehicle fires were reported in 2015. 445 fatalities resulted from those fires as well as 1,550 injuries. The reported property damage that resulted from these fires amounted to $1.2 million total. The number of reported vehicle fires in our nation has gone down substantially within the last 10 years, but as you can see, we have a long way to go still until our highways are free from the risk of dangerous car fires.
Four people were taken to the hospital in Omaha, NE on Thursday morning after a pickup truck ran a red light in the intersection of 156th and Maple. The accident occurred just before 10:30 am on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Police officers say that the driver of the red pickup truck was traveling eastbound on West Maple Road when they ran a red light and collided into a silver sedan that was making a left-hand turn onto 156th Street.
The force of the collision caused the two vehicles to crash into two other pickup trucks that were waiting at the traffic light. All four people in the sedan suffered from serious injuries. The injuries were later reported as non-life threatening, however. No one else in any of the other vehicles was injured.
Summer’s almost here in Nebraska, and that means it’s time for fun in the sun and evening cookouts with family and friends. If your family has children, summer is the perfect opportunity to enjoy time outdoors with them, but safety must always be prioritized. Children are at a higher risk for injury during the summer due to the amount of time most kids spend outside.
Here are 6 summer safety tips for Nebraska families:
Supervise Your Kids Around Water
Whether your children are swimming, playing near a pool, playing in a shallow kiddie pool, or running through the front yard sprinklers, always keep an eye on your kids whenever they’re around water. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death during the summer months and can almost always be prevented.
According to U.S. and Nebraska laws, a driver is defined as intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol any time their Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is over 0.08%. If you’re pulled over for any reason and are tested to have this much alcohol in your bloodstream, you can be given a DUI/DWI even if you were not pulled over due to any noticeable driving impairment.
It’s important to note, however, that even alcohol levels under 0.08% can cause a deadly car crash. Here are the facts you need to know regarding how much alcohol it takes to become impaired in Nebraska:
At Welsh & Welsh, we work hard to protect victims of accidents who feel powerless or overcome by circumstances they did not cause. In addition to helping victims of personal injury accidents, we’re also advocators of groups that make it their mission to educate the public about legal rights. Among these integral rights is Title IX, a federal law which protects students from being discriminated against in schools based on gender. As part of this law, institutions of higher education are required to “take immediate and effective steps to end sexual harassment and sexual violence.”
Title IX is essential to our nation’s colleges and universities, but it also plays a role in K-12 schools around the nation. Unfortunately, elementary and middle/high schools are not governed by the same requirement that governs colleges and universities regarding sexual harassment and sexual violence policies. In an educational series published by the Public Justice organization and the Associated Press, you can read just one example case of a Maine student who was sexually abused by other students and did not receive the necessary protection from his school officials.
A TBI or traumatic brain injury is an injury caused by a blow to the head or puncture wound that causes damage to the brain. In the most severe cases of TBIs, recovery may be impossible or involve years of therapy, surgeries, and/or medication. Victims of a traumatic brain injury often find it difficult to live the life they once knew. We tend to think that TBIs are rare, but over 1.4 million Americans suffer from some form of a traumatic brain injury today.
One form of TBIs that many individuals do not know about is MTBIs, or minor traumatic brain injuries. An MTBI is the most prevalent form of TBI and is defined as any impact or forceful motion of the head which causes a brief change in mental status or consciousness. Severe TBIs often cause long-lasting changes in mental status or consciousness, but when an individual loses consciousness for even a brief second or two, this can still be defined as an MTBI.
Advances in modern medicine have resulted in the development of new drugs and medications that are beneficial for improving the quality and the length of life for individuals with various diseases. Some of these drugs however, are capable of producing serious side effects that are harmful to consumers. A drug manufacturer’s failure to properly test new drugs for safety or warn consumers of potential side effects can cause innocent people to suffer injuries. Here are a few of the most common dangerous drug lawsuits today:
Risperdal is an antipsychotic drug that is used for treating mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In 2012 and again in 2013, a judge ordered Risperdal’s manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, to pay settlements to consumers who suffered serious side effects as a result of taking the drug. Johnson & Johnson was also punished for illegally paying kickbacks to physicians and nursing homes, encouraging them to frequently prescribe the drug. Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome, Tardive Dyskinesia, diabetes, high blood sugar, and stroke are all potential devastating side effects of taking the drug.