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Omaha School Bus Accident Leaves 5 Injured

Published on Apr 27, 2017 at 11:59 am in Car Accidents.

On April 25th, a major accident between a school bus and a passenger vehicle left 5 people in Omaha, Nebraska– including at least one student– injured. The accident occurred on Tuesday afternoon at 63rd Street and Ames Avenue. The bus was driving eastbound on Ames and turning left on to northbound 63rd when the 2007 Hyundai Sonata, traveling westbound, struck the school bus.

According to Sgt. Chuck Casey who arrived on-scene, the Sonata was traveling “at an extremely high rate of speed.” The crash occurred at 4:31 in the afternoon. According to witnesses who saw the accident, at least one victim appeared to be pinned under the vehicle after the crash. The Hyundai struck the bus near its rear wheel. Debris was strewn across the intersection. When police arrived, they reported that the Hyundai’s front half had been torn apart.

How Common Are Dog Bite Claims in Nebraska?

Published on Apr 25, 2017 at 4:36 pm in Uncategorized.

Dog bites are an unfortunate occurrence that happen frequently all over the United States.  Dogs generally are safe animals and are not naturally aggressive towards humans.  Negligent pet owners and irresponsible inbreeding can result in a dog having mental instabilities and tendencies for aggressive behavior.

Dog bite laws exist in states all across the country.  These laws aim to protect the victims of dog bites and hold owners accountable for their dog’s dangerous actions.  A dog bite victim can recover compensation for any damages that occur as a result of being bitten.  However, a special dog bite statute exists in the state of Nebraska, stating that dog bite law does not apply if the dog caused the accident through playfulness or mischievousness.

What Makes Personal Injury Cases So Complex?

Published on Apr 19, 2017 at 12:19 pm in Legal Information.

One of the things you’ll hear most often from personal injury lawyers is that personal injury cases are innately complex. Medical malpractice claims, product liability claims, premises liability claims, and nursing home abuse claims tend to be among the most complicated. But why is that, exactly? Why are these types of claims so complex?

The answer to that question is also complex. Firstly, it’s important to understand that there is rarely any type of personal injury that’s defined as “cookie cutter” so to speak. Personal injury cases are generally rare instances. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be civil cases. Civil claims—which include personal injury claims—are matters which occur rarely and can ideally be prevented with best practice measures.

Proving Product Liability Cases in Nebraska

Published on Apr 11, 2017 at 2:13 pm in Product Liability.

If you or a loved one is a Nebraska resident and has been injured or has suffered due to a product that was defective, manufactured poorly, or falsely advertised, you may be considering contacting a product liability attorney. If this is the case, congratulations. You’re considering a decision that may protect others from being hurt or injured in the same way. Defective product lawsuits give U.S. citizens a way to speak against injustices and improve how products are made and delivered.

You should also be aware that proving product liability cases in Nebraska can be extremely complex. There are many things you and your attorney will need to prove for your case to be successful. It’s an unfortunate fact that most product manufacturers have powerful legal departments and will try and find every loophole they can to refute your claim. Without solid evidence and an experienced personal injury lawyer, your cause may not hold much ground.

How Do I Know I Have a Medical Malpractice Case in Nebraska?

Published on Apr 4, 2017 at 7:29 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed because a doctor or other health care professional failed to competently perform their medical duties.  Medical malpractice cases are often very complicated.  To prove that medical malpractice occurred, you must be able to prove several things to the court in the state in which the incident occurred. For Nebraska residents, your case will need to be according to Nebraska laws.

In Nebraska, the first thing you will need to prove during a medical malpractice case is that a doctor-patient relationship existed.  This means you agreed to hire the doctor and the doctor agreed to be hired.  Casual advice from a doctor you know personally or consulting a physician who does not treat you directly cannot be held responsible for your injury.

Examining the Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Published on Mar 28, 2017 at 1:00 pm in Motorcycle Accidents.

A motorcycle is a dangerous form of transportation.  A minor collision that would be classified as a “fender bender” between two cars can be enough to kill a motorcyclist.  This is because motorcycle riders have no protection.  Their entire body is completely exposed and there is nothing to absorb the impact of a collision.

Safety equipment such as helmets, jackets, and boots can help protect riders, but in many cases they are not enough to save their life.  It is important for every motorcyclist to understand the causes of most motorcycle accidents.  Understanding the risks can help riders avoid these dangerous situations and stay safe.

4 Tips for Learning How to Drive Defensively

Published on Mar 21, 2017 at 6:41 pm in Car Accidents.

There’s no doubting the perils of the highway. Driving is a necessary, dangerous activity we take part in every day. There are ways to lessen the dangers, however. When a warrior or martial artist learns to defensively block incoming attacks, they learn how to protect themselves and their body from serious harm. Taking this same approach, a motorist can learn how to drive in a more defensive manner that may help them avoid devastating car accidents and keep their loved ones safe.

Driving defensively is a tactic that balances caution with the necessity to keep up with the flow of traffic. It revolves around learning how to anticipate circumstances and preemptively plan for situations that might occur which involve quick thinking. Essentially, it teaches us that thinking one step ahead of your opponent—whether that opponent is a drunk driver or a commercial truck driver who loses control of their vehicle—is the first step to coming out ahead.

5 Tips for Protecting Your Loved One in a Nursing Home

Published on Mar 14, 2017 at 6:28 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

Placing someone you love in a nursing home and turning over their basic care to total strangers can be frightening.  This emotional decision, though necessary for their well-being, is never easy.  There are things you can do to help ensure that your loved one is properly cared for and does not become a victim of nursing home abuse and neglect.

Pay attention.  Before choosing a facility it is likely that you carefully examined it to be sure it was a quality choice.  It is important to remain vigilant and continue to examine the facility each and every time you visit.  Watch how the staff interacts with one another and with residents.  Note how the staff addresses the residents, such as using “Mr.” or “Mrs.” instead of “Grandpa” or “Grandma”.  And note any strong smells.  Strange and unpleasant odors are inevitable, but a strong, lingering smell of urine can indicate a lack of cleaning.

What Are My Options After a Workplace Accident?

Published on Mar 9, 2017 at 4:56 pm in Premises Liability.

If you are injured in an accident at work, chances are very good you are entitled to workers’ compensation.  Almost every employee in the state of Nebraska is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act.  This law covers employees of private industry, state and local government, part-time employees, minors, and employees of charitable organizations.

An injured employee is entitled to benefits if the injury was caused by an accident or disease during or as a result of their employment and as long as the employee was not acting negligently.  Employers typically obtain a workers’ compensation insurance policy.  In exchange for the right to receive these benefits from their employer, the employee must forfeit their right to bring legal action against the employer for damages that result from workplace accidents and injuries.

4 Things You May Not Know About Truck Accidents

Published on Mar 1, 2017 at 4:20 pm in Truck Accidents.

Almost every product that we use, food that we eat, or item that we purchase has spent some amount of time traveling on United States roads in a semi truck.  Semi-trucks are necessary for making many of life’s conveniences possible.  But these massive vehicles also make our roadways more dangerous.  When a car collides with a semi-truck, the damage is often catastrophic.  Truck accidents are different from car accidents in many ways.

Trucks are substantially heavier than cars

The average passenger car weighs 3,500 pounds.  A semi-truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds.  Simple physics dictates that a crash between a large object and a small object will result in greater damage to the smaller object.  The enormous size difference between cars and semi-trucks makes their collision very dangerous.