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How Dangerous is Long-Term Exposure to Roundup Weed Killer?

Published on May 21, 2019 at 2:30 pm in Product Liability.

Farmers and gardeners have relied on Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide, to kill unwanted vegetation for decades. It’s estimated by the National Center for Biotechnology Information that over the last decade 6.1 billion kilograms, or 1.3 billion pounds, of the herbicide has been applied worldwide. Over the past few years, lawsuits have been filed regarding injuries sustained as a result of using Roundup for an extended period of time.

If you’ve experienced long-term exposure to Roundup weed killer and have been diagnosed with a medical condition or illness, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim. If you are eligible, you’ll want to understand how you were exposed to glyphosate and what health problems are linked to Roundup.

Omaha Will Soon Have Electric Rental Scooters

Published on May 14, 2019 at 10:54 am in Personal Injury.

In January 2019, the city of Omaha announced plans for an electric scooter pilot program. It’s possible that the vehicles could be available to the public in May or June 2019.

Initially, an electric scooter company reached out to the city. As a result, Omaha put out a formal request for bids. In total, the city received proposals from five companies. Of those five, Lime and Spin have been selected to work with the city to provide residents with this service. It’s estimated that both companies could deploy 750 scooters.

The city is trying to avoid problems other cities have encountered in regard to the electric scooters, especially in regard to accidents that result in serious injuries or death. As such, Lime and Spin have agreed to provide education for users. Additionally, the city is planning to restrict scooters from certain locations, like parks, trails, and the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.

How Do Serious Concussions Happen?

Published on May 7, 2019 at 2:21 pm in Personal Injury.

There are a number of accidents that could result in a head injury. When the head is bumped, hit, or jolted, there a possibility the brain will move rapidly inside the skull. This results in a concussion that changes how the brain normally functions and is considered a mild traumatic brain injury.

While a mild concussion typically heals with proper treatment and rest, more serious concussions can lead to severe conditions or impairments. If you were hit in the head during a car accident or while playing a sport, it’s best to get examined by a medical professional as soon as possible. Without the proper diagnosis, an untreated concussion could lead to a worsening condition.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly three million people visit emergency rooms, become hospitalized, or die because of a traumatic brain injury every year. Recognizing and causes of serious concussions can significantly reduce the number of people who are injured each year.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Mediation?

Published on Apr 30, 2019 at 9:50 am in Personal Injury.

When you have a legal dispute with someone, you may think that the only option is to take them to court in the traditional sense of having a trial, judge, and jury. However, that isn’t your only option. Mediation is an alternative route you can take to litigation. But it’s important to know that there are cases that would benefit from this course and those that wouldn’t. If you’re wondering if this option would help you, the lawyers at Welsh & Welsh PC, LLO can help you find an answer.

Our attorneys in Omaha have provided help to people going to trial and mediation. We understand the differences and will explain them to you thoroughly so you have a clear idea of what the process will be like. Mediation can be extremely helpful in some cases, but can also be a risk. Let’s look at the pros and cons of mediation.

What are the Long-Term Outcomes of Childhood Sexual Abuse?

Published on Apr 23, 2019 at 12:09 pm in Sexual Abuse.

Childhood sexual abuse can affect an individual well into adulthood in a myriad of ways. It does not matter if the abuse involves direct contact or non-physical activities. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 674,000 children are victims of maltreatment annually, and 8.6 percent are sexually abused.

While counseling and therapy are methods used to mitigate the long-term effects, survivors are likely to experience physical, psychological, behavioral, and social complications if treatment is not sought or found to be too expensive. Even those who receive treatment may experience some of the long-term consequences.

In order to understand how childhood sexual abuse affects a victim over time, it’s crucial to recognize that there is often a cycle that survivors go through repeatedly. Survivors who are looking to recover will want to find ways to break the cycle.

Study Finds Ridesharing Has Increased Traffic Fatalities

Published on Apr 16, 2019 at 9:47 am in Car Accidents.

According to a study from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, rideshare services are increasing the percentage of fatal automobile accidents and fatalities of vehicle occupants by two to three percent.

In 2010, 32,885 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the United States. That was the lowest reported number of fatalities since 1949, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). After rideshare services were introduced in the United States, however, the decline stopped and reversed. In 2016, there were 37,461 vehicular occupants, pedestrians, and cyclists killed in wrecks.

Common Symptoms After a Car Crash and Their Implications

Published on Apr 9, 2019 at 11:02 am in Car Accidents.

In the event of a car accident, whether it’s minor or serious, the occupants of the involved vehicles are likely to sustain injuries. While the severity depends on a number of factors, including the type of accident, the speed at which the accident occurred, and the health and age of those involved, there are bound to be some similar symptoms across the board. This is because of what the human body is generally subjected to during the impact.

In order to recover fully from a crash, it’s important to be aware of all your symptoms – so your doctor can accurately diagnose you and recommend a course of treatment. While some will be noticeable immediately following the accident, others could take time to develop. The best way to understand why you’re experiencing the symptoms you are is to recognize what your body went through during and right after the collision.

Monsanto Roundup Weed Killer Case Awards Cancer Victim $80M

Published on Apr 2, 2019 at 2:57 pm in Product Liability.

Lawsuits are being filed against Monsanto, an agrochemical company, for their herbicide Roundup Weed and Grass Killer. It has been the suspected cause of many cancer cases. Meanwhile, the company insisted that it was safe. Recently, a San Francisco court awarded a man $80 million in damages. The jury ruled that Roundup was a major contributor to Edward Hardeman’s Non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis. Monsanto will appeal the verdict.

The jury based their decision on the testimony that showed the company was hiding the hazardous properties of Roundup. The chemicals are carcinogenic and yet there wasn’t a warning issued to consumers.

Hardeman said he spent 26 years using Roundup to kill poison oak and weeds, exposing him to the chemicals for a long time. Monsanto should have made warnings, but instead spent time trying to work against the studies that suggested a link between their product and cancer.

What Fields Does Medical Malpractice Most Commonly Occur in?

Published on Mar 26, 2019 at 2:10 pm in Medical Malpractice.

No matter what type of medical procedure you’re having done, you expect to leave the hospital or medical facility in a better condition than when you arrived. This, however, doesn’t always happen. A study by The New England Journal of Medicine determined the areas where medical malpractice claims were most often filed. The list included fields like surgery, internal medicine, and neurology.

When a patient is harmed by a negligent physician, the consequences can be severe. If you’re planning on undergoing a procedure, you should know how high your risks are and which medical fields tend to be the most dangerous when it comes to medical mistakes.

FDA Warns that Robotic Cancer Surgeries Aren’t an Improvement

Published on Mar 19, 2019 at 3:05 pm in Medical Malpractice.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a warning for cancer patients who are planning on undergoing robotic procedures. There is no evidence that cancer patients who receive robotic surgeries live longer than those who undergo traditional procedures.

Robotic surgeries have not been approved for cancer-related treatments, but doctors widely use the equipment to operate on patients with various forms of cancer. The systems have been on the market for more than 15 years. The robot’s arms are controlled by a computer that’s manipulated by the surgeon. The movements of the robot are supposed to replicate the operating surgeon.