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Uber Changes Sexual Violence Arbitration Clause

Published on May 23, 2018 at 2:16 pm in Legal Information.

In response to several recent lawsuits targeting Uber, the rideshare company has decided to change its terms of service. Previously, Uber required all riders to agree to a clause that forced them to agree to resolve any claims involving sexual harassment, abuse, or assault through private arbitration. This ensured that the claims weren’t made public by way of a civil trial. By way of doing this, Uber was able to keep most sexual violence claims under tight wraps.

Until now, that is. After several lawsuits started making waves regarding this forced arbitration clause, CNN decided to launch an investigation that attempted to put numbers to the accounts of sexual misconduct that happened at the hands of Uber drivers or other employees. The investigation found that at least 103 U.S. Uber drivers have been accused of sexually assaulting, harassing, or abusing passengers within the past four years. At least 31 drivers were convicted of crimes, and dozens of cases are currently pending.

Requirements of Filing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Nebraska

Published on May 21, 2018 at 12:36 pm in Medical Malpractice.

It’s common to trust your health care provider to help you maintain your health or give you proper treatment to get better. When a doctor, nurse, surgeon, or pharmacist acts negligently, you can suffer serious injuries. But you have the option to stand up for yourself and file a medical malpractice claim.

These claims can be complicated and need professionals who have handled medical malpractice cases before. If you or a loved one has been injured because of a health care provider’s negligence, an Omaha medical malpractice lawyer from Welsh& Welsh can help you with your claim.

Our goal is to get justice for our clients. You deserve a favorable settlement that will cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You also hold the health care provider responsible for their actions. Your claim could make them adopt changes to ensure this never happens again, and potentially keep this from happening to someone else.

$1.24 Million Verdict Rewarded for Family of Truck Explosion Victim

Published on May 11, 2018 at 6:18 pm in Truck Accidents.

Christopher P. Welsh of Welsh & Welsh served as plaintiff counsel in a recent Nebraska truck accident case (Basra v. Ecklund Logistics, Inc.) that rewarded the family of a deceased victim with a final verdict of $1.24 million after receiving a fault reduction from the full $2.25 million. Christopher co-counseled with Justin R. Kaufman and Rosalind B. Bienvenu of Sante Fe, New Mexico and Stephen J. Kelly of Santa Monica, CA.

The accident happened when Atinderpal “Gavan” Singh, commercial truck driver, was driving his tractor-trailer on Interstate 80 in Nebraska. A local grass fire was burning nearby when another trucker, a driver for Ecklund Logistics, Inc., slowed his rig to 5 mph in a 75-mph zone– where he was still several miles out from the fire. He drove at this speed for 5 to 10 minutes.

How Much Alcohol Can I Legally Consume Before Driving?

Published on May 8, 2018 at 12:13 pm in Legal Information.

Everyone knows that drinking and driving is illegal, but some may not know what the legal limit is. While your tolerance depends on your size, weight, there is one legal limit for everyone. If your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is over .08 percent, you’re driving while intoxicated. Alcohol severely impairs your ability to drive.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t stop people from getting behind the wheel after they’ve had a few drinks. Drunk drivers often cause car accidents that result in accident injuries and sometimes fatalities. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, an Omaha car accident lawyer from Welsh & Welsh can help you get compensation for your injuries.

What Are My Legal Options If a Child Is Hurt by Negligence?

Published on May 2, 2018 at 12:10 pm in Personal Injury.

When people act negligently, they put other people at risk. Whether it’s a property owner not salting walkways or a manufacturer pushes a product on to the market too early, negligence can cause injuries that could affect people for the rest of their lives. When children are harmed, there’s a chance it could hurt their development or traumatize them.

If a child has been hurt by negligence, you need an experienced lawyer to fight for your rights. An Omaha personal injury attorney from Welsh & Welsh can help you. We proudly represent the citizens of Nebraska and believe in standing up for people who can’t stand up for themselves. We’ll work tirelessly to get you a favorable settlement.

How Is Liability Determined in a Car Accident Case?

Published on Apr 24, 2018 at 2:15 pm in Legal Information.

Car accidents can occur whenever a driver acts negligently. Accidents can cause bodily injuries and property damage. The stress of handling a car accident claim can be overwhelming for many people because they want the matter to be settled and they’re not experts on the law. But settling early for convenience could mean they’re not getting full compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you deserve to have legal representation who will fight to get you everything you’re owed. An Omaha car accident injury lawyer from Welsh & Welsh can help you with your claim and will do everything they can to get you a favorable settlement so you can focus fully on your recovery.

Boy’s Death After Bus Crash Prompts Questions About Safety

Published on Apr 19, 2018 at 1:55 pm in Car Accidents.

Earlier this month, an 8-year-old Omaha boy named Haji Mohamed lost his life when he was struck by a school bus on Sprague Street between 22nd and 23rd Streets, just north of the King Science and Technology Magnet Center. Haji was in the second grade at Springville Elementary and was well-loved by everyone at the school and his family. According to his mother, the boy never stopped smiling.

Omaha police said their investigation showed that the school bus had come to a stop on Sprague Street at a designated drop-off spot. The driver had stopped off a couple students and continued traveling westbound. Haji had just gotten off the bus and tried to cross Sprague Street. As soon as he entered the roadway, the bus struck him. Surveillance footage showed that the other children who got off at his stop did not cross the street at the same time.

Why is a Fatal Chemical in Paint Remover Still Legal?

Published on Apr 10, 2018 at 1:54 pm in Product Liability.

Paint removers are used daily in the United States by homeowners, construction workers, home repairers, and other professionals. What many may not realize is that paint strippers can be lethal—and their effects can cause a person to collapse and die in a very short amount of time. According to an article on Slate, at least three people died last year when using pain strippers on bathtubs and other items.

The chemical in paint removers that’s fatal is called methylene chloride. Research suggests that methylene chloride can cause cancer and carries other long-term health risks, but the main concern is that it places users at risk for asphyxiation. Methylene chloride acts as an anesthetic at high doses, knocking users out and stopping them from breathing when the fumes are inhaled in an enclosed area. More than 50 deaths in the U.S. have been linked to the chemical since 1980.

What Is a Serious Injury as Defined by Nebraska Law?

Published on Apr 3, 2018 at 2:32 pm in Personal Injury.

When you’re hurt because of someone else’s negligence, it can do more than cause a slight injury for the day. Negligence can hospitalize people for days and cause myriad health complications. In some severe cases, serious injuries can have consequences that leave people with chronic health problems. Not only does this affect your health, it can affect you financially as well. Medical expenses include hospital stays, medication, and future doctor visits and possibly rehabilitation. Your recovery may make you miss work which could cause financial stress.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of negligence, you may be experiencing this kind of stress. This isn’t fair. You shouldn’t have to be accountable for this because it wasn’t your fault. That’s where you can seek legal aid. An Omaha personal injury lawyer from Welsh & Welsh can help you get compensation for your injuries and financial losses. We’ve proudly served the Nebraska community for years and are ready to fight for your rights.

Christopher Welsh Joins Rideshare Law Group

Published on Mar 27, 2018 at 1:30 pm in News.

We’re proud to announce that Christopher Welsh of Welsh & Welsh has joined with 14 other personal injury lawyers around the United States to form a legal group that specializes in helping victims of rideshare accidents recover from their injuries and resolve any legal complications. That legal group is called Rideshare Law Group.

Rideshare services such as those offered by Uber and Lyft are becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. For as many benefits as the services offer, insurance matters and other legal matters can become needlessly complicated when a rideshare driver or vehicle is involved in a car accident. This is due to the fact that rideshare drivers are hired as independent contractors. When settling an insurance claim after an accident involving a Lyft or Uber vehicle, an injured victim may struggle to receive the compensation they need to recover since two or more different insurers may become involved.