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Chris and James Welsh of Welsh & Welsh
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Do You Text and Drive? Beware Rising Insurance Rates

Published on Feb 13, 2018 at 1:26 pm in Car Accidents.

We all know the dangerous of texting and driving. Our phones get our eyes off the road, one hand off the wheel, and our concentration away from driving. While so much of our social interactions are facilitated through phones—like texting and social media—it’s often difficult for some people to resist the urge to check their phone despite the major risks of causing a car accident. But this could start to change.

Allstate has a unit called Arity, and they’re tracking how drivers use their phones while they’re in the car. Depending on how much drivers use or ignore the phone, the driver could potentially get punished or rewarded.

Chris Welsh Speaking at 30th Annual STLA Conference

Published on Feb 7, 2018 at 2:28 pm in News.

We’re proud to announce that Christopher Welsh of Welsh & Welsh PC, LLO will be attending and speaking at the 30th Annual Southern Trial Lawyers Association (STLA) Conference which will be held this weekend, February 7-11, in New Orleans. This year’s conference is a special one– it’s the organization’s 30th anniversary. The event will also take place during Mardi Gras weekend.

Multiple parties, galas, and seminars will be held during the weekend event. This year’s conference theme is “Leading a successful plaintiff’s practice: From the opening of your office until you collect a judgment post-trial.” The seminars held will be worth CLE credits. 9 CLE hours are anticipated.

What Makes a Dog Act Vicious Towards a Stranger?

Published on Feb 6, 2018 at 12:05 pm in Personal Injury.

Many people have dogs and consider them to be part of the family. Other people usually want to pet dogs and expect them to be safe. But sometimes, dogs bite people. These cases can be tricky, especially if the person who was bitten knows the owners. Even though these situations are uncomfortable, those who are bitten can seek legal aid.

The Omaha dog attack lawyers at Welsh & Welsh understand what you’re going through. Dog owners are supposed to make sure their dog is safe around others. We can help you get the compensation you need for injuries or damages you sustained.

Are Truck Agencies to Blame for Accidents Caused by Sleep-Deprived Truckers?

Published on Jan 31, 2018 at 12:21 pm in Truck Accidents.

According to an investigative report by USA Today, port trucking companies around Los Angeles may be putting hundreds of sleep-deprived truckers to work daily. Numerous truck accidents in recent years prompted the investigation which took into account data over four years using time stamps that were generated every time a driver passed through a port gate. Analysts calculated how long each truck was in operation and compared those results to federal data from 2013-2016.

The reporters found that trucks serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach often operated without their drivers taking the federally-required 10-hour break every 14 hours. On average, the data showed that trucks were in operation without that break 470 times a day. When trucking companies were asked about this information, executives denied violating the regulation and stated that more than one driver often shared a truck.

North Dakota Judge Rules Law Limiting Malpractice Damage Limits Unconstitutional

Published on Jan 30, 2018 at 2:03 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Chenille Condon from Fort Yates, North Dakota suffered from a stroke caused by a negligent surgeon at CHI St. Alexius Health in 2012. Dr. Allen Michael Booth, a cardiac and thoracic surgeon, was performing a lymph node biopsy on Condon when he mistakenly cut a main artery that sent blood to the brain. Condon now has a limp and difficulty using her left arm. Her brain injury will likely worsen over time.

In Condon’s case against the hospital, Judge Cynthia Feland ruled the state’s limiting damages for medical malpractice cases as unconstitutional, and didn’t allow the hospital’s motion to reduce a jury’s verdict of $3.5 million owed to Condon.

Important 2018 Nebraska Law Changes You Need to Know

Published on Jan 23, 2018 at 12:38 pm in Legal Information.

As we head into the new year, it’s important to stay on top of what changes Nebraska laws may bring. 2018 is bringing a lot of changes to the law, and continuing battles for certain bills are still ongoing. You might hear more about those bills as the year progresses.

It’s important to know your rights so you know when someone acts against the law. Sometimes, someone else infringes on your rights. You’re allowed to seek legal action to protect your rights. In times like that, you need an Omaha personal injury lawyer by your side. Welsh & Welsh has been providing excellent legal services to the citizens of Nebraska for over 65 years. We’re ready to fight for your rights and make sure your voice is heard.

Pedestrian Dies in Omaha Hit-and-Run Accident

Published on Jan 22, 2018 at 1:29 pm in Car Accidents.

Pedestrian accidents are often devastating due to the simple fact that when a car hits a pedestrian at full speed or even half-speed, the pedestrian has a high chance of suffering from grave injuries or even fatal injuries. As the U.S. becomes more populated year after year, we see a greater number of car accidents in general but especially pedestrian accidents. In larger cities like Omaha, it’s oftentimes easier (and healthier) to walk to our destinations instead of drive. When a driver of a car fails to look for pedestrians, this is when a deadly accident may occur.

One of the most heartbreaking scenarios is when a driver hits a pedestrian and leaves the scene of the accident. This type of scenario is referred to a hit-and-run accident. Any driver who leaves the scene of an accident is breaking the law.

Announcing the Winner of the Spring 2018 Welsh & Welsh Scholarship

Published on Jan 19, 2018 at 6:07 pm in News.

All of the attorneys and staff at Welsh & Welsh PC, LLO are dedicated to helping our local and nationwide communities navigate toward a brighter future. In 2017, we decided to start a scholarship that would help us do just that by assisting one college student with securing their college education. The latest submission period for that scholarship, Spring 2018, just came to a close.

We were truly humbled by the amount of applications we received as well as the exceptional high quality of every essay. All of the essays were outstanding. Choosing just one winner was difficult!

We’re pleased to announce we’ve chosen a winner.

Congratulations to Tristen Sharp of Bonnie, Illinois!

Tristen is attending Illinois State University.

How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help a Grieving Family

Published on Jan 16, 2018 at 12:28 pm in Wrongful Death.

People are usually familiar with the five stages of grief: Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. These stages are common for loss, but they don’t consider certain aspects of the loss.

Losing a loved one is a terrible thing that often takes people years to recover from. But when a loved one passes away because of old age, or a sickness you knew they were fighting, there’s at least some comfort in knowing they lived a full life or fought their sickness until the end.

Bair Hugger Surgical Blanket Lawsuits Move Forward

Published on Jan 10, 2018 at 12:39 pm in Product Liability.

Last October, a three-day hearing was held to discuss the safety of a product used during surgeries. 3M Products is a manufacturing company that makes the Bair Hugger warming blanket, which has caused a number of infections for people who have undergone surgery. The Bair Hugger blanket is a warming blanket meant to keep patients warm during surgery and help with healing.

It’s also supposed to prevent infections. Many people have come forward and said the forced-air device caused an infection during serious surgeries, such as joint-replacement surgeries. The surgical site needs to be sterile and safe so the patient doesn’t receive an infection and get health complications later on. But the Bair Hugger device may not keep the surgical site completely sterile.

Evidence suggests that in some cases, the device carried air with bacteria onto the patients and prevented the air flow that kept the bacteria away from the surgical site. The contaminated air got into the surgical site and caused deep-joint bone infections.