Personal Injury Blog

Passenger Rights in a Motorcycle Crash

By Jason Bottlinger on December 4, 2020

Motorcyclists are one of the most exposed groups on the road, often suffering traumatic injuries after a collision with a larger vehicle. But anyone riding tandem on a motorcycle is also at risk, as passengers have little to no control over the nature of the collision. If a biker or car driver acts negligently, it can drastically change the life of a motorcycle passenger.

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Who Is Liable for Dangerous Private Roads?

By Jason Bottlinger on November 27, 2020

It is no surprise to many Nebraska drivers that our rural roads are dangerous. Often dotted with potholes, lined with sharp turns, and receiving little lighting at dusk or dawn, these roads are often witness to catastrophic, if not fatal, crashes. First responders have difficulties safely getting to these collisions, and any delays could cause a victim’s condition to worsen. This issue goes double for private roads, which are often the responsibility of negligent property owners.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Are Dog Owners Liable for Bites?

By Jason Bottlinger on November 20, 2020

Dogs are often considered man’s best friend, but it is important to remember that their behavior is largely dependent on their owners. We have all seen the vast difference between an untrained, rowdy dog that doesn’t obey commands and an obedient and trustworthy dog. This is why Nebraska state laws hold owners at fault when their dogs attack.

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Posted in: Dog Bites

Understanding the Elmiron Lawsuits Against J&J

By Jason Bottlinger on November 13, 2020

Since 1996, the oral medication Elmiron has been used to treat bladder pain and discomfort caused by interstitial cystitis (IC). While approved by the FDA, over the past decades, studies have shown that this drug can be toxic to a patient’s eyes, causing damage to the retinas and eventual vision loss with long-term use. Such a horrific side-effect should have been identified early on by the manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, and their failure to do so has made them the subject to significant class action lawsuits.

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Posted in: Product Liability

The Risk of an Ethanol Truck Spill

By Jason Bottlinger on October 30, 2020

Ethanol and other biofuels have become popular alternatives to oil for powering our vehicles, especially as our country tries to find renewable sources of energy. Ethanol production relies heavily on farms throughout the Midwest, including Nebraska and Iowa. While it has been a boon for our economies, safely transporting ethanol is still a major concern on our roadways, as a single ethanol spill can be devastating for auto accident victims and local communities.

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Posted in: Truck Accidents

The Current State of Business Interruption Laws in Nebraska

By Jason Bottlinger on October 18, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on in the United States, many businesses are still struggling to stay above water. While one would hope that business interruption insurance would cover shutdowns and closures related to the pandemic, numerous insurance providers have rejected claims on the basis that they do not cover viral outbreaks. Several cases are still under litigation in the courts that could shift the tide one way or the other, but there is some hope in the form of legislation.

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Pickup Trucks Vs. Sedans: A Lose-Lose Situation

By Jason Bottlinger on October 6, 2020

Pickups are incredibly useful for Nebraska drivers. For those that work in the construction, agricultural, or industrial industries, these vehicles allow you to easily transport equipment and materials to job sites. Some households will even call upon a pickup driver to help with moving furniture or DIY projects. But, unfortunately, most pickups fall behind other vehicles when it comes to safety.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

The Risk of Asbestos Exposure After a Flood

By Jason Bottlinger on September 22, 2020

Exposure to asbestos can lead to serious health consequences, such as an increased risk of developing mesothelioma, lung cancer, or asbestosis, a severe progressive lung disease. Exposure often occurs when a worker or homeowner inhales asbestos fibers, which then attach themselves to the lungs. In Nebraska, we often attribute the risk of exposure to working in older factories, demolition projects, or antique products, but there is another major risk few now about: natural disasters. Flooding and other natural disasters can damage homes that were built with material containing asbestos and lead to exposure among neighbors, cleanup crews, and first responders.

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Tragic Omaha Motorcycle Accident Points to Dangerous Driving Behaviors

By Jason Bottlinger on September 1, 2020

A recent accident at the intersection of 132nd Street and Industrial Road has highlighted the reckless driving behaviors that have become commonplace on Omaha roadways. On August 20th, a semi-trailer ran a red light at the intersection and collided with a motorcyclist. Although EMTs rushed to the scene and transferred the motorcyclist to the hospital, he sadly passed away due to his injuries, as reported by The Independent.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Cell Phones to Vaping: The History Behind Explosive Batteries

By Jason Bottlinger on August 25, 2020

Batteries have been a mainstay in everyday life in the United States for a little over a century now and there almost isn’t a single household appliance that utilizes them to some extent. Many products rely on disposable AA or AAA batteries, while laptops, tablets, cell phones, and even e-cigarettes utilize more efficient rechargeable batteries. While these components are commonplace, that does not mean they are always safe. Faulty parts and poor designs can lead to painful burns, fires, and even explosions because of defective batteries.

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Posted in: Product Liability

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