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Nebraska Says: Bikers, You Still Need Helmets

By Jason Bottlinger on April 30, 2018

Motorcycle helmet laws have always been a highly debated and controversial issue, and both sides have very strong opinions. On one hand, helmets provide a common-sense shield that helps prevent serious head trauma and death. On the other hand, many (even a high percentage of those who do wear helmets) feel it is a freedom-of-choice issue, and that the law should not require anyone to wear a helmet. These bikers are quite adamant about this freedom, and will probably forever be fighting for their right to breeze down the freeway at 80 miles per hour with nothing but the wind in their hair.
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Bottlinger Law L.L.C.’s 2018 Scholarship!

By Jason Bottlinger on April 18, 2018

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Bottlinger Law L.L.C. 2018 Scholarship. Our firm is invested in our country’s future, and we want to encourage and inspire the next generation. Higher education is a lot of hard work and it is also a great financial commitment, which is where we would like to help.

We are offering a $1,000 scholarship to one deserving student from anywhere in the United States. The applicant can be any U.S. resident high school senior OR any U.S. resident currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year post-secondary educational institution. The application deadline is May 24th, 2018. Please view our eligibility requirements and apply here.
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Posted in: Firm News

Tractor Accidents: Serious But Often Preventable

By Jason Bottlinger on April 7, 2018

For farmers and farm workers, tractors are modern workhorses that are reliable and invaluable for a wide range of tasks. Most farmers could not imagine working their fields without a tractor, and many young farmers learn to drive tractors before other vehicles. Yet, serious accidents can and do occur around and on tractors, frequently resulting in severe injuries and even deaths.

With how common tractors are across Nebraska, it’s worth taking a few minutes to think about tractor safety and make sure you are doing all you can to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
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Posted in: Agriculture Law

Truckers Charge Ahead in America’s Most Dangerous Jobs

By Jason Bottlinger on March 24, 2018

Being a trucker remains one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S., and the highest number of occupational fatalities each year, by a wide margin, come from transportation accidents. With this in mind, truckers and others who work on the road need to be more careful than ever before.
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Posted in: Truck Accidents

Blowing the Whistle on Medicaid Fraud Can Save Lives!

By Jason Bottlinger on March 14, 2018

Medicaid is a massive government program that provides coverage to millions of low-income and vulnerable patients every year. With any program so large, however, unscrupulous companies take their chances at filing overinflated or blatantly false bills.

An egregious example of this was Kool Smiles, a national children’s dental chain. According to the U.S. Justice Department, Kool Smiles was performing unnecessary procedures—tooth extractions, root canals, or pretend root canals—on their young patients and billing Medicaid. In all, the chain was found to have submitted false claims in 17 states, and ordered to pay back $24 million.
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What You Need to Know About Qui Tam Lawsuits

By Jason Bottlinger on March 6, 2018

Let’s face it: legal matters can be difficult to understand. Latin phrases, like “qui tam,” only add another layer of complexity and keep people from understanding the legal system created to serve them.

But we’re going to demystify part of it today.
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Posted in: Qui Tam

Safe Driving Tips for Winter Weather

By Jason Bottlinger on February 5, 2018

It’s no secret that winter hits Nebraska hard, and those conditions can make for treacherous roads and hazardous driving. With a little caution and preparation, you can reduce your chances of a collision and keep yourself safe on the road.

That said, always remember: sometimes it’s just not worth going outside. If there are serious whiteout conditions or a blizzard, stay home. Make sure you have enough food and other supplies before a big winter storm hits, so you can wait it out if the weather is really bad. But if you have to venture out, please:
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Posted in: Car Accidents

Battling the Opioid Epidemic in Nebraska

By Jason Bottlinger on January 31, 2018

Nebraska is not immune to the opioid crisis sweeping across America, leaving millions of people struggling with an addiction to powerful painkillers.

Opioids are a class of drugs that specifically bind to the opioid receptors in a person’s brain. These receptors respond to chemicals like endorphins, which help reduce pain and create a sense of pleasure. Opioids include heroin, methadone, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl. Prescription opioids are used to help with serious pain that patients experience after dental procedures or surgery. But these drugs are highly addictive, and when prescribed for minor pain or in too high a dose, disaster results.
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Posted in: Medical Malpractice

Essential Supplies for Winter Driving

By Jason Bottlinger on January 24, 2018

Every year, people get trapped in their vehicles in serious winter storms; sometimes just for a few hours, sometimes for several days.

This has led to some horrifying stories, like the woman buried for three days in Maryland, or the family of four trapped in their car for two days in New Mexico. They were all safely rescued, but not every story has such a happy ending.
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Posted in: Car Accidents

The Very Real Danger of Fake Service Dogs

By Jason Bottlinger on January 16, 2018

Service dogs provide an amazing and crucial service for people living with disabilities.

Unfortunately, some people have used these dogs’ recent popularity as an opportunity to break the rules. Fake service dogs, which are really just pets in fancy vests, do not provide critical services or help save lives. These animals present a danger to actual service dogs, as well as to children, since they are not trained the way service dogs are.
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Posted in: Dog Bites

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