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Inserra & Kelley is a litigation firm that focuses on personal injury law. We believe in our system of civil justice to decide disputes between injured parties and those who are responsible for their injuries. It is the goal of Inserra & Kelley to use every effort to best represent our clients\' interests to get maximum recovery and a speedy resolution of disputes.

Inserra & Kelley handles injured railroad workers\' claims (FELA designated counsel), automobile negligence (injured in an auto accident which is not your fault), motorcycle accidents (designated counsel for Harley Owners Group) and other personal injury such as workers\' compensation, slip and fall, crossing accidents, and other negligence actions.

07/25/2014

Every day there are forty-six deaths in the United States attributable to a prescription overdose. In 2011 alone, 16,917 overdose deaths involved opioid pain relievers, with 31% of the deaths including benzodiazepine sedatives as well (CDC WONDER, unpublished data, 2014). In 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers. Although many injuries and medical conditions require pain medication as treatment, prescription drug overdose has become an epidemic in the United States according to the Center of Disease Control Director Thomas Frieden. Prescriptions have increased 400 percent in the last decade. Nebraska has the third lowest drug mortality rate in the United States, however does little to curb prescription drug abuse.

One reason there is such a problem with overdosing on prescription drugs is overprescribing. Unfortunately prescription opioid abuse kills twice as many people as heroin and cocaine combined, and new studies suggest that 3 out of 4 people with a dependence on heroin began with prescription painkillers. Some states have begun to institute a prescription drug monitoring program in order to deal with the problem. In 2013, New York saw a 75 percent decline in the number of patients obtaining painkillers from multiple subscribers after instituting a monitoring program.

If you have an injury requiring prescription drugs, you can avoid falling into the addiction which leads to overdose by taking your medication exactly the way it is prescribed.   Never share your medication and take steps to ensure others in your home do not have access to your medication. That may require keeping your prescriptions in a lockbox. Approximately 70% of those who abuse prescription drugs get them from friends or family. If you find your pain is not being managed by the prescribed dose of your medication, see your doctor to discuss alternate treatment options or adjusting your dose. Never adjust the dose on your own. If you find you no longer need the prescriptions, talk to your pharmacy about safe and proper disposal of the unused portion of your medications. Make sure you dispose of outdated medications as well.

The FDA has now approved a new drug called Targiniq ER (extended release), which discourages potential abusers from snorting or injecting the drug. This new pain reliever is a combination of the narcotic oxycodone and naloxone, which is a drug that blocks the euphoric effects of oxycodone. Although this medication can still be abused by taking too many pills, removing the effects from snorting or injecting the drug will reduce the potential for abuse.

When prescription drugs are used as prescribed, they can be an effective part of your medical treatment and management of the symptoms of your condition.   Ensuring responsible and safe management, storage and disposal of prescription drugs can prevent illness, death or unintended side effects from an accidental overdose.

 

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07/23/2014

help accident Should I Stop & Render Aid to Accident Victims?

We have all done it.  We see someone who has had an accident and needs help.  We stop and offer assistance.  Do we have to stop and render aid?  Can we get into any trouble if we do not?  What if we stop and render aid and do something wrong?  If you actually are involved in the accident, you must stop, ascertain the identity of all involved, identify yourself and render reasonable assistance to any injured persons including ensuring injured persons obtain transport to a physician for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent such treatment is necessary or requested by an injured person.  Neb. Rev. Stat. §60-697.   If you fail to stop and render aid, you risk  Read the rest of this entry »

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07/16/2014

One in every 46 Nebraska drivers will be involved in an automobile accident each year, according to the Nebraska Department of Highway Safety.  The most common automobile accident injury is neck strain, commonly referred to as “whiplash”.  Neck strain injuries often occur as a result of the impact felt when a vehicle is rear-ended.  Upon impact, the force of the rear vehicle reaches the driver causing the head of the driver to snap forward and then backwards.  Neck strain caused by this type of injury is often accompanied by other symptoms, Read the rest of this entry »

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07/10/2014

One of the newest blood thinners on the market, Xarelto, has been added to the list of drugs with dangerous side effects.  Xarelto was approved in 2011 as a potentially safer alternative to Warfarin, as Xarelto does not require regular blood monitoring or frequent doctor follow up.  Unfortunately, Xarelto has now shown to be on the same dangerous path as other blood thinners which have severe and lethal risks.  Xarelto was originally prescribed to prevent stroke or blood clots in patients suffering from atrial fibrillation and to reduce the risk of blood clots in patients undergoing knee or hip replacement surgery.  Xarelto was expanded in 2012 to allow the drug to be used as a treatment for deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports of dangerous blood clots, caused by uncontrollable bleeding.  Patients who have suffered side effects from this drug can experience high medical debt from emergency visits to the hospital and the costs of ongoing care, as well as lost wages from time away from work.

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