Cullan & Cullan LLC in the News

Our law firm has often been involved in cases that have been in the news. Read more about some of these cases below.


$11.5 Million Settlement Will Help Secure Family’s Future

Nebraska attorneys Joseph Cullan and Patrick Cullan of Cullan & Cullan LLC won a substantial settlement for an Omaha couple whose baby suffered major birth injuries during delivery at Nebraska Methodist Hospital and Physicians Clinic in 2010.

In a trial that lasted a little over two weeks, Patrick Cullan argued that “the delivery was grossly mismanaged by the midwife and doctor. Breathing problems were left unattended and the child’s health deteriorated during the delivery.” In addition, forceps were improperly used, resulting in severe brain damage to the newborn who is now six and will require a lifetime of care.

The couple would rather have a healthy son, but are grateful for the settlement, which will help ease the financial burden of their child’s future care.

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Attorneys Joseph and Patrick Cullan Reach $19.6 Million Verdict for Spinal Cord Injury Victim

Attorneys Joseph Cullan and Patrick Cullan of Cullan & Cullan LLC recently reached a $19.6 million verdict for his client, who suffered serious spinal cord damage in a U.S. Highway 75 crash on October 31, 2012. The man, who is now in a wheelchair, suffered a partially severed spinal cord when a concrete truck collided with his pickup and forced him off the road. The case showed that the truck driver was negligent in his actions on the road.

The compensation will pay for past medical bills for emergency medical care and services from the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses in both the past and future. The compensation will be paid by the at-fault driver, Concrete Industries Inc., and NEBCO Inc. The victim is currently continuing his rehabilitation.

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Patrick Cullan and Joseph Cullan Selected by The National Trial Lawyers Association for Inclusion in the "Top 40 Under 40"

The Nebraska personal injury law firm of Cullan & Cullan LLC is pleased to announce that both Patrick Cullan and Joseph Cullan have been named as The National Trial Lawyers Association’s "Top 40 Under 40." The "Top 40 Under 40" is a professional organization comprised of America’s top young trial lawyers who exemplify strong leadership, excellent trial results, and superior qualifications. The selection of candidates is based on a multi-phase process that includes third-party research combined with peer nominations to obtain a comprehensive list of 40 outstanding attorneys to represent their state.

In being chosen for the "Top 40 Under 40", both Patrick Cullan and Joseph Cullan, physicians and trial lawyers, are being recognized for their exceptional work as personal injury attorneys and possessing an unyielding commitment to helping catastrophically injured clients.

Patrick Cullan and Joseph Cullan have been in practice since 2000 and both began practicing with their father Daniel B. Cullan, MD JD, one of the first trial lawyers-physicians in the U.S. Patrick Cullan and Joseph Cullan aim to continue the legacy of their father by providing extraordinary legal counsel and helping people in need.

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Civil Battle Not Over for Cullan & Cullan LLC After Judge Dismisses Criminal Charges in Inmate Death Case

In September 2007, Alexander Simoens was an inmate at the Omaha City Jail, where he was sentenced to after driving with a suspended license. He could not complete his jail sentence, however, because he died that month from a bleeding ulcer, after two days of agony and begging for help. No jailer came to his aid, or reported his condition despite his agonizing calls for help. Douglas County District Judge Peter Batallion dismissed the criminal charges brought against the jailers considered responsible for allowing Alexander Simoens to die on the grounds that, according to Nebraska regulations, it is “the facility administrator” of a jail that is required to provide proper medical attention. This does not end the battle for Simoens’ family, however. The Omaha wrongful death attorneys of Cullan & Cullan LLC have filed a civil lawsuit against the city on behalf of Simoens’ grieving family.

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Cullan & Cullan LLC Obtains $4 Million Verdict for Omaha Medical Malpractice Case

This week, a jury compensated $4 million to the family of Paul Hustig, who died of colorectal cancer on August 1, 2001. The verdict amount was reduced to $1.25 million by judge J. Patrick Mullen to comply with Nebraska’s medical malpractice awards cap. Brothers Patrick and Joseph Cullan represented Paul Hustig’s wife, Phyllis, and the rest of the Hustig family in their lawsuit against the Methodist Physicians Clinic and Dr. Michael J. Domalakes. They successfully argued that Dr. Domalakes did not remove a polyp found in Paul Hustig’s rectum in 1991, knowing that there was a history of colon cancer in Hustig’s family, and that the same polyp became cancerous, ultimately killing Paul Hustig. The Cullans are considering an appeal, as they believe the medical malpractice cap on jury compensation to be unconstitutional and unfair to people who suffer damages at the hands of doctors. The Hustig family and the Cullans hope this substantial verdict will urge the Methodist Physicians Clinic and its doctors more aggressively and attentively perform biopsies and remove polyps so that other families do not suffer the same loss.

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Omaha Physician Fined, Faces Separate Lawsuit from Cullan & Cullan LLC for Patient Death

Nebraska medical malpractice lawyer Patrick Cullan of the law firm of Cullan & Cullan LLC has taken on the case of a man whose wife died from an allergic reaction after receiving antibiotics from Dr. Scott Fasse. According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Fasse was found to have exhibited “a dangerous pattern of practice and reflect a serious neglect” in his methods in addition to giving patients “substandard medical care” and displaying “unprofessional conduct.” Dr. Fasse is expected to pay a $5,000 fine ordered by the state as well as finish a course or courses on a wide range of medical subjects. Moreover, another physician will monitor Dr. Fasse for a year. The state based its decision to reprimand Dr. Fasse on three cases that discovered improper use of several sinus X-rays, overuse and improper use of antibiotic injections, improper use of a nasal swab, and the failure to refer a patient to an ear, nose and throat specialist.

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