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Wisconsin car crash lawyersAlthough every state requires that drivers have at least liability insurance on their vehicle, approximately 13 percent (or one in eight) of all motorists are uninsured. Should you experience a crash with one of them, you could be at risk for unpaid damages. Thankfully, there are still some avenues available to victims of an uninsured motorist crash. Learn more, including how the assistance of an experienced attorney can improve the outcome of your case.

Who Covers Damages When an At-Fault Driver is Uninsured?

When an at-fault driver is uninsured, it can create a great deal of anxiety for a victim – especially if they have costly medical expenses and experienced significant losses after the crash. Often, this is because the victim may be uncertain as to how they will recover damages. Rest assured: the at-fault driver is still legally liable for the accident, and you may still be able to seek compensation from them. However, it is important to understand just how complicated things can get when trying to recover damages from an uninsured motorist.

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Appleton auto accident lawyersWisconsin winters are not like the ones in other parts of the country. Here, the ice, snow, and slush are an almost constant, and traffic accidents are all too common. Sadly, an accident can be just the beginning of a driver’s problems in inclement weather. There is also the risk of being stranded, perhaps for hours on end, and that can be dangerous if an injury has occurred. T

he cold weather itself may also cause injury if a victim is left stranded. A winter preparedness kit can reduce that risk. Learn what to put in yours, and discover how an experienced attorney can help you pursue compensation for any accident-related injuries you may sustain in a crash.

Everyday Winter Emergency Kits

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Wisconsin pedestrian accident lawyersPedestrian accidents have been on the rise for the last several years, and that has resulted in an increase in the number of pedestrian deaths – but fatalities are not the only issue. Multiple and severe injuries that may place the victim and their family at risk for financial devastation are also extremely common. Thankfully, victims do have rights. Learn more about them, and discover how an experienced attorney can help with the process.

Multiple and Severe Injuries in a Pedestrian Crash

While victims may sustain any number of injuries in a pedestrian crash, some are far more likely to result in disability. Trauma to the spine and head are among the most common and concerning, but even seemingly minor ones can result in long-term or life-long disability. Examples of such injuries might include:

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Green Bay car crash lawyersAuto accidents can be devastating for any victim, but children are at an increased risk for life-threatening injuries. In fact, statistics indicate that car crashes are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. Learn more about how to protect your child from a serious injury in a crash, and discover how an experienced attorney can help you seek the compensation that you deserve, should one occur.

Life-Threatening Car Crash Injuries in Children

While almost any type of injury can lead to a fatality, those related to the head are the most commonly seen in young children. Examples of such injuries include skull fractures and traumatic brain injuries, which can cause dangerous swelling in the brain. Infants under the age of one are at an especially high risk for these injuries, and they are far more likely to be life-threatening in this high-risk group. Thankfully, parents can reduce the risk.

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Wisconsin child injury lawyersHolidays are a time for cheer, and for families. If you are visiting yours this year and have a small child, the following information can help you learn how to protect them from auto accident injuries while traveling this holiday season. You shall also discover what sort of compensation you may be entitled to, should a crash and injury occur.

Safe Driving Habits Are Critical During the Holiday Season

Nearly every driver has had a close call – a moment when they thought they might crash but managed to avoid the accident. With traffic at its peak, accidents are far more difficult to avoid during the holiday season. As such, drivers are encouraged to use (and even brush up on) safe driving practices. Examples include:

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Wisconsin pedestrian accident lawyersAs health and environmental concerns peak among the U.S. population, the number of pedestrians on the road continues to rise. Sadly, so does the rate of pedestrian accidents. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) says alcohol and distractions are driving factors in the increase. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a pedestrian crash, and alcohol or distracted driving was involved, you may be entitled to compensation. Learn more, including how an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer can assist, with help from the following information.

Pedestrian Accidents and Distracted Driving

States across the country have started to ban cell phone use behind the wheel, but this is not the case in Wisconsin. Though texting is prohibited for all drivers, talking on the phone is only illegal for newly licensed drivers or those driving through a construction zone. That means all other drivers may legally handle their phones and engage in conversations while driving. Sadly, this is a form of distraction that can have catastrophic consequences.

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Wisconsin truck accident lawyersStatistical estimates indicate that some 70 percent of the freight that is moved and sold throughout the United States is transported by commercial trucks. Sadly, the data also shows that the crashes involving such vehicles rose by 62 percent between 2009 and 2015. That is a total of 95,000 additional accidents during that time-period. When taking all this into account, it becomes abundantly clear that drivers and other road users need to be aware of their rights, should a crash ever occur. Learn more, including how liability, negligence, and damages are determined after a commercial vehicle accident with help from the following information.

Liability and Negligence in a Commercial Vehicle Accident

Commercial vehicle accidents are typically more complex than other traffic crashes. Much of this is due to the multiple parties that may be involved. For example, the truck driver is one potentially liable party. Depending on whether they are self-employed, an independent contractor, or an employee of a company, the trucking company itself may also be liable. The owner of the commercial vehicle, maintenance professionals, and even freight loaders may also be held responsible if they are deemed a negligent party in a truck accident case.

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Wisconsin burn injury attorneysThe pain experienced by burn injury victims is complex and of serious concern, not just immediately after the injury, but also in the years to come. Sadly, science has struggled with pain management for such victims. Part of this is due to the way that burns affect the body, which is quite different from other types of injuries. Thankfully, a new study now suggests that tarantula venom may hold the key to improved pain management for burn victims. Learn more, discover what compensation you may be entitled to after a burn injury caused by negligence, and see how an experienced attorney can assist with your claim.  

Understanding Why Burn Injuries Are Different

When the body is injured, signals are transmitted to the brain by special sensory neuron receptors called nociceptors. Sitting on top of those nociceptors are tiny membrane proteins that respond to specific types of pain stimuli, such as pain from heat – or burn pain, which is unique in how it reacts with the body’s nociceptors. It opens a sodium channel known as Nav1.7 and allows an electrical current to flow directly through the cell as charged ions.

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Appleton car crash lawyersWith fall quickly giving way to winter, many Wisconsin drivers are considering how they can reduce their risk of a car crash. Snow and ice – a common occurrence in this state during the winter months – come together to create hazardous surfaces. The added risk of other drivers, the potential for vehicle malfunctions, and the extreme cold only add further to each driver’s overall risk of an accident. Learn how early winter driving preparedness can help reduce this risk, and discover how an experienced attorney can help you recover compensation, should a crash happen to you or a loved one this winter season.

Winterizing Your Vehicle

The colder weather can wreak havoc on a vehicle – especially if it is not properly winterized. Failure to winterize a vehicle can also increase your risk of a crash. For example, if you fail to replace worn tires before winter weather sets in, your vehicle may be unable to grip the road effectively. The result may be a slip, slide, or even spin on ice, at a stop sign, or at an intersection. So, before winter hits, make sure you take your vehicle to a mechanic for full winterization or seek information on how to do it yourself.

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Green Bay car crash lawyersCar crashes come in all types, severity, and sizes. However, some types of accidents are far more common than others. Learn more about the crashes most commonly experienced by drivers, including the types of injuries that one may sustain, and discover how a seasoned attorney can increase your chances of receiving full and fair compensation.

Rear-End Crashes

Of all the two-vehicle accidents that occur, rear-end crashes are the most common. Typically caused by a negligent driver who was either distracted or following too closely, these accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, including whiplash, facial fractures, and spinal cord injuries.

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Green Bay motorcycle crash lawyersOf all the vehicle users on the road, motorcyclists have the highest risk of fatality and serious injury during a crash. Unfortunately, they are also far more likely to experience an accident than other road users. Helmets and leather gear offer some form of protection, but they are far from sufficient. Perhaps that is why the technology sector is stepping in to help. Learn more about their potentially game-changing invention and discover what sort of compensation that you or a loved one may be entitled to after a motorcycle crash.

Understanding Why Current Protection is Inadequate

Helmets are one of the most widely used motorcycle safety devices – and for good reason. They are designed to protect the head, face, and brain, which reduces the rider’s overall risk of a serious or fatal injury to one of the body’s most vital organs. Yet, a large percentage of serious injuries and fatalities in motorcyclists are the result of injuries to the trunk. This part of the body, save for perhaps leather gear, is mostly unprotected. There is nothing to absorb the impact, so riders are at risk for serious and life-threatening injuries in a crash. Examples of some of the most commonly experienced trunk injuries include internal bleeding, broken bones, puncturing of vital organs, and spinal injuries. High speed crashes, multiple vehicle crashes, and accidents with large vehicles even further increase the odds of a fatality or serious injury.

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Appleton burn injury lawyersThe skin is designed to protect the body from viruses, bacteria, and other foreign debris. When a burn occurs, the skin’s ability to protect the body is hindered. Because of this, burn injury victims may experience bacterial or fungal infections while undergoing treatment. Should this occur, their life may be at risk. Discover how an infection could impact the outcome of a burn injury case and learn more about how aggressive infection control could help reduce the risk of a death for you or your loved one while receiving treatment for a burn injury.

Burn Injuries and the Risk of Infection

Each year, some 40,000 people are hospitalized for burn injuries. While most of those patients do recover, at least to some extent, approximately 3,400 results in a death to the patient. Of those, about 61 percent are related to infection. As the leading cause of death in burn injury patients, it is an outcome that most physicians plan for, but none can altogether prevent. Instead, they can only strive to reduce the patient’s overall chances.

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Wisconsin spinal injury lawyersOf all the injuries that one can sustain in an accident, spinal injuries are some of the worst – and not just because of the risk of partial, total, temporary, or permanent disability. While there are some forms of treatment that may slightly improve a victim’s circumstance, there are no known ways to reverse the damage. Science has been working tirelessly on finding answers, however, and one group is now a full year into an experimental treatment with promising results.

Four Out of Six Patients Show Shocking Improvement

One year ago, Asterias Biotherapeutics injected 10 million stem cells into the paralyzed patients. Four of them have seen dramatic results in the early-stage clinical trial – and though they are by no means healed from their injuries, their overall quality of life has improved. One example is the man who had experienced a spinal cord injury during a bicycle accident near his home in Illinois.

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Wisconsin truck accident lawyersAround 70 percent of all the goods and merchandise sold in the United States are transported by semi-truck – perhaps even more, now that online shopping has become more common. Sadly, there are not enough drivers in the country to operate those trucks, which is why there is now an influx of older drivers. A recent investigation revealed that these older drivers may be driving up the rate of semi accidents. Learn more, including what rights that you or a loved one may have after a truck accident, and discover how an experienced attorney can help.

Older Semi Driver Accidents Increase by Nearly 20 Percent

Statistics indicate that around 10 percent of all semi drivers are now over the age of 65. Most have either put off retirement or have returned to the industry after a brief break, but after speaking with recruiters, news investigators discovered that at least some of these drivers are newbies. When examining the crash rate of this age group, investigators also learned that it had increased by almost 20 percent, just in the last three years. In 12 states alone, they counted more than 6,600 truck crashes involving drivers in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s.

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Wisconsin auto accident lawyersStatistics indicate that some 60 percent of all accidents occur at intersections. Furthermore, red light running is thought to account for approximately 200,000 injuries and 800 deaths in 2015. Thankfully, drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists can all reduce their risk of a traffic accident at dangerous intersections. Learn more about crashes at intersections, including your right to pursue compensation if an injury or fatality happens to you or a loved one.

Intersection Safety for Drivers

Vehicle drivers tend to be the most dangerous at intersections, simply because they are larger and less vulnerable than other road users. As such, every driver should take personal responsibility for not just their own safety, but also the safety of others. To do this, adhere to the following safety practices whenever stopped or advancing through an intersection:

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Green Bay whiplash injury attorneysChronic whiplash is a painful and often depressing condition – especially since treatment options are so horribly limited and, in some cases, ineffective. Thankfully, it appears that science may have discovered a new treatment option. Learn more, and discover what options may be available to you after a chronic whiplash injury, such as the option to pursue compensation.

Surgical Treatment for Chronic Whiplash

Current forms of treatment for chronic whiplash include physical therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, yoga and other forms of exercise, ice and heat therapy, bracing, and pain medication. While such treatments may be helpful for some patients, others continue to experience pain, numbness, headaches, and other chronic whiplash symptoms. It is the latter patients that the study focused on – those in which traditional treatment had been ineffective.

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Wisconsin child injury attorneyesTraumatic brain injury (TBI) is experienced by over half a million children each year and a leading cause of death among young people. Sadly, science still has very few answers on changing those statistics. In fact, if anything, it is becoming more and more clear that the real answer here is prevention.

Take, for example, a recent study in which scientists determined that intracranial pressure monitoring, though helpful with adults, is an ineffective treatment option for children. Learn more about why this study (and others like it) could be important to your child injury case with help from the following.

Children and Intracranial Pressure Monitoring

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Green Bay car crash lawyersJust as the circumstances and results of a car crash can vary from collision to collision, so can the nature and intensity of injuries experienced by those injured in a collision. A number of injuries plague auto accident victims, but certain ailments are more common than others. Soft-tissue injuries, for example, are among some of the most typical auto accident injuries to affect victims in the aftermath of a collision.

Examples of Soft-Tissue Injuries

Anytime a tendon, ligament, or muscle is damaged, this is considered a soft-tissue injury. These types of aches and pains can include everything from bruises to sprains. Other conditions that are classified as soft-tissue injuries include tendonitis (inflamed tendon), bursitis (inflammation of the fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between the joints), and stress fractures. Contusions (bruises) occur when soft tissue is damaged by blunt force, resulting in pain, swelling, and notable skin discoloration. Sprains also cause pain and swelling and occur when a ligament wrenches or twists in an irregular direction. The ankle and wrist are infamously susceptible to sprains, especially during car accidents.

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Green Bay dangerous products lawyersConsumers have the right to expect reasonably safe products from manufacturers. What happens when manufacturers not only fail to meet that expectation but also cause intentional harm by continuing to sell unsafe products? Learn more, including how an experienced product liability lawyer can help with your defective consumer product case.

Gross Negligence in the Manufacturing Industry

When it comes to gross negligence in the manufacturing industry, and the continued sale of defective products, one does not have to look hard for an example. Takata allegedly knew of the defective airbags and even tried to cover it up, long before any deaths from the dangerous airbags had occurred. EpiPen manufacturers had reportedly received hundreds of complaints on their faulty medical devices but failed to investigate them. Remington, the manufacturer of one of the most popular gun manufacturers in America, has received much criticism over the last several years because of an allegedly defective trigger on one of their rifles.

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Wisconsin car crash lawyersStatistics indicate that almost 1.3 million people are killed in car crashes each year. Another 20 to 50 million are injured. What causes these crashes, and how can you avoid them? The following information offers information on 10 of the most common causes of auto accidents, and it provides details on where and why victims should find assistance when filing a claim.

Driver Distraction

When people think of distracted driving, their minds typically turn to cell phones. However, there are several other types of distractions that can pull a driver’s attention away from the road. In fact, a study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that conversation (either on a cell phone or with a passenger) had caused just 18 percent of all the crashes studied back in 2008. However, inattention and other similar errors were the cause of approximately 41 percent of all crashes. Activities that rest within that disparity include everything from eating while driving to applying makeup or attempting to retrieve an item.

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