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Appleton auto accident lawyersCar accidents can be a frightening experience. Unfortunately, adrenaline, fear, and possibly even a misplaced sense of fault or regret – all normal byproducts of an accident – can get in the way of your personal injury case. Learn how to maintain your composure and discover the five things you should never do after a car accident with help from the following information.

Assume the Damage is Minor

While, at first glance, an accident may appear to be just a fender bender, there could be hidden damage to your vehicle. Furthermore, you yourself may be injured, despite not feeling any pain immediately after the accident. So, no matter what you do after an accident, never assume the damage is minor. Take your car to a mechanic and visit a physician as soon as possible.

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Appleton brain injury lawyersEach year, some 2.8 million people suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Of those, about 50,000 die from their injuries. Often, this is related to intracranial pressure, or swelling of the brain. Scientists and clinical researchers now believe that intracranial pressure monitoring may help reduce the risk of fatality among severe TBI victims. Learn more about this treatment, such as the potential prognosis for severe TBI victims, and how an attorney can help you recover the compensation that you and your loved ones deserve.

More on Intracranial Pressure Monitoring

Intracranial pressure monitoring is a process in which doctors carefully monitor any swelling within the brain. Though not correlated with an improved outcome for severe patients, study authors recently found that it can reduce the risk of mortality. In some instances, this may be all that is needed to ensure the victim makes a full recovery. In others, however, the victim may still suffer from cognitive losses, memory losses, and perhaps even personality changes or severe disability. In the latter case, victims and their families may be owed compensation for those losses (as well as any costs that are associated with those losses).

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Wisconsin burn injury lawyersBurn injuries are often caused by preventable and negligent mistakes, such as car accidents or defective products. In such instances, victims may be owed compensation for the injuries and losses they experience. Learn more about the claims process and how an attorney can help protect your rights in a burn injury case.

Types of Burn Injuries

Despite the common misconception, there are actually several different types of burn injuries, and each may affect the victim differently. For example, an electrical burn is far more likely to cause internal injury than a chemical or second-degree burn. In contrast, chemical burns are far more likely to leave external scarring and disfigurement than internal burns. Understanding this – and how it may impact the amount of your settlement – can be crucial to your case.

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Wisconsin traffic accident attorneysBack-to-school season is full swing, and that means there is more early morning traffic for those headed off to work each day. Knowing this, and the risk it poses to their children can give parents an extra dose of anxiety. Thankfully, there are ways that parents can protect their children from bus accidents, car accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents during the school months. The following covers some of the basics, and it provides details on where parents can find assistance if an accident does occur.

Back-to-School Bus Safety

Although accidents on school buses are relatively rare, children have an elevated risk of injury when they must cross in front of the bus. This is because, unfortunately, not all cars abide by the law (which is to stop when the bus signals them to do so). To protect your children, teach them to only cross in front of the bus when necessary. They should walk at least ten steps in front of the driver – or only when they can see the bus driver in their seat. Furthermore, children should never pass behind the bus because they are not offered any sort of protection.

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Wisconsin personal injury attorneysDeaths and injuries caused by the negligence of another person or entity may entitle victims to compensation. Unfortunately, there is not an unlimited time-frame in which they may file a claim. Instead, victims are bound by their state’s statute of limitations. Learn more about Wisconsin’s statute of limitations on personal injury claims, including what it could mean for your personal injury accident, with help from the following information.

General Statutes on Personal Injury Claims

Most personal injury claims require that victims settle their case within three years from the date of death or injury. However, there are many exceptions and limitations to this general rule. It is important to understand if, and when, they may apply to your specific situation.

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Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyersMost motorcycle riders have a story, a moment when they were sure an accident would happen because someone else did not see them. Some have lost their lives because of this phenomenon. Others have had their lives irrevocably altered. Thankfully, there are ways that motorcyclists can reduce their risk of an accident. However, if one does occur because of someone else’s negligence, they may be entitled to compensation. Learn more about the defensive driving and safety measures that could save your life, and what you can do if you or someone you love is injured or killed in a motorcycle accident.

Wear the Right Gear

Although motorcycles can maneuver out of dangerous situations, the rider may still find themselves thrown from their bike. Alternatively, they may be required to “lay the bike down” to avoid a collision. This action, in and of itself, can cause injury – especially if the rider is not wearing the right gear. Always wear long pants and sleeves, preferably made of leather (it does not tear as easily as other fabrics). Also, strive for wearing a helmet whenever you ride. While an insurance company cannot (in most instances) reduce a claim for not wearing one, it could be the one thing that prevents a serious or fatal head injury.

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Green Bay auto accident attorneysWhen one purchases insurance, they believe their insurance company will cover them in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, what most people do not realize is that insurance companies routinely do all they can to reduce and deny insurance claims. In fact, a recent reporting from the L.A. Times indicates that they are now going so far as to use cell phone tower data against their consumers – and in some cases, they are even pressing charges for fraud. Learn more about the way they are misusing information against their consumers, and what you can do about it if an auto accident happens to you or someone you love.

Woman Endures a Three-Year Fight and Criminal Charges

For three years, an Iowa woman fought against her insurance company, trying to get her claim paid after her home burned down. During that time, she also fought criminal charges for insurance fraud and arson. The reason? Her insurance company used cell phone data to pinpoint her location at the time of the fire and then accused her of lying about her location and starting the fire herself. Though ultimately acquitted of her charges, and despite finally receiving a payout for her claim after three years, her life was upended, all because she filed a claim against her homeowner’s insurance policy.

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Green Bay auto accident lawyersAuto accidents are one of the more traumatizing events that a person can go through, yet the emotional injuries that people experience are often overlooked. In fact, even victims sometimes discount the emotional impact that an accident can have on their lives. Know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of emotional trauma, learn how to cope with it, and discover what options you may have if the trauma is severe with help from the following information.

Signs and Symptoms of Trauma

Despite the common misconceptions about trauma after an accident, the difficulty coping may not immediately surface. Instead, it may be days, perhaps even weeks, before the trauma rears its head. At first, it may start with some strange symptoms, and victims may initially attribute it to stress, but as time wears on, they may start to realize that something is seriously wrong. For example, victims may begin to experience:

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Wisconsin wrongful death lawyersWhen one thinks of fire-related injuries, they typically think of burn injuries. However, burns are not the most common cause of fire-related deaths. Instead, that title goes to smoke inhalation. It is a silent killer that can keep victims from finding their way to an exit, and it can cause asphyxiation that may ultimately result in serious injury or death. Learn more about this fire-related injury, including how to tell if you or a loved one may be entitled to compensation for your losses, with help from the following information.

Smoke - A Swift and Silent Killer

In an enclosed space, fire depletes the air of oxygen and replaces it with toxins like smoke, soot, carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and other gasses. In a matter of minutes, victims can begin to feel sluggish. Soon, they may start to experience dizziness and a loss of rational thought. If still unable to find a way out the victim may then lose consciousness. At this point, the victim likely needs immediate medical attention; failure to receive it may result in death. However, even with treatment, victims may suffer serious or permanent lung damage.

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Wisconsin brain injury lawyersTraumatic brain injury is one of the most common accident-related injuries in America, affecting some 1.7 million people each year. Many will ultimately recover from their injuries, but others will have persistent or long-term complications, including cognitive issues. Scientists now believe that an ADHD medication may help. Learn more about this treatment, and discover what you can do if a brain injury has happened to you or a loved one, with help from the following.

Using ADHD Medication to Treat Brain Injuries

Long-term traumatic brain injury (TBI) can impair a person’s cognitive abilities, sometimes so severely that the victim requires round-the-clock care. However, even victims with a minor impairment may experience a diminished quality of life. A study from the Indiana University School of Medicine suggests that Ritalin, a common ADHD medication, may improve certain areas of cognition for these victims. More specifically, the researchers noted an improvement in attention span, memory, and executive functioning. However, it should be noted that the results of the study are still preliminary, which means it is not yet available for suffering victims.

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Appleton auto accident lawyersSome accidents are relatively minor, with only physical injuries. Others can be emotionally or mentally devastating. Either way, victims may be owed compensation. However, it can often be difficult to prove injuries that are not physical. As such, it can be difficult to receive compensation for unseen injuries, such as posttraumatic stress disorder or anxiety. Thankfully, victims do still have options. The following information explains, and it provides details on where to find assistance with your emotional injuries claim.

The Complexity of Mental and Emotional Injuries

Mental and emotional injuries, though real, are also hidden from the eyes of the public. To make matters even more complicated, they may not manifest until after the physical injuries have subsided or healed, which can make it difficult for victims to connect their emotional injuries to the accident. For example, you might suddenly start having panic attacks on your way to work, but you may not realize that it is the drive that is making you anxious. Or you could start experiencing nightmares, but not understand that they are connected to the accident. Instead, you might attribute it to stress on the job, stress at home, or financial stress.

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Green Bay catastrophic injury lawyersMany injuries sustained in an accident may heal over a period of weeks or months, but others may require long-term or even life-long treatment. These types of injuries, which are otherwise known as catastrophic injuries, often receive higher amounts of compensation. Unfortunately, the pursuit of such claims can be complex, and there is always the risk of a denied or reduced settlement. Thankfully, there are some things that victims can do to mitigate such risks. Learn more with help from the following information.

Common Catastrophic Injuries

Although catastrophic injuries can include almost any type of injury requiring long-term treatment, some are more common than others. Examples include:

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Wisconsin motorcycle lawyersFor the most part, bicycles and motorcycles are supposed to be treated just like any other vehicle on the road. However, unlike cars and trucks, bicycles and motorcycles do not provide body protection. Because of this, riders are especially prone to serious injury. Head injuries, or traumatic brain injury (TBI), are one of the greatest risks, which is why helmet use is encouraged. What happens, though, when a rider is injured without a helmet? Is their compensation reduced, or are there laws in Wisconsin that protect them? The following explains.

Helmet Laws in Wisconsin

Every state is responsible for making its own laws on helmet use. Wisconsin does not explicitly state that a helmet must be used while riding (unless the rider is a minor or has a learner’s permit). As such, it is wrongful for an insurance company to try and reduce the compensation of a licensed adult for not wearing a helmet (they are within their rights to do so in the case of minors and those with learner’s permits). That does not mean they will not try to reduce compensation - especially if the rider has sustained a head injury - so victims should be aware of the potential for such complications in their case.

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Wisconsin pedestrian accident lawyersDrunk driving accidents are thought to account for approximately one-third of America’s fatal crashes (more than 10,000 accidents per year), but not all victims are other drivers. In fact, one study found that about 13 percent of all pedestrian deaths were caused by an intoxicated vehicle driver. What sort of compensation might the families of these victims be entitled to, and where can you find assistance? The following explains.

Drunk Driving is a Prominent Issue in America

No one is immune to the dangers of drunk drivers. In fact, statistics show that 16 percent of all the traffic deaths among children are related to drunk driving. Pedestrians, other drivers, bicyclists, and even law enforcement officers are also at risk. To make matters worse, some of the drunk drivers are commercial drivers – people who drive semi-trucks, garbage trucks, school buses, and transit vehicles. By nature, these tend to be devastating crashes, and they often result in a fatality for other road users.

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Appleton defective toy lawyersIf you are like most parents, you take the time to check age recommendations before purchasing a new toy for your child. You may even check to ensure the product has not been recalled, and if you ever learn of one, you get rid of the toy or return the toy or send it in for a refund or replacement. So, what happens when your child experiences an injury, despite all your due diligence? Every three minutes, a parent, somewhere in the United States, asks this same question. Here, we will answer that question so that you and your loved ones know where to turn if your child ever experiences a defective toy injury.

Defective Toys in America

In a landmark study, researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital examined data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance Service. A compilation of consumer product injury statistics at over 100 hospitals across the country, the data goes all the way back to 1990. Overall, the data revealed that a child is injured by a dangerous toy every three minutes. More specifically, children at different ages and stages faced different threats.

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Appleton car accident lawyersSummer is full of barbecues, vacations, and lazy days by the water. Unfortunately, it also tends to result in an increase of severe traffic accidents. Why does this phenomenon occur, and what should road users do to protect themselves from the negligent behavior of others? The following explains, and provides you with some details on where to find assistance, should an accident happen to you or someone you love.

Why Accident Rates Are Higher in Summer

Many factors cause crash rates to increase during the summer months. More people are traveling, going on vacation, traveling to see their families, and heading out to local parks. There are also more teen drivers on the road – many of which are still learning to drive and some that may be intoxicated. Bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians are also more prominent during the summer months. All these extra road users are then added to the regular, everyday negligent road users, like drunk drivers, speeding drivers, and distracted drivers.

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Green Bay car crash injury lawyersMost people assume that severe injuries only occur in catastrophic accidents, but even minor accidents can be fatal or debilitating. In fact, victims often overlook potentially serious injuries when they are in minor accidents, and that can place them at higher risk for long-term complications. Learn more about the most commonly overlooked car accident injuries, including the potential consequences of not seeking treatment, and how to find assistance with your claim.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries are those that pertain to the body’s muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They can include everything from sprains and strains to whiplash, and they are often overlooked as minor injuries. Unfortunately, victims who do not seek treatment may find themselves at risk for long-term complications, such as muscle spasms or chronic whiplash. To make matters worse, untreated soft tissue injuries may go uncompensated. Do not let this happen to you. Instead, seek medical treatment for pain in your muscles, limbs, or joints.

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Wisconsin spinal injury attorneysSpinal injury victims often have a long road of rehabilitation, and outcomes are never guaranteed. Thankfully, science has been working hard to improve the quality of life for these individuals. One prime example is the current project at Kennedy Krieger. Researchers there are studying the potential effect of aquatic therapy, hoping it will improve long-term outcomes for spinal injury victims. Learn more about spinal injuries, the possibilities of aquatic therapy, and what you can do as a victim to seek compensation for the losses you have experienced.

Aquatic Therapy and Spinal Injuries

Most forms of rehabilitation are currently centered around slings, harnesses, and other suspension devices. While often helpful, these devices do not give victims much freedom of movement, and that can make them feel even more hopeless. Aquatic therapy can empower victims and give them a sense of independence. The water makes them weightless, giving them more control over their bodies. Many are even able to complete their physical therapy with little to no physical support from their physical therapist or movement devices.

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Wisconsin auto accident lawyerAlthough Wisconsin state law requires that all registered vehicles have at least liability insurance, there are still drivers out there without coverage. What happens if you are in an accident with one of these uninsured drivers? The answer to this typically depends on the situation, but there are usually other options for pursuing compensation. Learn more about these alternative options, including where to find assistance when trying to navigate through them.

Immediately After the Accident

Many uninsured drivers will flee the scene of the accident because they know they are at risk for a ticket or possible criminal charges for driving without insurance. If this happens to you, try to gather as much information about the other driver and their vehicle as possible. Turn to witnesses of the accident since they may have seen more than you and request assistance from the police.

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Green Bay hit-and-run accident lawyersAlthough they are less common than other types of accidents, hit-and-run accidents still pose a real and serious threat to drivers in Wisconsin. To make matters worse, the process of pursuing compensation for these crashes can be both complex and frustrating. Thankfully, there are some ways to reduce the stress and confusion of a hit-and-run accident claim.

When the Accident Happens

One of the biggest challenges in a hit-and-run accident is proving that the accident was the result of another driver. Insurance companies often try to write these crashes off as fraudulent claims and may attempt to deny it, based on that assumption. As such, it is crucial that you take the time to file a police report while still at the scene of the accident. Gather statements from witnesses, and be sure to get their names, addresses, and phone numbers; they can help validate your claim.

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