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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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Appleton car crash lawyersBecause it is associated with holidays, family, and outdoor fun, fall is a considered a beautiful and joyous time of year by most people. Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous – just as dangerous, sometimes, as the winter. Learn how you can protect your family from potential injury this fall by examining some of the biggest season-related driving dangers, and how to avoid them. You shall also learn what you can do, should you become the victim of a car crash.

Be on Watch for Wildlife

Statistics from the animal advocacy group, PETA, indicate that about 1 in 100 drivers hit a deer at some point in their life. As we head into fall, the risk of seeing and experiencing an accident with one increases by more than three-fold. That is because we are heading into the mating season, when deer become more active. Watch closely for them during early morning and late evening hours (dawn and dusk), and be more alert when you know there are nearby bodies of water.

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Wisconsin bus accident lawyersBuses are an inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to commute, but they can also be extremely dangerous to passengers and other road users. In fact, bus accidents are some of the most catastrophic crashes in existence. Learn more about the types of injuries you may sustain in a bus accident, and discover how an experienced attorney can help you recover compensation for your losses and injuries.

A Closer Look at America's Deadliest Bus Crashes

When examining bus accidents over the last four decades, there are several that stand out. However, the church bus crash in 1988 is thought to be the deadliest. A total of 67 passengers were on the bus when a Kentucky factory worker began driving his truck the wrong way on an interstate. Most of the passengers were either injured (34) or killed (27). Only a few managed to escape mostly unscathed.

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Wisconsin bicycle accident attorneysStatistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation indicate that some 4,500 bicyclists experience a non-fatal injury each year. Since many of these injuries were related to the head, face, or neck area, one would think that cyclists are failing at helmet use, but this assumption could not be further from the truth. Learn the truth about bicycle accidents and helmet use, including why helmets are not always effective at preventing head injuries among victims.

Man Experiences Severe TBI in Bicycle Accident

It had been an average day for a Virginia man – he had ridden his bike to work and was on his way home to cook dinner for his sons, but then everything changed. Hit by a senior woman that had run a red light while he was riding through the intersection, the man was thrown 50 feet from his bike. The helmet he was wearing at the time may have saved his life, but it did not save him from years of painstaking recovery.

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Wisconsin pedestrian accident lawyersThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in the year 2015, pedestrian accidents that resulted in fatalities were on the rise. With the global increase of both vehicle and on-foot commuters in recent years, it comes as no surprise that these statistics have spiked since then. Under this 2015 study done by the NHTSA, research showed there were over 5,000 pedestrian fatalities in the United States alone, emphasizing the need to inform, encourage, and empower pedestrians to take proactive steps toward their safety now, more than ever before.

Who is Most at Risk?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified certain pedestrians who are more at risk than others for personal injury while out and about. For example, adults who are 65 years old or older and children under 15 years of age are especially at risk. Learn how to protect yourself as a pedestrian, and discover how an experienced personal injury lawyer can assist with your pedestrian accident claim, should you or a loved one suffer an injury or fatality because of another road user’s negligence.

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Green Bay auto accident attorneysThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that Americans spend more than 1 million days annually in hospitals due to auto accident injuries. The CDC also tells us that victims usually incur more than 75 percent of their medical costs within the first 18 months after their injuries. While a number of these aches and pains reveal themselves immediately after the accident, this is another small, yet significant implication that many car crash injuries can surface weeks, even months following the accident.

Post-Accident Bumps and Bruises

There are countless types of injuries you may experience after being involved in a car collision, but the following are some of the most typical injuries to burden victims in the aftermath of the crash:

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Green Bay construction site accident lawyersThe Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970 states that U.S. employers are required to provide a safe and healthful workplace. Unfortunately, not every employer complies. Take, for example, the recent trench collapse in South Carolina. Though no one was fatally injured in the incident, OSHA fined the company for not protecting its employees from trench collapse hazards. Learn more about these dangerous but common incidents involving construction site negligence, including your right to pursue compensation for the losses and injuries you have sustained.

OSHA’s Trenching Standards Promote Safety

Trench collapses are entirely preventable, especially when employers adhere to the standard OSHA protocols. This involves using protective systems on any trenches that exceed five feet. It also requires that employees are trained and protected with appropriate gear while inside the trench. Any failure to adhere may be considered an act of negligence, which may entitle the victim to compensation outside of the standard workers’ compensation system.

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Appleton dog bite injury attorneysDogs might be considered man’s best friend, but they are still animals, and they can still cause injury. In some cases, dog bite injuries may be severe, which may increase the victim’s risk of infection. Learn how you can prevent this from happening after a bite injury and discover how an experienced attorney may be able to help you obtain compensation for your losses.

Treating Minor Bite Injuries

Most minor dog bites can be treated at home, first with water and antibacterial soap, then with antibacterial ointment and a sterile bandage. However, you should still visit your doctor if you did not know the dog that bit you. Failure to do so could result in serious health complications – especially if the dog had rabies. Injury victims with minor bites should also be closely monitored for any potential signs of infection (red streaking, heat at the wound site, pus, fever, etc.).

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Green Bay motorcycle accident attorneysMotorcycle veterans – those that have been riding for a long time – may be less likely to experience a crash, but they may also be more susceptible to serious and life-threatening injuries. In fact, one study determined that thoracic injuries were significantly more common in those aged 60 or older than in younger riders. Learn more about the risks for older riders, and how you can seek compensation if yourself or someone you love is injured in a motorcycle accident.

A Closer Look at the Statistics

Published in the journal Injury Prevention, the study compared nonfatal injuries among older riders to those of younger riders. Also analyzed were fatal injuries, hospitalizations, and the frequency of crashes. Overall, riders in the 20 to 39 age group experienced a total of 921,229 accidents from 2001 to 2008, while older riders (those over the age of 60) experienced only 65,660 incidents. However, the number of thoracic injuries were significantly higher in the 60-plus age group. These same riders were also more at risk for other serious and life-threatening injuries, partly because of their weaker bone structure, lack of elasticity in the chest wall, and pre-existing health conditions.

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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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