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Wisconsin brain injury lawyersStatistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that some 1.7 million Americans suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. Science now suggests that those individuals could be at an increased risk for several serious and lasting conditions. Uncovered by biologists at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), this revolutionary discovery could one day impact personal injury cases.

About the Study

Published in EBioMedicine, the study examined the brain function of rats. At the beginning of the study, 20 of them were trained to escape a maze. Later, 10 were injected with a fluid that simulated a brain injury. Both sets of rats - the injected group and control group - were returned to the maze. Those in the control group continued to perform as they always had, but the ones who had experienced a brain injury took approximately 25 percent longer to find their way out of the maze.

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Green Bay auto accident lawyersCar accidents cause 2.35 million injuries and over 37,000 deaths each and every year. They are the leading cause of death among those between the ages of 16 and 20, and they are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injury, death, and disability among all age groups. Why are auto accidents so common, and why do the rates keep climbing? The following explores these questions and explains what you can do if you or someone you love is injured in an automobile accident.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving applies to any activity that takes your eyes or concentration off the road (eating, changing the radio station, applying makeup, etc.) but cellphone use is, by far, the most common distracted driving habit. Even more concerning is that the rates continue to rise in the face of new laws, campaigns, and safety warnings.

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Appleton truck accident lawyersOf all the accidents that a road user can experience, those involving semi trucks tend to be the most devastating. In fact, only a small percentage of semi truck accident victims survive the accident, and those that do often experience long-term or lifelong disability. This can be costly for the trucking industry and the government, but the true burden rests with victims who have lost their quality of life.

Technology experts believe they have the solution that would eliminate such catastrophes: driverless trucks. They are so confident, in fact, that they are already pushing to the testing phase. It is their hope that driverless trucks will be the “new normal” within the next decade. Is this truly a solution, though, and how might this change impact other road users? The following examines the possibilities.

The Possible Benefits of Eliminating Semi Truck Drivers

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Wisconsin animal bite injury attorneysMore often than not, people associate dog bites with serious injuries. However, cats are also capable of causing life-threatening and serious injuries to victims. This is because, in many ways, their bites are actually more likely to result in an infection than a minor dog bite. Learn more about the treatment for feline bites, your risk of infection from a cat bite, and your right to pursue fair compensation for your injuries.

Understanding the Danger of a Feline Bite

Initial examination of a feline bite might not seem like a cause for concern, but the very composition of a cat’s teeth are the reason that humans become at risk. Sharp, curved, and long enough to penetrate fairly deep into the skin, a cat’s teeth can transmit bacteria into a bite victim. Yet, the holes are so small, they can quickly scab over and leave the bacteria trapped inside. This can result in an infection in as little as 24 to 48 hours. If left untreated, this infection can spread throughout the body and may even place the life of the victim at risk. As such, feline bite victims should seek medical treatment from a qualified healthcare professional immediately after the bite has occurred.

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Appleton wrongful death lawyersDeath of a loved one is always painful, but when that loss is fueled by the negligent or wrongful acts of another, it can feel like a complete injustice. Indeed, many are, in fact, injustices that qualify as wrongful deaths. What is a wrongful death, and what kind of recourse do the families of lost loved ones have? The following explains.

What is Wrongful Death?

As defined under Section 895 of the Wisconsin Statutes, “wrongful death” is a death that was caused by a “wrongful act, neglect, or default.” In cases where the victim could have filed a personal injury lawsuit, certain other people may file a wrongful death claim in place of the deceased victim. This includes the victim’s surviving spouse, child(ren), domestic partner, parent, guardian, or personal representative of the deceased party’s estate.

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Appleton burn injury lawyersBurn injuries can be physically, financially, and emotionally devastating for anyone, but children can be at an especially high risk for fatality and long-term complications. Their bodies are smaller, and the recovery can be more traumatizing. Now it is being suggested that children may also experience developmental and educational delays because of their burns. This makes it even more critical for parents to understand their right to pursue compensation.

How Big is the Impact?

According to statistics from Safe Kids, a total of 334 children died from burn injuries in 2013 (the most recent year for which data is available). Another 126,035 were seen in emergency rooms for burns. Their causes varied, typically by age, and included issues ranging from scalding to direct fires experienced in auto accidents.

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Green Bay auto accident attorneysAmericans are always on the go, and many are suffering from sleep deprivation. Unfortunately, this could also be increasing their risk of accident. In fact, a recent study from the American Automobile Association (AAA) found that losing even just a couple hours of sleep can double a driver’s risk of a car accident. What might this mean for you and your family, even if you are not sleep deprived? The following explains.

Understanding the Risk

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately one in three adults suffer from sleep deprivation. So, even if you are driving well-rested, chances are, several of the drivers around you are struggling to stay awake. Their reflexes are dulled, and their risk for an accident could be as high as a drunk driver’s. Indeed, this is the risk for those who are driving on five hours of sleep or less.

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Wisconsin school bus accident lawyersEvery day, parents send their children off to school, expecting them to return home safe and sound. Yet, in November of 2016, as families across the country gave thanks, six families in Tennessee grieved the loss of their children. Their school bus crashed and toppled over before slamming into a tree. The impact was so severe that it nearly split the bus in two. What kind of actions might other parents take, should this ever happen to their child? The following explains.

Driver Negligence Said to Be Major Factor in Crash

Investigators began examining the details of the crash, and what might have caused it, shortly after it occurred. What they found was beyond disturbing. Not only was the driver said to have been on his cellphone at one point during the drive (allegedly caught on camera), he was also said to have been driving at least 20 miles per hour over the speed limit. This could be considered gross negligence on his part. Yet he is not the only one who should be held accountable – at least not in this case.

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Appleton pedestrian accident injury lawyersThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that, on average, there is one pedestrian killed in a crash every two hours, and at least one is injured every eight minutes. What kind of injuries are sustained, though, and can victims expect to recover? More importantly, what recourse do pedestrians and their families have when a crash causes temporary disability, permanent disability, or wrongful death? The following explains.

Most Commonly Sustained Injuries

To determine the injuries most often sustained by pedestrians, the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development, and Networks, examined medical records and police reports on more than 1.6 million pedestrian accidents. Injuries to the lower extremities were found the be the most common (50 percent of victims), which was then followed by injuries to the head, face, or neck area (38 percent) and injuries to the upper extremities (27 percent). Additionally, the researchers determined that pelvic injuries were far more common for female victims than they were for male victims. However, males often sustained more serious injuries than women.

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Appleton car crash injury lawyersWhile teens make up only a small fraction of the drivers in America, they account for a fairly large percentage of car accidents per year. In fact, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shows that, of the 5.25 million accidents occur each year, nearly one million involve teen drivers. Car accidents also happen to be the leading cause of teen death. As such, parents must do all they can to keep their teens safe behind the wheel. The following tips can help.

Limit the Number of Passengers

Distracted driving comes in many forms, including social interaction. For young and less experienced drivers, this extra distraction can mean the difference between an accident and arriving at their destination safely. In fact, data from the American Automobile Association suggests that a teen’s risk of accident increases by 44 percent when there is just one other teen in the vehicle. It doubles when there is a second passenger, and quadruples when there is a third. Because of this, the safest bet might be to restrict your teen from having passengers in the vehicle, at least until they gain more experience.

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Green Bay brain and spine injury lawyersNeurodegenerative diseases, such as brain injuries and spinal injuries, can result in serious, life-long complications. Yet some cases have better outcomes than others. Researchers now believe this may be at least partially attributed to an issue in the brain’s astrocytes - special cells that surround and support neurons.

Understanding the Purpose of Astrocytes

Astrocytes were once thought to be nothing more than packing cells that support neurons. Yet science recently discovered that these star-shaped cells play both a complex and vital role in the nervous system. For example, they typically enhance neuron survival and help shape circuitry inside the brain. Unfortunately, it seems that brain and spinal injuries can turn a certain subtype of these helper cells into toxic cells.

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Appleton car accident lawyersAccording to statistics, speeding is the second leading cause of auto accidents within the United States. Yet many drivers continue to ignore the posted speed limit signs. If you have been injured in a car crash by a speeding driver, learn your rights, including your right to pursue full and fair compensation for your losses.

Speeding is a Serious Problem in the U.S.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that speeding-related crashes cost Americans $40.4 billion each year. That figure does not include the cost of increased insurance premiums for speeding drivers, the fines for tickets, or the increased gas usage. Instead, that figure covers only damage to property, lost wages for injured victims, and other accident-related costs. It should also be noted that speeding was found to be a factor in 31 percent of all fatal car accidents in 2008.

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Appleton truck accident lawyersIn 2014, police reported more than 400,000 large truck accidents to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In those crashes, almost 3,500 road users were killed. Another 82,000 suffered non-fatal injuries - some of which were serious and life-altering. To combat this concerning number of injuries and deaths, the FMCSA has implemented a law that requires all trucks be monitored with an electronic logging device, or ELD. This will transfer data on driving times and behavior directly to government agencies. Unsurprisingly, drivers and trucking fleet companies are resisting the change.

Little Time Left to Prepare

The law that mandates the new ELDs be used was passed by Congress in 2012, but did not take effect until December of 2015. Understanding to the difficulties that trucking companies might face in trying to implement the new devices, Congress gave all fleets and drivers two years to comply. That means they have just one year left to complete the transition. Yet, as of November of 2016, only 15 companies had registered devices with the FMCSA.

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Appleton product liability attorneysConsumers have the right to expect that the products they purchase are reasonably safe, and that they will be warned of any potential dangers. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. As a result, victims can be injured or wrongfully killed. A prime example is the recent case against Ikea. Three children were killed when defective furniture tipped over on them. The products never provided any warning. If you or someone you love has faced a similar situation, know and understand your rights, including your right to pursue compensation in a product liability case.

Consumers Have a Right to Expect Products Free from Defect

Before it can be placed on the market for sale or distribution, products must meet certain safety requirements. Further, manufacturers are supposed to perform quality assurance to ensure their products are safe. When they fail to do so, and a victim is injured or wrongfully killed, the company can be held liable. Victims can work to hold them accountable through a product liability lawsuit. This is where Ikea failed. Their dressers, manufactured with a defect that allowed them to tip over, left them liable.

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Wisconsin distracted driving accident lawyerTraffic deaths have increased sharply, drastically, and quickly over the past half-century. Much of the increase can be traced back to cell phone use behind the wheel. Even more concerning is that the rate continues to rise, despite the numerous campaigns, laws, and initiatives. The problem is not that drivers fail to recognize the risk. In fact, studies reveal that most drivers do know that cell phone use is unsafe. The problem is finding a way to actually deter and disconnect them from their devices. California believes they may have the answer, and if you drive in California, traffic laws in that state apply to you.

No Phones Allowed

While most states (46) have provisions in place that prohibit texting while driving, only 14 have laws that explicitly ban the use of cellphones behind the wheel. California is taking it one step further. They are completely banning even touching or handling a cell phone while driving. You cannot check the time. You cannot pull up your map application. You cannot even hold it in your hand. Period. They hope that it will work to reduce their distracted driving problem. Unfortunately, only time will tell.

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Green Bay spinal cord injury lawyersSpinal cord injuries can be scary and devastating to the victim and their family. However, not all mean the person will be paralyzed for life. In fact, spinal injuries are experienced at varying degrees, and some have a better prognosis than others. Learn the basic differences between the two main types of spinal cord injuries, and more about how those variations could impact your personal injury case.

Spinal Cord Injuries (General)

Protected and encompassed within the vertebrae, your spinal cord transfers messages from your brain to the rest of your body. When the protective but bony vertebrae are damaged - crushed, broken, or otherwise compromised - they can cut into or compress the spinal cord and damage it. As a result, messages are no longer able to reach the affected parts of your body. The lower the damage, the further down your body the damage will likely be. Alternatively, injuries higher up on the spinal cord (closer to your head) can cause more widespread loss of sensation, movement, or control.

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Appleton truck accident lawyersIn a perfect world, people would be protected from the neglectful actions of others. Unfortunately, the world is quite far from perfect. In fact, it is often victims who pay the price when unsafe trucks and dangerous drivers mix. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a truck accident, the following information can help you understand your rights.

Failure to Maintain Vehicles is a Form of Neglect

Regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT), the trucking industry must adhere to strict guidelines pertaining to safety and maintenance. This includes truck maintenance. Failure to adhere to these guidelines is a form of neglect - one that victims can use when pursuing compensation for any losses or injuries they experience. Unfortunately, proof of such neglect is often difficult to find. This is why every truck accident victim needs the assistance of an attorney.

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Green Bay car crash lawyerEven after roads have been plowed and treated to melt the snow and ice, road users need to be aware of potential dangers. This is especially true when it comes to the presence of black ice. Often caused by areas that have melted and then refrozen, it is most often an issue in the early morning hours because it is so difficult to see while driving in the dark. It is also one of the most common causes of car crashes in the winter. If one has happened to you or someone you love, the following can help you understand your right to pursue compensation.

Driving in Icy Conditions

While most crashes are due to the fault of a driver, some that relate to inclement weather are unpreventable and unavoidable (unless, of course, you do not drive). Icy conditions - particularly conditions that create black ice - are a prime example. As stated, the best method of preventing such accidents is to avoid driving in the early morning and late night hours. Unfortunately, not everyone has this option. So, if you must drive, go slower than normal, watch overpasses and bridges, and ensure your vehicle is winter-ready.

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Green Bay auto accident lawyersParents often go to great lengths to protect their children. What happens, though, when the negligent actions of another cause an automobile accident that results in injury to the child? Do parents have any form of recourse, and if so, what? The following information explains further, and provides details on how to ensure your child’s safety after a crash.

An Ounce of Prevention

While there is little you can do to change the behavior of others, you can reduce your child’s risk of injury by ensuring they are riding safely. Use the correct size and type of car seat for your child, ensure the seat belt is properly secured, and never let your child sit in the front seat. Further, it can help to teach your child why car safety is important. Parents should also lead by example (wearing their own seat belts, not talking on the phone or texting while driving, etc.).

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Green Bay traumatic brain injury lawyersStatistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that at least 1.7 million people suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. The majority of those sufferers (about 1.365 million) are treated and then released to heal. Unfortunately, this healing process can take weeks, and sometimes months. Over that time, the individual may be unable to work or enjoy the activities they normally do. Some claim that yoga can help with the process.

How Yoga May Help with TBI Recovery

Yoga has many touted benefits and has been used as a therapeutic treatment for numerous conditions. Does it really work, though, and can it truly help with traumatic brain injury? One study suggests it may be a possibility. Conducted over the course of eight weeks, the study examined the outcomes of three TBI sufferers who participated in one-on-one yoga. Researchers found that balance, balance confidence, endurance, and lower extremity strength increased in all three of the participants.

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