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Green Bay hit and run accident attorneyIn February 2019, a 54-year-old Wisconsin man was fatally injured in a hit-and-run accident in Milwaukee. The injuries occurred when the man was attempting to fill potholes, and he was pinned up against his vehicle. According to Milwaukee police, the driver fled the scene after colliding with the man and his vehicle. 

Hit-and-run collisions can be incredibly terrifying, and they are unfortunately quite common throughout the United States. According to a study conducted by the American Automobile Association (AAA), over 2,000 Americans were fatally injured in hit-and-run collisions in 2016. In the United States, a hit-and-run accident occurs every 43 seconds. If you or a member of your family are injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should seek out legal assistance immediately. 

What to Do After a Hit and Run

As frightening as a hit-and-run collision can be, it is important to know how to react after this type of incident. If anyone suffers an injury, contact emergency medical personnel immediately. Once all injured parties have been accounted for, there are a few steps you can take to increase the likelihood of catching the culprit and securing the injury compensation you deserve: 

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Appleton, WI dog bite injury lawyerYou know the saying that a “dog is man’s best friend?” A dog can absolutely be a wonderful addition to any family. In 2017, there were an estimated 90 million dogs throughout the United States. While the vast majority of dogs are usually harmless, any dog can react in an aggressive manner if provoked and sometimes without provocation. Here in the United States, dog bites are incredibly common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S each year. Dog bites can result in severe and debilitating injuries and dangerous infections. If you or a family member are injured in a dog attack, you may be able to pursue compensation for your injuries. 

The Implications of a Dog Bite

Every single year, an average of 800,000 Americans suffer dog bite injuries that result in hospitalization. According to the CDC, approximately 20% of all dog bites require some form of medical treatment. Dog bites can cause long-term nerve damage and infections. It is not uncommon for scars to be left behind from puncture wounds. In Wisconsin, pursuant to section 174.02 of the Wisconsin Statutes, a dog owner (or keeper) is strictly liable for injuries caused by a dog. There can also be situations where a dog owner is liable for “double damages” if the owner’s dog had previously (without provocation) bitten a person with sufficient force to break the skin and cause permanent physical scarring or disfigurement (see Wis. Stat. § 174.02(1)(b)). 

It is also not uncommon to be injured by the dog of a friend or family member. Making a claim against a loved one if you have been injured can be awkward or uncomfortable. However, Wisconsin is a “direct action” state, which means you do not have to bring a claim or lawsuit against your loved one. Rather, you can deal directly with an insurance company (assuming your loved one had insurance coverage). This is another topic that should be discussed with a knowledgeable attorney who understands not only personal injury law but insurance coverage law.  

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Green Bay car accident lawyer elderly driverIn February 2019, an elderly woman was fatally injured in a car accident on Wisconsin’s I-43 highway. The woman lost control of her vehicle and swerved off the road. By the time emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene, the woman had already passed away. This incident demonstrated the risks faced by many elderly drivers. Studies have shown that elderly drivers are more likely to be involved in motor vehicle collisions when compared to many other age demographics. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving an elderly driver, you should seek out legal assistance immediately. 

Elderly Driver Car Accident Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were approximately 42 million licensed American drivers over the age of 65 in 2016. Sadly, the likelihood of a dangerous collision increases with a driver’s age. Throughout 2016 alone, 7,400 elderly Americans (ages 65 and older) were fatally injured in motor vehicle collisions. In all, a shocking 290,000 elderly passengers suffered injuries that required hospitalization in 2016. 

How You Can Help

As drivers age, they begin to face cognitive difficulties that can impact their ability to drive. From lessening vision to declining reaction time, it is important to understand how an elderly driver’s health conditions can affect their driving ability from year to year. 

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Appleton pedestrian accident lawyer

According to a study conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), pedestrian fatalities are at a near 30-year high in the United States. Throughout 2018, a total of 6,227 American pedestrians were fatally injured after being struck by motor vehicles

Here in the state of Wisconsin, hundreds of pedestrians are injured each year in motor vehicle collisions. If you or a member of your family are injured after being struck by a car, contact a trusted personal injury lawyer to ensure your rights are protected and that you get the compensation you deserve. 

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Wisconsin burn injury lawyers-Burn injuries can leave lasting effects on your life, your family, and your finances. There can be physical effects including disfigurement, scarring, tissue, nerve, muscle, and tendon damage. Long-term care and on-going medical treatment can drain family finances and even lead to bankruptcy. Burn injuries can also be emotionally and mentally scarring in the form of pain, suffering, loss of a career, or loss of a spouse.

Therefore, it is important to know the signs and symptoms of a serious burn and seek medical attention should you or a loved one suffer such a burn. Any burn above a first-degree burn requires immediate medical attention.

  • First-degree burn. These are treatable at home and cause only redness and mild swelling.
  • Second-degree burn. These burns cause a painful, swollen, moist-looking area on the skin. A second-degree burn affects the first two skin layers and can leave a scar.
  • Third-degree burn. These burns penetrate down to the fatty layer below the skin. Instead of pain, the victim may feel numbness in the area.  
  • Fourth-degree burn. These burns may cause blackening of the skin. The burn victim may not feel pain due to nerve damage.  

Seeking Damages for Burn Injuries in Wisconsin 

In Wisconsin, if your burn injuries are a result of another person’s bad act or neglect, there is a window of opportunity in which you may seek legal recovery for your damages. This window of opportunity is called a “statute of limitations,” and in Wisconsin, it is three years. After three years, the window will close and you may no longer recover for any damages.

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Wisconsin distracted driving accident lawyersDistracted driving may not be a new issue, but its growth since the development of mobile devices has brought a new awareness to this deadly driving behavior. 

In fact, a recent analysis of 1.4 million copies of police records from Ohio State University determined that almost half of all crashes within the state involved a distracted driver. Although that analysis was conducted in another state, national statistics indicate that distracted driving deaths are a serious problem throughout the entire country. Wisconsin’s distracted driver death rate falls somewhere around 16 percent, according to the most recent data (2014). 

Some say the deaths and accidents are declining, thanks to all the law changes and public announcements, but many scientists disagree. In fact, they worry that the problem is only going to get worse. 

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Wisconsin workplace injury attorneysState and federal laws mandate that employers cover their employees under workers’ compensation. This form of employer insurance is designed to ensure that workers are compensated for some of their losses after a work-related accident (i.e. medical bills, missed hours at work, etc.). Unfortunately, payouts rarely cover the entirety of a worker’s financial losses related to an inability to work; employees receive only a percentage of their regular wages when seeking damages for lost salary. 

Sometimes, an injured employee has additional options outside of their workers’ compensation claim. The most commonly seen example is the third-party liability lawsuit, in which someone other than the employer was also (or perhaps even solely) responsible for the accident. Learn more about how this option may relate to your work injury case, and discover how a seasoned attorney can assist you in pursuing every ounce of compensation to which you are entitled because of a Wisconsin workplace injury

What is a Third-Party Liability Lawsuit?

Although employers are responsible for the safety of their employees, they are not the only company that may be held liable in a workplace accident. Defective machines, automobile accidents, and improperly installed or maintained equipment are just a few examples of ways that a third party may become liable for a workplace injury. There are also other third-party situations that may be difficult for a victim to identify. For this reason, injured employees are strongly encouraged to seek seasoned legal assistance with their work injury claim. 

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Wisconsin construction zone accident lawyersImagine this common commuter scenario: Already running late for work, you take a wrong turn and find yourself in an area that is unfamiliar to you. Traffic congestion has you locked in, so you cannot turn around. A few moments later, you discover the cause of the congestion - a construction zone. You cannot avoid it, so you forge ahead, hoping for the best. Instead, you experience a construction zone accident, which ultimately causes serious personal injuries.

It would be easy to write this scenario off as the fault of the driver, but that may not be entirely true. In fact, that assumption could be almost entirely false! 

Every day, unsuspecting drivers attempt to navigate through dangerous and confusing construction zones that do not meet federal or state code. When a crash occurs, victims often blame themselves - because they were stressed or tired - and they rarely investigate whether there were other contributing factors, such as an error on the part of the construction crew. As a result, some of their losses may go uncompensated. 

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Appleton brain injury attorneysMotor vehicle-related injuries send more than 2.3 million people to emergency rooms every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also reported that motor vehicle crashes were the third overall leading cause of traumatic brain injury-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Traumatic Brain Injury - Definition, Signs, and Symptoms

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be caused by a bump, blow, jolt, or penetration to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Sadly, while you may be aware that you hit your head, you may not be aware that you have experienced a traumatic brain injury — mild or severe — until it is too late. Here are some signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury to help ensure you get the quality care and treatment that you need after an automobile accident:

  • Persistent or frequent headaches;
  • Sensitivity to light or sound;
  • Feelings of disorientation or confusion;
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness;
  • Nausea or vomiting;
  • Blurred vision;
  • Ringing in the ears;
  • Tiredness or sleepiness;
  • A bad taste in the mouth;
  • Change in mood or behavior;
  • Troubles with memory, concentrating, paying attention, or even thinking;
  • Small periods of loss of consciousness or blackouts that last a few seconds or minutes

More severe TBIs can produce even more serious symptoms, so watch for any of the following:

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Green Bay auto accident lawyersBeing in an auto accident can result in many adverse challenges, including physical injury, pain and suffering, missed time and wages from work, and even emotional or mental distress. If you were the victim of an accident at the hands of a neglectful driver, you may be wondering who is left to compensate you for these challenges, which can be costly and stressful. 

You know that the damages to your car will be taken care of, but what about you? Who will cover the costs to get you back up and running?

Who Covers the Damages After an At-Fault Accident in Wisconsin?

If there is a silver lining in all this suffering, it is the fact that, if you were not at fault in the accident, the negligent or reckless driver should be held responsible for all the costs incurred following your accident, including the injuries you sustained. You, the victim, should never be held responsible.

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Appleton car accident lawyersWhen in an auto accident, the damage can be extensive — and we are not just talking about the damage to your car. In fact, the damage to your car often pales in comparison to what you suffer physically and emotionally following your accident. Vehicles also tend to be a simpler fix than people; there may be treatments or ailments that you will have to endure for years to come.

This is why it is so important that you choose not just a good attorney, but the right attorney who will fight for you to get the help you need to heal from your injuries. Here are some things to look for when choosing the right attorney for your auto accident case.

Choose Someone Who Specializes in Personal Injury Law

Many attorneys claim to be a jack of all trades, but this just means that he or she is a master of none. Due to the all of the intrinsic challenges that go with dealing with insurance companies (that know the system quite well, mind you), you need to have an attorney who not only understands personal injury law but someone who studies it, day in and day out.

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Green Bay soft tissue injury lawyersIf you were recently injured in a car accident, your injuries might not always be severe.  However, even low-impact accidents can cause debilitating and potentially long-term effects on your health. One such injury is a soft tissue injury. Some symptoms of soft tissue injury include blurry vision, stiffness in neck, jaw pain and vertigo.  The effects of soft tissue injury can last long after the accident occurs. The victim might suffer from muscle spasms or curvature of the spine.

How You Can Prove Soft Tissue Injury

In personal injury cases, it can be hard to prove that a soft tissue injury occurred.  This is because these injuries are not the most visible. In addition, the other driver’s insurer might look for loopholes so they can deny your claim.  They might claim that you’re exaggerating the effects of the accident on your health. One thing you should do is keep a detailed journal of the pain you’re in as well, as other symptoms in a journal. Another thing you should do is go to your doctor’s appointments and keep good medical records.  

Compensation You Can Receive for Your Injuries

You can be compensated for your injuries in several ways. The compensation will be for your medical bills, continuing treatment for the condition, loss of income due to the injuries, costs of car repairs, and emotional pain and suffering. Talk to your lawyer about this during your initial consultation.

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Wisconsin child injury attorneysRear-facing child safety seats have long been recommended for children up until the age of two, or until they reach the height and weight requirement. This is due to crash test studies, as well as data collected from actual car crashes. Recent American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines has revised the recommendation of 2 years old, telling parents that if they are able (due to the weight of the child and limits of the car seat) keeping your child rear-facing as long as possible is the best way to keep them safe.

Is Rear-Facing Really Safer?

Even with the recommendations, many have wondered if rear-facing car seats would still hold up and keep their children safe in a rear-impact crash. Up until recently, crash test studies involving rear-facing car seats have been done mostly on front and side-impact crashes, with little if any data on how seats situated like this would fair in a rear-impact crash.

Many speculated that, because front-impact crashes send the vehicle inhabitants forward (toward the front of the vehicle), that a rear-impact crash would send them backward (toward the back of the vehicle). This brought up concerns of children facing backward, possibly not being as protected in rear-impact crashes, as their bodies would be thrown in a forward position toward the back of the car.

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Green Bay head injury attorneysIf you have been in an auto accident, you are not alone. In fact, over 3 million Americans are injured annually in vehicle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These injuries can range in severity, with one of the most severe being head injuries. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control reported that motor vehicle crashes were the third overall leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths among all age groups.

Whether it is severe head trauma or a mild head injury, there can be lasting effects that continue for years to come.

Studies Link TBI to Dementia and Parkinson's Disease 

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Wisconsin car accident lawyersWisconsin is a state with a large population of wildlife, particularly deer. In fact, in the winter of 2017, it was estimated that there were upwards of 50 deer per square mile of land area, statewide. This dense population of deer has led to an increase in auto accidents involving wildlife, mainly deer. 

The 16th annual State Farm deer-vehicle collision study, which combined totals between  July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, found that there were 1.33 million of these accidents, nationwide. The study then ranked the top 10 states for deer-related auto accidents, and Wisconsin came in fourth on the list. 

In 2017, the state ranked fifth, so the study indicates that accidents involving wildlife in Wisconsin are on an upward trend. In an article published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this past fall, Police Chief, Peter Hoell, noted that the state is having at least one deer involved accident per night. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Green-Bay-auto-accident-lawyers_20190201-055850_1.jpgWhile some injuries may be immediately apparent after an auto accident (i.e. skin scrapes, gashes, pulled muscles, broken bones, and bruises), adrenaline can mask more severe symptoms. For example, an accident victim with internal bleeding may not notice stomach pains or distention, or they may attribute dizziness or disorientation - symptoms that may arise with head trauma - to stress because of the accident. Due to the risk of these delayed symptoms, and because some injuries can be life-threatening, accident victims are encouraged to seek medical treatment after a crash to check for any serious injuries. 

Not all delayed symptoms are related to physical injuries, however. Symptoms of mental distress (post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, etc.) and chronic pain may not surface until weeks or even months after the crash.

In fact, research from the University of Buffalo found that many individuals involved in auto accidents experienced symptoms associated with PTSD and mood disorders, and of those, 69 percent of individuals reported chronic pain that could be attributed to their auto accident. Another study found it common for persons in an auto accident to experience post-traumatic headaches, with most of the victims attributing the headaches to whiplash.

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Green Bay car accident lawyersMost side-impact crashes happen at intersections, where drivers run red lights or stop signs, and as a result, hit the side of another car. Individuals involved in these crashes (also commonly referred to as T-bone or broadside accidents) do not typically see the crash coming - but even if they did happen to see the vehicle barreling toward them, there would be little they could do to stop the accident from happening. Sometimes, this element can do psychological damage to the accident victim. 

To make matters worse, while most cars have additional protective features for front and rear impact crashes, such as airbags and bumpers, only a small percentage of newer cars offer side curtain airbags to protect passengers from injury during side-impact accidents. Sadly, this lack of protection increases the risk of serious and debilitating injuries among T-bone accident victims.

Rear Passengers at Greater Risk of Serious Injury in Side-Impact Crashes

Side-impact accidents can affect everyone in the vehicle at different levels. In fact, you may be surprised to know that rear-seated occupants could be more vulnerable to injury than those in the front seat. 

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Wisconsin drunk driving accident attorneysEach year, an estimated 10,000 deaths occur because of drunk driving. Scientific experts, who say that these deaths are “completely preventable,” recently issued a report that encourages states to take another look at their drunk driving thresholds. If their suggestion to lower the current BAC threshold is headed, the number of criminal drunk driving cases in the United States could dramatically increase. Drunk driving accident victims, who often have to fight for fair compensation after a crash with a drunk driver, may also start to experience better overall outcomes in their personal injury cases. 

Changes to the BAC Threshold May Be on the Horizon 

Although drunk driving was first ruled as “illegal” in 1910, efforts to reduce the number of drunk driving deaths did not truly start until the early 1980s. Before that, around half of all traffic deaths had been attributed to an intoxicated driver. Over the next 30 years, those deaths would decrease by half; the enactment of a national per se law that made it illegal for a driver to operate a vehicle with a BAC of 0.08 or higher, irrespective to any signs of intoxication, was an instrumental part in this decline of drunk driving deaths. 

Sadly, experts say the numbers have grown stagnant in some states and are rising in others. They believe that a lower BAC threshold of 0.05 could drive the numbers back down. One state, Utah, has already enacted such a law, but it is not set to take effect until December of 2018. 

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Green Bay auto accident attorneysOf all the injuries that one can sustain in an auto accident, those relating to the brain and spine are usually the most devastating. In fact, many victims find themselves disabled or severely limited in their ability to work and earn money for their families after such an injury. Compensation, which may be owed to them, cannot give them back their lives, but a new research project hopes to return at least some functionality back to injured parties. Learn more about this study, and discover how the assistance of a seasoned, competent auto accident lawyer can increase the chances of full and fair compensation after a debilitating accident-related injury.

Researchers Learn How to “Switch On” Potentially Healing Gene

Scientists have long known that certain genes found within the body’s cells can aid in healing the body. What they did not know was how to turn the genes on when an injury occurred. However, a study on mice has allowed them to not only identify which gene to turn on but to also turn over-express it so that it works more effectively. At the current moment, they only know that doing so can reduce the size of a scar. Hypothetically, this could minimize the damage of a spinal or brain injury, but more studies will need to be done in order to determine if their hypothesis is correct. They hope to work with more mice, both shutting off and over-expressing the gene to determine what (if any) added healing benefits the gene offers to spine and brain injury victims.

Waiting for Science While Coping with a Brain or Spine Injury 

The recent study is not the first to examine possible options for brain and spine injury victims. In fact, there are dozens of various surgeries and methods being tested to improve the level of healing that injured parties experience after an accident. Unfortunately, they are all still in preliminary, testing stages, and it could be years before even a single option becomes available to the general population. What this means for today’s victims is that they may live with limitations for the rest of their lives. As such, it is critical that injured parties receive full and fair compensation for their losses. The chances of this happening are much higher when accident victims seek the assistance of a seasoned personal injury attorney. 

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Wisconsin dog bite injury attorneysIt is estimated that some 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog in the United States each year. Of those, nearly 885,000 seek medical treatment, 30,000 require reconstructive surgery, and 3 to 18 percent develop an injury-related infection. Startling as these statistics may sound, there is treatment available. The following sections can help you learn more about the potential complications of such injuries, their treatment, and the forms of compensation that may be owed to dog bite victims that have suffered an injury due to the negligence of a pet owner. 

Dog Bite Injuries and Infection 

Of all the potential complications that a dog bite injury may face, infection is the most likely to occur. Most are minor and can be treated with antibiotics, but because healthcare professionals may initially miss the signs of an infection, it is critical that victims return to the hospital if they notice:

  • Excessive swelling near or around the injury site,
  • Extreme or persistent pain near or around the injury,
  • Red streaking around the injury site,
  • Loss of sensation in the injured body part,
  • Fevers,
  • Night sweats,
  • Limited mobility or use of the injured body part,
  • Swollen lymph nodes, and
  • Pus or discharge from the wound. 

It is also important to note that some infections may be deadly, especially if they go untreated. As an example, dog bites may lead to acute osteomyelitis, an infection that can develop in the bones or joints that may spread to other parts of the body. Sepsis is another deadly infection that may occur if a dog bite-related infection goes untreated. 

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