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Wisconsin auto accident lawyersWhile we tend to think of them as resilient, children are far more likely to experience severe or life-threatening injuries in an accident than an adult. In fact, statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injury death for children and adolescents (more than 12,000 fatalities per year). Motor vehicle accidents are also one of the leading causes of nonfatal injuries in children, resulting in approximately 9.2 million emergency room visits each year.

In hopes that it would educate other parents on the importance of a well-suited and properly installed child safety seat, one mom shared the horrific photos from her crash on social media. Shared more than 100,000 times, the photo shows a totaled car, twisted beyond the point of recognition, and two intact child safety seats. Her two young boys, (6 weeks, 36 months) walked away from the accident “completely unharmed.”

Important Notes on Using a Child Safety Seat

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Wisconsin brain injury lawyersStatistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that an estimated 1.7 million people experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. Most are minor, but victims may still suffer from cognitive deficiencies, memory loss, and other long-term complications. Individuals who suffer a severe brain injury are likely to have even further (and potentially life-long) deficits. If you or someone you love has recently suffered a brain injury, the following information can help you know what to expect, both immediately and in the long-term.

Minor Traumatic Brain Injury

Minor brain injuries rarely require extensive medical treatment, but victims still need time to heal (typically anywhere from one week to a month). While going through the healing process, victims may struggle with concentration and social interactions, or they may suffer from memory loss, depression, irritability, and common other brain injury symptoms. Though often concerning for victims and their families, such symptoms are a normal part of the recovery process, and they usually dissipate over time, with little to no medical intervention.

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Wisconsin car crash lawyersWhile most auto accident injuries are minor and heal with time, some collisions cause serious, life-altering injuries. In these situations, full and fair compensation can be critical for victims and their families. Sadly, achieving this goal can be far more difficult than most anticipate. Learn more in the following sections, including how the assistance of a skilled, competent attorney can ease the complex process and improve the outcome of your Wisconsin auto accident claim

Why Compensation is Critical

In a minor crash, compensation can offset any losses that the victim has experienced (i.e. time lost at work, medical expenses, etc.). When a more serious injury occurs, compensation should do more than just offset losses; it should help ensure that the victim has the resources they need, both immediately and in the future. As an example, consider the victim who suffers a severe brain injury in a crash. Rendered permanently disabled, they cannot return to work to support themselves or their family, and they require some assistance with their daily living activities.

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Wisconsin bicycle accident lawyersThanks to environmental concerns and the scaling back of unnecessary expenses among many Americans, the number of cyclists has risen dramatically over the last decade. In fact, statistics indicate that some 66 million people now use a bicycle as their primary mode of transportation.

Unfortunately, the roadways are still designed for passenger vehicles, and that creates challenges and potential risks for cyclists. Add in the potential for distracted, drunk, or drugged drivers and it becomes clear that cyclists need to know how to protect themselves from the risk of serious injury if a bicycle accident occurs. Learn more, including how the assistance of a seasoned, competent lawyer can increase your chances of receiving full and fair compensation after a crash.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

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Appleton truck accident lawyersOf all the crashes that occur on the road, those involving commercial trucks tend to be the most devastating. In fact, victims of semi-truck crashes often live with debilitating health conditions that diminish their quality of life. Learn more about these injuries, and the compensation that you or your loved one may be entitled to, in the following sections.

Spinal Injuries

Although spinal injuries can occur in any crash, they are far more common in accidents involving large commercial vehicles. That is because a semi truck’s increased size will typically result in a stronger more forceful impact, which is the main cause of injuries to the spine. Thrown one direction, and then another in a crash, injuries to the spine may involve the spinal column (the bundle of nerves responsible for transmitting messages between the body and the brain), the vertebrae (small bones that encase the spinal column), or the discs that serve as a cushion between the vertebrae.

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Green Bay car crash lawyersAuto accidents are complex events that can be caused by (or are the result of) any number of factors. Drunk or distracted driving, vehicle defects, and reckless driving are factors that may indicate an element of negligence, and that could entitle a victim to compensation from any parties that are deemed liable in the case. There are also other factors that could either reduce or eliminate the negligence element in what initially appeared to be a “cut and dry” case.

An accident in which one driver appeared to be drunk, but then turned out to have a serious health condition, serves as a prime example. The following sections explain how health conditions in an at-fault driver may alter the outcome of a personal injury case. You shall also learn how an experienced attorney can protect your right to pursue full and fair compensation after an accident has occurred.

Health Conditions in At-Fault Drivers

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Wisconsin car crash lawyersAn estimated six million crashes occur in the United States each year. Of those, nearly 40,000 results in someone’s death. Thousands more result in injuries that cause victims to miss time from work or school. Victims also tend to incur medical expenses, and they may even experience a loss of vitality, or they may be rendered disabled. Thankfully, by knowing the most common causes of crashes, drivers can reduce their risk of a serious crash. Learn more in the following sections, and discover how an experienced attorney can protect your right to compensation, should you or a loved one experience a serious or fatal car crash.

Swerving Out Of Lane

Driving is a complex task that requires all of your focus and attention. Sadly, far too many individuals allow themselves to become distracted by either external factors (the scenery, a vehicle being detained by law enforcement, a phone call, the radio, etc.) or internal ones (daydreaming, a stressful situation at work, etc.). When that happens, the driver may swerve out of his or her own lane. As “lane swerving” is one of the most common causes of car crashes (accounting for approximately 30 percent of all accidents in the United States), it is critical that you protect yourself from such drivers. Avoid anyone who is swerving in their lane, call and report drivers who seem to be intoxicated or appear to have no concern for the safety of others (i.e. driving while watching a movie on their phone), and never be the one who is driving distracted.

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Green Bay wrongful death lawyersWhen the negligence of another person causes the death of a loved one, the surviving family members have a right to pursue compensation. Sadly, obtaining a full and fair settlement is far more difficult than most people anticipate. Thankfully, a little knowledge and the assistance of a seasoned personal injury attorney can increase the chances of a positive outcome in your wrongful death case.

Traffic Accidents and Wrongful Deaths on the Rise

As the economy continues to recover, more and more people are traveling for both work and entertainment purposes. More people on the road (who may be distracted, intoxicated, or otherwise unwilling or incapable of safely operating a vehicle) means more crashes, and almost all crashes carry a risk of death. If your loved one loses his or her life as a result of a crash, it is important that you contact an attorney immediately for an in-depth analysis of your case.

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Appleton spinal injury lawyersAlthough victims may sustain an injury to almost any part of the body during an auto accident, those relating to the spine are often the most severe. They also happen to be some of the most commonly experienced injuries in serious crashes. Learn more about the types of spinal injuries that may occur in car crashes, discover what compensation may be owed to you, and gain information on the ways that an experienced attorney can increase your chances of making a full and fair recovery. 

Whiplash Injuries

Of all the spinal injuries that may occur during a car accident, whiplash is the one most frequently experienced. Most people consider it an injury to the neck, which is mostly true, but it can also affect the spine. Victims also sometimes experience multiple spinal injuries, which can compound the complications that they experience from their whiplash injuries. Some whiplash victims also sustain what is known as chronic whiplash. A phenomenon that is still highly misunderstood, it can cause a lifetime of pain and emotional distress for the injured party.

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Green Bay auto accident lawyersWhile most auto accident claims are settled through negotiation, some victims may need to file a lawsuit to have a shot at successfully recovering damages for their losses. Should this happen, the victim would then be bound by Wisconsin’s statute of limitations. What are these laws, how can they impact your right to pursue compensation after a crash, and how can an experienced personal injury attorney protect your rights during a claim? The following information explains.

When is Litigation of a Claim is Necessary?

No one likes to file a lawsuit; the process is arduous, complex, and emotionally draining. However, there are circumstances in which this avenue is the most appropriate for a claim. For example, a victim who has had their claim wrongfully denied, or if the insurance company is refusing to pay a portion of their damages, they might need to take the case to litigation. Cases in which punitive damages may be owed may be best pursued through litigation as well.

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Wisconsin construction zone accident attorneysAuto accident claims are, by nature, complex, but when there is an element of government liability, even more rules and statutes are added. To make matters worse, these accident victims are at an even higher risk of a denied or reduced claim when filing suit against a government entity. Thankfully, a little knowledge, along with the assistance of an attorney, can improve the outcome of your case. Learn more in the following sections.

Is a Government Entity Liable?

The government has sovereign immunity, which protects it against lawsuits, but that immunity can be waived if one an agency or employees causes an accident by acting in a negligent manner. Traffic-related examples in which a government entity may be held liable include:

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Green Bay personal injury attorneysCar crash victims who have been injured by a negligent party have a right to pursue compensation for any injuries or losses they may have experienced. Sadly, since victims do not always know what sorts of damages they might be owed, the insurance companies often attempt to minimize their payout amount. Avoid this issue by learning what types of compensation you may be owed after an auto accident, and discover how the help of an experienced attorney can improve your chances of receiving a full and fair settlement.

Specific Damages in an Auto Accident Claim

Specific damages pertain to any specific losses you may have experienced because of the crash. Examples include damage to your property, lost wages, and medical costs. Victims often assume that these claims are simple and do not require the assistance of an attorney. However, there may be expenses that you have not considered. For example, you may be owed money for any gas that you needed to purchase for medical appointments. Co-pays to your doctor, money for prescriptions, and even the cost of medical equipment may also be covered under your claim. A claim can also be made for the loss of future wages (or loss of capacity to earn) and future medical expenses, as long as medical experts and/or vocational experts can provide proof the claims are reasonably likely to occur.

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Appleton car accident lawyersAfter a car crash that has caused injury, victims expect to receive fair compensation for any injuries or losses they have sustained. Sadly, that is not what usually happens. After all, insurance companies do not make millions by treating victims fairly. Instead, they work hard to find any and every reason they can to deny and reduce the claims of injured motorists. Thankfully, there are some ways that drivers can protect themselves from reduced and denied claims after a crash. Learn more, including how the assistance of an experienced attorney can improve the outcome of your case with help from the following information.

What You Say and Do After an Accident Matters

The moments after a crash can be overwhelming and, in some cases, frightening. You or someone you love may be seriously injured. Plus, the adrenaline of the entire ordeal can leave you feeling as though you were at fault, even if you were not. To complicate matters even more, victims are often stressed about the lifestyle implications of the accident, such as missing time at work or having to replace their vehicle.

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Green Bay distracted driving accident attorneysDistracted driving causes an estimated nine deaths each day and at least 1,000 injuries, yet drivers continue to use their cell phones while behind the wheel. The car manufacturer, Audi, is trying to combat those statistics with a new type of technology. Learn more about their efforts, discover what rights you may have if a distracted driver injures you or someone you love, and obtain information on how an experienced attorney can assist with your claim in the following sections.

Audi’s Safety Code Script

Audi’s new technology, which they refer to as their “safety code script,” works a lot like the phone applications that developers have made; it automatically detects when the device is moving at a speed that exceeds 20 miles per hour and then asks the individual to confirm whether they are driving. If the phone user does indicate that they are behind the wheel, the safety code will disable their device, preventing them from using it while they are driving.

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Wisconsin whiplash injury lawyersWhiplash has not always been an issue. In fact, it was not until the early 1800s that medical professionals starting seeing such types of injuries. They were occurring in railway accidents – specifically ones in which the cars had been hit from behind. At first, practitioners thought the injuries were merely sprains, but the injuries were not healing like sprains to other parts of the body. With no real physical proof of the pain, the only answer they could come up with was that the forceful jarring had caused injury to the spine and tendons and muscles within the neck.

The Rise in Whiplash Injuries

As automobiles became the preferred mode of transportation and more accidents occurred, it became clear that the number of whiplash injuries that occurred each year was increasing. Healthcare professionals were still mystified by the injuries – especially those that did not heal within just a few weeks – but they could not dismiss the pain their patients were experiencing. Then, in 1995, the Quebec task force came up with a classification system for what medical professionals were now calling “whiplash injuries.”

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Wisconsin car crash lawyersWith more than 40,000 highway deaths and approximately two million deaths last year, lawmakers are eager to reduce the number of traffic accidents that occur on U.S. highways each year. Self-driving cars – those that operate without the aid of the driver – seem to be the answer that lawmakers are focusing on right now. In fact, Congress is currently considering several bills that would expand the driverless car program and its development.

Safety advocates, though supportive of the development of driverless cars, are asking that Congress proceed slowly. Learn why and discover how an experienced auto accident attorney can help you seek compensation after a car crash that has caused death or injury to you or a loved one.

Bill Would Expand Driverless Car Development

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Green Bay brain injury lawyersAlthough many traumatic brain injury victims do ultimately recover from their injuries, some suffer from serious and life-long complications. Next to death, diagnosis of a vegetative state is, perhaps, the most devastating of outcomes. Yet, because of music, healthcare professionals and medical experts are starting to wonder if unconsciousness is a spectrum, and the victim’s quality of life can still be improved. Learn more in the following sections, including how an experienced personal injury lawyer may be able to help improve the circumstances for your family after someone has experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Researchers Are Using Music to Reach Vegetative Brain Injury Victims

Science has always assumed that an individual in a vegetative state cannot hear, see, or otherwise interact with their surroundings. Things are changing, however – and music is at least partially responsible. Found to improve recovery for brain injury victims and thought to reduce aggression in people with dementia, music is currently being used in a medical study to determine if it can improve the quality of life of individuals with severe, vegetative state brain injuries. Researchers are also hoping to determine if music could be used to diagnose consciousness in people who have been diagnosed as being in a vegetative state. This element of the study could be critical to families of victims, especially since consciousness still mystifies healthcare professionals and studies have consistently found a high rate of misdiagnosis.

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Appleton auto accident attorneysAfter an auto accident, you will hear a lot of industry-specific terms; fault is one of them. While most drivers know the meaning of the term, not all understand how it is determined or why it matters. The following information explains, and it provides some important details on how an experienced auto accident attorney can help improve the outcome of your personal injury case.

Fault in a Car Crash – Why It Matters

Even if you have never been in an accident, you have probably heard others discuss the aftermath of their own situations. You may have even heard them talk about fault. Why is this element so important in an auto accident, and how might it affect your case after a crash?

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

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

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

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

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

Everyday Winter Emergency Kits

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