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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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Wisconsin auto accident attorneysSprains and strains are classified as an injury to a muscle, ligament, or tendon that occurs when a limb or joint is forced beyond its normal range of motion. Exceedingly common in car crashes, such injuries may result in compensation for auto accident victims. Learn more in the following sections, including how the assistance of a seasoned, competent personal injury lawyer can help to increase your chances of receiving a full and fair settlement in your auto accident claim. 

Car Crashes and Sprain Injuries 

Sprain injuries involve ligaments, which are connecting tissues that stretch around the joint and connect one bone to another. The tension this stretching creates stabilizes the joint. If the ligaments are damaged in an accident, the injured party may experience limited mobility until the sprain heals. Sprain injuries are separated into “grades,” and the time-frame and treatment needed for healing will typically depend on the severity of the injury. 

  • Grade 1 sprains involve light stretching of the ligament. There is little damage, but the victim may experience temporary limited mobility that hinders their ability to work or care for their family;
  • Grade 2 sprains involve at least partial tearing to the ligament, which can usually be seen in a scan. The joint may be somewhat unstable, and healing times with these strains are typically longer than with Grade 1 sprains. Surgery may be required to ensure proper healing of the ligament;
  • Grade 3 sprains occur when the ligament tears in two. The victim may experience instability, and mobility may be extremely limited. These types of strains often require surgery. 

Car Crashes and Strain Injuries 

Strains are similar to sprains, but they involve muscles and tendons (structures that attach muscle to bone and ensure that the muscle is able to do its job) instead of ligaments. The most commonly experienced auto-accident related sprains involve the neck and back. Like sprains, strains injuries are categorized by their severity. Healing times will depend greatly upon whether the injury is considered mild, moderate, or severe. Strain symptoms can include:

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Wisconsin car crash lawyersSelf-driving cars are supposed to be the wave of the future, and experts say they can help reduce the number of accident-related deaths and injuries that occur each year. Unfortunately, current data suggests that driverless cars may actually increase the chances of an accident. The problem with this is that fault can be a confusing thing in accidents involving driverless cars. Learn more about pursuing compensation if you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an auto accident involving a self-driving car, and discover how a seasoned personal injury lawyer can assist you with the process. 

Driverless Car Accident Statistics

Back in 2015, researchers analyzed the accident rate of driverless cars. At that time, it was determined that autonomous cars were five times more likely to crash than a human-driven car. Since then, there have been several more crashes - and one of them resulted in a fatality. Though researchers have not conducted any further analyses since the addition of those accidents, their severity and the potential legal implications of such accidents draw cause for concern. 

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Green Bay head injury lawyersStatistics indicate that around half a million U.S. children are admitted to an emergency room because of a brain injury each year. While most of these kids heal from their injuries, data from a new study may encourage parents to watch their child for signs of ADHD (or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) in the years to come. Learn more about this study, and discover how a seasoned personal injury lawyer can assist you in your pursuit for full and fair compensation. 

Brain Injuries Linked to Increased Risk of ADHD

U.S. researchers examined the data on 187 children. Of those, 81 were hospitalized overnight for a head injury. Another 106 were hospitalized with injuries not related to the head. While none of them had ADHD at the time of their injuries, 48 (about 26 percent) developed symptoms over the next seven years. Children with head injuries were three times more likely to develop ADHD symptoms when compared to the children who were hospitalized with other injuries. General statistics, which indicate that about one in five children who suffer a brain injury are ultimately diagnosed with ADHD at some point during their childhood, back up the findings of this study. 

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Green Bay car crash lawyersTraffic accidents at intersections are both exceedingly frequent and potentially dangerous. Much of this increased risk can be attributed to the fact intersections involve two or more roads where multiple activities, such as turning left and crossing over occur. Learn more about intersection accidents in the following sections, including the frequency at which they occur and the injuries that victims of these accidents may experience, and discover how a seasoned personal injury lawyer can help you in your pursuit for full and fair compensation. 

Intersection Accident Statistics

Data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and National Automotive Sampling System-General Estimates System (NASS-GES) indicates that around 40 percent of all crashes occur at intersections. Most (about 96 percent) are attributed to the fault of one or more drivers. Inadequate surveillance is considered the most common reason that these crashes occur (44.1 percent). Obstructed view, illegal maneuver, and false assumption of other’s actions are some of the other common reasons for intersection crashes. 

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Green Bay car crash lawyersStatistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that auto accidents are the leading cause of injury in the United States. What injuries are victims most likely to sustain, what does the recovery process look like, and what might an injured party be entitled to receive in compensation for the injuries that they experience? The following information examines the answers to these questions, and it provides some important details to help you increase your chances of full and fair compensation after a crash. 

Most Commonly Sustained Injuries in an Auto Accident

Although injuries can range widely from one crash to the next, some injuries are far more common than others. These include:

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Green Bay burn injury lawyersDespite advancements in treatment over the last 10 years, burn injury victims continue to experience serious and sometimes life-threatening complications, including an infection that may lead to sepsis (and ultimately death). A new study suggests that vitamin D supplementation could be the key to reducing these risks after a burn injury. Learn more about the data from this study, and discover how a seasoned personal injury attorney could help you in your pursuit for full and fair compensation after an accident-related burn injury. 

Vitamin D Boosts Recovery for Burn Injury Victims in Study

Vitamin D levels and their impact are often overlooked by clinicians, but the Institute of Inflammation & Aging in Birmingham wanted to find out if it might impact the healing process of burn injury victims. They assessed severely burned patients over the course of a year and reached some interesting conclusions. 

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Green Bay personal injury lawyersSocial media has become an extension of people’s lives, giving them a way to connect and stay in touch with family and friends. Of course, it does have its drawbacks. As an example, consider the negative impact that it can have on the victim of a personal injury case. Photos, posts, and even messages can be used as evidence to deny their claim or reduce their settlement. Changing one’s privacy settings may not offer protection either if the courts have reason to believe that “private” communications contain information that is relevant to the case. 

Highest New York Court Allows Mining of Private Social Media Information 

Victims of personal injury accidents used to be followed and investigated by private investigators that were hired by defending parties. The goal was to try and catch injured parties behaving in ways that contradicted their claims - so, for example, if someone said that an accident had resulted in excruciating pain that kept them from working, the investigator would try to catch them jogging, playing football with their kids, or cleaning their garage. In today's digital era, social media manages to make their jobs easier. In fact, insurance companies do not even need an investigator in some cases because they can quickly and easily find the information they need on an injured party's social media account.  

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Wisconsin truck accident lawyersDriving near or behind a semi truck can cause anxiety and trepidation, even for the most seasoned of drivers. The reasons are many, but it all comes down to one thing: they are large and accidents with them can be devastating. The same can be said of accidents involving debris and fallen cargo. What options do victims have when they are injured because of such an incident? The following information explains. 

Road Debris versus Debris from a Truck - Understanding the Difference 

Like other vehicles, semis sometimes run over road debris, but because the semi is far larger than another vehicle, the debris can then be catapulted on or into the vehicle of another driver. Typically, such accidents are seen as unexpected and unforeseen events, so compensation may be difficult to obtain. However, if the debris comes from the truck itself - be it cargo or otherwise - the victim of the accident may be owed compensation. Still, victims often experience great difficulty when trying to obtain compensation for such accidents. 

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Wisconsin spinal injury lawyersData indicates that there are approximately 17,000 new spinal injury cases per year. Though experienced in varying degrees, these injuries typically result in at least some form of paralysis, which is often permanent. Scientists have been working hard to come up with a solution - some using drugs, others specific therapies, and still others who are using surgical interventions. One recent scientific study, which included the grafting of human stem cells into rhesus monkeys, is showing promise - so much so that the entire scientific community is abuzz. 

Stem Cell Graft Improves Grasping in Monkeys

A team of neuroscientists and surgeons, which were led by University of California San Diego School of Medicine, grafted neural progenitor cells (NPCs) into the spines of rhesus monkeys as a follow-up to former studies with rodents. Though complications did arise - specifically in regard to technique - the scientists and surgeons found workarounds and managed to successfully grow hundreds of thousands of human axons and synapses in the monkeys. As a result, the monkeys experienced an increase in forelimb function, specifically the ability to grasp. Published in an online issue of Nature Medicine, the study findings indicate a significant step in translating positive results in humans with spinal cord injuries. 

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Wisconsin brain injury lawyersStatistics indicate that some 2.8 million Americans experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Capable of causing everything from death and memory loss to unexplained mood and personality changes, it may be more common in those with bipolar disorder. Learn more about this risk, and discover how a seasoned traumatic brain injury lawyer may be able to help you receive compensation for an accident-related brain injury, even if you do have an overall increased risk. 

Study Finds Bipolar Disorder May Increase Risk of TBI

Statistics indicate that some 5.7 million American adults suffer from bipolar disorder. Formally known as manic depression, bipolar disorder causes mood shifts, and it can interfere with an individual’s ability to function in their day-to-day life. Individuals who suffer from the condition may also be more prone to experiencing traumatic brain injury during an accident. 

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Green Bay electrocution injury lawyersConsumers expect that the products they purchase will be safe to use, so long as they follow the warnings and instructions. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Instead, statistics say that some 48 people die of consumer product-related electrocution each year. Learn how you can obtain full and fair compensation if you or your loved one has been killed or injured by a consumer product, and discover how a seasoned, competent personal injury lawyer can assist you with the process. 

The Truth About Consumer Product Recalls

Ideally, products would not be released to the public until after they have undergone a rigorous safety inspection. Sadly, there are holes in the system, so numerous defective items are placed into the hands of consumers each year. Sometimes the defects are caught before an injury or death occurs, but usually, it is a tragedy that sparks a recall. From there, consumers must rely on news sources, online notifications, and product registries to inform them of the dangerous item. Sadly, this system does not always work either, so many people continue to use a product that is unsafe. Because of that continued use, their risk of a death or injury may increase, and if one does occur, their chances of a full and fair settlement may decrease. 

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Green Bay auto accident injury lawyersFacial scarring and disfigurement are some of the most common types of auto accident-related injuries. They can also have a significant physical, financial, and psychological impact on the life of a victim. In fact, some individuals are scarred so bad that they are uncomfortable leaving their own home. Thankfully, injured victims may have options to help them recover from the devastating effects of a facial disfigurement injury. Learn more in the following sections. 

The Toll of a Facial Disfigurement Injury 

Victims who suffer from facial disfigurement often go through an identity crisis. They may no longer recognize their own face, which may make them self-conscious. Just talking about the accident can be traumatizing, and since people may ask what happened or perhaps stare, individuals may suffer from extreme social anxiety that impedes their ability to work or interact with members of their community. As a result, they may start to experience social isolation and they may lose touch with people they love and care about. 

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Green Bay personal injury lawyersThe United States has more than 400 different amusement parks and attractions - and that is not counting state or county fairs that change location on a regular basis. Generating more than $219 billion per year, one would assume that these places are a fun and safe way to spend time with their families. Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth. 

Amusement Park Injury Statistics

Statistics indicate that there were at least 30,900 injuries in 2016 alone (the most recent year for which statistics are available), and there have been 22 deaths reported since 2010. Unfortunately, the numbers could be even higher than, as no formal method for reporting such incidents exists. What is worse, the parks are not overseen federally. Instead, it is up to the states to regulate for safety, and not all of them do. In fact, there are at least four states where regulations are non-existent. What does this all mean for park attendees? It could mean severe injury or even death. 

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Green Bay rear end accident lawyersRear-end collisions account for approximately 28 percent of all crashes in the United States today, and that makes them one of the most commonly experienced accident types. They can also be extremely devastating for the victims, despite often occurring at a low speed. Learn more about the most commonly sustained rear-end accident injuries in the following sections, and discover how a seasoned personal injury lawyer can help increase your chances of full and fair compensation after a rear-end crash.

Neck and Spine Injuries

Of all the injuries that may be experienced in a rear-end crash, those pertaining the neck and spine are some of the most common. Many are considered soft tissue injuries (i.e. whiplash), but the spine of the victim may be injured as well. Severe neck and spinal injuries can lead to long-term pain, nerve damage, and potential paralysis.

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Wisconsin drunk driving lawyersStatistics indicate that three out of 10 drivers in the U.S. will experience a drunk driving accident at some point in their lives. Sadly, these accidents often involve uninsured or unlicensed drivers who have repeatedly driven while intoxicated, so victims may struggle to obtain compensation. Add in the chances of a hit-and-run and the devastating nature of most drunk driving accidents and you have a frustrating and frightening situation for crash victims. Thankfully, there are ways that you can recover compensation. Learn more, including how the assistance of a seasoned, competent car accident lawyer can help to increase your chances of obtaining full and fair compensation after an accident caused by a drunk driver.

Criminal Charges and Civil Penalties

Drunk drivers often face criminal charges when their actions have caused an accident, but they may also be subject to civil penalties - or compensation to the victim or their loved ones. Unfortunately, it is often a complex, multi-step process, and few are prepared for it. Add in the stress that injured parties tend to experience after a crash, the lack of income for those that are too hurt to work, and the mounting medical bills, and it becomes clear that drunk driving victims can benefit from qualified legal assistance while navigating the claims process.

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Green Bay auto accident lawyersOf all the issues that auto accident victims face, concern over how they will pay their medical bills will be paid while they await a complete settlement from the negligent driver’s insurance company can be some of the most crippling - and rightly so. In even the best of situations, the bills can far exceed any amount of money that the victim might expect to earn on their own. Thankfully, injured parties may have recourse through an auto accident claim. Learn more in the following sections, including how the assistance of a seasoned, competent lawyer can increase your chances of receiving full and fair compensation. 

Handling Medical Expenses Immediately After an Accident

In the weeks and months following an accident, victims are often trying to recover from their injuries. During this time, they may be out of work and unable to cover even their basic cost of living, let alone their medical expenses. However, it is important to note that emergency rooms are not able to turn patients away, based on their ability to pay. What is more, the victim may be able to submit a claim to their health insurance company for coverage. Victims may also have medical pay coverage on their own auto policies, or workers compensation benefits if they were injured while on the job.  Just keep in mind that these options can be difficult. In such cases, you may be responsible for covering the medical bills out-of-pocket.

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Appleton truck accident lawyersSemi-truck accidents are some of the most devastating crashes on the road, so fair compensation is often critical for victims. Unfortunately, few are prepared for the intensive process. Learn more about what happens after a truck crash, and discover how the assistance of a seasoned, competent truck accident lawyer can improve the outcome of your personal injury case.

Understanding the Investigation Process

While most accidents involve an investigation, those involving semi-trucks are usually more intense, and they often take longer to complete. Part of this can be attributed to the government regulations that trucking companies operate under, but there are other factors that may elongate the process as well. For example, a driver may be required to complete drug and alcohol testing if there is suspicion of intoxication at the time of the crash. Another issue is that there are often multiple investigations that take place, including:

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