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Appleton car accident attorney soft tissue injuriesA car accident can cause a variety of different injuries, including concussions, fractured bones, whiplash, and internal bleeding. One issue that is often not considered, however, is the fact that a crash can also cause different forms of soreness throughout the body. An automobile accident that occurs at 40 miles per hour can involve impact forces up to 12,227 pounds. This type of pressure can cause significant pain in many areas of the body, and this may indicate serious underlying injuries. If you have been involved in a car accident, it is important to discuss your case with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to determine your next steps. In the meantime, here are three things that victims should understand about post-accident soreness:

1. Soft Tissue Injuries Are Very Common

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that can result from a car accident. This type of injury is characterized by strained neck muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and it can occur when the neck and head are jolted back and forth in a rapid motion. The headaches and resulting soreness can last for days, weeks, or even months. A person may also experience torn muscles or ligaments, and this can lead to scar tissue that causes significant and ongoing complications.

Soreness may intensify in the days following the crash. Due to the possibility of delayed soreness, it is important for accident victims to receive a medical exam immediately after the incident. Treatments such as chiropractic care, physical therapy, or gentle exercises are often recommended to auto accident victims.

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Appleton, WI auto accident lawyer seat belt use

Any automobile sold or operated in the state of Wisconsin must be equipped with proper working safety belts. All drivers and passengers above the age of four are required to wear seat belts when the vehicle is in use, and children under the age of four must be properly restrained in a child safety seat. Children over the age of four must use a booster seat until they are eight years old, over 80 pounds, or taller than 4’9”. Since a car crash can happen in the blink of an eye, seat belts are designed to reduce injuries and save lives. However, what if a person who was injured in a car accident was not wearing a seat belt? Can they still recover compensation from an at-fault driver?

What Is the Primary Enforcement Seat Belt Law?

Seat belt laws across the United States are divided into two categories: primary and secondary. 34 states, including Wisconsin, have enacted the primary option, which allows law enforcement to issue a ticket to the driver or passenger who is not wearing a seat belt, regardless of whether another traffic offense took place. For these offenders, the state of Wisconsin will issue a fine of $10, although there will be no points assigned to a person's record. 

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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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Green Bay spinal cord injury attorneysWhen someone suffers from a spinal cord injury, they may spend less time outdoors. This could potentially lead to a vitamin D deficiency, which sometimes results in bone pain and muscle weakness, and has been linked to an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cognitive impairment. Being that muscle weakness can also be an issue for spinal cord sufferers, one research team tried to see if supplementation of vitamin D would lead to improvement. The following outlines what they found.

Muscle Strength, Depression, Fatigue, and Vitamin D Supplementation

The study, which looked at 42 patients with spinal cord injuries (20 with acute spinal cord injuries and 22 with chronic spinal cord injuries), examined the effect of high-dose and recommended dose supplementation on muscle strength, depression, and fatigue. What they found was that, overall, the group assigned to high-dose vitamin D experienced a quick and dramatic reduction in their symptoms of depression and muscle weakness.

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Wisconsin personal injury lawyersThere are places in the world where people are executed for speaking out against injustice, or for voicing an opinion. Americans are protected from this through their First Amendment rights – the right to free speech. Unfortunately, some believe this gives them unprecedented freedom, and that their words do not come with consequence. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, in some cases, “free speech” can sometimes become an issue of liability.

Words Have Power

The presidential campaign has brought up a lot of issues, but none quite so prominent as the freedom of speech, and when it is being taken too far. In fact, the media has been rampant with concerns over recent utterings at debates and rallies that could be – according to some – considered an encouragement to cause undue harm to others. This is a prime example of free speech gone wrong, but there are many others, and they are not always political in nature.

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