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More and more people today are using bicycles as a mode of transportation, especially when traveling to work. This is a great form of exercise in addition to being a more economical way to reach your destination. Plus, since bicycles do not use gasoline like cars, they do not pollute the environment. Some cities across the United States have even taken steps to encourage bicycle use by designating “bike to work” months.

Bicycles are considered the same as other vehicles on Wisconsin roadways from a legal standpoint, so cyclists are required to follow all traffic laws, and other drivers should take care to share the road safely with them. As a bicyclist in Wisconsin, you may run the risk of being hit by a reckless driver or another bicyclist and therefore suffer a personal injury.

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Green Bay electric scooter injury lawyerA recent transportation trend has seen people of all ages begin to use electric scooters, also known as e-scooters, to travel in cities throughout the United States. An e-scooter is a powered stand-up scooter which uses a small electric motor. This mode of transportation is especially popular in warm weather or mild climates. Electric or motorized scooters are a more efficient way to get around compared to walking. In addition, they can be a great way to see a city if you are a tourist. However, as with any motorized device, people face the risks of serious accidents and injuries that can occur while operating them.  

Injuries While Riding E-Scooters

Riders should pay attention to the terrain where they are riding an electric scooter. If a person accidentally hits a crack in a sidewalk or uneven pavement at any speed, they may lose control and fall, which could result in broken bones, lacerations, concussions, punctured lungs, and more. If the hazards in the roadway are due to maintenance issues by a negligent property owner, victims might be able to pursue compensation for any injuries sustained while operating the scooter.   

If the e-scooter is found to have defective parts that caused an accident, the manufacturer could be liable. Recently, an electric scooter manufacturer announced that a defect in their scooters could cause batteries to smolder or even catch fire, leading to serious burn injuries. The company also urged riders to be extra cautious because of a technical problem that could cause “sudden excessive braking” during rides, which may result in a rider flipping over the handlebars. In these cases, victims could sustain bone fractures or traumatic brain injuries.

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Appleton burn injury attorneyEvery year, thousands of Americans suffer severe burns resulting in serious injuries. A burn injury can impact a person’s ability to work, while resulting in chronic pain and scarring. Burn injuries can be caused by gasoline in the aftermath of a car accident or misuse of hazardous materials at the workplace. Regardless of how these occur, the implications can be tragic. In the event of a burn injury, it is important to contact an attorney to determine your options for pursuing compensation from the party or parties who were responsible. 

Burn Incidents Throughout the United States 

According to the American Burn Association (ABA), a staggering 486,000 Americans suffered burn injuries that required medical treatment throughout 2016. Due to the unique challenges that burn injuries present to medical professionals, many of those injured require treatment at burn centers. Throughout the United States, 30,000 people were admitted to burn centers in 2016 due to the severity of their injuries. Tragically, some burn injuries are entirely untreatable, resulting in death. In all, burns and fires account for an average of 4,500 deaths each year. 

Even if a severe burn victim is able to survive their injuries, the long-term symptoms can be drastic. A third-degree burn is characterized as a burn that extends beneath the skin. These injuries can result in permanent nerve damage, infections, and traumatic exterior scarring. The chronic pain that often accompanies third-degree burns can result in loss of mobility, difficulty sleeping, and incessant itching. 

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Green Bay ATV injury lawyerOn Wednesday, March 20, 2019, a St. Germain man was found dead after a snowmobile accident. The accident occurred when the 62-year-old snowmobiler collided with a vehicle. This incident was a tragic reminder of the risks people face when operating recreational vehicles. 

Here in the state of Wisconsin, we are fortunate to have access to some of the country’s greatest natural landscapes. From Governor Dodge State Park to Lake Winnebago, the recreational opportunities are seemingly endless. With so many fantastic outdoor options, it should come as no surprise that thousands of Wisconsin natives choose to purchase and ride recreational vehicles. However, accidents often occur when using vehicles such as snowmobiles or ATVs, and victims should be sure to understand their options for pursuing compensation for their injuries. 

Snowmobile Accidents

Today, many snowmobiles can weigh more than 600 pounds and travel at speeds as high as 90 mph. Due to the sheer weight and speed of these vehicles, injuries can be incredibly severe. Over 14,000 Americans are injured in snowmobile accidents each year, and tragically, an estimated 200 people die in collisions throughout the United States on an annual basis. 

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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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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 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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Green Bay personal injury lawyersPersonal injury cases are, by nature, highly complex matters. Some can take time to complete. If you are unable to work because of your injury, have medical bills, intensive therapy, or other financial losses, you and your family could be at risk for financial problems. This may be true, even if you are normally prudent with your monthly bills and finances. Reduce your risk of financial problems during a personal injury case by knowing how to protect yourself and your family.

Downsize as Much as Reasonably Possible

After an accident, you and your family may be living on less money each month. This may be true, even if you are able to pursue temporary disability, permanent disability, or workers’ compensation since these options only cover a portion of your previous income. Protect your family by downsizing as much as reasonably possible. Cut out luxury expenses, like entertainment packages (cable, country club memberships, etc.) and subscriptions services (magazines, music, etc.). The cancellation fees may seem like a deterrent, but often the fee for cancelling is still less than what you would pay in the long-term. Additionally, some contracts may have clauses that could help you avoid paying the cancellation fee.

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Green Bay personal injury lawyersPersonal injury claims are highly complex matters, and victims who choose to pursue them on their own are often unprepared for the battle they must face. Unfortunately, this can place them at risk for a reduced settlement or a denied claim. Do not let this happen to you. Understand what the burden of proof is, how it can affect your case, and how you can ensure your rights are skillfully protected in a personal injury claim.

What is the Burden of Proof?

Before a defendant can be found liable in a personal injury case, a certain amount of evidence must show that the individual’s actions “more likely than not” contributed to the injury or death of the victim. This means that there must be at least a 51 percent likelihood that the plaintiff’s claims are true (the plaintiff has to only “tip the scales” slightly in his or her favor to prevail).

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Appleton WI personal injury attorneysSocial media has become a popular way for people to connect and interact, but it has also become a minefield of evidence for attorneys, judges, insurance companies, and even law enforcement. In fact, sources like blogs, Twitter, and Facebook are increasingly making an appearance in courtrooms, and even in personal injury cases outside of a courtroom, which often catches injured accident victims off guard. If you are the plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit, know how to effectively protect your case from some commonly made social media mistakes.

What Can Be Used?

When it comes to social media, lawyers can use almost anything you post against you: photos, status posts, and even comments made on the posts of your friends. Your blog can be read, viewed, and presented as evidence. In other words – anything you say and do online during a pending case (with a few exceptions) may be used against you in your case. So practice due diligence and never write, post, message, or even text something that you would not be comfortable sharing in a courtroom.

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Appleton WI personal injury lawyersAn injury on the job can put your family and financial future at risk. In some cases, it may even lead to permanent disability and long-lived pain and suffering. As such, it is only right that you ensure you receive compensation through any and all viable avenues. The problem, unfortunately, is knowing which one to pursue. If you have been injured at work, the following information can help you determine whether you should file a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim, and how you can best protect your interests in either case.

Workers’ Compensation

Long ago, employers turned to the government for relief from lawsuits being brought against them by injured employees. They claimed these injury suits made it difficult to conduct business, and that they would certainly go under if something did not change. Laws were passed, and workers’ compensation was born (and interestingly enough, first started out in Wisconsin).

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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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Green Bay personal injury attorneysIn theory, the Pokemon Go game could be a good thing. It could serve as an incentive to get Americans out and about, exercising. Unfortunately, the reality is not quite as pleasant. Car accidents, property damage, and even death have occurred because of the Pokemon hunting game. Considering the risks associated with the game, it is critical that you understand your rights should you become a victim of the latest Pokemon craze.

Auto Accidents and Pokemon Go

The last thing drivers need is yet another reason to be distracted behind the wheel. Sadly, Pokemon Go has given them one. The app, which can be engaged while driving, allows drivers to hunt for and even catch Pokemon while cruising the highway and residential streets. This puts everyone at serious risk for injury and even possible death.

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wisconsin car accident statisticsAccidents caused by motor vehicles can affect anyone across the country, and the State of Wisconsin is no exception. Auto accidents can leave you without transportation, in economic hardship, and in severe cases, with injuries that require you to pay large medical bills. The worst case scenario can end in death.

To many people, automobile crashes seem to happen frequently but are minor. Unfortunately, however, consider the following statistics regarding car accidents in Wisconsin that may surprise you:

  • There were over 118,000 motor vehicle accidents in Wisconsin in 2013.
  • Of those crashes, over 82,000 resulted in some kind of property damage.
  • These crashes injured over 41,000 people in the same year.

The above statistics equate to over 320 motor vehicle crashes every single day. This is a frightening number, illustrating that traumatic motor vehicle accidents truly can happen to anyone. Often, accidents can result in damages that are beyond your control, making legal recourse necessary, especially in the case of auto accident fatalities. Since 2009, statistics show that the fatality rate of auto accidents has also risen steadily. There were 491 fatal crashes in 2013 alone. Additionally:

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