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Wisconsin accident lawyer, Wisconsin injury attorneyEach year, around 2.5 million people visit the emergency room for a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Some of those visitors are children who sustained their injury during an automobile crash. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of TBI among children and young adults between five and 24 years of age. If your child has suffered a concussion because of a traffic accident, learn how you can help them recover, and what your legal rights are regarding compensation.

Study Finds Parents Are Often Too Restrictive after Brain Injuries

Children who suffer a concussion need rest, but researchers from the UCLA Health say parents are actually giving their children too much downtime after injury. Exercise is important to their recovery, as long as it does not put them at risk for further injury (no sports and no “rough” play). So is socialization with their peers. Parents should also avoid waking their child up in the night to check on them since a lack of sleep, which is often the result of this outdated advice, might make their headache and mood worse. In short, protect your child, but still give them a chance to be a child.


Wisconsin car accident lawyer, Wisconsin injury attorneyBecause they have such a high prevalence of fatality, pedestrian accidents have always been a major area of concern. In fact, many states and cities have implemented awareness initiatives, new and updated traffic control devices, and stricter laws to protect their pedestrian citizens. Yet the growing problem shows that the issue is getting worse instead of better. A recent study attempted to understand why, despite all efforts, the prevalence of pedestrian accidents seems to be growing. They also looked at possible pedestrian accident risk factors and the losses that victims may experience.

How Big Is the Problem?

In the year 2004 alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported more than 70,000 pedestrian injuries and more than 4,600 pedestrian deaths. On average, that means that one pedestrian is killed every 113 minutes, and every eight minutes, one is injured. In Wisconsin, specifically, pedestrian fatalities account for approximately 9 percent of all annual traffic fatalities (about 60 per year) and around 350 are seriously injured. That averages out to about one pedestrian death or injury in Wisconsin every five hours.


Wisconsin accident attorney, Wisconsin personal injury attorneyEach year, around 62,000 children sustain a head injury. Of those, around 2,500 will suffer fatality, 37,000 will be hospitalized, and another 435,000 will simply be treated in an emergency room and then released. Those that suffer fatality are, by far, the most devastating of all cases. However, even when children survive the injuries sustained during an auto accident, fall, abuse, or while playing sports, their road to healing can be a difficult one. A new study, published in the medical journal, PLoS Medicine, indicates that journey may be even more complicated than previously realized.

Disability, Psychiatric Problems, and Early Mortality

In a study that tracked the life trajectories of more than a million Swedish children, researchers examined the likelihood of long-term complications and difficulties in the lives of those that had suffered a head injury before the age of 25. Results showed that these individuals, when compared with their peers, were more likely to have a shorter, more difficult life.


Wisconsin injury attorney, Wisconsin child abuse lawyerWhen parents have to work, they rely on others to help with the care of their most prized possession: their children. Most of the time, these caregivers provide loving, compassionate, and competent care. But there are, unfortunately, those out there that do the unspeakable. People who put children in harm’s way or inflict physical or emotional injury. A daycare center in Mississippi is being accused of doing the latter, yet has reopened its doors. And the matter has, understandably, shaken an entire community.

Six Children Allegedly Abused

According to the Mississippi Department of Health and the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department, six or more children may have been physically or sexually abused while in the care of the day care facility. The complaints were received from parents who said they believed the abuse happened while near or on the premises of the center, which includes a petting zoo, but no word has been given regarding who the alleged abuser or abusers may be.


Wisconsin accident attorney, Wisconsin injury lawyerNow that science better understands the long-term consequences of a concussion, doctors are searching for ways to better determine who may be at risk. This is particularly true when it comes to children, who are at especially high risk for secondary complications. Unfortunately, testing has remained fairly inconsistent and extremely difficult. However, a new study revealed a possible test that may be more reliable.

Concussions in Kids

Previous research indicates that, of all children who suffer from a concussion, about 30 percent will have persistent symptoms for a month or longer. Referred to as persistent post-concussion symptoms (PPCS), these ongoing ailments can include headaches, dizziness, thinking problems, and emotional issues, such as anxiety or irritability. All have the potential to affect them at home and at school. And, because these children are at higher risk for secondary, more severe traumatic incidents, they are often kept out of the recreational activities they love.


Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconsin wrongful death lawyer, Wisconsin bus accident lawyerFor years, safety advocates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have suggested that school buses were safe enough without seat belts. However, the agency recently acknowledged that this message is not only contradictory to their stance on passenger safety, but that it may also be inaccurate. Unfortunately, making the changes might prove to be especially difficult.

School Transportation Fatalities Already Rare

Motor vehicle accidents kill thousands of Americans each year, but according to a study from the NHTSA school bus fatalities account for less than one percent. If put into context, that equates to about six children per year. The remainder of all deaths (1,353 from 2003 to 2012) were of people outside of the buses – pedestrians, bicyclists, and other drivers.

Wisconsin accident attorney, accident liability, Wisconsin injury lawyerBecause they are still learning the rules of the road, and because their judgement skills are still developing, all children riding bicycles have an elevated risk of injury at intersections. However, a new study suggests that, because they are typically more impulsive and have trouble paying attention, children with ADHD may be at an even higher risk of being involved in an accident. Knowing this, parents may wish to refresh their children on the basics of street safety and, in some cases, continue to monitor them as needed. About the Study Published in the December 2015 issue of  the Journal of Child Psychology, the study analyzed the response time and decision making abilities of 27 children with ADHD and 36 children without ADHD as they “crossed” a simulated intersection on stationary bicycles. Researchers found that, while all children crossed the street with similar-sized gaps between cars, children with ADHD tended to stall and typically had less time to get across safely. Moreover, children with ADHD seemed to struggle more when it came to readjusting after being exposed to heavier traffic. Rather than wait for wider gaps, they continued to cross when gaps between cars were smaller, which increased their risk of an accident. Improving Traffic Safety for All Children Each year, nearly 400,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for bicycle-related injuries. Children also account for approximately 5% to 10% of all road traffic deaths in the United States each year. To help keep them safe, parents should monitor children and regularly discuss the basics of proper bike and traffic safety. Basic Traffic and Bicycle Safety for Young Children:
  • Do not play in or near the road;
  • Do not ride on or near the street without adult supervision;
  • Always stop to look and listen when entering a roadway to cross;and
  • Always have an adult present when preparing to cross or enter the street.
Basic Traffic and Bicycle Safety for Older Children:
  • Always ride with traffic, regardless of whether you are one the road, shoulder, or sidewalk;
  • Approach every intersection (including alleyways, driveways, and parking lots) with extreme caution;
  • Keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times (and two is better);
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals, even if it appears there is no other traffic nearby;
  • Ride only in the daytime; and
  • Always wear a helmet.
Parents who have children with ADHD may also wish to teach their children how to look for longer gaps between cars. Chances are, they will have a big enough gap to cross, even if their timing is off. If, however, you are concerned about your child’s safety, you may wish to revert back to beginner strategies, at least until you are certain they can handle crossing safely on their own. Bicycle Accident or Injury? Our Skilled Attorneys Can Help If you or someone you love has been injured on a bicycle because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. It should be noted, however, that these cases are often extremely complex. Get the representation you deserve with Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP. Compassionate, determined, and resourceful, our Milwaukee bicycle accident attorneys provide personalized attention and sound legal advice, even in the most difficult of cases. Find out how we can help you by scheduling your consultation. Call 414-271-1440 today.





Wisconsin accident attorney, accident liability, Wisconsin injury lawyerAcross the United States, millions of children and teenagers, from grade school to high school, participate in sports or recreational-related activities. Each year, many of them are treated for injuries sustained while engaged in these activities. Most of the time, these injuries are minor, such as sprains or strains. Sometimes, sports-related injuries can be very serious and may even lead to death.

Every year, approximately 30 million children and teenagers partake in some shape or form of organized sports. According to studies performed by the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and the American Academy of Pediatrics, an estimated 3.5 million suffer injuries related to those activities. Roughly 775,000 children under the age of 14 are treated for sports-related injuries in hospital emergency rooms every year. About 21 percent of traumatic brain injuries among children are the result of sports and recreational activities. Some sports are more dangerous than others, but no matter what sport the child is engaged in, there is a potential chance of injury.

If your child suffered injuries as a result of participating in sports or recreational activities, you should contact an experienced attorney who will aggressively pursue the parties responsible for your child’s injuries and get your child the compensation he or she deserves.


Wisconsin accident attorney, accident liability, Wisconsin injury lawyerThere is nothing worse for a parent than watching his or her child suffer from the pain and healing process of a serious injury, especially one caused negligently by another party. As a parent, if someone negligently caused harm to your child, you can hold that individual responsible and accountable for his or her actions or inaction.

Unfortunately, many children fall victim to the negligent or reckless conduct of others. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in the fall of 2014, across the United States, an estimated 54 million students were enrolled in private and public elementary and secondary schools. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nine million children under the age of 19 are treated for unintentional injuries at emergency rooms across the country. Likewise, over an estimated 225,000 are hospitalized for unintentional injuries while more than 9,000 children die each year due to unintentional injuries.

If your child suffered personal injuries due to the reckless or negligent conduct of another, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney who understands how difficult these situations are and who will provide you with the guidance you need through each step of the process.

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