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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also avoid waking their child up in the night to check on them since a lack of sleep, which is often the result of this outdated advice, might make their headache and mood worse.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 injury attorney, Wisconsin car accident lawyerWhen accidents happen, victims need all the protection they can get. A recent study suggests that safety updates in vehicles, particularly those made to seatbelts and airbags, provide a certain level of risk reduction. However, injuries can and do still happen to auto accident victims. As such, it is important that you know what to do, should an accident happen to you.

Risk of Facial Fractures Reduced, but Not Eliminated

Using data from the National Trauma Data Bank, researchers from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center examined the risk of facial fractures among auto accident victims. What they found was that, out of 518,106 accident victims, 56,422 had suffered at least one facial fracture. Seatbelts were used by about 27 percent, 6 percent had an airbag, and 9 percent had both.


 b2ap3_thumbnail_used-car-seat.jpgParents who are eco- or spend-savvy often turn to used baby items to reduce cost and/or their environmental footprint, but there are some used items that may be dangerous. Car seats are at the top of that list because they may place baby at unnecessary risk in an automobile accident. This is especially true when it comes to purchasing a used car seat from a second-hand store or someone you do not know. The following will help you understand that risk and how you can increase your chances of finding a safe car seat for your baby.


Wisconsin injury attorney, Wisconsin accident lawyerEach year, 15 to 20 children under age 11 die of injuries sustained after falling from a window. Another 15,000 suffer non-fatal injuries that may include brain damage, broken bones, and paralysis. Apartment windows are especially dangerous because of their height. If you live in an apartment building and have children, know what you can do to keep them safe and what you should do, if a fall does happen.  

Know the Risks

According to statistics, children fall from the windows in apartment buildings at five times the rate of children living in other types of homes. Those that live in lower income neighborhoods, where windows may suffer from poor construction or condition, are at an even higher risk because these windows are not always up to code. Homes and apartment buildings without air conditioning also carry a higher risk since the window may be left open to allow for airflow. If you and your child live in any of these areas, be aware of the increased risk and take extra precautions to keep your child safe.


Wisconsin accident attorney, Wisconsin injury lawyerIn the year 2010, the most recent year for which there are statistics available, 87,606 motor vehicle accidents occurred inside of road construction work zones. Of those, 0.6 percent resulted in fatality. Another 30 percent resulted in injury. Some are instances in which drivers failed to follow safe driving rules, but there are also others that may have been caused by negligence on the part of workers, contractors, or foreman. If you believe the latter may have been a factor in your accident case, the following points may be able to help you determine whether or not you have a case.

Work Zone Traffic Control and Your Safety

Roadway and highway work zones can be riddled with obstacles and dangers, including uneven pavement and potholes, concrete barriers, one-way traffic, closed lanes, workers, and construction vehicles and equipment. Sudden and frequent changes make these zones all the more treacherous for all involved. Rules and regulations that workers, foreman, and contractors must follow are designed to protect drivers, pedestrians, and even the workers themselves from death an injury.


Wisconsin car accident attorney, Wisconsin personal injury lawyerSomewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 people die in automobile accidents in the United States each year. Most of those accidents are due to human error and completely preventable, according to AAA. In fact, the organization’s recent study revealed that nearly 90 percent of drivers are engaging in risky behavior behind the wheel. And, sadly, far too many are paying the price.

Astounding 87 Percent of Drivers Admit to Risky Driving Behavior

Whether it is texting while driving, speeding, driving while under the influence, running red lights, or simply driving while fatigued, AAA found that 87 percent of all drivers engaged in risky behavior in the 30 days prior to their response to the study. Of those, 42 percent admitted to texting and 70 percent admitted to being on their phones, making distracted driving the most common risky driving behavior.


Wisconsin accident attorney, injury liability, Wisconsin car crash lawyer,Each year, more than 243,000 teens visit emergency rooms for injuries they have sustained during an automobile accident. Another 2,000 die during crashes,which makes motor vehicle accidents the number one killer for 16- to 19-year-olds. Part of the problem is their lack of experience behind the wheel, but studies have shown that the biggest issue relates to cell phone use while driving. Researchers recently spoke with several teens to understand why.

Newest Investigation Prompted by Concerning CDC Study

For years, adults have been trying to get the message across to teens: do not text and drive. Yet, a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that nearly 45 percent of teens text were willing to admit that they had texted and driven within the previous 30 days. That had a few other researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia concerned, so they decided to delve a little deeper.


Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconsin wrongful death lawyer, Wisconsin nursing home abuse lawyerAccording to statistics, elder abuse occurs in one out of three nursing homes. Often, that abuse is experienced at the hands of staff, but a recent study has also revealed that resident-on-resident abuse occurs frequently as well. One woman, suffocated and strangled to death, is an example of the latter. But just how much ammunition do you or your loved ones have against a nursing home if wrongful death, abuse, or negligence has occurred? The answer to that question may lie in the paperwork.

Roommate Charged with Murder, Nursing Home Never Implicated

Despite alleged documents that stated the deceased’s roommate was a risk to herself and/or others, authorities focused their attention on the resident actually responsible for the 100-year-old woman’s death rather than investigating the facility. Charged with murder and then deemed unfit to stand trial because she suffered from dementia, she was eventually committed to a state hospital. But the nursing home responsible for their care was never implicated, either criminally or otherwise.


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.

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