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Wisconsin injury attorney, Wisconsin accident lawyer, Wisconsin car crash attorneyThe statistics on children aged 14 and younger in car accidents are grim. In 2012 in the United States, there were 33,561 fatalities due to traffic accidents, and children aged 14 and younger accounted for three percent of the fatalities (1,168). There were also 169,000 children aged 14 and under injured in car accidents in 2012, and motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for children aged 4, 11, 12, 13, and 14. Wisconsin is not immune from these incidents, and many Milwaukee families find themselves unsure as to what to do when their minor child is injured in an accident.

Bringing a Lawsuit

The good news is that you do have recourse if your child sustains injuries in a car accident. A child who is injured because of the negligence of another driver has his or her own cause of action. This allows minors to maintain lawsuits for their injuries, including medical expenses and any other out-of-pocket costs.

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Wisconsin injury attorney, Wisconsin accident lawyer, Wisconsin injury statutesGenerally speaking, when you suffer a personal injury because of the negligence or wrongdoing of another person, tort laws in Wisconsin are there to protect you and provide you with a means to recover for your losses. This means that in most circumstances, you will be compensated for the injuries and damages you have suffered by the negligent party, who will be held responsible under the law for negligent behavior.

In some cases, there are impediments to getting justice and recovering your damages in a court of law. One such circumstance is when an immunity law is used as a shield, and it acts to protect the irresponsible behavior of the wrongdoer and shifts the costs of the damages and injuries that were caused by the wrongdoer over to the innocent victim.

What Are Immunity Laws?

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Posted on in Boating Accidents
Wisconsin injury attorney, Wisconsin accident lawyer, Wisconsin boating accident attorneyAccidents don’t just happen on land, especially in places like Wisconsin, where there is an abundance of waterfront property and watercraft for travel and recreation. There are over 600,000 boats registered in Wisconsin alone, and during the summer, there are hundreds of thousands of additional boats that navigate Wisconsin waters from neighboring Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois.  There are multiple fatalities and even more injuries every year as a result of boating accidents, and in many boating accident cases, the operator of the boat at fault may not have taken any safety courses. The fact that so many people are maneuvering large vessels in limited spaces, often times without proper training or safety classes, means that boating accidents happen with regularity. This often leads to civil litigation in order to recover compensation for any serious injuries suffered in the accident on the water. Common Boating Injuries There are many potential legal claims that arise from boating-related incidents, including property damage claims. Personal injuries claims arise most often, however, and in a number of different ways. Often there is a collision between recreational watercraft, like jet skis, or a collision between one recreational watercraft and one boat. Many boating personal injury claims arise from accidents, illness or death sustained as a result of improper safety measures on a cruise ship. No matter what the circumstances were that gave rise to your personal injury claim for a boating-related injury, it is guaranteed to be extremely complex, as maritime law comes with many additional considerations not present in land based actions. Special Concerns When Bringing Boating Claims When accidents occur that involve maritime law, there are often complex and unique legal issues. Some legal actions will involve only Wisconsin law, if they occur entirely within the borders of the state and in Wisconsin waters. However, sometimes accidents occur outside of Wisconsin’s borders, or in between Wisconsin and bordering state, and in these situations, other state laws and even federal laws can be implicated in a subsequent lawsuit. Finally, if your boating accident occurred out at sea, there may even be international legal implication. We Can Help You Today

For all of the reasons set forth above, personal injury claims that arise as a result of boating accidents are more complex than ordinary personal injury claims, and it is critical that you contact an experienced Milwaukee personal injury attorney who can traverse not only Wisconsin law, but other state’s maritime laws and even federal laws when necessary.  Call us at 414-271-1440 or send us an e-mail today for a consultation.

Source: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/boat/crashinfo.html
Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconis wrongful death lawyer, Wisconsin car crashe lawyerMotorcycle accidents result in far more severe bodily injuries to the rider than car accidents, as the impact of a vehicle overwhelms the protective gear worn on a motorcycle. Even though many enthusiasts love their motorcycles, either for thrill riding or commuting, serious injuries and even death result with regularity in accidents between motorcycles and cars or trucks or other motor vehicles. As the number of registered motorcycles increases in Wisconsin, so do the number of serious accidents involving motorcycles. You Are Likely to Be More Severely Injured on a Motorcycle than in a Car As the rider of a motorcycle, you are exposed, and your motorcycle does not have safety features you find in a car, such as air bags and over-the-shoulder seat belts. The faster the motorcycle, the smaller and more lightweight it is, which means a collision with a passenger vehicle or another object can have critical and even fatal results. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is very important to work with experienced motorcycle attorneys from the outset. What Types of Injuries Are Most Often Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents? No two accidents are alike, and every accident involving a motorcycle will need to be carefully investigated to determine the cause. A common finding in most motorcycle accidents, however, is serious injury to the rider. If the motorcycle rider is not wearing a helmet or other appropriate protective clothing and gear, then the injuries sustained are often disastrous. It is very common for motorcycle accident victims to experience head trauma, as well as broken bones, paralysis, concussions, road rash, and in the worst cases, death. Unfortunately, long-term care is often required as a result of permanent injuries or paralysis. Additionally, the cost to repair a motorcycle after an accident is often steep, not to mention all of the out of pocket expenses and missed work time as a result of an accident. Expenses can pile up very quickly after a motorcycle accident, which is why it is important to speak to an attorney about filing a claim as soon as possible. Your Insurance Company Should Not Add to Your Problems After a motorcycle accident, the last thing you need is to have any trouble working with your insurance company. Although insurance companies are supposed to act in good faith and pay damages for injuries sustained by people who purchase their policies, upon occasion they fail to do so. Sometimes insurance companies will try to undercompensate you for the damages you suffered, or worse, deny your claim altogether. In any case, if you have been in a motorcycle accident, it is important to have experienced insurance coverage attorneys on your side if your motorcycle accident has led to problems with your insurance company.

The experienced personal injury lawyers at our firm are ready to act quickly if you have been in a motorcycle accident. Our attorneys are standing by to thoroughly investigate the cause of your motorcycle accident, and to passionately seek the relief you are entitled to. We will gladly hold your insurance company accountable for payment under their insurance policies if they are resisting their obligations. Call or email the experienced Milwaukee motorcycle injury attorneys at our firm today and let us see how we can help you.

Source: http://wisconsindot.gov/Documents/safety/education/crash-data/motorcyclefacts.pdf
Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconsin accident lawyer, Wisconsin car crash lawyerState Farm insurance recently released a study which shows that motorists in Wisconsin are more likely to collide with a deer than motorists in 44 other states. The national average of drivers hitting deer is one out of every 169 drivers, while the Wisconsin average is one out of every 77 drivers. According to the study, you are 10 percent more likely in 2015 to hit a deer on Wisconsin roads than in 2014, and since October and November are the months with the highest car/deer accident rates, now is a good time to review the steps you should take if you are in an accident involving a deer.

What Should You Do If a Deer Collides with Your Car?

Getting into a collision with a deer can be terrifying, and it is important not to lose your focus if this occurs, no matter how difficult it may be.  There are a number of important steps you should take if you are in an accident with a deer. Move Your Car to Safety We understand that if you are in a collision with a deer, you are most likely going to be quite shaken up afterwards. However, according to statistics, most collisions with deer take place early in the morning or at dusk and this is when it is most difficult for other cars to see you on the road. Therefore, the very first thing you should do if you are in an accident with a deer is to move your car safety. If your car will not move, at least move yourself to safety before taking any additional steps. Whether or not your car is safe to drive is another issue, and if it feels in any way compromised (or if your airbag deploys), you should take your car directly to your mechanic (or have it towed, depending on the extent of the damage). Call the Police If you are in an accident with a deer, it is important to call the police. This is true even if your car is not substantially damaged, and especially true if the deer is lying in the middle of the roadway. It is critical to make a report of what happened so that when you make a claim against your insurance company, there is already a police report containing your best recollection of the accident circumstances. If possible, it is also a good time to take photographic evidence of the scene, and if there were any eyewitnesses, try to get their contact information. If You Are Injured, Seek Medical Care Hopefully if you are in a car accident with a deer, you are not injured. Sometimes, however, injuries happen, especially whiplash type injuries from slamming on the brakes. If you think you have been injured in any way, you should go directly the emergency room to be checked over by a medical professional. Do not wait until minor aches and pains get worse – if you have any discomfort or pain after an accident, go to the emergency room. Report the Claim to Your Insurance Company This is the final step in the process, but it is important to be clear about your goals before placing the call, and to understand the insurance policy that covers you also covers accidents in your car. The insurance company always has the goal of minimizing any payments they have to make under the policies they issue, so it is important to be knowledgeable about what your policy covers and does not cover.

Conclusion

If you have been in an accident with a deer in Wisconsin, you may want to seek the advice of skilled Milwaukee car accident attorneys right away, so you are prepared to deal with your insurance company. The lawyers at our firm know how to deal with insurance companies and defense attorneys for the insurance companies in cases like this, so contact us today for a consultation.

Sources: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/cardeer.html

Posted on in Personal Injury

Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconis accident lawyer, Wisconsin wrongful death attorneyWisconsin has many recreational activities to offer residents and visitors, but those same activities present many dangers and result in numerous injuries to many who visit. Numerous accidents occur at amusement parks and waterparks in Wisconsin and throughout the United States and people are injured as a direct result of the negligence of somebody else.

If you or someone you love was injured in a waterpark or an amusement park accident in Wisconsin, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you explore all of your legal options, and recover the largest settlement possible to compensate you for your injuries.

Common Amusement Park Ride Injuries

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Posted on in Car Accidents

Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconsin accident lawyer, Wisconsin car crash lawyerThere are almost a half a million school buses transporting more than 20 million children to and from school in the United States every school day. There are no escaping school bus accidents, given this level of travel, and all school bus accidents have the potential to be tragic, since our children are on them. While the school bus remains the safest mode of transporting children to and from school, in the last five years, there have been over 500 school bus crashes, averaging about 180 school bus injuries or fatalities per year.

School bus accidents occur in several ways. The bus may actually crash into another moving object or stationary object. The bus may hit a pedestrian, or a bus may be hit by another moving vehicle. Children or other occupants may get injured on the bus if the driver slams on the brakes, and many injuries occur while getting on and exiting the bus. Safety measures and public awareness have made school buses safer over the years, but school bus accidents still do occur with regularity.

Wisconsin School Bus Laws

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Posted on in Premises Liability

Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconsin accident lawyer, Wisconsin car crash lawyerPremise liability accidents are common lawsuits alleging personal injury in Wisconsin. Premises liability involves responsibility for injuries that arise from accidents on someone’s property. Such accidents, which may include slip and fall or trip and fall accidents (often devastating or fatal for older adults), occur in restaurants, hotels, water parks, parking lots, amusement parks, your neighbor’s house, and in a myriad of other locations.

If you are injured on another party’s premises and there is any chance you have been injured in any way, take certain steps to ensure that you preserve your claim and can recover the maximum amount available for the injuries you sustained, and contact a veteran personal injury attorney today.

What Should You Do Right after a Premises Liability Injury Occurs?

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Posted on in Elder Abuse

Wisconsin elder abuse attorney, Wisconsin injury lawyer, Wisconsin injury attorneyAs the population of the United States ages, more and more people are spending their final years in nursing homes. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes are created equal, and some nursing homes do the unthinkable: neglect your loved one. This happens with enough regularity that you need to be aware of all the warning signs of neglect if you have a loved one in a nursing home.

The 2011 Wisconsin Act 2, a tort reform law enacted in 2011, prohibits families from using state health investigation records in state civil suits filed against nursing homes. It also makes state health records inadmissible in criminal cases against healthcare providers accused of neglecting patients or accused of abusing patients. Proving a nursing home or the workers in the nursing home neglected your loved one can be an uphill battle in the wake of this law. You should report any suspected neglect or abuse of your loved one in a nursing home to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and contact a personal injury attorney to help further protect your loved one.

What Are Warning Signs Your Loved One Might Be a Victim of Nursing Home Neglect?

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Posted on in Personal Injury

Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconsin accident lawyer, Wisconsin car crash lawyerTraumatic brain injury is a major cause of death and disability in the United States, and contributes to almost one third of all injury deaths. According to the CDC, there are over 125 deaths every day in the United States in which traumatic brain injury was a factor, and those who survive a traumatic brain injury may face effects lasting a few days to major disabilities that may last the rest of their lives.

Everyone runs the risk of a traumatic brain injury, especially children and elderly people.  Traumatic brain injuries occur in many ways, and if you or a loved one has received a traumatic brain injury, you need a skilled personal injury attorney to pursue fair compensation on your behalf. Some of the ways traumatic brain injury can occur is by falling, in a motorcycle or car accident, through the use of defective products, or being hit by a projectile.

Traumatic brain injuries also can happen during childbirth. Brain injuries are often extremely difficult to detect, especially where all the damage occurs on the inside and there are no external lacerations or bruising to indicate there has been a trauma. Often the symptoms or effects of a brain injury do not arise until long after the incident that caused it took place, which adds another layer of difficulty to getting compensation by the responsible party or parties for your injury.

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