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Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconis accident lawyer, Wisconsin car crashe lawyerIn mere seconds, the negligent conduct of another can significantly change your life. Accidents come in all shapes and sizes, and some happen in the most unusual of circumstances. In order to recover for any injuries you suffered, you need to prove that the negligent conduct of the other party caused your injuries.

In order to prove negligence, you need to prove that the other party owed you a duty, breached that duty, the breach caused your injury and that you suffered damages as a result of the negligent conduct. Under Wisconsin law, if you contributed to the accident, then you will be deemed to have been comparatively negligent; here, any recovery you are entitled to will be reduced by the percentage of your negligence or completely barred if you are over 51 percent negligent.

Comparative Negligence and Recovery for Damages

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Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconis car accident lawyer, Wisconsin wrongful death lawyerAutomobile accidents are serious enough when they involve sober drivers. But when an individual gets behind the wheel after a long day or night of drinking, they place their lives and the safety of others in greater danger than necessary. All too often, drunk drivers do not realize the effect and destruction their actions have on the lives and families of those whom they injure. Commonly, as victims of drunk driving accidents often suffer long-term medical and financial expenses.

In many cases, if you are involved in an accident with a drunk driver, it may not be the driver’s first offense or accident related to driving while intoxicated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over .08 percent are six times more likely to have a prior alcohol-related conviction than drivers without alcohol in their systems. According to the CDC, approximately 10,000 people were killed in 2013 as a result of drunk drivers.

The Severe Costs of Drunk Driving

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Wisconsin accident attorney, Wisconsin injury lawyer,Wisconsin wrongful death attorneyTraffic accidents involving large trucks are unique. The average passenger automobile weighs approximately 3,000 pounds while a large truck weighs upwards of 10,000 pounds. Depending on what the trucks are hauling, they could weigh up to 80,000 pounds. When a large truck collides with passenger vehicles, the results can be catastrophic. In many cases across the United States and Wisconsin, truck accidents involve multiple parties, serious injuries or even death.

According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), in 2013, large trucks were involved in an estimated 342,000 traffic accidents across the United States. Approximately 95,000 people suffered injuries as a result of these accidents, while 3,964 lost their lives. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation indicated that large trucks were involved in approximately 5,882 traffic accidents in Wisconsin. As a result of these accidents, an estimated 1,800 individuals suffered injuries while 71 individuals lost their lives.

Truck Driver Error Leads to Many Accidents

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Wisconsin accident attorney, Wisconsin injury lawyer,Wisconsin wrongful death attorneyRecently, a significant amount of civil lawsuits involving personal injuries caused by drunk drivers are being filed with state courts around the country, including Wisconsin. Sadly, the harsh criminal penalties and lengthy periods of incarceration associated with drunk driving have not done enough to deter drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 30 individuals die every day in motor vehicle accidents across the United States. In 2013, approximately 10,000 individuals were killed in automobile accidents related to alcohol-impaired drivers. Wisconsin has the highest rate of drunk driving out of all other states in the United States and over 33,000 Wisconsin citizens were convicted of a drunk driving-related offense in 2012. During that same year, 223 individuals were killed and over 3,000 suffered injuries because of drunk drivers.

Wrongful Death Actions Involving Drunk Drivers

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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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Wisconsin accident attorney, accident liability, Wisconsin injury lawyerEach year, thousands of innocent pedestrians die and tens of thousands suffer serious injuries from careless or reckless drivers. Of course, the harm that can result from a pedestrian being struck by an automobile, whether it is traveling slowly or fast, is significant, and may certainly lead to lifelong effects. The costs of medical care can add up quickly and exceed the annual income of most Wisconsin families.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 4,700 pedestrians were killed in 2012 due to traffic accidents while another estimated 76,000 suffered injuries related to traffic accidents across the United States. Based on these statistics, a pedestrian dies every two hours due to a car accident, and every seven minutes a pedestrian suffers an injury due to a car crash as well. Innocent pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car accident than passengers in a vehicle.

Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

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Wisconsin accident attorney, injury liability, Wisconsin injury lawyerCommonly, when you hear the term personal injury, you may think of an individual involved in a car accident or someone slipping and falling. However, acts that are intentional, instead of accidental, can lead to personal injury cases as well. For instance, assault and battery are intentional torts that form the basis of lawsuits in civil and criminal courts. Typically, the victim of a battery can sue the offender seeking compensation for any personal injuries the victim sustained as a result of the battery.

Assault and battery are defined differently under tort law than under criminal law. Tort law defines assault as any intentional act that is meant to cause a reasonable apprehension of imminent and harmful or offensive contact, while battery has the same elements as assault, but requires a harmful or offensive contact against another. Under Wisconsin criminal law, assault is punished as an attempted battery and the crime of battery can be aggravated by many different circumstances, vastly increasing the associated punishment.

Breaking Down Assault and Battery in the Personal Injury Context

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Wisconsin accident attorney, accident liability, Wisconsin injury lawyerBurn injuries may be some of the most tragic, painful and horrific injuries a person can suffer. They can result in permanent disfigurement, significant medical expenses, and medical treatment that could potentially last a lifetime.  If someone performed an act - or failed to act - in a situation that caused your injuries, and this person failed to act like a reasonably prudent person would in a similar situation, this individual could be held liable under the theory of negligence.

The American Burn Association estimates that, in 2013, over 450,000 people across the United States received medical treatment for injuries related to burns. Additionally, more than 3,400 people died due to fire, burn, and smoke inhalation injuries. Lastly, over 40,000 people were hospitalized due to burn-related injuries. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services, in 2005, burn injuries sent over 7,770 citizens to emergency rooms across the state, over 600 citizens were hospitalized for longer-term care, and 61 individuals died as a result of their burn wounds.

If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced burn injury attorney to properly document your injuries and to get you the compensation you deserve.

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Wisconsin accident attorney, Wisconsin workers comp lawyer, Wisconsin injury lawyerRegardless where a construction site is located, whether it is at a commercial building, private home or an interstate, it is usually a dangerous place to be. Construction work is dangerous because it is physically demanding and it is often performed outside, where workers are exposed to the natural elements. The terrain is not always even, weather is unpredictable and, very often, construction workers change surroundings frequently—they rarely work in the same place for extended periods of time. These factors alone can increase the likelihood of a construction-related injury.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the four leading causes of injury or death at the worksite across the United States involve falling, being struck by various objects, electrocutions and getting caught between structures or equipment. In the private sector alone, there were over 3,900 work-related deaths in a single year. Approximately 796 of those deaths were related to construction accidents and the leading causes identified above. The largest majority of construction-related deaths occurred due to falls.

In Wisconsin, there are over 95,000 citizens employed as construction workers. For every 100 full-time construction workers, 5.2 will sustain an injury or illness on the job. As recent as February 2015, a Milwaukee construction worker was killed in a construction accident involving construction equipment.

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Wisconsin accident attorney, Wisconsin pedestrian accident lawyer, Wisconsin injury lawyerPedestrians swarm the streets of Milwaukee, using their own two legs to get around town. And while automobile accidents are scary events that result in injuries to everyone involved, when they involve pedestrians, they usually result in serious injuries or even death.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2013, over 4,700 pedestrians were killed and over 66,000 suffered injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident across the United States. In Wisconsin alone, according to the Department of Transportation in 2013, over 1,270 pedestrians were involved in motor vehicle accidents. Out of those accidents involving pedestrians, 1,231 suffered injuries while 25 lost their lives.

Responsibilities of Pedestrians and Drivers

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