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Milwaukee mass tort attorney injury lawsuitMass tort actions are especially useful in certain types of cases, as they provide an efficient way for personal injury victims to receive the compensation they deserve. Pharmaceutical and medical device claims are often brought forward through a mass tort action. This is because these products, if defective, will likely injure a large number of people. 

What Is a Mass Tort?

While the word “tort” is commonly used in the law, many people without a legal background do not know what it means. A tort is an injurious act that occurs due to the fault of another. Car accidents and slip and fall cases are common torts, as are damages made to land or property. Thus, a mass tort action involves an injurious act or product that affects a large group (or mass) of people.

A court will have to approve a mass tort action in order for it to proceed. In making its decision, it will review the following:

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Milwaukee personal injury mass tort attorneyWhat is a mass tort? A mass tort is a type of action that can be brought when there is one instance of negligence that causes injury to a group of people. Mass tort actions can be brought against defendants in state or federal court. It is not uncommon for these cases to be consolidated into multidistrict litigation.

A judge will determine if a mass tort action can be brought in multidistrict litigation. He or she will look at how many victims are involved, if the victims live near each other, if the injuries complained of are similar, and whether there is a common cause of the injuries, such as a single accident or product.

Typical Types of Mass Tort Actions

Wisconsin law does not limit mass tort actions to certain types of injuries or certain industries to mass tort actions. That said, there are certain claims that often are successful in using a mass tort action:

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Milwaukee slip-and-fall accident attorneys, winter weather awareness, slip-and-fall accidents, winder hazards, personal injury claimWinter weather presents a renewed set of slip-and-fall hazards for the public. Snow, ice, and melted water have all been known to cause serious slip-and-fall accidents leading to significant injuries.

Not every slip-and-fall accident will result in liability on the part of a property owner or in a lawsuit, and your case should be brought expeditiously to a personal injury attorney for evaluation.

Hazards that Appear in Winter

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Milwaukee construction site injury lawyers, construction accidents, construction site injuries, personal injury claim, summer construction tipsWith the weather getting warmer and daylight hours increasing, construction work is in full swing. This increase in construction sites also means an increase in possible dangers. Hence, it is important to beware of potential construction hazards which can lead to serious bodily injury or death.

Workers and construction companies should follow standard safety protocols in order to avoid accidents.

Examples of safety measures include:

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Wisconsin personal injury, Wisconsin accident lawyerWhen you have been injured, and the medical bills and other expenses start to pile up, you may start to wonder just how much your case might be worth. There are many factors, and every personal injury case is unique. However, there are some cases that may bring more in damages than others. The following information can help you decide if you have a valid claim, and what kind of damages you might expect in your case.

Is Your Claim a Valid One?

Cases that are eligible for a personal injury claim must contain some element of negligence. It can be a driver who was texting when they crashed into you, a store owner that failed to clear off their walkway, a pet-owner that let their dog run loose, a doctor that was intoxicated while providing services, or any other form of reckless, careless, or irresponsible behavior that places others at risk for injury. Only an attorney can tell you for certain if your case contains this element of negligence, but most victims have a pretty good idea as to whether it played a part in the accident that caused their injury. At the very least, they may suspect possible negligence was a factor.

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Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconsin accident lawyerEach and every year, hundreds of thousands of people suffer an accidental injury, but not all of these cases are personal injury cases. Some of these incidents are caused by the injured. Others are the victims of unavoidable accidents caused by acts of God or nature. So how do you tell if your injury is the kind that could lead to a personal injury case? The following can help you decide.

Was the Injury Caused by Negligence?

Only certain types of accidents are considered personal injury accidents. For example, those that are caused by acts of nature or not caused by negligence are not covered under personal injury law. Automobile accidents, medical malpractice accidents, dog bites caused by an off-leash dog, slip and fall accidents, and construction accidents are examples of situations that may contain negligence (failure to exercise the same care that a reasonable person would use in the same circumstance).

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Wisconsin accident attorney, Wisconsin personal injury lawyerWhiplash has remained one of medicine’s strange mysteries, especially in cases where there are long-term pain and complication. However, a new study has devised a way that may help in predicting which patients are likely to experience long-lasting symptoms, which can prove to be beneficial in ensuring proper treatment and interventions are provided. Though only a single study at this point, this new diagnostic method could prove to be highly beneficial in treating automobile accident victims in the future.

Risk Group Division and Long-Term Complications

Conducted by the Danish “Whiplash Study Group” and presented at the Second Congress of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) in Copenhagen, the study followed the outcomes of 326 automobile accident victims diagnosed with whiplash. Each had received a clinical examination within four days of the injury and were then assigned to a risk group, based on factors relating to the type and nature of their pain, type and number of painful complaints, and mobility of their neck. Those that complained of severe headaches, strong neck pain, and displayed a negative emotional state were placed in the highest risk group. The rest were categorized according to the severity of their symptoms.

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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.

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Wisconsin dog bite lawyer, Wisconsin personal injury attorneyMost of the time, dogs truly are man’s best friend; they are companions, confidants, and family members. But when a dog is threatened, sick, stray, mistreated, or abused, it can lash out and bite. Sadly, humans, particularly children, are often on the receiving end (about 1,000 emergency room cases each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Some can be prevented, but many cannot; as such, knowing what to do in the event of a dog bite is the best course of action, particularly for parents of small children.

Victim Usually Knows the Dog

The first thing you should know about dog bites is that the victim usually knows the dog or its owner. They might not have a close enough relationship to fully understand the dog’s temperament or be immediately recognized by the pet, but they have at least seen or know of the pet. This can actually work in the favor of the victim since it can make it easier to determine whether or not the dog is up-to-date on their vaccinations.

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Wisconsin accident attorney, Wisconsin personal injury lawyerWhen people think of slips and falls, they generally imagine slick surfaces, like ice and snow, dangerous terrain, or risky behavior, such as carrying an oversized box down a narrow flight of stairs. Yet, according to the National Safety Council, slips and falls remain the leading cause of injury-related deaths among those aged 65 or older. But slips and trips are not just for the elderly; they also account for about five percent of all workplace injuries and around 15 percent of all accidental deaths. Moreover, a recent study found that, even among healthy, young adults, falls are surprisingly common.

Study on College Students Shows Falls, Trips Happen at Any Age

Conducted by researchers from Purdue University, a recent study on 94 college undergraduates shows that humans – regardless of their age –  struggle to stay upright. With an average age of 19, these students were asked to answer a daily email over the course of 16 weeks. In it, they were asked if they had experienced a slip, trip, or fall in the last 24 hours. More than half (52 percent) reported 1,495 trips or slips by the end of the study, and 46 percent reported 82 full-blown falls.

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