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Appleton Personal Injury Law Blog

Attorney John Peterson Named as 2015 Leader in the Law

Attorney John Peterson was recently recognized by The Wisconsin Law Journal by being named as one of the 2015 Leaders in the Law. Winners are recognized for their outstanding leadership, career achievements, legal expertise and giving back through community and pro bono work.
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Check Your Insurance Coverage Before Your Spring Break Trip

Automobile insurance is one of those grown-up topics that isn't that much fun to think about. We all know we should have insurance (it is the law!), we all want to pay reasonable rates, and we all see a lot of insurance company commercials promising stellar service or cheaper prices. While getting good service at a decent price is important, it is crucial to review your automobile insurance coverage to make sure you and your family are adequately protected. 

How to deal with a concussion

A concussion is a serious head injury that needs to be monitored to lower the odds of its long-term effects. If a Wisconsin athlete suffers a concussion during a game or during a practice, it is recommended that he or she not return to play until at least the next day. In the meantime, it is important that the athlete be monitored and given a neurological exam before returning to action.

The athlete should not be cleared to play until he or she is free from any symptoms. This is for the athlete's safety both now and in the future as it is possible for symptoms to emerge or become worse in the first 10 days after the original injury occurs. Coaches and trainers are urged to look for concussion symptoms anytime an athlete gets hit or looks as if he or she has suffered a head injury.

Wisconsin construction worker dies at Milwaukee project site

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation called the death of a 33-year-old man a rare incident when he was killed by machinery at the site of the Zoo Interchange project in Milwaukee. The work accident happened near 91st Street on the westbound side of Interstate 94.

Details about the type of machinery involved were not provided by the Wisconsin DOT representative. The worker's death was confirmed to be related to work. A witness told a television reporter that the accident appeared to be near a machine that drilled holes for posts. Emergency crews worked at the scene for hours after the man was declared dead.

Wisconsin residents with TBIs

A traumatic brain injury is a serious and potentially deadly condition that can occur due to a variety of circumstances. Wisconsin residents can find themselves facing major rehabilitation, long-term care needs or potential permanent disability.

Brain injuries can occur when an object penetrates portions of the brain or when an object has otherwise come into contact with the skull. Regardless of whether the injury occurs because of a fall, car accident, shooting or otherwise, TBIs account for about 30 percent of injury-related deaths annually. In total, approximately 1.7 million TBIs happen in the U.S. each year.

What a Wisconsin doctor may not share with patients

When an individual goes to see his or her doctor, that person is expecting that the doctor will be able to help. While doctors do know a lot about the human body, they may not know everything in regards to medicine. For instance, many doctors do not know how they affect the financial aspect of a patient's care. In a survey, only 36 percent of doctors said that they believe that they have a major role in controlling patient costs.

A doctor may also fail to tell patients that cancer diagnoses are wrong roughly 5 percent of the time. This is what a study from the Houston Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation and Quality found, and it equates to 12 million adults being impacted each year.

Trucks more likely to be involved in multiple vehicle crashes

Some residents of Wisconsin may have experience with truck accidents. While any form of crash has the potential to be dangerous, truck accidents tend to involve more vehicles and may in general be more deadly for other motorists.

Commercial companies may sometimes pressure drivers to work more than they're physically capable of doing. For example, although laws exist to limit the amount of time a truck driver spends at the wheel, drivers may receive incentives for pushing themselves farther than others with respect to their shipment deadlines. These sorts of situations have the potential to overly fatigue the driver and lead them to be less cautious or aware on the road than they otherwise would be. Since 81 percent of fatal truck accidents involve multiple vehicle crashes, this can be quite dangerous for other motorists.

Facts Wisconsin drivers should know about impaired driving

Wisconsin drivers should be aware that alcohol-impaired drivers lead to roughly 30 deaths each day in the United States alone, or one death in every 51 minutes. In fact, almost one-third of all traffic-related deaths involve a driver with a blood-alcohol content of higher than the legal limit of .08. In addition to the injured victims, impaired drivers are far more likely to be killed or injured in an accident themselves.

Alcohol is not the only major source of impairment on the road. Approximately 18 percent of all traffic related deaths were caused by drivers under the influence of drugs. Young people face a significantly higher risk of being involved in a drug or alcohol impaired car accident. In 2012 alone, 29 percent of motorcyclists killed in accidents had blood-alcohol levels over the legal limit. Those between the ages of 40 and 44 were the most likely to be involved in a fatal accident.

Brain injury victims likely to be re-hospitalized

Research shows that patients in Wisconsin with traumatic brain injuries may be more likely to be re-hospitalized than people with other kinds of injuries. According to the study conducted by the Brain Injury Association of America, 20 percent of individuals with traumatic brain injuries are re-hospitalized for both elective and non-elective reasons.

The study looked at information that was provided by 655 people who had suffered from a traumatic brain injury. The data concerning re-hospitalization was gathered through interviews that were conducted one, two and three years after the patients had been discharged from their first hospitalization for the brain injury. Researchers found that about 50 percent of re-hospitalizations were for elective reasons, and 50 percent were for non-elective reasons.

Oregon woman dies after hospital administers wrong medication

Residents of Wisconsin may have heard about a mistake at an Oregon hospital that resulted in the death of a 65-year-old woman. She was given a paralyzing agent instead of the anti-seizure medicine she was supposed to take, and the switch-up caused her to suffer from brain damage and cardiac arrest. A representative from the hospital said that this is the first time a case such as this has happened, and they take full responsibility for the accident.

Three hospital employees have been placed on paid leave because of the mistake, and investigators are trying to figure out what caused the error to happen. To determine this, they are looking into how the drug was labeled, how it was ordered from the manufacturer, how it was given to the patient, and other steps of the medication process. The ultimate goal of the investigation is to discover whether or not human error was involved in the tragedy. According to the woman's son, her family does not yet know if they will take legal action.