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Woman sues doctor after grand mal seizure

People in Wisconsin should be able to know and trust that their medical providers will take the time to explain things well. Having a clear understanding of a particular diagnosis or treatment recommendation can go a long way toward helping patients feel that they are making the best choices for their health and their situation. It can also give them a sense of security that a physician has their best interests in mind. Unfortunately, some doctors fail to give important information to patients and this may put them at risk of experiencing serious problems.

An example of this can be seen in the case of a woman who sought care from a doctor at the University of Wisconsin for a period of two years lasting from 2014 to 2016. The woman was epileptic and was taking medication to control her seizures. At one point, the doctor recommended that she lower the dose of her anti-seizure medication. In a report by The Badger Herald, it is indicated that the doctor never told the woman that reducing the medication dose could put her at risk of a serious seizure.

Driver errors and serious crashes

As residents in Wisconsin watch the continued development of autonomous vehicles, they may or may not yet be convinced that it is safe to ride in one of these vehicles. However, many people are highlighting the dangers associated with riding in vehicles operated by human drivers. These people actually have statistics to back up their concerns.

A report published by Auto World News shows that out of all vehicular injuries deemed to be serious, nine out of 10 were the result of errors made by human drivers. That is a staggering number and should give people a reason to pause. It should also give more evidence as to why automobile manufacturers should push to include more safety features in new cars, trucks and other passenger vehicles.

IIDs and Wisconsin laws

It is easier than many people might think to be charged with a drunk driving offense in Wisconsin. Alcohol is commonly served at social events and it is still acceptable to have a casual drink or two and then drive home. Depending on a person's size, gender, food consumption and more, a blood alcohol level of 0.08% is not difficult to reach. If you have been arrested for and charged with an operating while intoxicated offense, you will want to know about the state's law regarding the use of ignition interlock devices.

IIDs are intended to prevent a person from driving under the influence by requiring a breath test be passed before a vehicle's ignition can be started. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, you might be required to install an IID even after a first OWI offense if your BAC was over 0.14%. You may be required to use an IID for a second offense regardless of your BAC level. 

What are the most common ATV accident injuries?

People love living in Wisconsin during the summer because of all the outdoor adventures and activities they can enjoy. Now is peak ATV-riding season with many people escaping to their lake cabins or spending their vacation time exploring one of the many scenic and thrilling Wisconsin ATV trails.

However, if you are a responsible rider, you know that while ATVs are simple to operate, you still can end up in a serious accident. Without following simple precautions, you can suffer a serious injury in an ATV crash. In fact, riders are injured each year while on an ATV.

New marriage, new estate plan

With divorce and remarriage far from usual these days, estate planning can bring up some issues that are not present for people in nuclear families with only one marriage for both spouses. Wisconsin residents who are planning to get married for the second time should make estate planning as much of a priority as wedding planning. This is especially important if one or both partners has children from their prior marriages.

As explained by Forbes, if one spouse in a second marriage leaves all assets to their new spouse after they die, the children of the spouse first to die may never inherent anything. This can happen despite the true wishes of their parent. An inheriting spouse is not obligated to pass on assets or heirlooms to their stepchildren unless a person's estate plan explicitly indicates this should happen.

When should you update your will in Wisconsin?

Unlike a photo album that might sit and gather dust on a shelf, your will needs care and attention throughout your life. This important document needs your help to remain accurate and relevant for use at any moment.

Outdated documents can have the same serious consequences as incomplete or inaccurate ones. Worse, courts might have to carry out what is on the page rather than your true wishes at the time of your death.

When healthcare heuristics become a problem

Many in Appleton may wonder how, with the advances made in healthcare in recent years, can diagnostic errors still be an issue. Medical practitioners have numerous resources at their disposal designed to help them arrive at an accurate diagnosis. Yet despite the tools, diagnostic issues remain the most prevalent type of medical error (with Johns Hopkins Medicine reporting that 80,000-160,000 injuries or deaths occurring each year as the result of them). 

One problem that could potentially be contributing to diagnostic errors is the reliance on heuristics in healthcare. Heuristics are generally accepted practices or "rules of thumb" that practitioners in certain field follow. They typically arise out of best practices within an industry. This explanation not only makes heuristics seem harmless, but also beneficial in conducting one's business. Heuristics are indeed helpful in healthcare, as they set to establish the standards against which clinicians are judged. Yet it is when doctors rely too heavily on them that diagnostic errors often arise. 

5 brothers injured, 1 killed in Wisconsin rollover crash

Licensed teenaged drivers in Wisconsin may transport immediate family members as passengers. However, the advisability of allowing teens to do this may be in question following a rollover crash last week that injured five brothers, one of whom has since died. 

A 16-year-old boy and his four younger brothers, ages 7 to 15, were traveling from their home in Kewaskum, Wisconsin, to a soccer game in Germantown. The driver has since received medical treatment at a hospital, which released him last Thursday. When authorities first arrived at the scene, however, he had been unable to tell them what happened due to severe injuries.

Multi-vehicle Wisconsin crash kills 1, injures several

Authorities cite speed entering a construction zone and inattentive driving as factors in a multi-vehicle crash near Columbus, Wisconsin, on Highway 151 last week. Helicopters and ambulances were necessary to transport five people injured in the collision, four men and a woman, to the hospital, and another man died at the scene. An investigation into the accident is ongoing, and cleanup required the closure of the northbound lanes where the crash occurred for five hours thereafter. 

Vehicles involved in the crash include three cars, a minivan, a pickup truck and a commercial truck. For reasons that are still unclear, the commercial truck struck the pickup and the minivan, either at the same time or in rapid succession. Both the commercial truck and the pickup struck two other cars, and the commercial truck pushed the pickup into a third car. 

Did your crash result in a brain injury?

In Wisconsin, there are plenty of big trucks on the road. When they share road space with smaller personal passenger vehicles like yours, there can be big consequences for crashes. Today, we at Peterson Berk & Cross will take a look at the possibility of brain injury post-crash and how it may affect you.

Brain injuries can easily happen after a crash, especially when a big vehicle like a truck is involved. The speed and size can make any impact a hefty one, especially if your car is much smaller than their truck. Brain injuries can be caused by many things. One example is whiplash, an injury in which your brain could hit the inside of your skull if the force is intense enough. Traumatic damage can also be done if you hit your head on the steering wheel. If you were not wearing a seat belt, you may even hit the windshield.

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