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Northeast Wisconsin Personal Injury And Social Security Disability Blog

Can my attorney help expedite a disability appeal?

Even when a Northeast Wisconsin resident has what could rightly be called a strong case to receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, they may wind up having their application for benefits denied at the initial stages.

Thus will begin a waiting game of weeks or months and, in some cases, even more than a year, for an applicant to get his or her application for benefits in front of an Administrative Law Judge authorized to review the application to see if benefits should be awarded. While the backdating of benefits is customary if it turns out an applicant wins his or her hearing, they are going to have to figure out how to manage on limited finances while they await a review.

When truckers break the rules, we hold them accountable

Truck drivers and the transportation companies they work for have certain rules they must follow.

In addition to the normal traffic laws to which every motorist must adhere, truckers also will often have to follow special federal and state regulations designed to make sure that they operate their large vehicles in a matter that keeps everyone else on the road safe.

Three Wisconsin Girl Scouts killed, 1 critically injured

A group of Girl Scouts, along with a woman, who were alongside a rural Wisconsin road picking up trash were it by the driver of a pickup truck, who then fled the scene of the accident. Three Girl Scouts and the woman died because of the accident, while another Girl Scout was critically injured. The driver eventually surrendered to authorities.

This story has attracted the attention of the national news media and also prompted an outpouring of sympathy and support, including a message from the national Girl Scouts of the USA.

Improving your luck with uninsured motorist coverage

While modern cars come with a variety of safety features, there is no substitute for safe driving. Even if you drive as safely as possible, though, you cannot control the actions of other drivers. Simply put, you need a bit of luck to avoid collisions on northeast Wisconsin roadways.

If you are lucky, the driver who rear-ends your vehicle has enough insurance to cover the cost of both your medical bills and the damage to your vehicle. Unfortunately, if your luck is running a bit thin, you may have to deal with an uninsured driver. In that case, your own Wisconsin uninsured motorist coverage may come to the rescue.

Girl dies in Northeast Wisconsin accident

An accident involving a go-kart claimed the life of a 12-year-old girl from Northeast Wisconsin recently.

Authorities say the accident happened on private land. The girl, who was driving the go-kart, apparently struck a parked vehicle. This accident apparently happened while the girl was visiting relatives.

How much do spinal cord injuries cost?

A previous post on this blog discussed what sort of accidents most commonly cause spinal cord injuries. Although car accidents were at the top of this list, other common accidents, like slips and falls and sporting injuries, also were more likely to lead to spinal damage.

A Northeast Wisconsin resident need not be a doctor or other type of expert to recognize that the toll of a spinal cord injury is a hefty one. Most spinal cord injuries end with a victim suffering paralysis at least to some extent. Even those who are lucky enough to escape paralysis still will face challenges that will require medical care and living adjustments.

Technology is no substitute for attentive driving

Those in the Northeast Wisconsin area around Green Bay who have bought a new car recently may well have been impressed with all the new technology that was not available even 15 or so years ago.

In addition to a lot of added comforts and conveniences, cars are now routinely equipped with technology that really does prevent accidents and save lives. According to one recent report, new features that can help drivers detect cars in their blind spots or avoid hitting something in front of the car prevent over 2.5 million crashes each year. This translates in to 1.1 million injuries being prevented and over 9,500 lives saved.

Pursuing compensation when a wreck was 'just an accident'

People in Northeast Wisconsin have a reputation for being nice people who are quite forgiving and understanding.

While this is generally a good thing, it can lead to some confusion about a person's rights and options in the event they get hurt in a car accident. For instance, a victim might assume that because their wreck was just an accident and didn't involve drunk driving, texting and driving or other flagrantly thoughtless behavior, they should not pursue the other driver for compensation.

Steps to take after a car accident: Part 1

Car accidents are a frequent occurrence on the roads of Northeast Wisconsin and nearby communities. Though it is not uncommon to see fender benders where the involved parties are exchanging information and looking over their vehicles for damage, many car accident victims are not so fortunate. A sad reality of car accidents is people get hurt and lose their lives. Those who suffer serious injuries may end up with long-term/permanent damage to their bodies and become unable to maintain and enjoy the quality of life they had before the incident. 

As a novice driver, you might not realize how easy and unexpectedly collisions can happen. Whether or not you have been in a car accident before, we cannot stress the importance of getting medical attention afterward and taking proper action in the aftermath to prevent issues with personal injury claims and car accident settlements. Here are some pointers to consider. 

What are the most common causes of spinal cord injuries?

Most people in Northeast Wisconsin recognize that damage to the spinal cord is a type of catastrophic injury that can leave someone, oftentimes a young adult with a lot of promise, paralyzed or, at the very best, with serious limitations in their mobility.

In the most severe cases, a spinal cord injury can mean that a victim will need around-the-clock care in order to live and function, Being able to hold down a job is in most cases out of the question for these sorts of people, and those who are able to return work may be able to do so only after a long time of rehabilitation.

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