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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.

What causes slips and falls in stores?

When people go out and about to shop, the last thing they expect to happen is to come home with a serious injury like a broken bone, soft tissue damage or, in the worst cases, even a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury.

Unfortunately, however, there are many ways in which a person can slip and take a nasty fall while shopping at one of Northeast Wisconsin's many retail stores, malls and shopping centers.

Many truckers legally must rest to prevent driver fatigue

Anyone who has observed a driver who is attempting to operate a vehicle on too little sleep knows how dangerous this practice can be. In some cases, a fatigued driver can resemble a drunk or drugged driver travelling down the highway, as both types of drivers operate erratically enough to cause serious accidents.

Fatigued driving is particularly dangerous when it comes to operators of large trucks, as semitruck accident injuries can be especially devastating given the size difference between a big rig and a private passenger vehicle.

What medical evidence is needed for Social Security Disability?

When residents of Northeast Wisconsin are injured, ill or have a condition that prevents them from working, they can apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. To get an approval from the Social Security Administration (SSA), there is certain information that must be provided. Ensuring that the evidence is sufficient is one of the foundational aspects of a case. Medical evidence is key to being approved. Before moving forward with a case, having this medical evidence is vital.

When the person has been treated for the condition, the SSA will request medical evidence. That will include the medical records, reports from medical professionals who have given treatment and test results. These will be integral to a case. Any information that affects the person's ability to work will be needed. If an applicant has these records, the SSA will not need to request them from the various sources that provided the treatment. An applicant who has these records will have the process move faster than one who does not. For people who have not gotten treatment or there is a lack of evidence regarding the condition, the SSA will request that the person have the examination. The SSA will pay for it.

Distracted drivers put your life at risk

Drinking and driving is not the only dangerous behavior that is causing injuries and fatalities. Another irresponsible habit is distracted driving. When motorists give in to distractions, they put your life at risk. 

Distractions divert the attention of drivers from the act of driving, which can easily result in a crash. Get the facts so you can know the risks and be ready to take legal action if a distracted motorist injures you. 

Motorcyclist suffers car accident injuries due to drunk driver

Northeast Wisconsin motorcyclists are in danger of being injured or losing their lives in a crash simply due to their inherent vulnerability. When they encounter other vehicles that are being operated recklessly, negligently or by a driver who is under the influence, the danger is enhanced. Since there can be severe injuries and loss of life with a motorcycle crash, the victim and family left behind must consider their options to move forward with a legal filing for compensation.

A motorcyclist suffered significant injuries when he was rear-ended by an alleged drunk driver. The driver then ran over the motorcyclist as he backed up. The accident happened at approximately 11 p.m. The driver of a red Cadillac hit the back of the black Harley-Davidson. After hitting the bike, the driver reversed course and ran over the biker. He was pinned under the vehicle. Once he was freed, he was taken to the hospital.

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