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Tips to avoid Halloween dog bites

With Halloween just around the corner, the night will be filled with ghosts, zombies, Kylo Rens, probably a few Harley Quinns and maybe a couple creepy clowns scouring the neighborhood for treats. To keep the tricks at a minimum and to avoid a dog bite, it is important to remember that curious and playful dogs can become anxious. Multiple strangers clanking around may frighten a dog, no matter its age, size or typical demeanor. You can avoid an unsavory trip to the ER by following a few safety tips.

Several factors often cause motorcycle accidents in Wisconsin

People in Wisconsin like to travel by various means. Some prefer walking to and from their destinations, while others like to drive reliable vehicles. Still, many others enjoy riding motorcycles, though must be wary of various factors that could lead to motorcycle accidents.

Drivers in cars or trucks who do not check their mirrors frequently enough may not see a motorcyclist nearby. This can create dangerous situations if thee driver changes lanes, speeds up or slows down without paying attention to a motorcyclist in the area. Intoxicated drivers, too, are not only risks to those on motorcycles but all travelers sharing the road. Injuries suffered in motorcycle crashes are often quite serious, if not fatal.

Just when you thought it was safe to cross the street

The La Crosse area has experienced a number of pedestrian involved crashes lately. In mid-September, five people were injured in a collision that involved three pedestrians. Around 9:30 p.m. on a Friday, a car with two passengers, traveling along south Losey Boulevard, veered off the road, hit a speed limit sign, hopped a curb and crashed into a brick support. News reports were unclear if the crash was alcohol or drug related. Two people were in critical condition while another sustained life-threatening injuries.

Prior to that, a visually impaired pedestrian was killed after being hit by a truck on Mormon Coulee Road around 5:30 p.m., and a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student died from injuries sustained when she was struck on La Crosse Street around 8:30 p.m.

Car accidents like this one sometimes lead to lawsuits

When a motor vehicle collision occurs in Wisconsin, or any other state, those involved may be faced with exorbitant costs in its aftermath. Medical care rendered at the scene, emergency transport to a hospital, as well as any care provided at a medical facility or in the weeks or months that follow can cause serious financial strain that surviving victims and their families may be unprepared to meet. Not all car accidents involve more than one vehicle, of course. Some, as one that occurred recently in Menomonie, are single vehicle collisions that have devastating results.

The recent Saturday morning incident resulted in injuries to several people. Sadly, there was also a fatality in the crash. A spokesperson for the local sheriff's department said the three who were injured were transported to a hospital in a nearby area for treatment. The other victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Animal bites in one city still a major concern

Many families in Wisconsin own dogs and other types of pets. Like all other states, pet owners are obligated to maintain appropriate control of their animals to keep themselves and others who come into contact with them safe. Animal bites can cause serious, if not life-threatening, injuries. One city actually banned pit bulls, and some say since the attacks have significantly decreased.

While bites involving pit bulls may have gone down, statistics suggest that other types of dog bites in the same city have increased in recent years. There appears to be an ongoing debate among community officials as to whether the pit bull ban has been successful toward its intent, which was, of course, to reduce the number of animal bites in the area. The ban was enacted in 2008 and applied to any dog that was 51 percent or more pit bull.

Possible wrongful death situation in Wisconsin

Any time someone dies at the scene of a motor vehicle accident, it is always tragic. Situations that include more than one fatality are especially devastating. Such was the case in a recent collision that occurred on a Wisconsin roadway. When an accident is determined to have been caused by a negligent driver, there may be grounds for filing a wrongful death claim in court.

Two cars were involved in the recent fatal collision, which occurred just after 3 p.m. on a recent Wednesday afternoon. A 57-year-old woman was behind the wheel of one of the vehicles. Traveling together in the other were a man and his elderly wife. Although the official investigation remains active, police have so far suggested that the 57-year-old woman appears to have veered out of her traffic lane and into oncoming vehicles.

Your loved one's accident may be cause for wrongful death claim

The grief associated with learning that a loved one has been killed in a motor vehicle accident can be overwhelming. There are any number of factors that lead to such accidents, and many are associated with negligence. Surviving immediate family members of fatal accident victims in Wisconsin often have cause to pursue justice on the behalves of their deceased loved ones by filing wrongful death claims in court.

Going to court would certainly not be among a grieving family's foremost thoughts in the aftermath of a fatal collision that took the life of a loved one. However, something else they might not be thinking of is the tremendous financial debt with which they may soon be faced because of various costs associated with the accident. Many families find themselves unable to meet such debt.

Wisconsin 97 site of many car accidents; infant is latest victim

When an innocent baby is injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by the negligence of a driver, it is understandable that the child's loved ones would want to seek justice in the matter. An incident occurred on a recent Thursday morning in Wisconsin that caused serious injuries to an infant and hurt two others as well. Those injured in car accidents may be entitled to file personal injury claims in civil court. When a victim is of minor age, a parent or legal guardian may act on his or her behalf.

In this particular situation, it was just shy of 8 a.m. when the accident took place. A sports utility vehicle and a logging truck collided. Two other vehicles in the area are said to have been hit by debris after the first two vehicles crashed.

Clarifying Wisconsin law regarding injuries from animal bites

Many people have had the terrifying experience of being attacked by a dog or other animal while strolling through their neighborhoods or visiting friends. Animal bites often cause very serious injuries requiring stitches, and perhaps even plastic surgery to achieve full recovery. Wisconsin law is very specific when it comes to animal bites and is known as a strict liability state.

Throughout the state, a dog owner can be held accountable for any bite or attack by a pet that causes injury to another person. When a dog is determined to have a vicious propensity, the amount of damages that may be sought in recovery are doubled.  Those facing such issues are advised to act alongside experienced representation when presenting their case in court. 

Seasonal employee or independent contractor? There are important distinctions.

At first it seemed like an ideal summer job. You were working on a construction site, picking up new skills and getting paid well to labor under the sun's rays. Enrolled in your university's civil engineering program, you thought that the knowledge you gained over the break's four months would transfer nicely to your classroom environment. Unfortunately, you had offered to work a late shift for a friend and followed it up with a morning stint the next day. You were more tired than usual and injured yourself on the worksite.

Two days after the trip to the ER, you return to work, bandaged but not broken. Rather than getting support from your supervisor, however, your queries on remuneration for workplace injuries go unanswered. Having reviewed our blog on Wisconsin workplace safety, you were aware of your employer's responsibility to maintaining a safe environment. On your own volition, you visited your own doctor, but who will cover the bills? The answer to this question can be found in the role to which you have been assigned: seasonal employee or independent contractor. If you have been misclassified as an "independent contractor," your rights may be impacted.

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