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Wrongful death case likely after driver abuses prescription drugs

A Milwaukee woman was charged with one count of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle for an accident that occurred in 2014. She was expected to enter a plea this month. When Wisconsin family members experience the loss of a loved due to the negligent action of another person, as in this incident, they may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit.  

Police report that a man was crossing the street one evening. Video surveillance footage shows that he had stopped to make sure the traffic had cleared before crossing. A car driven by a 34-year-old woman struck the man as he attempted to cross the street. The video showed that the driver applied her breaks just before she struck the pedestrian. The man passed away several hours after the accident.

Animal bites lead to injury of toddler

The majority of dogs in Wisconsin and around the country never attack a person. When they do, animal bites can lead to serious injuries and have traumatic emotional consequences, no matter what the age of the victim. If that victim is a small child, the potential long-term effects of an accident may be more difficult to ascertain. A toddler was recently injured when a dog attacked her in another state.

A 15-month-old girl was being fed by a relative inside a unit near her home. Evidently, a female terrier mix smelled the food and attacked the toddler. The dog had been nowhere near the child, but bit her in the face when going for the food, according to reports.

Car accident may lead to wrongful death claim

Losing a loved one in a car accident is tragic. When the accident happens because of possible negligent actions that could have been avoided, surviving family members are understandably devastated. Survivors may experience both emotional and financial losses. When negligence is suspected to have caused the losses, a wrongful death claim may be pursued. This situation recently occurred in a car accident in Wisconsin.

On March 2, an 18-year old truck driver was traveling southbound on Highway 51, according to the Dane County Sheriff's Office. An SUV, driven by a 60-year-old man, was turning northbound onto the highway when it was struck by the truck. The driver of the SUV was transported to a nearby hospital, where he later died. The driver of the truck did not suffer any injuries from the accident.

Will insurance cover a dog bite injury?

Dog bites and dog-related injuries accounted for one-third of the liability claim dollars paid out in 2015 by homeowners' insurance policies. The Insurance Information Institute found that the number of dog bite claims decreased, but the cost-per-claim went up by 16 percent from the previous year. Wisconsin has specific laws that govern liability in the case of a dog bite. Understanding these laws helps you understand whether you have a claim.

Tips to reduce likelihood of animal bites

A certified trainer recently wrote a book about aggressive behavior in dogs. She offers insight on why some dogs bite and how this a form of communication for them. Many Wisconsin residents have been injured as a result of animal bites and the trainer's comments may help prevent further harm in the future.

The trainer cites a report from the American Veterinary Medical Association that claims 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Typically, young boys are the ones bitten most often. She conveys that bites toward children occur even when an adult was at the incident. The trainer has suggestions for both dog owners and parents of younger children to help prevent future bites. Young children should be taught positive ways to interact with dogs and never sit on or harass them.

Car accidents may lead to fatalities when speed is involved

Tragedies occur every day on our nation's highways. Many factors contribute to car accidents in Wisconsin and throughout the country, such as weather and road conditions. Driver behavior such as distracted driving or road rage can also contribute to an auto accident. Recently, a fatal crash near Madison was apparently caused by speeding.

Madison Police Department officials report that a 25-year-old man was driving east on Highway 30 when he lost control of his vehicle. According to eyewitnesses, his car went airborne after it had initially gone into a ditch. His car then crashed onto a sport utility vehicle.

Potential of wrongful death case after fatal multi-vehicle crash

If a driver causes an accident, it may be proven that he or she exhibited negligent behavior. Unfortunately, this negligence may result in the death of someone involved in the accident. In these cases, survivors often pursue wrongful death claims to help them offset costs and other damages they have incurred. However, what happens if the driver who caused the accident dies as well? A Wisconsin family recently experienced this situation.

An 84-year-old man was driving north on Highway 47 near Bonduel in a sedan. A semi-truck driven by a 61-year old man was also traveling in that direction. The driver of the sedan attempted to pass the semi when he crashed head-on into a compact car operated by a 57-year old man.

Common injuries in the office

You may think the office is a not a dangerous place to work in because it is not filled with the same dangers and hazards as other work environments in Wisconsin. However, many office workplaces have their own set of dangers that you may not be aware of. To avoid accidents and injuries that could interfere with your ability to perform your job, you should take some time to learn about some common office injuries that can occur.

Man injured by animal bites; dog involved bites again

Dog bites that occur in Wisconsin and elsewhere across the country often result in serious injuries. An incident involving animal bites by a dog that has bitten multiple people took place recently in another state.  The dog had already been classified as dangerous when the latest accident happened.

Late last year, a 110-pound dog was being walked by a friend of its owner. The dog encountered a man running in the area. The runner stated that though the dog was not provoked in any way, the animal latched on to his arm and bit him several times. The bites caused severe damage to the man's arm.

Wrongful death possible after crash with controlled substance use

Losing a loved one in an automobile accident is a traumatic experience. When the accident is caused by someone under the influence of an illegal substance, it becomes even more distressing for the surviving family members. A Wisconsin man was recently found guilty of vehicular homicide with a detectable amount of marijuana in his system. It was not reported whether wrongful death litigation has been pursued in civil court. 

In Oct. 2014, deputies reported that a Jeep Cherokee traveling near Fort Atkinson hit a tree at a high rate of speed after failing to make a curve. A 17-year-old passenger died at the scene of the accident. The driver, who claimed he was unfamiliar with the roads, was taken to a local hospital. There, he told police officers he had smoked marijuana earlier that evening. The State Crime Lab confirmed that his blood contained marijuana.

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