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June 2013 Archives

Wisconsin tractor-trailer accident injures 3

On June 7, a tractor-trailer rear-ended a truck on Interstate 94 in the town of Garfield, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol. Three people sustained minor injuries in the truck accident. The collision happened when the tractor-trailer driver reportedly looked away from the road while he was reaching for an item. When he looked up, he was too close to the truck ahead. Unable to stop in time, he rear-ended the truck near mile marker 91.

Life-saving AIDS treatment comes with new considerations

Since AIDS first emerged as a named illness in the United States, awareness for patients has helped put the focus of life-saving research on finding a cure. Although there is not a treatment that will completely eliminate the illness, there are some treatment plans that have helped prolong the life of many cases that were considered terminal only about a decade ago.

Convicted murderer rear ends woman twice in drive thru

A car accident is a scary event to be involved in, especially if the other car can’t be seen before it hits. This is often the case in rear end collisions in Wisconsin, when the driver of the front car is unable to see the car behind them before it hits them. Injuries from these car accidents can range from simple bumps and bruises to whiplash that can have lasting effects for many years. No matter how small the accident, it may be beneficial for an individual to be checked out by emergency personnel to determine how serious the injuries are.

Summer means fewer but far more dangerous crashes

During the summer months, Wisconsin sees fewer car crashes than in the winter. The accidents that do occur during the summer, however, are more serious and result in fatalities more often, according to statistics. During the winter, drivers get used to traveling at slower speeds, says the director of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Safety. In the summer, faster speeds lead to more serious crashes. In 2012, only 23 percent of serious injuries and fatalities occurred during the months of December, January and February. The months of June, July and August make up close to 30 percent of these numbers.

Gilman Cheese Corp. fined by OSHA for work accident violations

Both the state of Wisconsin and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) typically make regulating workplace safety a top priority. Part of this goal includes inspecting workplaces where a work accident could occur and issuing monetary fines in the event that companies violate safety standards. Recently, a Wisconsin cheese factor was levied with substantial fines for multiple safety violations.

Unemployment rate for people with disabilities still on the rise

The most recent data from the U.S. Department of Labor indicates that unemployment among people with disabilities is still rising, despite modest gains in the job market. In May, the average unemployment rate for workers with disabilities was 13.6 percent, which is up from 12.9 percent in April. That number does not include people receiving Social Security disability benefits, even those who are actively engaged in return to work program such as the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work.

Wisconsin skateboarder injured in accident; driver ran red light

Basic traffic laws exist for good reason. If a person drives too fast or fails to stop at an intersection, they are raising the risk of a motor vehicle accident. In the case of a recent pedestrian accident in Wisconsin, it appears as though a motorist failed to abide by multiple traffic regulations.

Price of a dog bite

In May, Douglas County had two major incidents of dog attacks that resulted in serious injury. In one case, a six-year old boy was bitten by a pet pit bull/lab mix. The child received a severe wound to his cheek and had to undergo surgery. Vets euthanized the dog, and tests for rabies came back negative. Although the child is recovering, doctors worry there may be permanent damage to his face.

Wisconsin drunk driver runs stop sign, hits ambulance

When 911 is called in Wisconsin, emergency personnel may respond to the call by sending an ambulance and the appropriate medical professionals to help anyone who is injured. Within the ambulance, the injured may be treated and stabilized until they reach the hospital. For some injuries, time is of the utmost important, and if the ambulance is in a car crash on the way to the hospital, it may make a bad situation much worse. If a drunk driver is the cause of the accident, the unfair situation may devastate the injured and his or her family members.

Parents file wrongful death lawsuit against helmet companies

Safety advocates in Wisconsin and across the nation are watching after parents decided to file a lawsuit against three San Diego companies involved in the manufacture, importation and marketing of a bike helmet worn by a 17-year-old who died in an accident while practicing in New Mexico during a 2010 training run. Authorities reported that he suffered numerous injuries to his face and head, which resulted in brain damage. He was transported by air to a medical facility, where he died.

Mother tells tragic story of dog attack

A woman whose son was attacked by a dog at two years old related her story and the warning signs she blames herself for not seeing. Her child loved dogs, and she and her husband didn't instill a fear of animals into him. She didn't realize just how dangerous a dog bite could be and thought that her father's dog would just nip at her son, not inflict serious harm to him. Even though she had read and heard stories about dog attacks, she thought that regular dogs couldn't be capable of attacks.

OCD can result in Social Security; new surgery may help sufferers

A new surgery meant to help people who suffer from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder seems to have a dramatically positive effect, according to a new study. It should be noted that while the breakthrough surgery shows many good signs, it is still considered very risky; and the surgery is not a guarantee. Some OCD sufferers had the surgery and did not experience the success that others achieved.

Violent dog bites toddler in the face

A Wisconsin toddler was attacked Wednesday night by his family's adopted pit bill. The unfortunate event happened on the child's kitchen floor as he enjoyed a treat. A representative from the local police department reported that the dog had bitten the 15 month old boy in the face in an effort to take the child's cookie. The toddler's mother and her boyfriend were in the home at the time of the dog attack.

Guilty plea in Wisconsin accident that resulted in death of teen

When law enforcement officials in Wisconsin suspect that alcohol or drugs have been factors in a car accident, they may perform sobriety tests on the driver to determine if the person was driving legally at the time of the accident. If a driver is under the influence and causes a car accident that results in a death, the driver may face serious charges, prison time, and fines for the acts that led to the death. If the driver is intoxicated while driving, and someone in their car dies, they may face dual consequences with the emotional loss they feel from losing a friend or loved one.

Man charged with vehicular homocide

An Indiana man was killed in a crash near Prairie du Sac. A man from Windsor faces homicide charges because of the accident. A simulation of the accident showed that he was allegedly speeding at more than 20 miles per hour above the speed limit just before the crash. The man was ordered to appear in Columbia County Circuit Court. He is charged with vehicular homicide and negligence. The offense is punishable by as many as five years in prison.

Migraine sufferers could seek Social Security benefits

There are plenty of people here in La Crosse, Wisconsin who suffer from migraines. They have little say when migraines occur; instead, the people who suffer from the debilitating condition just have to deal with it when a migraine comes knocking. In addition to the brutally painful headache, migraines can also afflict their victims with a host of other symptoms, such as blurry vision, light sensitivity, nausea, fatigue and irritability.

Dog bites are not insurance rate's best friends

The number of dog bites fell by 1.4 percent in 2012, but these incidents continue to account for a third of all homeowner liability claims. On average, a claim involving a dog bite was just under $30,000. However, it should be noted, that some insurance companies include all injuries involving dogs in their statistics. This would include situations where the dog jumped and knocked someone down or surprised the person, causing them to fall and be injured.

Prison time for driver in fatal crash that killed student athlete

Accidents involving multiple cars in Wisconsin can often result in life threatening injuries, or in the most tragic situations, in the death of one or more drivers or passengers. If a reckless driver caused the fatal car accident, the driver may face criminal charges in the event that a passenger dies during the accident. If the person doesn’t die instantly, the family members are left with expensive medical bills for the efforts to save the person’s life, not to mention the pain and suffering they feel from the loss of a loved one.

Wisconsin work accident in lumber company leaves 1 man dead

While many Wisconsin employers take workplace safety seriously, the sad truth is that fatal work accidents occur far too frequently. An unexpected death due to a work accident can leave families struggling with both emotional and financial hardships as they learn to adjust to life without a lost loved one. Workers' compensation law does allow many of these families to file for survivor's benefits in the wake of a loved one's death while performing their normal job duties.

Bridge collapse highlights dangers for drivers

Wisconsin is full of bridges, and a recent collapse in Washington State has some drivers wondering how safe the bridges in our state may be. The bridge collapse resulted in not only car accident injuries but also millions in property damage. According to the Federal Highway Administration's 2012 report, at least 11 percent of the nation's bridges are structurally deficient. While this may not mean imminent danger of collapse, it does mean that the bridges must be monitored carefully.

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