When someone loses a loved one in a tragic accident or incident that should not have occurred or could have been prevented, we refer to deaths like this as ‘wrongful deaths’. Under the U.S. legal system, family members who have experienced a wrongful death of a loved one may be able to file what is known as a wrongful death lawsuit against the guilty individual, company, or entity that caused the incident or accident. Doing so may allow a family to begin to recover—both financially and emotionally.
Wrongful death cases are separate from criminal cases. Whereas a criminal case attempts to penalize a guilty individual for performing murder or manslaughter in the case of a death, a wrongful death lawsuit is a civil claim that lets the family members of a deceased individual obtain damages (compensation) from the individual or party that was responsible. These damages can potentially go towards funeral costs, loss of wage costs, final medical costs, pain and suffering costs, and more.
At Urban & Taylor, S.C. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, our legal team is committed to representing our clients to the best of our abilities and bringing peace of mind to the families of victims who were injured due to negligence. As part of our continued drive to provide quality legal counsel to local residents in need, we are proud to announce that David P. Lowe, a Milwaukee-based trial attorney, will be joining our firm on an “as counsel” basis. What this means is that he will be assisting us and our clients in addition to handling cases at his own successful firm.
David P. Lowe has been a successful personal injury lawyer and trial attorney for over 35 years and has helped numerous injured victims in Wisconsin get the financial compensation they have needed to move forward. He specializes in the areas of personal injury including car accident claims, medical malpractice claims, product liability, wrongful death, insurance claims and disputes, business and consumer contracts and disputes, and will be helping our team to the best of his abilities to ensure justice is within reach for those wronged.
According to data obtained from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration, I-94 is the deadliest interstate in the State of Wisconsin. This interstate has a fatal crash rate of 0.2. Compared to dangerous highways in other states, I-94 is one of the safer interstates in the United States. But in the State of Wisconsin, a car accident on I-94 has the greatest risk being fatal.
Overall, the most dangerous roads in Wisconsin are the rural two-lane roads. They are less forgiving because they are more narrow, have dangerous hills or curves, have little or no shoulders, and short clearance space for vehicles that leave the roadway. In 2014, the fatality rate on Wisconsin’s non-interstate rural roads was more than double that on all other roads in the state.
All nursing home and long term care facility residents have federal and state legal rights in Wisconsin. These rights exist to protect residents and their family members and ensure that facilities treat residents fairly. If you have a loved one in a facility and their resident rights are ever violated, you can take legal action against the facility on behalf of your loved one as well as relocate your family member to a safer environment.
If you have an elderly loved one in a nursing home in the Milwaukee area or anywhere in our state, it’s important to understand the following Wisconsin nursing home resident rights and keep an eye out for any type of mistreatment or conduct that may violate these rights:
Tetanus, often referred to as lockjaw, is a bacterial infection that causes painful muscle spasms and may lead to death. Tetanus is only contracted through a cut or wound that becomes infected through contact with contaminated metal, dirt, or soil. One of the most common ways individuals get tetanus is through puncture wounds caused by dirty nails, glass, knives, or other unsterile sharp objects.
When the bacteria are given time to travel through the bloodstream and to the nervous system, this is when tetanus symptoms begin. Common early symptoms of tetanus include headache, muscle stiffness, fever, palpitations, muscle spasms, difficulty swallowing, and restlessness.
Yesterday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission posted information about a firework recall in Ohio, Illinois, Vermont, and Wisconsin. The fireworks affected are TNT brand Red, White, & Blue Smoke fireworks and they were sold at Albertsons, Kroger, Meijer, Target, Wal-Mart, and other retail vendors from May 2017 to June 2017 for roughly $5.
If you or your family has purchased these fireworks, do not light them. They can explode unexpectedly after being lit, posing a possible burn and injury hazard to users. Three users reported burn injuries to American Promotional Events, the manufacturer of these fireworks, before the recall was issued.
The act of staying safe while driving requires making adjustments for physical changes that naturally happen as we age. Changes in vision, hearing, attention and reaction time, strength, flexibility, or coordination, are important factors to consider for improving senior driving. Here are a few safe driving tips for seniors that may help increase their chance for safety on the road:
Check your vision. It is important to have an eye exam every 1-2 years. Eye glasses prescriptions should be updated to reflect any changes, and surgery can be preformed to correct more serious vision problems like cataracts. Sunglasses that are anti-reflective or polarized can help reduce glare. If visibility in the dark becomes a problem, limit driving to daytime hours only.
Corporations hold a great deal of power in the United States because of one simple fact: Money talks. A major corporation can cut a large check to a high-end organization and more often than not, that check has the ability to encourage action. We saw this in the 1970s and 80s with big tobacco companies. We see this every election season with each candidate’s influenced TV ads.
When corporation-influenced political events happen, we don’t generally hear about every detail until it’s too late. Major corporations are powerful because they wield a great deal of money, but also because they work with large legal departments that can sometimes change the course of what information is made public and under what circumstances.
It’s summertime, and that means that boating enthusiasts will be found throughout Wisconsin’s lakes and rivers, enjoying the cool water and warm sunshine. Boating is one of the most pleasurable summer activities across the United States, but boat operators and passengers alike need to prioritize safety and do whatever they can to avoid dangerous boating accidents.
Boating accidents are more common than most believe. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, over 4,000 recreational boating accidents occurred in 2014 throughout the U.S. In those accidents, 610 people died and over 2,500 were injured. These figures are significant when you consider the fact that recreational boating is often seen as an enjoyable, risk-free pastime. Any activity on the water is potentially dangerous, however, especially when combined with motorized vessels, high speeds, and human error.
By now, we’re all familiar with the dangers of texting and driving. Car makers and smartphone app creators are making major strides to help drivers keep their hands on the steering wheel while sending texts and interacting with their cell phones on the road. Touch-screen dashboards and built-in Bluetooth devices help drivers interact hands-free.
Efforts like these make it easier for us to use the technology we love, but they also pose a question. Do hands-free devices and smartphone apps really eliminate the risks of causing a car accident due to being distracted? When a driver is concentrating on reading or dictating a text on their dashboard, aren’t they still distracted? Freeing the hands isn’t the answer to solving the dilemma on how to eliminate distracted driving altogether.