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There’s More to Distracted Driving Than Texting

Published on May 25, 2017 at 3:54 pm in Car Accidents.

Think Distracted Driving is Just about Texting? Think Again.

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.

Are the DTaP and Tdap Vaccines Dangerous?

Published on May 19, 2017 at 4:21 pm in Vaccine Injury.

Are the DTaP and Tdap Vaccines Dangerous?

One of the most common childhood vaccinations is the DTaP vaccine or diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine. The DTaP vaccine is a safer variant of the DTP vaccine which is no longer used in the U.S. Thousands of children are protected from heavily-contagious diseases from this vaccine that is given in 5 doses throughout a child’s early development.

There’s also an adult and adolescent variant of the DTaP vaccine that’s referred to as Tdap. DTaP is not licensed for adults, adolescents, or children older than 7. Tdap is a single-dose vaccine and is recommended once between the ages of 11 and 64. There is another variant of Tdap referred to as Td that protects against tetanus and diphtheria only.

10 Household Items Recalled in April 2017

Published on May 11, 2017 at 5:15 pm in Product Liability.

10 Household Items Recalled in April 2017

Just recently, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection released a May 2017 bulletin about household product recalls that affect children and homes with children in the state of Wisconsin. These recalls were issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in April 2017 and not all recalls were picked up by local media representatives.

If your household has any of the following items and you have small children in the house, you should pay attention to the information listed and follow the recommended courses of action corresponding to each:

Tide Pods Are Placing Children at Risk

Published on May 3, 2017 at 6:32 pm in Product Liability.

Tide pods are part of the latest trend in laundry detergent.  The tiny pods are filled with brightly colored, highly concentrated liquid detergents that effectively clean clothes without the need to measure, pour, or spill detergent from bulky, heavy, traditional bottles and boxes.  Cleanliness and convenience make Tide pods attractive to adults.  But their small size and bright colors make them attractive and extremely dangerous to children.

Since their release in 2012, the amount of children handling and ingesting Tide pods has steadily increased.  Their “candy-like” appearance causes children to be drawn to them and to want to eat them.  Product manufacturers have made only minor attempts to solve this problem.  More complicated outer packaging that is more difficult to open is emerging on store shelves, but absolutely nothing has been done to address the real issue: the design of the pods themselves.

Is My Hernia Mesh Patch Dangerous?

Published on Apr 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm in Personal Injury.

If you’ve undergone hernia repair surgery in the last ten years, there’s a good chance you may have had a mesh hernia patch inserted during your procedure. Hernia mesh is often used to cover the openings that cause ventral hernias in the abdominal wall. Most types of hernia mesh are made from a porous, flexible material that the body can naturally absorb. This lets the tissues heal over time and become stronger, reducing the chances of hernia recurrence.

In 2010, a hernia mesh manufacturer by the name of Ethicon placed a type of mesh on the market that does not allow the body’s tissues to naturally absorb the material. This mesh is called Physiomesh and it’s comprised of 2 layers—one that is porous and flexible and an outer layer that is not. The outer layer is hard and inflexible. Since the body’s tissues cannot absorb this outer layer, new tissues are forced to grow on the patch. This can cause dense, painful adhesions to develop.

What Are My Chances of Getting a Vaccine Injury?

Published on Apr 21, 2017 at 4:03 pm in Vaccine Injury.

In the legal world, we use the term vaccine injuries when referring to serious injuries, ailments, negative reactions, or conditions that result after having a routine vaccination. These types of injuries do not happen very often, but they are still a risk that most doctors and nurses are reluctant to discuss. Most doctors and health professionals claim that routine vaccines are completely safe and pose zero risks. This claim is not accurate. Any risk must be considered, especially when it comes to keeping our loved ones safe.

So, what are the actual chances of suffering a vaccine injury or adverse reaction that may lead to serious implications? The answer to this question is complicated—in part due to the fact that many vaccine injuries are not reported.

What Are the Most Common Vaccine Injuries?

Published on Apr 14, 2017 at 3:45 pm in Vaccine Injury.

When you receive a vaccination, the last thing you expect is to suffer from medical complications or debilitating side effects afterwards. These types of complications are often referred to as vaccine injuries in the legal world. If you or someone you know has suffered from a vaccine injury in Wisconsin, you may be wondering how common these complications really are.

The short answer to the above question is that vaccine injuries are quite rare. The pros of vaccinations still heavily outweigh the cons. These types of injuries are still a risk, however, and must be considered. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common vaccine injuries organized by the vaccine they are related to. This list may be a resource to those who have suffered from vaccine complications as well as their families.

How Agencies Can Stop Wisconsin Truck Crashes

Published on Apr 5, 2017 at 8:24 pm in Truck Accidents.

The federal government has rules in place that govern the safety and maintenance of semi trucks.  When trucking agencies, companies, and drivers follow these safety rules and traffic laws, risk of accidents are significantly reduced.  These laws cover truck part maintenance, regulation of driving hours, and responsible operation of the vehicle.  Fatigued driving, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and failing truck parts are all factors that put other responsible and innocent drivers at risk.

Here’s how agencies can stop Wisconsin truck crashes from happening as well as truck accidents throughout the entire nation:

Proper Truck Maintenance Saves Lives

Trucking companies are required to properly maintain all of the equipment on the truck and trailer.  Lights, signals, brakes, engine, and tires are all parts of the truck that companies are required to maintain.  Bald tires and worn brakes can make a truck more difficult to stop and difficult to control in bad weather and poor road conditions.  Burnt out lights and failing signals prevent surrounding passenger vehicles from being warned as semi trucks make turns and switch lanes.  This can leave a passenger vehicle unable to get out of the way in time and can lead to a dangerous and potential fatal collision.

Examining the Common Causes of Wisconsin Car Wrecks

Published on Mar 29, 2017 at 4:41 pm in Car Accidents.

Driving a car is a dangerous activity many of us do every day.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the United States.  On average, 111,000 crashes occur on Wisconsin roadways every year.  There are many causes of car accidents in Wisconsin.  Here are a few of the most common:

Deer are a leading cause of car accident in Wisconsin.  On average, 17,700 car accidents every year are caused by deer.  Many of these accidents result in serious driver injury.  Wisconsin has a high deer population.  It is important for all drivers on Wisconsin roadways to be alert for unpredictable wildlife at all times.

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Vaccinations

Published on Mar 22, 2017 at 8:20 pm in Vaccine Injury.

It is impossible to know how much your child will benefit from a vaccine.  Exposure to disease is not something that can be measured, and you will never know how many times in their lifetime your child is exposed to a disease and protected by their vaccine.  Research shows that vaccinations have saved millions of lives.  In the United States, diseases such as measles, diphtheria, smallpox, mumps, and polio have almost completely been eradicated since the introduction of vaccines.

Even though these diseases are no longer a common threat, doctors say it is still important for children in the United States to receive the vaccine.  Serious disease is still a threat to children in other countries, and traveling internationally without the protection of vaccinations can be very dangerous.  Children who never have or never will travel internationally are still protected by their vaccines when they are around other individuals who have traveled abroad and been exposed.

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