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The Common Challenges of Preventing Elder Abuse

Published on Oct 13, 2017 at 4:40 pm in Nursing Home Neglect.

When you send your loved one to live in a nursing home, you expect the staff to take excellent care of them and help your loved one maintain their well-being. Sometimes, the people you trust aren’t doing this job. Abuse can be intentional or accidental, but even if it’s accidental, that doesn’t excuse them from abusing your loved one.

Abuse might be more common than you’d think. The National Ombudsman Reporting System (NORS) advocates for the rights of those in long term care facilities. In 2014, they reported about 14,258 complaints regarding abuse and neglect. This kind of abuse can have severe effects in all aspects of your loved one’s life:

How to Spot a Dangerous Truck Driver in Wisconsin

Published on Oct 4, 2017 at 6:13 pm in Truck Accidents.

Imagine you’re driving behind a semi truck on a busy road. Suddenly, you see the truck change lanes without signaling or continuously swerve between lanes. This disrupts and alarms drivers around the truck and could potentially lead to an accident. So how do you spot a dangerous truck driver in Wisconsin?

You learn the signs. When you know what to look for as an attentive and responsible driver, you’ll help keep yourself and others safe on the road. If you see a dangerous truck driver, you should report them. One less reckless driver on the road would benefit all drivers.

Early Warning Signs: The First Symptoms of Vaccine Injury

Published on Sep 29, 2017 at 5:03 pm in Vaccine Injury.

A vaccine injury is any type of adverse side effect experienced after having a routine vaccine that has prolonged implications or leads to a permanent/long-lasting injury, condition, or illness. Vaccine injuries are rare, but they do occur to both adults and children yearly. Some of the most common vaccines that may lead to permanent or long-lasting conditions include Diphtheria and Tetanus vaccines, Pertussis vaccines, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccines, flu vaccines, and Hepatitis vaccines.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has an anonymous online reporting system they encourage individuals to utilize when they experience serious side effects after having a routine vaccination. This system is called the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) and its results are used by the CDC and another government agencies to determine how safe most vaccines are and what the most reported side effects tend to be.

5 Common Late-Appearing Car Accident Injuries & Their Implications

Published on Sep 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm in Car Accidents.

When someone is involved in a car crash, their brain floods their body with adrenaline as a coping mechanism to deal with shock. The effects of this adrenaline can last for hours or even days after an accident occurs, masking the pain associated with many common car accident injuries.  Here are five common car accident injuries that are often diagnosed days after a crash:

Whiplash. Whiplash is a very common soft-tissue injury that occurs upon impact when your head is suddenly and violently jerked back-and-forth.  Whiplash injuries that go undiagnosed and untreated can have neck and shoulder pain that continues to worsen, creating severe discomfort and loss of mobility.  Physical therapy and prescription medication is often required for a whiplash injury to heal.

4 Baby Products Most Likely to Cause Injuries in Wisconsin

Published on Sep 14, 2017 at 4:08 pm in Product Liability.

Scientific American estimates that roughly 66,000 infants are injured every year in the U.S. due to accidents that occur while a baby product is being used. Due to how small and fragile infants are, products that are made for young children need to be manufactured with care. When product manufacturers do not keep this fact in mind or attempt to cut corners to conserve costs, products may injure children unnecessarily.

Parents in Wisconsin and everywhere throughout the Unites States should be cautious when buying the following products and do whatever research they can to ensure they buy an item that will not cause harm to their infant. Additionally, they should remember to always prioritize safety. Children should never be left unattended in a carrier, stroller, or device which may cause injury.

What One State is Doing About the Dangers of Distracted Walking

Published on Sep 6, 2017 at 7:59 pm in Car Accidents.

The debate surrounding the idea of “distracted walking” takes to new heights as the Honolulu City Council proposes a bill that will legally limit pedestrian cell phone use.  Should the bill pass, it will be against the law for a pedestrian in Hawaii to look at their phone while crossing the street.  However, controversy arises as it will still not be illegal to look at your phone while driving a car through the very same intersection.

A recent study released by Ohio State University claims that pedestrian injuries involving a cell phone are rapidly rising.  The study reported that cell phones cause more than 1,000 serious pedestrian injuries every year.  The researchers claim this number is just the “tip of the iceberg” and that thousands more pedestrian injuries occur each year that are not categorized as serious.

5 Tips for Biking Safely in Wisconsin

Published on Aug 30, 2017 at 5:25 pm in Personal Injury.

Riding a bike is a fun and healthy way to travel on Wisconsin roads.  It is a responsible choice for the environment and for your finances.  But riding a bicycle on a road with cars and trucks can be dangerous.  Bicycles offer zero protection to their riders, making a collision between a bike and a car catastrophic.  Following these basic safety tips can protect Wisconsin bike riders and make sure they reach their destination safely.

Wear a Properly Fitted Bicycle Helmet.  A helmet is your greatest defense in the event of a crash.  Research has proven that helmets save lives, as many bicycle accidents involve a massive blow to the head.  Whether it be collision with the ground or with another vehicle, bike riders can protect their brain and, in many cases, save their life just by choosing to wear a helmet.

How to Determine Fault in a Wisconsin Car Accident Claim

Published on Aug 24, 2017 at 4:58 pm in Car Accidents.

If you’ve been injured in a serious car wreck in Wisconsin and are questioning your legal options due to difficulty in settling an insurance claim and/or getting the necessary compensation, you have a great deal to consider. The first of which, of course, is the matter of fault. Who was really at fault for your accident? How will the court approach the matter of fault, often referred to as liability? How is liability determined?

The first thing you need to know is that matters of fault and liability differ from state to state. In Wisconsin and in many other states, the factor of negligence will inevitably come into play. When someone acts negligently, they act carelessly and fail to behave with the level of care that would be expected of someone under the same conditions.

Announcing the Winner of Urban & Taylor’s Fall 2017 Scholarship

Published on Aug 23, 2017 at 3:57 pm in News.

At Urban & Taylor, we’re committed to helping students obtain the education they need to ensure a bright future. As part of that commitment, we decided to start a scholarship that would help first-time college students do just that. The first submission period for that scholarship, Fall 2017, just came to a close. We were humbled by the overwhelming number of applications we received. All of the essays were outstanding. Thank you to everyone who applied!

We’re pleased to announce we’ve chosen a winner.

Congratulations to Nick Katz of Branford, Connecticut!

Nick will be attending the Duke University of Law this fall.

Fall 2017’s essay topic was on driver safety and how we, as a global society, can encourage drivers to prioritize the lives of others before getting behind the wheel. Nick wrote an outstanding essay taking from his own personal experiences as a police officer and offered actionable suggestions for prioritizing driver safety.

Examining Wisconsin Wrongful Death Laws

Published on Aug 10, 2017 at 3:59 pm in Wrongful Death.

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.

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