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2017

Blog Posts in 2017

  • The Opioid Crisis That Kills Thousands of Americans Each Year

    America is currently in the grips of a widespread opioid addiction crisis that is believed to have begun in the 90s but has spiked significantly in recent years. Based on 2015 statistics and information collected by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 33,000 Americans lose their lives each year due to an opioid ...
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  • Fidget Spinners and Safety Hazards: What You Need to Know

    The popularity of fidget spinners – those small, hand-held twirling gizmos - exploded this summer, becoming a favorite toy among old and young alike. The spinners have taken over cubicles and classrooms due to the availability (they’re everywhere) and affordable price (most are less than $20). Plus, they are just a bit addictive. While some extol the gadget’s benefits – they help some kids with ...
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  • Back-to-School: Backpacks and Injury Prevention

    It’s back-to-school time for many of our children. As parents, we are responsible for getting them ready for school – the proper immunizations, clothing, school supplies and backpacks to carry them in. While backpacks may seem as benign as pencil cases, they can be insidiously harmful to our youth if they are too heavy and/or not carried correctly. Each year, more than 13,000 youth in the U.S. are ...
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  • Drinking and Boating: A Deadly Mix

    A recent boating tragedy on Nagawicka Lake involving a fatality caused by an impaired boat operator serves as painful reminder why Wisconsin law prohibits anyone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs from operating a motorboat or manipulating water skis and other such devices. Those who are arrested for Boating Under the Influence (BUI) face stiff penalties such as jail time, hefty fines ...
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  • Insurance Claims and Pre-Existing Injuries

    Car accidents are fairly common. In fact, according to some estimates, most drivers will file a car accident claim once every 17 years or so. While some of these collisions may be minor, others will result in serious injuries. Any of these injuries potentially related to a pre-existing problem area could prevent you from getting full compensation after a car accident, even if the other driver was ...
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  • Driving Safely in Construction Zones as SE Wisconsin Prepares for Foxconn

    People throughout Wisconsin seem pretty excited now that Foxconn, a Taiwanese company that supplies Apple and other tech corporations with electronic components, has announced it plans to invest $10 billion in the state’s southeast for a brand new facility. While the international company’s presence could bring thousands of new jobs to the state, it will certainly bring some new headaches in terms ...
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  • Consequences of Hazardous Teenage Driving

    Most accidents occur as a result of negligent or distracted driving, which teen drivers are the number one perpetrator of. Unfortunately, the majority of teenagers are often so caught up in the excitement of driving a car that they forget there are lives on the line every time they take a seat behind the wheel. Whether they are playing music, speeding, driving under the influence of drinking or ...
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  • Teen Driver Safety: Reducing Risks During Summer Months

    Teens and young adults may have earned the stereotype for rash decision making and a dangerous desire to engage in risky behaviors behind the wheel, but those stereotypes may be driven by real statistics. In fact, data regarding teen driving accidents show that car accidents are consistently a leading cause of injury and death among young adults. During the summer months, the risks increase ...
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  • Rise in Distracted Driving Accidents

    There has been a recent trend in a number of distracted driving deaths. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), almost 6,000 pedestrians were killed in 2016 by distracted drivers. In the previous year, more than 800 bicyclists were killed by cars, and pedestrian deaths rose 10% between 2014 and 2015. Bicyclists’ deaths also increased 13% between those years, according to the ...
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  • Texting & Cell Phone Use Behind Rising Roadway Deaths, Experts Say

    As National Distracted Driving Awareness Month winds to an end, it is important to remember that the problem of driver distraction will still be present on our roads and highways. In fact, it will likely continue to be one of the main driving forces behind the rising number of deaths on our roadways, according to the National Safety Council, which recently published alarming data on the distracted ...
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  • Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

    When you need to pursue justice and compensation through a personal injury claim , your chances of success will essentially only be as good as your legal counsel. This can lead to a bit of a dilemma: how do you know who is the best lawyer for your claim? There are so many options and surely many of them will seem finely-suited for the task. If you want to get a clearer idea of who to retain, ...
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