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My sister, who is a nurse in Milwaukee, slipped on a wet floor in the hospital and hit her head. She seems all right, but how can I tell if she has a serious brain injury?
You’re smart to be concerned. Your sister may not have shown any serious symptoms at the time of the Milwaukee slip-and-fall accident, but keep an eye on her. Some symptoms may show up days or even weeks later.
Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, may be mild or severe. The Mayo Clinic provides the following lists of possible symptoms for both types of injury.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Mild TBI, or concussion, may include the following symptoms:
- Loss of consciousness—a few seconds to a few minutes;
- A state of being dazed, confused, or disoriented;
- Memory or concentration difficulty;
- Dizziness or problems with balance;
- Nausea or vomiting;
- Sensory problems, such as blurred vision, ringing in the ears, or a bad taste in the mouth;
- Light or noise sensitivity;
- Mood changes or mood swings;
- Fatigue or drowsiness;
- Difficulty sleeping; and
- Excessive sleeping.
Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
Moderate to severe TBI can include any of the symptoms of mild TBI, as well as the following, which may appear in a few hours to a few days after the Wisconsin slip-and-fall injury:
- Loss of consciousness (anything from minutes to hours);
- Extreme confusion;
- Agitation, combativeness, or other unusual behavior;
- Slurred speech;
- Difficulty awakening;
- Weakness or numbness in arms or legs;
- Loss of coordination;
- Loss of bowel or bladder control;
- Constant or worsening headache;
- Vomiting or nausea;
- Convulsions or seizures;
- Dilation of one or both pupils; and
- Clear discharge from the nose or ears.
If you have been hurt in a slip-and-fall accident in Wisconsin, contact the experienced Wisconsin slip-and-fall lawyers at Hupy and Abraham. Call us locally at 414-223-4800 or toll free at 800-800-5678, or fill out our online form for a FREE consultation.
How can I avoid being in an alcohol-related motorcycle accident in Green Bay?
Consumption of alcoholic beverages has become an important part of modern society. We consume drinks to celebrate, to mourn, to socialize, and for many other reasons. On many occasions, the consumption of alcohol is away from where we live. That leaves the one drinking with a problem of how to get home.
Drinking or not, there are things you can do to avoid being involved in an alcohol-related Green Bay motorcycle accident. Here are some of things you can do:
- Plan ahead. If you intend to drink, plan your evening in advance and leave your motorcycle at home. Not having it there to tempt you to ride will keep you from making poor decisions.
- One and done. If you have your bike with you and have more than one drink, plan on not riding at all. Call a friend or call a cab.
- Be cautious. While riding, keep an eye out for others on the road who appear to be driving erratically. Drivers under the influence are extremely dangerous to motorcycles.
- Sleep it off. Do not get back on your motorcycle until you know you have no alcohol in your system. Waiting until the next day after a good sleep is the best way to ensure you are sober.
Alcohol and motorcycling simply don’t mix. If you have fallen victim to alcohol or other Wisconsin motorcycle accidents, contact a Green Bay bike crash attorney at Hupy and Abraham. They will give you a free case evaluation and let you know your options. Call 920-593-5050 (local) or 800-800-5678 (toll-free) today and you can receive a FREE copy of the book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
Why should I take a motorcycle refresher course? Do I have to?
As Milwaukee personal injury lawyers, we always want your safety to come first. By taking a refresher course in motorcycle skills and road rules, you will be able to improve your safety skills in order to avoid a potential fatal motorcycle accident in Wisconsin.
As of now, the state is not requiring retraining for motorcyclists, but it is a good idea to take a class so that your chances of a crash are minimized. When you learn more about your bike, how to handle it in inclement weather conditions and relearn the road rules that are sometimes forgotten, you may be able to avoid becoming a statistic.
Sadly, about 50 percent of deadly motorcycle wrecks that occurred in 2010 involved a motorcyclist with five months of experience or less, and a little over 90 percent of riders taught themselves or were taught by a family member how to ride a motorcycle.
These statistics spurred the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to develop on these motorcycle safety education courses. The current series of courses includes classes for the new rider; for the experienced rider who needs to polish his skills; for the advanced rider; and for riders who operate trikes.
Our Wisconsin motorcycle crash attorneys at Hupy and Abraham encourage riders to take refresher courses; as bike fans ourselves, we believe that a new focus on skills will benefit most riders. However, we know that even the safest rider can get injured in a wreck caused by the negligence of another. If you have been hurt in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident, call us today for a free consultation toll-free at 800-800-5678.
Does Wisconsin law require that I wear a motorcycle helmet as the driver or passenger of a bike?
In 1978 Wisconsin repealed its universal helmet law for motorcyclists. Currently, the Wisconsin motorcycle helmet law is what is known as a partial helmet law, because it applies only to certain people. Specifically, it is against the law to ride a motorcycle without a helmet in Wisconsin if you are under age 18 or if you are operating the motorcycle with an instructional permit.
Of course, just because Wisconsin law does not require you to wear helmet does not mean that you shouldn’t wear a helmet as an adult. Various studies have found that motorcycle helmets can significantly reduce motorcycle accident injuries and deaths. Accordingly, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and others encourage all states to adopt universal helmet laws that require all motorcyclists and passengers to wear helmets.
You may have the right to recover damages for accident related injuries if you were hurt in a Milwaukee motorcycle crash, regardless of whether you were wearing a helmet at the time of your accident. In order to make sure that your rights, and potential recovery, are protected, it is important to contact an experienced Milwaukee motorcycle crash lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. You can reach an experienced Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney today via this website or by calling 414-223-4800 (local) or 1-800-800-5678 (toll-free throughout Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin).
We also invite you to read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, to learn more about how to protect your rights.
What is the proper attire to wear while motorcycling in Green Bay?
Perhaps you are a new rider looking to buy your new riding gear. Or maybe you are an experienced rider looking for something different. Either way, it is important to wear the appropriate attire to keep you safe on the roadways. Some of the gear you should consider is:
- DOT approved helmet. This will be the most important purchase you make in regards to your riding attire. A DOT approved helmet meets all the requirements set forth by the Department of Transportation.
- Leathers. Wearing leather will not only keep you warm but also prevent road rash if ever you are in a Wisconsin bike wreck. Also consider purchasing leathers that have padding sewn in, giving extra protection.
- Boots. A good pair of riding boots protects your feet from the hot motor. Boots will also keep your feet protected from any of the moving parts, as well as the ground.
- Colors. Wear a bright colored vest such as yellow or orange. This will make you more visible to other vehicles on the road.
Wearing protective gear while riding well help keep you safer, but not completely safe. Riding can be dangerous, especially in high traffic areas where other vehicles can cause you to wreck.
If you have been involved in a Green Bay motorcycle accident contact a Wisconsin motorcycle crash attorney at Hupy and Abraham for a free case evaluation. Reach us at 920-593-5050 (local) or 800-800-5678 (toll-free) today, and request your FREE copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
How can I prepare my motorcycle for the cold Milwaukee winter?
Summer fades and the leaves begin to fall bringing the first signs of winter and the conclusion of the riding season. Before parking your motorcycle for the winter it is important to winterize it. Prepping your motorcycle for the winter will keep your bike running well, and ultimately will keep you safer on the road. A few steps to winterize your motorcycle are:
- Change the oil. Even if you are not due for an oil change you should still put fresh oil in. This will get rid of any byproducts produced from combustion.
- Add a fuel stabilizer. Fill the gas tank up and add a winterizing fuel conditioner. This will keep the fuel from going stale.
- Store the battery. Remove the battery from the motorcycle. The battery should be recharged every two weeks.
- Prepare the surface. Give your bike a fresh coat of wax. The wax will act as a barrier against rust and moisture. Also lightly spray all metal surfaces with WD-40.
- Store it. Once you are ready to park it for the winter, find a dry place to keep it. Cover it with a motorcycle tarp to protect it from any dust and moisture.
Even though you take precautions to keep your bike running well and keep yourself safe, accidents still occur. If you have been involved in a Milwaukee motorcycle wreck you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Wisconsin motorcycle crash attorney from Hupy and Abraham to receive a free case evaluation. If you call our Milwaukee office today at 414-223-4800 (local) or 800-800-5678 (toll-free), you can receive a FREE copy of the book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
How can I avoid being involved in a Madison motorcycle accident?
Riding the open road on a motorcycle has become very popular in recent years. In fact in the state of Wisconsin there are six registered motorcycles for every 100 residents. In the past ten years the number of motorcycle licenses issued has increased by 27 percent.
Along with the surge in the number of people riding motorcycles, we have seen a surge in the frequency of Wisconsin motorcycle wrecks. There were 2,214 Wisconsin motorcyclists injured on the road in 2010. With the numbers being so high, it is important to know how to stay safe on the road. Some steps you can take to stay safe while riding are:
- Check your bike. Give your motorcycle a detailed inspection before riding. Check to see that all bolts, mounts and nuts are tight. Check for any excessive wear on the tires. Be sure all fluids and fuel are at the recommended levels. Start your bike and make sure all lights and blinkers are working correctly.
- Ride wisely. While riding the motorcycle you should speed up gradually and brake slowly. When turning use your blinkers. Before you hit the road know the laws and follow them.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Many motorcycle accidents are due to other vehicles. While riding stay aware of what other vehicles are doing around you. Keep a safe distance from other autos.
As you enjoy the freedom of riding a motorcycle, staying safe should be a top priority. Taking precautions can reduce your risks—but, sadly, safety measures cannot guarantee you won’t be involved in an accident.
If you have been in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Madison motorcycle lawyers of the Hupy & Abraham law firm for a free consultation. Call 608-277-7777 (local) or 888-277-4879 (toll-free) today and you can receive a FREE copy of the book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
My mom was injured while at a Milwaukee nursing home. She had called a nurse for help getting to the bathroom. The nurse did not respond and she decided to go on her own. She slipped inside the bathroom and broke her hip. Since her injury, her health has declined. Is the nursing home responsible for her slip and fall accident?
It may be. The elderly are very vulnerable to slip and fall injuries. An injury from a fall, especially a hip fracture, can lead to a downward spiral in health. Nearly one fifth of senior citizens die within a year of a hip fracture.
Because falls are so dangerous, Wisconsin nursing homes have a special duty to prevent falls among their residents. Bathrooms should have raised toilet seats, grab bars, and non-skid floors to prevent falls. In addition, all nursing homes are required to create a fall prevention plan tailored to each resident. In many Wisconsin nursing homes, the plan consists of a “fall precaution” sticker that is placed on the resident’s door. This is not enough.
An adequate fall prevention plan should include a toileting program. This means that someone should be available to help with toileting needs any time of the day, and should be able to respond promptly. Your mother should not have had to wait for half an hour for assistance.
While it sounds like your family may have a Wisconsin slip and fall injury claim, we need more information. We will be able to better answer your question if you call our Milwaukee accident lawyers to discuss your mother’s situation. Call 800-800-5678 to schedule a free consultation.
I have heard that some kinds of birth control pills have dangerous side effects. How can I tell if the birth control pill I am taking is safe?
Most women can use many birth control pills safely. However, there are certain medical conditions that may increase the risk of serious side effects. These conditions include:
- History of smoking, especially if over age 35.
- Breast cancer.
- Blood clotting disorders.
- Heart problems, including heart attack, angina, and heart valve conditions.
- High blood pressure.
- Kidney disease.
- Liver disease.
- Adrenal gland disease.
If you have any of these conditions, speak to your doctor about the best method of birth control for you.
Pills that contain drospirenone are different from other birth-control pills. Birth control pills that contain drospirenone include Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz, Safyral, Syeda, Loryna, Ocella, and Zarah. These pills increase the potassium in the blood and have been linked gallbladder disease and pancreatitis. These pills may also increase a woman's chance of getting a blood clot by as much as 75 percent. Blood clots can cause stroke, heart attack and pulmonary embolism, which may result in permanent disability or death.
If you are currently a birth control pill containing drospirenone, discuss the risks with your doctor. You may want to consider switching to a pill with fewer risks.
If you have suffered a stroke or a pulmonary embolism while taking Yaz, Yasmin, or another birth control pill with drospirenone, a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer can tell you about your rights. Contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.
Another driver hit my car when he ran a red light in Milwaukee. My wife, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, was seriously injured and is in the hospital. What should I do?
We are always sorry to hear about Milwaukee red light violation accidents. So much pain and suffering could be avoided if each driver were to obey Wisconsin red light laws. Unfortunately, too often this type of car accident results in very serious injury and even death.
The first thing anyone should do if involved in a car accident it to gather information, if possible. This information should include:
- The name, contact information, and license number of the driver who ran the red light.
- The names and contact information of all witnesses to the accident.
- The insurance information of the other driver.
- A copy of the police report as soon as it is available.
- All medical records of the injuries you and your wife sustained, including those from the ambulance, the emergency room, the hospital, and rehabilitation.
- Find out if a red light camera was installed at the intersection where the accident occurred and be sure that the accident was recorded.
Once you have collected as much information as you can, you should begin to think about the costs of your accident. These costs might include medical bills, lost time from work, damage to your vehicle, and even pain and suffering.
Then we suggest you contact a reputable accident lawyer in Wisconsin and begin to explore your legal options. There is no excuse for running a red light. At Hupy & Abraham, we can advise you and help you decide the best course of action to follow.