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  • My doctor says that we won’t know the full extent of my injuries for some time. How will that impact my legal recovery after a Milwaukee slip and fall accident?

    You are right to consider both your physical and legal recoveries after a Milwaukee fall accident. Your goal is understandably—and correctly—to recover a fair amount of damages for the actual damages that you incurred in your fall accident. It can be difficult to know what those damages are if your doctor is uncertain about your future recovery.

    However, that should not discourage you from contacting an experienced Milwaukee slip and fall accident lawyer as soon as possible. You may still have a limited time to file a Wisconsin slip and fall case. It is important to file your case with in the required time frame in order to protect your potential recovery.

    During the discovery phase of your personal injury lawsuit, and as your Milwaukee slip and fall attorney negotiates potential settlements with the defendants and their insurers, the issue of your injuries will come up. In order to settle a case or recover damages at trial, you doctor—and potentially other expert witnesses—will need to testify as to the reasonable likelihood of your future injuries. They do not need to know the extent of your future injuries for certain, but rather they need to be able to make reasonable and professional predictions about the injuries and how they may impact your life.

    For more information about possible damages after a fall, please call an experienced Milwaukee fall injury attorney at 1-800-800-5678 or 1-414-223-4800. For more information about possible settlements please watch a FREE copy of our DVD: Secrets Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know.

  • My 16-year-old brother is starting a part-time job at a Green Bay fast food restaurant. He wants to avoid a slip-and-fall accident on the floor at work. Should he wear sneakers?

    It depends on what type of sole the shoe has. People who work in an environment that is likely to become wet or slippery—such as a restaurant or grocery store—should wear shoes with non-slip soles.

    Buy Decent Shoes

    Your brother should go to a reputable shoe store that sells high-quality footwear. He should tell the shoe dealer where he will be working and what type of work he will be doing.

    According to the National Safety Council Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, shoes that have a chevron or cleat design on the soles are the best shoes for slippery surfaces. They provide suction with the surface and can help employees avoid a Green Bay slip-and-fall injury. Softer soles are good for indoors, while the harder cleated soles are better for outdoors.

    Learn How to Fall

    Because even the most careful employee may still have a slip-and-fall accident in Wisconsin, your brother should know how to fall to minimize the risk of injury. Here are the “correct” ways to fall:

    • Tuck in your chin, turn your head, and throw your arm up to protect your head.
    • As you fall, twist your body so that you land on your bottom or side rather than your back.
    • Keep your wrists, elbows, and knees bent, and don’t try to break the fall with your hands or elbows.

    Try to have as much of your body as possible come in contact with the surface; this keeps the impact from being concentrated in one place, by spreading force of the fall across the whole area of your body.

    If you slip and fall at work in Green Bay, contact the Green Bay slip-and-fall lawyers at Hupy and Abraham. Call us locally at 920-593-5050 or 800-800-5678 toll-free, or fill out our online form for a FREE consultation.

  • My dad slipped on the Madison ice outside his office. He didn’t black out, and he said he felt fine, but his doctor insisted that he stay in the hospital overnight to avoid “talk and die syndrome.” What did he mean?

    Your father’s doctor was referring to a situation in which someone is talking and seems fine after a blow to the head but rapidly begins to deteriorate. What usually is responsible is called an epidural hematoma. Immediately after the injury, blood begins to leak inside the head, forming a pressurized sac of fluid between the cover of the brain, or dura, and the skull. The pressure compresses the brain tissue and causes it to swell. If untreated, the person will lose consciousness, fall into a coma, and possibly die.

    Most epidural hematomas result from a blow to the temporal bone, which is a relatively weak section of the skull right above the ear. This area and the back of the skull are the most likely places on the head to be bumped in a fall on ice or snow in Wisconsin. Relieving the pressure on the brain is imperative, and this is usually done by performing a partial craniotomy, in which a piece of the skull is removed.

    An epidural hematoma is best detected with a CT scan.

    If you have experienced a head injury in a Wisconsin slip-and-fall accident on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation. Seek help from the experienced Madison slip-and-fall attorneys at Hupy and Abraham. Call us locally at 608-277-7777 or toll free at 888-277-4879, or fill out our online form for a FREE consultation.

  • I was seriously injured when some merchandise fell on me while I was visiting a home improvement store. I have been told that I should file a lawsuit against the company, but I haven’t been working and money tight. How can I file a Wisconsin premises liability claim when I can’t afford to pay a lawyer?

    At Hupy and Abraham, we understand that a serious injury can leave you in a financial bind. You are injured and unable to work, but at the same time, you have mounting medical bills. We know it’s tough and that is why we, like many Wisconsin personal injury attorneys, represent clients on a contingency basis.

    A contingency fee gets its name because payment is “contingent” on the attorney winning your case. What it means is that your lawyer doesn’t require any upfront costs. Instead, he gets paid a percentage of your final settlement. If he doesn’t win, he doesn’t get paid.

    Typically the contingency fee agreement states that the Wisconsin personal injury lawyer will receive one-third of any recovery, as well as reimbursement for any expenses he has advanced. But it is important that you read the agreement thoroughly to check for hidden fees. You don’t want to be unpleasantly surprised later on.

    One-third may seem like a lot; in fact, the amount may make you wonder if hiring an attorney is really worth it. You may be interested to know, that on average, Wisconsin injury victims who hire a lawyer receive settlements that are three times greater than those received by injury victims who represent themselves.

    What happens if you agree to a contingency fee and then decide you don’t like your lawyer? You still have the right to change your mind, although you may be billed for any upfront costs.

    Want more information? Contact the Wisconsin personal injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678 and ask to schedule a no-obligation, free consultation. “No obligation” means exactly what it says: if you don’t like what you hear after that first meeting, you can walk away and owe nothing.

  • What are some statistics for Wisconsin slip and fall injuries?

    If you are like most Americans, you walk a lot. The average is 5,117 steps per day. That is equal to approximately 2.5 miles every day. We walk through grocery stores, icy walkways, up and down stairs, and many other places that can lead to what is known as a slip-and-fall accident. 

    Some statistics regarding Green Bay slip and fall injuries are:

    • Number of accidents. In the United States, there are about one million slip and fall accidents every year.
    • Severity. Out of the one million accidents, 30,000 will result in a severe injury.
    • Death. There are about 20,000 fatal slip and fall accidents each year.
    • Types of injuries. The most common types of slip and fall injuries in Green Bay are head trauma, broken bones, scrapes and bruises. 
    • Causes. Some of the common causes for slip and fall accidents are ripped or loose carpets, wet or icy areas, narrow stairways, and low-light areas.

    Slip and fall accidents are very common and can be very dangerous. They can lead to severe injuries and even death. The owner of a property has the responsibility to take reasonable care that a fall does not occur because of a hazard he should have fixed.

    If you have been injured in fall, contact a Green Bay slip and fall attorney at Hupy and Abraham for a FREE consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bill, loss wages or pain and suffering. Contact us at 920-593-5050 local or 800-800-5678 toll-free in Illinois, Iowa, or Wisconsin. We want to get you the compensation you deserve.

  • 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;
    • Headache;
    • 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.

  • 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 fell down the stairs at my friend’s apartment complex in Milwaukee because the handrail was broken. I feel awkward involving her, but I need someone to pay for my medical bills. What should I do?

    Although your fall occurred at your friend’s residence, she is not responsible for taking care of the grounds or keeping up with the maintenance. That responsibility belongs to the property owner or the property manager of the apartment complex.

    Because of this, you shouldn’t feel awkward involving your friend, especially if she witnessed your fall. Your friend should understand that your fall injuries are not your fault. Plus, medical bills can add up quickly. You should not have to incur medical expenses or lost income from being a victim of a Wisconsin slip and fall accident.

    We understand that you don’t want to lose your friend or cause him or her grief, but this matter shouldn’t be viewed in this way. The money for your medical bills and other damages will not come out of your friend’s pocket. Instead, your friend’s landlord or the person or company who owns the apartment building should be held accountable.

    The property manager has a duty to take care of the grounds and to protect residents and their visitors from possible dangerous conditions. This includes repairing or replacing broken handrails so that people can walk up and down the stairs safely.

    If you feel hesitant pursuing damages because your friend lives there, call us and we will talk to you about your situation in more detail. You can reach Hupy & Abraham toll-free at (800) 800-5678 for a free consultation with a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer today. With seven offices in two states, we are ready to pursue your Wisconsin, Iowa, or Illinois premises liability lawsuit until you get the compensation you deserve.

  • Does a slip and fall case constitute premises liability in Wisconsin?

    When you slip and fall on someone's property, be it a business or a home, you are on the owner's premises, or property.  As such, that owner, and any manager or supervisor on duty, has the responsibility to ensure that the property is as safe as possible.  When they fail to do so, and someone slips, falls and is hurt, then a premises liability suit can most certainly be filed.

    Among premises liability cases in Wisconsin, slip and fall and trip and fall accidents are the most common.  Other examples of premises liability cases include dog bites and other accidents such as items from a shelf falling onto a customer's head.

    If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident and believe that the owner should have known about the slip hazard, time is not on your side.  Please contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Hupy & Abraham today for your free consultation.  Successful slip and fall cases are generally those where a knowledgeable lawyer is able to survey the accident scene as quickly as possible.  Do not hesitate.  Call now. 1.800.800.5678      

  • What is the most important thing I can do to make my slip and fall case as successful as possible?

    In order to have the best chance at winning your slip and fall case, it is necessary to identify the dangerous condition or hazard that caused you to fall.  Do whatever you can to take photos of the condition that caused your fall.  If you or someone nearby has a camera (your cell phone will do), take pictures.  If you are not able to take photographs immediately after your fall, have a family member or friend take pictures of the area where you fell as soon as possible.  Ice melts.  Other dangerous conditions are many times removed shortly after a fall.  It is imperative to take pictures of the scene to preserve evidence of the condition.