Answers to Commonly Asked Questions About Wisconsin Wrongful Death Accidents and Recoveries

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  • The driver who caused the Illinois accident that killed my child has apologized and seems genuinely sorry about the damage that he has done. Since I can’t have my child back, an apology is really what I wanted. Why should I still pursue an Illinois wrongful death case?

    We are glad to hear that you got the apology that you very much deserved and that the driver who killed your child is remorseful. We agree with you and believe that the apology is very important.

    However, the apology may not be enough. An apology alone will not pay for the medical bills that your child incurred before he or she died. It will not pay for the funeral expenses. It will not compensate your family for the suffering you are all living with nor will it compensate you for the loss of your child’s life.

    An Illinois wrongful death case may help you with the things that an apology alone cannot give you. It may help you with your financial compensation. Additionally, it may hold the person accountable and send a message to other drivers that fatal accidents do have serious consequences for the people who cause them.

    For more information about why you might want to consider an Illinois wrongful death case, we encourage you to contact an experienced Rockford wrongful death lawyer today via this website or by calling 815-877-3900 or 800-390-6350. Together, we can work hard to help protect your family’s rights and get the recovery that you deserve.

  • My spouse has been killed in a recent Quad Cities car accident. How will I support our family? Who can help me protect my family?

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your spouse in a Quad Cities car accident. We can’t begin to imagine the significant ways, and the many smaller ways, in which your life has changed. We wouldn’t presume to understand your grief.

    However, we do understand why you are you afraid for the future of your family. You don’t want your children to suffer financially. You don’t want to have to leave your home. You don’t want your family’s standard of living to change without your spouse’s income.

    An experienced Quad Cities wrongful death lawyer may be able to help you protect your family’s financial future during this difficult time. We may be able to help you stay in your home and maintain your standard of living by seeking a fair settlement or court verdict for the accident that caused the death of your spouse.

    If someone else’s negligent or deliberate actions caused your spouse’s death then we will fight hard to get you the damages that you deserve for:

    • Medical bills incurred by your loved one prior to death.
    • Funeral expenses.
    • Out-of-pocket costs caused by the accident.
    • Past, current, and future lost income.
    • Pain and suffering.
    • Other expenses or harm caused by the accident.
       

    For more information, we invite you to contact an experienced Quad Cities wrongful death attorney today at 563-275-6892 or 888-807-2752. We will do our best to protect your family during this difficult time.

  • When building a wrongful death case in Gurnee, how important is it to have witness testimony?

    Building a case against a defendant can be a difficult task, especially when trying to do it on your own. It is a good idea to get the help of a reputable Gurnee wrongful death attorney. An attorney will be able to help you build a case to get the compensation you deserve for your loss. He will also help you to gather the necessary evidence such as a witness testimony.

    Having a witness to support your claim is very important. A witness testimony can be the key ingredient between a solid or weak case. There are a number of ways in which a witness will help your case.

    Three important ways in which a witness will help your claim are:

    • A witness can explain what happened. Often, there will be an eyewitness to the event that caused the death. This witness will be able to explain in her own words exactly what took place.
       
    • A witness can prove damages. In the accident that caused the death, there may be personal property that was destroyed or ruined. You will be able to recover the damages to the personal property that was damaged. An eyewitness will be able to prove that the property was damaged in the accident. Similarly, expert witnesses can testify to the damage the loss of your family member will inflict on your emotional, social, and financial wellbeing.
       
    • A witness can prove liability. In most cases an expert witness will be brought in to recreate the accident and use his expert opinion to show how the incident caused the death.

    To begin your claim, contact an experienced Illinois wrongful death lawyer at Hupy and Abraham. Call 888-277-4879 to discuss your legal options and to obtain a free case evaluation.

  • How can I keep my teen safe from Wisconsin DUI accidents?

    This is something almost every Wisconsin parent worries about. After all, car accidents are the leading cause of death for American teenagers. In 2011, alcohol was a factor in about 20 percent of Wisconsin teen accident deaths.

    When your teen leaves home to spend the day with friends or go to a party, you want to know that he’ll be coming home safe. You can’t supervise your child every minute, buy you can you help your teenager make smart choices when it comes to drinking and driving. Here are some suggestions from the Madison personal injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham.

    • Talk to your teen about the risks of drunk driving. Discuss the effects of alcohol and how these effects can impact your ability to react and make good decisions while driving. Remind him that it is illegal to drink before age 21.
       
    • Talk about resisting peer pressure. Role-play possible scenarios where your child may feel that he has to accept a ride from a friend who has been drinking.
       
    • Tell your teen that you are available to provide a safe ride home at any time in any situation.
       
    • Teen will naturally rebel if parents make too many rules. Work together to set the rules for driving and riding with friends. Agree on consequences if the rules aren’t followed.
       

    For more information about preventing teen accidents and what to do after a Wisconsin car crash, visit the library section of this website. If you’d like to discuss a Madison car accident, please call Hupy and Abraham at 888-277-4879. We offer free consultations.

  • What are some of the ways a child may be a victim of a Wisconsin wrongful death caused by poisoning?

    Children are delicate beings. Their bodies respond to the smallest of changes. This is especially true with toxins invading and attacking the body. Children’s small bodies can only handle so much. Unfortunately, poisoning is one of the common causes for child wrongful death accidents.

    When a child is lost, it dramatically affects a number of people. Parents, siblings and their loved ones will experience grief, anger, depression, and confusion as they try to understand how something so horrific can happen.

    Poisoning may cause a child’s death in a number of ways. When it is partially or completely the fault of another party, that person should be held responsible. You can do so by filing a wrongful death claim.

    Some of the common causes for poison related wrongful death accidents in Milwaukee are:

    • Medication. The sensitive body of a child can only handle certain types of medication. Combining certain medications can be extremely dangerous and in some cases may be the cause of a death to a child.
    • Household products. All household products should always be properly labeled and contained in childproof containers. If this is not properly done, a child may access it and ingest or inhale the product, leading to death.
    • Food. Expired, moldy, mishandled, or undercooked food poses a great danger to anyone who eats it. In some instances it may even cause death in a child.

    If you child suffered and died due to a poisoning, you may be entitled to compensation. As hard as it may seem to do, it is important to hold the responsible party accountable. Contact an experienced Milwaukee wrongful death attorney to discuss your legal options. Call 800-800-5678 today to begin your case.

  • What are some examples of chiropractor malpractice?

    Chiropractor malpractice occurs when a patient is injured because a chiropractor did not provide the accepted standard of care within the chiropractic profession. The following examples will demonstrate common types of chiropractor malpractice.

    Failure to diagnosis a medical condition that requires immediate care

    Mr. Brown seeks chiropractic treatment for numbness and tingling in the legs. The chiropractor says his symptoms are caused by compression in the spine and orders ten treatment sessions, the maximum allowed by the Mr. Brown’s insurance. During the course of treatment, Mr. Brown has a fatal heart attack. The doctors at the hospital determine the heart attack was caused by peripheral artery disease, a condition that causes numbness and tingling in the legs. Mr. Brown’s death could have been prevented had he seen a medical doctor and received medication for his condition.

    Like any other medical professional, a chiropractor has a duty to put the patient’s health first. This duty includes a responsibility to recognize the underlying medical condition causing the patient’s symptoms and a responsibility to refer the patient for medical care when it is needed. If a chiropractor fails to diagnose the problem or neglects to make a medical referral, he may be held liable for the resulting injury.

    Lack of informed consent

    Ms. Clark works at a computer and suffers from neck and upper back pain. She visits the chiropractor regularly. At first, the treatments make her feel better, but soon she starts feeling pain radiating down her arm to her thumb and index finger. When it doesn’t go away, she sees a doctor. The doctor says she has a herniated disc that is causing cervical radiculopathy, a possible complication of neck adjustment. Ms. Clark is stunned. She thought her chiropractic treatment was risk-free. She was never told of possible complications.

    Prior to providing any chiropractic adjustments or other care, a chiropractor must inform his patient of all risks associated with the course of treatment. The chiropractor may be liable for malpractice if he does not explain the risks and the patient suffers an injury as a result of the treatment.

    Negligent manipulation of the body

    Ms. Clark is also a victim of negligent manipulation of the body. Negligent manipulation of the body occurs when chiropractic treatment creates new injuries or worsens an existing injury. Injuries associated with chiropractic adjustment include:

    • Herniated discs
    • Broken ribs
    • Fractured vertebrae
    • Nerve damage
    • Pinched nerves
    • Sciatic nerve pain
    • Neck pain
    • Lower back pain

    Pregnant patients may go into earlier labor as a result of chiropractic manipulation.

    Chiropractic induced stroke

    Occasionally, a chiropractor’s manipulation of the neck will cause damage to one of the arteries that carries blood to the brain. This can cause a stroke. There have been hundreds of cases of strokes that have occurred after aggressive chiropractic manipulation of the neck. Experts believe this is an underestimate because few doctors think to ask a stroke victim if he is receiving chiropractic treatment.

    When chiropractic treatment causes an injury, the victim and his family have a right to accountability and compensation. To discuss your Illinois chiropractor malpractice claim, please contact the Bloomington personal injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham at 866-532-4800.

  • Things are so difficult for my family after the recent loss of my husband in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident. I’m afraid to make things worse. Is it a mistake for me to file a Wisconsin wrongful death case?

    Our Wisconsin wrongful death lawyers understand how many decisions you have to make right now, how confusing things must be, and how you want to do what is right for your family without making things any more difficult or painful than they are right now.

    However, we believe that the mistake you may be most at risk of making is not filing a Wisconsin wrongful death case. If you fail to file a wrongful death case within the Wisconsin wrongful death statute of limitations, then you likely forever forego your right to compensation. That means that nobody will pay you for your loved one’s medical expenses prior to death or for his funeral expenses. No one will compensate you for the income that your loved one can no longer contribute to the family. Nobody will have to pay for the pain and suffering that you and your family are going through.

    Our lawyers will not advise you to file a wrongful death case if we think that it is a mistake. However, we will advise you to file such a case if we think that it can benefit you or your family. Please call us today at 800-800-5678 today to learn more and to schedule a FREE consultation with an experienced and compassionate Milwaukee wrongful death lawyer.

  • What is the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act?

    Virginia Graeme Baker was a seven-year-old girl and granddaughter of former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker III. Virginia died after becoming trapped on a hot tub drain. Her mother was unable to free her. She was eventually freed by two men. They had to break the drain cover in order to release the girl. But it was too late. Virginia drowned.

    Virginia was a victim of circulation entrapment. Circulation entrapment in Iowa pools occurs when the force of suction from the pool’s circulation pump causes children’s hair or body parts to get stuck to the pool drain. Circulation entrapment can cause drowning, injury, and—in some cases—disembowelment.

    In 2007, President Bush signed the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act into law. The law requires that all public pools install anti-entrapment drain covers and other safety devices to prevent drain entrapment. Between 1999 and 2007, there were 83 reports of drain entrapment accidents, including 11 deaths and 69 injuries. Since the law was passed, there have been 2 drain entrapment fatalities and 32 injuries.

    Children age five to nine are most likely to become victims of swimming pool drain entrapment. If you own a pool, installing a drain cover could save a child’s life. Let your children know that pool drains are dangerous. Never allow a child to play on or near a drain, even if it is covered.

    If your child is injured in an Iowa swimming pool accident, our Quad City personal injury attorneys are here for you. Please contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.

  • I will be going to a Milwaukee hospital for scheduled surgery. What can I do to prevent hospital-acquired infections?

    When you check into a Milwaukee hospital, you expect to get the treatment that will make you well. Unfortunately, many people get sicker. About two million hospital patients a year contract hospital-acquired infections; about 99,000 die.

    We think of hospitals as being clean and sterile. The truth is that hospitals are full of people. Sick people carry germs; visitors to sick people carry germs; even doctors and nurses carry germs. And those who are sick or recovering from an injury are especially vulnerable to infection. Seriously ill patients in intensive care units are at the greatest risk.

    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, at least one-third of hospital-acquired illnesses are preventable. These tips from our Milwaukee hospital injury lawyers can help you and your loved ones prevent Wisconsin hospital-acquired infections.

    • Wash your hands often. Bacteria and viruses on the patient’s own body are sources of many hospital-acquired infections. Wash your hands after using the restroom or handling any object that could carry germs.
       
    • Tell sick visitors to stay home. Visitors can brighten you day, but if Great Aunt Hattie has a cold, ask her to stay home. It may be a minor cold, but those germs put you at risk of infection.
       
    • Ask visitors wash their hands. When family and friends visit, insist that they wash their hands.
       
    • Ask your health care providers to wash their hands. Doctors and nurses should wash their hands and put on fresh gloves when they come into your room. If they don’t, ask if their hands are clean. You may feel awkward, but medical care personnel will not be offended; they understand the importance of sterile hands when your health is at risk.
       
    • Pay attention to your surgical site or wound. Your nurse should check your surgical site several times a day, but an extra pair of eyes can help prevent infection. Let the nurse know immediately if the dressing gets wet, dirty, or if it loosens. Tell your doctor about any fever, chills, unusual pain, or other signs of infection.
       
    • Keep your catheter site clean and dry. Tell a nurse if the dressing gets loose or wet or if the catheter is dislodged. Insist that the catheter be removed as soon as you are able to move on your own.
       
    • Provide a full medical history. It is important that your doctor know if you have a have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes that could affect your recovery.
       
    • Follow your doctor’s instructions. Get written instructions for follow-up care before leaving the hospital. Ask questions if there is anything that you don’t understand.

    Not all hospital-acquired infections are preventable, but many are. If you suffered a hospital-acquired infection in Wisconsin, please contact our Milwaukee personal injury lawyers. You may have a medical malpractice claim. To learn more, please contact Hupy and Abraham, at 800-800-5678.

  • My son goes to a home daycare in Rockford. I noticed that there are several extension cords that go across the play area. What kind of precautions should childcare providers take to keep children safe from electrical injuries?

    When you leave your child with a daycare provider, that provider is responsible for the wellbeing of your child. That means that the daycare provider must do everything possible to minimize the chances that your child will be harmed.

    About one-fifth of Illinois electrical injuries and deaths involve children. Children are especially at risk because they do not understand that electricity can cause harm. This means that Illinois daycares must take precautions to protect children from electrical hazards.

    • Children should not play near outlets, cords or wires.
    • Children should not play near utility poles, power lines, or the support wires on pole or near substations, utility towers, or transformers.
    • Toys should be kept away from overhead lines.
    • Every electric outlet should have a wall plate so wiring is not exposed.
    • Children should be supervised at all times. Children should never be allowed to put fingers or other objects into electrical outlets.
    • Children should not plug in or unplug appliances.
    • Safety covers should be placed over all unused electric outlets. These keep children from putting fingers in outlets and prevent electric shock.
    • Never use an electrical appliance when bathing a child or when the child is wet.
    • Never bathe a child during a storm.
    • Children should be kept inside and away from water, facets, pipes, outlets, and windows during a storm.

    If a child sustains an electrical injury while at an Illinois daycare, the child care provider may be found liable and may have to pay damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, and costs associated with wrongful death. For more information contact the Rockford personal injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham at 800-390-6350.