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Ongoing medical expenses related to bite attacks

When a resident of Wisconsin gets bitten by someone's pet, they potentially face injury that can leave a heavy financial burden on their shoulders. Not only are there short-term damages to deal with, but severe bite attacks can leave lasting harm that can cost a victim a great deal of money.

In regard to bite treatment, Mayo Clinic encourages bite victims to immediately cleanse and bandage the wound, along with applying antibiotic cream or ointment. It is also highly suggested that the bite victim see a medical professional regardless of how severe they believe the damage to be. Even seemingly harmless bites carry the risk of infection, with particularly aggressive bacteria harming the body in less than 24 hours after the puncture wound is made.

How to reduce distracted driving

It may seem harmless, but distracted driving has become a significant issue in the United States. Taking a quick peek at your cell phone or glancing away from the road to adjust the radio station can put you in danger. The few moments that you spend focused on something other than the road in front of you could be the difference in a safe ride to work and a severe car accident.

Fortunately, reducing the gaudy distracted driving statistics can be simple. Staying attentive and following a few basic practices will make the road safer for both you and the people you share it with.

Can my employer discipline me for seeking workers’ compensation?

Despite the precautions you and your co-workers take, you were injured on the job. Your injuries required medical attention and time off work to recuperate. You may already know that workers’ compensation law allows you to make a claim for compensation for a work-related injury or illness, but you can be confused and worried if your employer is saying you cannot get workers’ compensation or that you will be fired or demoted if you file a claim. You and other Wisconsin residents should understand your rights when it comes to seeking workers’ compensation, as well as workers’ compensation retaliation.

According to FindLaw, workers’ compensation retaliation occurs if an employer makes false statements about your right to seek compensation or takes adverse actions against you if you file a claim. Employers pay workers’ compensation insurance premiums, which can go up if an employee is injured and files a claim. As such, your employer may rightfully encourage safety in the workplace. However, your rights are violated if your employer gives you misinformation or retaliates against you in the following ways:

  • Telling you that you must use your own insurance or pay for your medical expenses out of your own pocket
  • Threatening to terminate or reassign you to an undesirable position if you file a claim
  • Informing you that you will face legal action if you seek workers’ compensation
  • Taking any measures to prevent you from rightfully seeking compensation or from getting information on how to file a claim

Aggressive drivers: How to spot the signs

There is no question that you may find yourself in a situation where you are stuck in traffic while driving, are stuck behind a slow driver or become infuriated at another motorist who just pulled out right in front of you. Road rage is rather common, as people can easily lose their temper while behind the wheel. According to AAA, more than 80% of drivers across the country admit to having road rage within the past year. Yet, road rage can cause aggressive driving behaviors which can lead to a catastrophic car accident

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 56% of deadly car accidents within a five-year period involved aggressive driving behaviors. It is critical that you are able to identify the signs of an aggressive driver so that you can minimize the chances of becoming involved in an accident. Some of these hazardous driving behaviors include the following:

How must you divide property when you divorce?

If you and your spouse intend to seek a Wisconsin divorce, you may have heard that Wisconsin is a community property state, but not understand what that means.

FindLaw explains that in Wisconsin, as in any other community property state, you and your spouse must equally divide all the property you earned, purchased or otherwise acquired during your marriage when you divorce. The only exception to this 50/50 rule is the situation in which neither of you contests the divorce.

Do property owners have to pay if I slip outside?

If you have lived in Wisconsin long, then you are probably no stranger to the type of treacherous weather conditions that can make for uncertain or unsafe to rain. However, winter snow and ice are not the only types of conditions that could contribute to you slipping or falling and sustaining major injuries.

Just as you know what is generally acceptable for creating a safe walking environment, business owners in Wisconsin should also be aware of these things. As mentioned on FindLaw, if businesses fail in their duties to maintain safe premises, you may be able to hold them responsible for the injuries their oversights cause. Please continue to read for a few examples of situations that could form the material basis for an injury claim.

Factors that make a safe nursing home

If the time has come to place a loved one in a nursing home for rehabilitation or permanent residence, do not skimp out on vetting the home. Not all Wisconsin nursing homes are safe, or at least, not all homes may be safe for your relative. A resident who is a poor match for a home might suffer physical injury, degradation in health, or even death. To prevent the worst from happening, be on the lookout for qualities that make a good nursing home.

AARP recommends that when you check out a nursing home, pay attention to anything that can constitute a hazard. Look for handrails where they should be placed, such as in shower rooms or bathrooms. Hallways should be kept clean so there are no trip hazards. Equipment should not be placed in areas where a senior could run into it and fall. Floors, particularly in shower rooms, should possess non-skidding surfaces.

Wisconsin boy killed in collision with school bus

school bus involved in a motor vehicle accident in Hortonville, Wisconsin, Thursday morning was empty of students at the time that a passenger car collided with it. Nevertheless, the accident resulted in the death of a 10-year-old boy who was a passenger in the car that struck the bus. Preliminary findings from an autopsy are not yet available, but authorities did pronounce the young boy dead at the scene. He had been sitting in the backseat of the car and was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.

Weather and traffic conditions on Highway 15 may have contributed to the crash. The wet, slippery road may have prevented the driver of the passenger car from stopping for slowed traffic in the westbound lane. Instead, she hit the rear corner of a pickup truck when she swerved left, and the impact propelled her vehicle into the eastbound lane, where it collided head-on with a school bus. 

How is child custody determined?

Child custody can be one of the most contentious aspects of divorce, and parents who are preparing for divorce are often concerned about how child custody decisions will be made. However, the answer can depend on a family's unique situation.

As often as possible, parents are encouraged to work together to make custody decisions. However, when that is not possible or not successful, a Wisconsin court may determine the most appropriate custody arrangement for the situation.

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