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What types of injury damage claims are available?

The aftermath of a car accident in Wisconsin can be scary and confusing. You may be aware of your rights to file claims for medical expenses and/or vehicle damage, but you might not know what, if any, other forms of compensation are available to you.

Depending on the specific details of the case, the damages you are eligible to claim can vary, but the following may apply to your particular situation. 

When mental stress is compensable in Wisconsin

It is no secret that stress is one of America's greatest health concerns and that it is only getting worse. A growing body of evidence proves that stress does not just affect a person's mood but rather, can have a negative impact on one's overall physical and mental wellbeing. When left unchecked, stress can cause headaches, stomach upset, fatigue, chest pain and sleep disorders. It can also lead to reduced motivation, restlessness, anxiety, irritability and depression. Combined, both the physical and emotional symptoms may result in high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes or heart disease. For these reasons, states are beginning to view stress as a compensable workplace injury. Is Wisconsin one of them?

According to Wisconsin Law Review, courts are often hesitant to award workers' compensation for mental stress for five main reasons. First, mental injuries are subjective, as individuals react differently to similar mental stimuli. Because of this, judges are hesitant to evaluate mental harms. Second, because mental injuries are more difficult to evaluate, they are easier for persons to falsify. Third, diagnosis relies on self-reporting, a fact that may make it difficult for courts to gather the information necessary to make a reliable diagnosis. Fourth, courts find it difficult to establish a casual link between stress and the workplace, given many people experience stress in their personal lives as well. Finally, courts worry that the high cost of litigating mental claims will mean less funding for claims for physical harms.

How will you know you are ready to adopt?

The decision to adopt is not one any family makes overnight, and it takes months or even years after the seed has been planted for a couple to decide to move forward with the adoption process. If you and your family have made the decision to adopt a child in Wisconsin, your brain may worry you are not ready to even when your heart tells you that you are. American Adoptions provides a few indicators you are ready to reconcile the two. 

The first sign you are ready to adopt is both you and your spouse have moved on from infertility. If you are like many couples and have decided to adopt because you cannot have a child of your own, it is understandable that you need time to heal from the lack of success with fertility treatments. However, make sure both parties have properly grieved and moved on before pursuing adoption. 

How costly are spinal or brain injuries post-crash?

As a Wisconsin resident who has been involved in a crash, you understand that it's not just a traumatizing ordeal. It's an expensive one, too. Unfortunately, the initial costs of a crash may not be the only costs that you have to face, either. There can be hidden or long-term costs that many people don't consider.

FindLaw takes a look at some of the different types of injuries you could face after a car crash. Among them are head and spine injuries, which are some of the most common as well as the most severe. Damage to the spine and brain take a long time to recover and, depending on severity of the damage done, may never fully heal at all. While you may be focused on the shorter term costs like hospital stays and medications, these types of injuries can impact you for years to come.

Are drivers becoming safer and more responsible

If you are like most people in Wisconsin, you are very conscious about your safety and the safety of your passengers and other motorists when you drive. In seeing so many new safety features being added to new vehicles, you might believe that the emphasis on safety is something that is growing among all drivers. Unfortunately, there are still many people who refuse to give up their reckless ways. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 613 vehicular fatalities in Wisconsin in 2017. Of those, 190 occurred in crashes in which alcohol was a factor. That means that nearly 31 percent of all deaths in car accidents statewide that year were attributed to drunk driving. Speeding was associated with 180 of the fatalities which represents more than 29 percent of the total.

Should you throw a divorce party?

Most people do not go into a divorce or even come out of one feeling incredible happiness. That is why the idea of a divorce party may seem very odd to you. However, once you learn more about this type of party, it becomes easier to understand why they are becoming a bit more popular. You may also begin considering throwing your own divorce party in Wisconsin.

The name may make you think you will celebrate your divorce, which can be off putting, but it is kind of misleading. The reason most people throw a divorce party, according to Psychology Today, is to honor the marriage or to celebrate a new beginning. It really depends on your situation as to how you structure the party.

What are some forklift safety tips?

In a warehouse, stockyard or similar environment, there are many safety hazards to watch out for. However, one common piece of equipment proves to be very dangerous time and again: the forklift. If you use or are around forklifts in your work environment in Wisconsin, then it is a smart idea to become familiar with forklift safety.

OSHA offers some safety tips for you to use when you are around or operating this type of machine. You should always make sure of clearance around the vehicle whether you are driving or working around the machine. A forklift needs quite a bit of clearance. You should stay far away from a machine in operation and when using it, make sure to keep an eye out for anyone around it.

Can you get a copy of another driver's record?

Nowhere in Wisconsin, and in fact nowhere in the United States, would it would be legal for you to look up another person's driving record or license information. In fact, if you posed as another person online to look up this information, the affected party could potentially sue you in federal court for any damages your actions caused.

There are several exceptions to this rule. For example, you would probably be able to obtain the driving record of another party in a motor vehicle accident. However, you would have to follow proper procedure to avoid potential consequences.

What are symptoms of spinal cord injury besides paralysis?

Generally, we think of a spinal cord injury as a condition that creates paralysis. It is true that some spinal cord injuries can permanently impair a person’s ability to walk, use the arms and legs, or have any feeling in the extremities below a certain point. However, some spinal cord injury symptoms can be smaller in scope. Wisconsin injury victims may not even experience them soon following the injury event.

The Mayo Clinic explains that some spinal cord injuries may make it difficult, though not impossible, to walk. You could have trouble with your balance as you take steps. You might brace yourself on walls or furniture to help you along. Injury victims can also have problems raising a leg or moving an arm. Sometimes a person simply feels weak, but does not connect the weakness to a potential spinal cord problem.

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