Have you been a victim of a medical error? While following a medical mistake there may not be anything that can be done to undo the injury inflicted, the power of a simple "I'm sorry" should not be understated. While commonplace in other situations where a mistake is made, out of fear of liability, in medical settings it is not always offered. Recognizing the power of an apology, 36 states have laws on the books that prohibit those who suffer from a medical error from using an apology in a malpractice action. To date, Wisconsin is not among them.
Distracted driving is not a new phenomenon. For as long as people have been behind the wheel of a vehicle, some have struggled to stay focused on the task at hand-driving. While cellphones are commonly blamed for luring the attention of drivers away from the road, anything that results in that outcome, is considered distracted driving. The activity is problematic as it can lead to accidents that seriously injure those involved. In the worst cases they could result in death.
If you saw the national news story about a Wisconsin nursing assistant sharing nude photos of an elderly patient on social media, you were probably disgusted. The eldery are to be respected, not made a mockery of at their most vulnerable.
However, social media-related exploitation and abuse may be growing more common in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Just like drunk driving and distracted driving, drowsy driving causes terrible mistakes behind the wheel that injure and kill people. Many people do not appreciate just how reckless it is to drive a car while fatigued.
About one in 25 adult drivers fall asleep at the wheel every month, and in 2013, drowsy driving caused 72,000 car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, the true number may be higher because it is not always easy to know whether an accident was caused by drowsy driving.
While car accidents happen every minute of the day, we never think they will happen to us. Few people are prepared for the steps they need to take after an accident, but knowing what to do after a crash can make a big difference in your recovery.
Seeking medical treatment and contacting police are the first two steps. But, where should you go from there? Should you call a lawyer after your car accident?
When people think of medical malpractice, they are likely to envision horrifying errors. A surgeon operates on the wrong body part. A nurse abuses nursing home residents.
While these things do happen, the most common cause of medical malpractice is less dramatic - misdiagnosis. A panel of medical experts recently found that missed and late diagnoses are so common that a majority of Americans experience them - in some cases, suffering great harm. Fortunately, you can help prevent a misdiagnosis from happening to you. Here's how.
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals just reversed a judgment in favor of a local woman who was injured when she attempted to protect her chocolate lab "Moosie" from the neighbor's pitbull "Princess".
When you rent an apartment, you expect the landlord to take basic measures to ensure that residents are secure from preventable harm. Owners are expected to have locks on doors, and for the locks to be locked. Lighting in dangerous areas should be provided. Elevators and stairways should be monitored. Parking areas should be well-lit and monitored.
When you suffer injuries in a car accident in Wisconsin, the law provides that negligent parties are liable for the associated costs. This means that if a drunk, distracted or otherwise reckless driver caused the crash, that driver is likely responsible for your medical bills, property damage, lost wages and pain and suffering
A skilled attorney can typically force the negligent driver's insurance provider to pay for these damages through a personal injury claim. However, what happens if the driver who caused your injuries isn't insured or is underinsured? Or, what if you were injured by a hit-and-run driver?
Not all medical malpractice is about individual provider error. Many cases involve a general failure by the institution providing care. Hospital errors cover a wide range of situations: