Thursday, March 22, 2012
Swimming Pool Accidents and Brain Injuries
When pool accidents occur, the result is not always death. Sometimes, the person survives but is forced to live with the debilitating effects of brain injuries.
Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death for children aged 1 to 14. Even if someone is saved from a pool accident, the resulting injuries are often catastrophic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of drowning victims treated in the ER have to be hospitalized or moved to more intensive care.
Brain injuries resulting from pool accidents include traumatic brain injury and deprivation of oxygen to the brain
The possible lifelong problems resulting from these brain injuries include:
• Neurological damage
• Memory problems
• Speech and language problems
• Learning disabilities
• Permanent vegetative state
Oxygen deprivation happens rapidly. A child will lose consciousness after two minutes under water. Brain damage occurs after only four to six minutes.
Swimming pool accidents are sometimes the result of negligence. Drowning and head injuries in and around swimming pools can be caused by:
• Diving area with shallow water
• Slipping and falling on surfaces
• Entanglement in pool equipment
• Inadequate rescue equipment
Accidents occur at both residential and public pools every day. In just seconds, the carelessness of someone else can lead to the debilitating brain injury of you or a loved one.
If someone else is responsible for a pool accident resulting in brain injury, please contact the experienced Milwaukee, Wisconsin injury attorneys at the Cochran Firm Wisconsin to schedule a consultation.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Injuries Caused by Distracted Drivers Texting while Driving
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 15 people are killed each day in car accidents involving a distracted driver, and the leading cause of driver inattention is the use of a wireless device.
Wireless devices include cell phones. Texting on a cell phone consumes a significant portion of your concentration and is similar to driving while intoxicated.
Car accidents caused by texting can result in serious injuries, including:
• Head and neck injuries
• Back and spinal cord injuries
• Broken bones
It is currently unlawful to text while driving in Wisconsin; however, drivers are still allowed to view incoming texts while driving.
It takes only a second for a careless driver to cause another driver’s serious injury or death. The familiar beep or vibration of an incoming message can cause the careless driver to take his or her eyes of the road. Even the briefest moment of driver inattention can have tragic ramifications.
If a negligent driver caused your injuries in a car accident in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, or the surrounding areas, please contact the experienced injury attorneys at the Cochran Firm Wisconsin to schedule a consultation.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Slip and Fall Claims Involving Icy Parking Lots
As winter approaches Wisconsin, many parts of the state will experience significant snowfall. On average, Milwaukee receives more than 52 inches of snow annually. With winter weather comes icy and slippery parking lots, oftentimes the subject of premises liability cases.
Even if you take every precaution against slipping, these kinds of accidents can still occur. Slip and falls can result in serious injuries, including:
• Head injuries
• Back injuries
• Neck injuries
• Spinal cord injuries
Property owners are responsible for keeping parking lots reasonably safe. The property owner may be responsible for your injury if he or she caused the parking lot to be slippery or knew that the lot was dangerous but failed to do anything about it.
Following a snowstorm, a business owner has a limited amount of time to clear the snow from the parking lot. Black ice must be prevented with sand or salt. Property owners can also be held liable if a leaky pipe drains into the parking lot, causing black ice to form.
If you were injured in Wisconsin because of an icy parking lot caused by the property owner’s negligence, please contact the experienced Milwaukee injury attorneys at the Cochran Firm Wisconsin to schedule a consultation.