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When to Report a Big Truck Accident

With the recent headlines about comedian Tracy Morgan’s tuck accident in New Jersey, figuring out when to report a big truck accident may be on our minds. In Morgan’s case, according to CNN, the big truck driver was awake for over 24 consecutive hours and had attempted to swerve to avoid hitting the Mercedes limo bus. Instead, the limo bus was struck from behind, rotated, and overturned.

Many truck drivers face demanding hours with long runs. The pressure coupled with tight timelines to complete their routes can lead to carelessness which can result in potentially fatal and tragic accidents.

Common Big Truck Accident Causes

There are a number of ways in which big truck accidents can occur. Some of the more common causes are:

  • Tailgating
  • Too little room for turns
  • Blind spots
  • Too heavy loads
  • Tight passing

If you or a loved one is involved with a truck accident, the first thing you should do after a truck accident is to step away from the accident and get to a safe spot. The very next thing should be to call the police to fill out an accident report and be sure to get the contact details of anyone involved in it. Be sure to get the license plate number, company name, and DOT numbers from the big truck and you may even wish to take some on-site photos of any accident debris or skid marks.

When driving around big trucks in traffic, everyone needs to exercise caution. Due to their heavy loads and size, large trucks are not able to stop quickly or in a short distance. That is why caution needs to be your watchword.

If you or a loved one has been killed or injured in a Madison, WI big truck accident, please contact Boller & Vaughan, LLC for your free consultation. Or call (608) 807-0078 to reach one of our experienced and dedicated legal team.

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When to Report Nursing Home Abuse

In the Madison, WI area, nursing homes are regulated by the Department of Health Services (DHS).  Mainly due to the fact that Medicare and Medicaid funding are accepted. According to the Code of Federal Regulation, nursing home residents are required to get prompt and adequate medical attention, the right to participate in their own care plan, and a right to dignity.  Of course, there are a number of other specific resident’s rights and, in addition, a resident’s family has the right to be properly informed by the nursing home of any significant change.

Knowing this, it makes it clear that if there is ever any issue regarding nursing home negligence or abuse,  your best bet is to consult with a Madison nursing home abuse attorney like our legal team at Boller & Vaughan LLC. Call (608) 807-0078 for your free case evaluation.

Filing a Nursing Home Complaint

In the State of Wisconsin, the Department of Health Services conducts regular nursing home inspections. These audits may result in a survey or a Statement of Deficiency (SOD) issued to the home itself. All SODs are public records. If you have any issues or concerns about the nursing home or assisted living facility treatment or care  you or a loved one receives, here is where you can file a DHS complaint:

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES

Division of Quality Assurance

P.O. Box 2969

Madison, WI 52701

(608) 266-8481

Once an official SOD is issued, then there is the possibility that an Immediate Jeopardy citation from the state may also be issued for severe violations. In this situation, it is abundantly clear that the nursing home or assisted living facility has created conditions in which there is a substantial probability for death or serious physical harm or mental distress to residents.

Examples of Citations

In one example, the nursing home facility in question was issued federal citations for failing to prevent accidents or adequately supervise residents with proper assistive devices. Other citations can be:

  • Failing to obtain medical or laboratory results in a timely manner.
  • Failure to investigate alleged violations or abuse.
  • Failure to provide services or care at the highest level.
  • Failure to prevent bedsores.

If you or a loved one has any questions about nursing home or assisted living care, please contact our Madison nursing home abuse team at Boller & Vaughan, LLC. Call (608) 807-0078 to receive your free case evaluation.

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Is a Concussion Cause for a Personal Injury Case?

There are a number of ways you can get a concussion. Concussions are a leading cause of traumatic brain injury and most commonly occur as a result of an accident which shakes your upper body or head violently.

Symptoms of Concussion

The mild traumatic brain injury that is a concussion can manifest with an assortment of physical, emotional, or cognitive impacts. These include:

  • Confusion
  • Speech slurring
  • Nausea or queasiness
  • Irritability
  • Impaired concentration and memory loss
  • Heightened sensitivities to light and noise
  • Ringing in ears (Tinnitus)
  • Taste and smell disorders

Concussions are similar to any other medical diagnosis or injury. You can only claim damages for your or a loved one’s concussion injury when it is part of a personal injury case. If your doctor believes that your concussion or mild traumatic brain injury is related to the accident which is the basis of your lawsuit, have your doctor write that in your medical records. You may also have to get a second opinion to confirm the cause of your injury.

If you or a loved one is concussed due to someone else’s recklessness or negligence, be sure to receive the compensation you need for a rightful recovery. Please contact Boller & Vaughan, LLC, our Madison, WI accident lawyer team. Call (608) 807-0078 for a free case evaluation.

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