Wisconsin and waterfront property go hand in hand. Our state has the second largest Great Lakes coastline in the country with nearly 20% of Wisconsin’s geographic area being comprised of waterways. We may not have an ocean nearby, but our extensive network of rivers and lakes are among The Badger State’s greatest claims to fame. Some historians even believe that the name Wisconsin derives from a Native American phrase that translates as “where the waters gather!”
Here in Madison, we’re especially aware of Wisconsin’s waterways. There’s a reason that locals call it “The City of Four Lakes” and that the government’s go-to slogan is “Lake, City, Lake.” Our downtown is situated along an isthmus, sharing coastlines with Lakes Wingra, Kegonsa, Waubesa, Monona, and Mendota.
Sparklers have become a regular part of celebrating the 4th of July, especially for children. Yet, Sparklers are known for causing injuries and can be extremely dangerous. How many times have you heard a parent say, “Don’t play with matches?” Matches can burn up to 500 Fahrenheit, and can cause severe burns or injuries. Sparklers on the other hand, burn almost 4X as hot with the extreme temperature being around 1,500-2,000 Fahrenheit.
If you and your family are going to use Sparklers and/or fireworks this year, be sure to follow these basic safety tips!
- Adults should supervise all firework activities- If you give your children a Sparkler, be sure to keep your children within seeing distance.
- Use fireworks OUTDOORS only!
- Always have a bucket of water, or a water hose nearby in case of accidents.
- Do NOT experiment with homemade fireworks.
- To dispose of used fireworks, wet them down and place them in a metal trash can away from the house and any combustible materials.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Everyone should wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
- Always light 1 firework at a time, and move away quickly after lit.
The greatest cost of car accidents is human lives, and motor vehicle crashes continue to claim an average of more than 35,000 lives each year, according to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That agency also indicates that an additional 2.2 million people are injured in traffic accidents each year, and that these crashes cost nearly $1 trillion annually in injuries, loss of life, and property damage.
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Despite increased awareness about nursing home abuse, as well as tougher federal regulations, the abuse and neglect of elderly patients remains a problem at nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in Wisconsin and across the country.
In fact, a recent article in USA Today indicates nearly one-third of the nation’s nursing homes received lower ratings on the federal government’s quality scale than they did the previous year. While the report suggests this is due to more stringent standards, it’s clear that there is still work to be done in safeguarding our elderly citizens who rely on the quality care these facilities are supposed to provide.
The Madison attorneys at Boller & Vaughan are dedicated to protecting the rights of nursing home residents. If you suspect a loved one is suffering from neglect or abuse in a nursing home or assisted-care center, please call us at 608-268-0268 for your free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers.
The Sad Consequences of Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
A 2013 report from Milwaukee’s Fox6 News focused on two Wisconsin nursing homes found to have consistently violated state and federal regulations regarding the care of elderly patients. One of the cases cited in the report became the subject of a high-profile wrongful death lawsuit and led to testimony before the Wisconsin Senate. Continue reading
The Madison injury attorneys at Boller & Vaughan understand the life-changing physical, financial and emotional challenges faced by brain injury victims and their family members.
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury due to another’s negligence, please call 608-268-0268 to arrange your free consultation. Our skilled lawyers are dedicated to helping injury victims pursue the financial security they need in order to recover medically and move forward with their lives.
Defining Brain Injuries
Brain injuries are most often the result of a traumatic force that jars the brain, such as the impact of a motor vehicle accident. But brain injuries can also be caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain, which may occur during a stroke or other medical emergency that disrupts blood flow to the brain. Continue reading
Recently, the Wisconsin personal injury law firm of Boller & Vaughan, LLC successfully closed one of the most heart-wrenching assisted living cases they have encountered.
Joshua Wahl, a charming 34 year-old man born with a number of physical and developmental disabilities, was a resident at Aurora Residential Alternatives (ARA), a Menomonie, Wisconsin community-based residential facility for individuals with disabilities, chronic mental illness and traumatic brain injuries. Joshua was born with spina bifida, moderate intellectual disability, was paralyzed from the chest down, and wheelchair bound. He was totally dependent on Aurora staff for all activities of his daily living. Continue reading
Being in a car accident or suffering any auto injuries is incredibly stressful. Not only do you need to deal with who or what is at fault, you may be physically injured and have major medical bills, or even have to repair or replace your vehicle. At times like this, it may be too overwhelming to consider consulting with an attorney. Yet, this is really the right time to check in with an auto injury attorney.
Finding the right care facility or nursing home for your loved ones can seem like looking for the proverbial ‘needle in a haystack.’ Once you’ve found the right facility, it is horrifying to think that nursing home abuse of any kind is occurring and that your loved one is unsafe. Unfortunately, though, nursing home abuse can occur. Continue reading
Driving a truck is fatiguing and with pressure to complete a certain number of routes in a given time period, it can sometimes lead to oversights or even negligence that can cause an accident or injury. The sheer size and weight of a truck requires deft handling and intense concentration. Continue reading
Summer is approaching! Typically, that means more road trips, traffic and driving over the start of summer with Memorial Day weekend, the 4th of July, and the last ‘hurrah’ of Labor Day. With more roadtrips and traffic comes an increased probability of a car accident or auto injury. Here are a few ways you can avoid a car accident and some immediate steps to take if you do happen to have one. Continue reading