Combatting Infection in Nursing Homes with Electronic Hand Hygiene

Unfortunately, completely avoidable harms occur on a daily basis in nursing homes, many of which are related to the spread of infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 700,000 individuals in the United States each year contract healthcare-associated infections, and 75,000 of those individuals die as a result. Professionals have spent many years trying to combat these infections with all different sorts of measures, including requiring certain standards for hand hygiene for workers. However, new technology exists that can make the process of accurately and reliably monitoring hand hygiene easier, which can help prevent the healthcare-associated infections.

Worldwide, the rate of compliance with hand hygiene in healthcare settings is about 50%. When direct observation measures hand hygiene compliance, the rate is usually about 90%, which clearly is a large overstatement of the actual compliance rate. This lends a false sense of security to healthcare facilities, their workers, and their patients. The problem of hand hygiene compliance is compounded by the fact that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) assesses penalties for low rates of compliance that cause healthcare facilities to lose revenue.

Electronic hand hygiene monitoring systems are useful in that they monitor compliance in a much more successful and accurate manner. There are two major types of electronic hand hygiene monitoring. One approach monitors the usage of a particular group, ward, or floor for general compliance, measuring the overall hand hygiene events against how many hand hygiene events that there should have been on the unit. The second approach involves individual monitoring. Individual workers typically use badges that communicate with hand hygiene systems in order to determine if the workers use the systems when they should. Electronic hand hygiene systems in general are far more effective and accurate in monitoring healthcare workers for hand hygiene compliance than simple observations.

If your loved one has suffered neglect at the hands of medical staff at a nursing home or other healthcare facility, you may have a valid personal injury claim. This type of situation makes it essential to contact an experienced Wisconsin nursing home neglect attorney in order to protect your rights and obtain the financial relief that you deserve. Certain healthcare providers have an obligation under the law to report suspected abuse or neglect of a nursing home or other facility resident. Those who fail to do so must face the consequences of their actions. Hold negligent Wisconsin healthcare providers responsible for their actions. Contact Boller & Vaughan today and learn how we can help you.



What to Expect When You Meet With Your Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyer

You are likely to be experiencing a wide variety of emotions following your injuries in a car crash. Your injuries are likely to be causing you pain and serious concern about your health in the future. You are worried about the dozens of medical bills that you are starting to receive and your ability to work and pay those bills in the near future. You are concerned about your ability to support your family. You are unsure about what to do next. In this situation, you need to speak with an experienced Wisconsin personal injury attorney.

When you meet with a personal injury attorney, you will need to explain as many details as possible about your accident. You should bring along all of the written documentation that you have about your accident, your injuries, and your medical bills. The attorney will then ask questions that allow you to clarify details about the accident and give him or her all of the information that is necessary to any personal injury claim.

After the attorney has a good sense of your situation and has gone through any documents that you have, you can expect an evaluation of any claim that you might have. The attorney will explain the law to you and how it applies to your case. You will discuss the pros and cons of filing a personal injury claim. Finally, you will talk about making a decision about whether to pursue any personal injury claim that you may have, a timeframe for doing so, and what steps you would need to follow based on the decision that you make.

At Boller & Vaughan, we know that suffering serious injuries in an auto accident or any other type of situation can be a stressful, emotional, physically painful, and financially draining event. Allow us to take some of the burden of this situation from you and your family by allowing us to handle your personal injury claim, which will allow us to work toward getting you the compensation that you need and deserve. As skilled Madison personal injury lawyers, we are here to help you through this ordeal from a legal perspective, while you concentrate on healing from your injuries and recovering from the financial impact of the accident.











What Should I Do Immediately Following a Car Accident?

If you are involved in an accident in which you have sustained injuries, your first step, no matter what, should always be to seek medical help and notify law enforcement authorities to make a police report. While you definitely should cooperate with emergency personnel, try to avoid giving too many details or your opinions about the accident. You are likely to be in shock, and may be in pain, so you may make statements that you normally wouldn’t; unfortunately, statements against your interest, even if made while you are in shock, can severely damage your potential personal injury claim.

Your next step should be to contact your insurance company about the accident. Your insurance adjuster will ask you to give a statement about the accident. It typically is helpful to have a copy of the police report from your accident on hand so that you can answer all of the adjuster’s questions. The quicker you contact your insurance company, the quicker it can investigate your accident and begin giving you the financial relief provided for in your insurance policy.

After your accident and medical treatment, you are likely to begin receiving medical bills and may continue seeing certain healthcare providers, depending on the severity and extent of your injuries from the accident. Keep copies of any bills that you receive, as well as a comprehensive list of the medical providers that you see, the condition for which you are receiving treatment, the treatment that you receive, and the dates on which you receive that treatment. This information will be important for any personal injury claim that you have.

Finally, see an experienced personal injury attorney immediately about any potential personal injury claim. Insurance companies will attempt to pay you as little as possible on your claim. You need legal assistance in order to negotiate a fair settlement of your claim and get the compensation that you deserve.

The experienced Wisconsin personal injury attorneys of Boller & Vaughan are here to help you through the aftermath of a motor vehicle crash, no matter how great the damages or injuries may be. We can look into the circumstances surrounding your accident, assess the situation, and evaluate any claims that you may have for damages. We know how to determine fault in a car accident, and build a strong personal injury claim based on that determination. Contact our office today in order to schedule a free initial consultation about any potential claim that you may have.



Tips for Handling Your Personal Injury Claim

When you are injured in an accident as a result of another person’s negligence, you are entitled to recover compensation for your losses through a personal injury claim. All personal injury claims are different, but there are some general tips that you can follow in order to maximize your success in your personal injury claim.

  • Keep detailed notes and records of your accident. As soon as possible following the accident, write down your personal account of the accident, including what happened prior to, during, and after the accident. Write down the weather conditions, the names of any witnesses to the accident, and detailed information about your injuries. Keep track of the medical treatment that you receive, who treats you, and for what condition they treat you. Also document any time that you missed from work at a result of your injuries.
  • Pick the right personal injury attorney. The success of your claim directly depends upon the experience and skills of the personal injury attorney you choose. You don’t have to choose one of the many lawyers who are likely to contact you directly about a potential claim. You don’t have to choose the first attorney you meet. What you do need to choose is an attorney who has years of experience in handling personal injury claims such as yours, and one who answers your questions and addresses your concerns to your satisfaction.
  • Avoid making statements that might hurt your case. Don’t post a running commentary about your accident on social media. Don’t post pictures of yourself waterskiing if you are claiming that you are severely injured. Don’t admit – to anyone – that you think you are fully or partially responsible for the accident. Don’t speak with the other party’s insurance company representatives; let your attorney handle these contacts for you.

Boller & Vaughan are experienced Madison personal injury lawyers who know Wisconsin law and know how to effectively represent your interests in any personal injury claim that you might have, whether it involves a motorcycle, semi-truck, or a passenger vehicle. Call our office today and learn how our attorneys can help ensure that you receive the compensation in your case to which you are entitled.





How Do You Handle Medical Bills Relating to Your Auto Accident?

If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, you typically will have medical bills that can be quite high, including transport by an ambulance, treatment by a hospital, follow-up doctor visits, physical therapy, and prescription medication. Fortunately, if another person is responsible for the accident that led to your injuries, you do have several different avenues of relief from these expenses.

First, you can file claims with your own medical insurance policy to cover at least a portion of the costs of your medical bills. However, it is important to keep in mind that your health insurance company will require subrogation in your case, which means that if you recover compensation from the responsible party, you must reimburse your health insurance company for the costs that it paid toward your medical bills. Similarly, you can file a claim with your own car insurance company; your policy should provide some medical coverage. These payments also are subject to subrogation.

Next, if another person is responsible for the wreck that led to your injuries, you can file a claim with that person’s car insurance company. The amount that this insurance policy will pay just depends on the type of coverage that the person has. For instance, if you have $100,000 in medical bills, but the other person’s insurance policy has a limit of $50,000 in medical bills, then you can only get $50,000 for your medical bills. There also are likely to be provisions in your own car insurance policy that may provide coverage if the other party does not have insurance coverage or has less insurance coverage than you need. This is called uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage.

When you are involved in an accident, medical expenses are likely to be a substantial and unexpected cost that you may be ill-equipped to handle. In this situation, you may wish to pursue a personal injury case, which can entitle you to various types of damages from the responsible party or parties. To find out more information about whether you have a valid personal injury claim, contact the Wisconsin personal injury lawyers of Boller & Vaughan today.

Distracted Semi Driver Causes Crash That Killed Six

In a recent crash on Interstate 80, Tony Weekly Jr., a distracted semitrailer truck driver employed by Bohren Logistics Inc., an Indiana company, caused a multiple-vehicle accident that resulted in six deaths.  Weekly, who reportedly was driving at a high rate of speed, rammed his semitrailer truck into the back of a minivan, which was pushed into another minivan, followed by a Nissan sport utility vehicle and a Ford van. The first van was carrying a couple and their three children, who all were aged three and under; all five family members perished in the crash. The man in the second minivan was declared dead soon after the accident, but remained on life support at the time of the news article.

The crash occurred in a head-to-head crossover construction zone on I-80, just before 11:30 a.m. MDT, in a 65 mile per hour speed zone. Authorities had temporarily lowered the speed limit from 75 miles per hour due to the construction. Weekly also suffered minor injuries in the wreck. There had not been such a deadly crash on Nebraska roads since 2006.

Local authorities charged Weekly with five counts of felony motor vehicle homicide, one for each member of the family that was killed in the crash, as well as a single misdemeanor count of reckless driving. While a conviction on criminal charges does not automatically make Weekly civilly liable for the deaths caused by the accident, it is strong evidence that the family members of the deceased persons could use in a wrongful death suit. This type of claim would allow the surviving families of the deceased to seek compensation for their losses in the crash.

When you or a family member suffers serious injuries from or is killed in a motor vehicle crash or any other type of accident, caused by the negligence of another person, you may have a personal injury claim or wrongful death claim under Wisconsin law. Call Boller & Vaughan today at (608) 268-0268, or contact us online at in order to schedule a time to meet with one of our Wisconsin personal injury attorneys, and see how we can help.





UW Crash Study Focuses on Ways to Make Roads Safer

The University of Wisconsin has released the results of a crash study in an effort to make Wisconsin roads safer for all who travel on them. The author of the study focused on severe or fatal crashes involving bicycles, pedestrians, or both. Given the fact that statewide traffic deaths increased in 2015 for all categories of individuals, including drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, it is clear that the need for the study is substantial.

The study showed that multi-lane roads in larger urban areas in Wisconsin are a more common location for these types of crashes. Accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians are more likely to occur on four-lane roads than on two-land roads. Higher speed limits result in more severe injuries.  Intoxication of drivers and failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks also cause a significant number of crashes.

What, then, is the answer to reducing these accidents? Researchers believe that there are several relatively simple solutions that would help decrease the number of crashes involving pedestrians or bicyclists, including the following:

  • Providing separated lanes and wide shoulders to accommodate bicyclists
  • Creating curb extensions to limit crossing distance for and increase visibility of pedestrians
  • Enforcing speed limits constantly and consistently
  • Improving lighting and pedestrian and bicyclist visibility at night
  • Reminding bicyclists that they are subject to the same rules as cars
  • Adding more sidewalks

The author of the study, UW-Milwaukee professor Bob Schneider, is now working with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin on a statewide campaign to stop traffic fatalities.

With that said, however, there are factors that contribute to pedestrian and bicyclist crashes that cannot be solved by the suggestions for improvements listed above. These factors include intoxication, drug usage, fatigue, and driver distraction.

When a vehicle crash causes serious injuries to you or a loved one, the impact can be devastating. Although some accidents are just that – accidents – others are caused by the negligence of another, such as an inattentive or distracted truck drivers. If you are in this situation, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Call Boller & Vaughan today and learn how our Wisconsin personal injury attorneys can advocate on your behalf.



100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

Over the past five years, it has become increasingly apparent that fatal car accidents involving teenage drivers climb substantially during what has been dubbed the “100 Deadliest Days.” This refers to the period beginning at Memorial Day and continuing on for the next 100 days. During this time period in each of the last five years, over 5,000 people have died in crashes involving teenage drivers.

Earlier this summer, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a follow-up study confirming what other researchers have found in similar studies. Crashes involving teen drivers spike significantly during the 100 Deadliest Days; in fact, the average overall number of deaths from crashes involving teenage drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 increased by 16 percent per deadliest day as compared to the other 265 days of the year. That works out to about 1,022 deaths per year attributable to teenage drivers, or about 10 deaths were day.

According to the AAA study, almost 60% of these crashes involved some sort of distraction for the teenage drivers. The study examined more than 2,200 videos taken from in-car dash cameras in the moments leading up to each crash. The results were not surprising. In 15% of those crashes, the drivers were talking or attending to other passengers in their vehicles. In 12% of those crashes, the drivers were talking, texting, or operating a cell phone. In another 11% of the crashes, the drier was attending to or looking at something inside the vehicle.

The statistics are clear that all too often, teenage drivers cause serious accidents that result in injury and death to other drivers and passengers. In this situation, you need the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney who can help guide you through the personal injury claims process. The Madison personal injury attorneys of Boller & Vaughan handle personal injury cases on a daily basis, and we know what it takes to get the compensation that you need. Take the first step and call our office today to set up your free consultation with one of our Wisconsin auto accident lawyers.










Driver Fatigue and Crash Risks

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that insufficient sleep can decrease a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver’s alertness level. However, the researchers cautioned that determining the relationship between hours of service, fatigue, and accident frequency for CMV operators is complex. There are other factors that may have an impact on this relationship, including difficulty in objectively measuring driver fatigue, the invasiveness of trying to measure the amount and quality of drivers’ sleep, and other factors contributing to CMV crashes that are not related to fatigue or lack of sleep. The findings of this study also largely concerned drivers for large motor carriers, as opposed to drivers for smaller motor carriers or independent owner-operators.

The findings of this study, however, are not insignificant, given the fact that about 4,000 fatalities occur in the United States each year as a result of CMVs. Statistics show that 10 – 20% of these fatalities involve fatigued drivers. Work as a CMV driver involves unique stresses that put them at a higher risk of insufficient sleep and some chronic health conditions. These stresses include irregular schedules, economic pressures, and poor sleep quality due to uncomfortable sleeping conditions. The reality is that there is no substitute for an adequate quality and quantity of sleep.

The study concludes that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and/or the U.S. Department of Transportation should fund and conduct ongoing data collection concerning these issues. Additionally, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) should make several improvements in their data and research methods, which, in turn, should allow a more comprehensive understanding of the connections between driver fatigue, various highway safety regulations, and CMV crashes. Likewise, the study suggested the need for more driver and employer education programs to help improve highway safety.

We are the Wisconsin traffic accident lawyers to whom you always can turn if your loved one suffers serious injuries in a traffic accident. No matter how complex or difficult your situation may be, the Madison injury attorneys of Boller & Vaughan are here to advocate for your interests and hold negligent drivers responsible for any injury or death that has occurred.




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