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Man awarded $870,000 in medical malpractice lawsuit

Many fears exist for Wisconsin patients when they agree to surgery. One fear is that the wrong body part or organ will mistakenly be removed by the surgeon. An incorrect surgery on the wrong body part is considered to be a "never event" because medical experts believe "never events" to be completely preventable. Recently, a man in another state was awarded almost $900,000 in his medical malpractice lawsuit for the removal of the wrong testicle.

It was determined that the man could benefit from surgical removal of one of his testicles when he reported it to cause him constant pain. An ultrasound revealed that a previous injury to the organ had created permanent damage and scarring. Although the surgeon successfully removed one of his testicles, it was discovered that he removed the undamaged one. The surgeon documented in his postoperative report that he was aware soon after surgery that he had mistakenly removed the wrong one.

Distracted driving accident investigation finds drugs in vehcile

Recently, a Wisconsin teenager was killed in a tragic accident. What initially appeared to be a distracted driving accident, has turned into a more complicated case. In addition to charges of the victim's homicide, a driver has been charged with multiple felonies related to illegal drugs apparently discovered in her vehicle. 

Witnesses say that the 22-year-old was using both hands to navigate her cell phone as she operated her vehicle. Reportedly, her vehicle drifted into the lane next to her and almost struck the teenage driver's vehicle. In attempts to avoid a car collision, the teenager swerved her own car, resulting in a crash and her death. 

Teens have increased risk for distracted driving accident

For most Wisconsin teenagers, learning to drive and obtaining a driver's license is a major milestone. Unfortunately, according to research, driving during the teenage years can be dangerous. Research indicates that teenagers have an increased risk of being involved in a fatal distracted driving accident in their first year of driving.

The American Automobile Association recently collected data of accidents occurring across the country from 2014 and 2015. The number of 16 and 17-year-old teenagers killed in a motor vehicle accident increased by 13.1 percent. Wisconsin's percentage was 1 percent higher than the national average. Sadly, research shows that the number of fatal accidents for the following year was even higher. 

Wisconsin car accident kills 4, injures 5 others

Unfortunately, law enforcement officials witness accidents and tragedies on a regular basis. One Wisconsin sheriff recently reported that he is investigating one of the worst car accidents he has seen in his 40 year career. The car accident involved two vehicles and included four fatalities.

Reports state that the minivan involved in the accident was being driven by a 23-year-old woman. Her van included three adult passengers. Initial investigation indicates that she may have failed to properly stop at the intersection she was traveling through. All three of her passengers were tragically killed, and her condition is unknown.

Woman recieves personal injury to face from dog attack

The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that approximately 800,000 victims suffer from dog bites that require medical attention every year, with many occurring here in Wisconsin. Depending on the severity, a personal injury suffered from a dog attack can result in unexpected medical expenses and deformities or other serious medical problems. Recently, a woman in another state received serious injuries to her face after a dog attack.

The 23-year-old woman was near a convenience store late at night when the attack occurred. She knew the dog and the dog owner, and both were present with her when authorities arrived to the scene. The female's facial injuries necessitated treatment at a nearby medical facility.

Uninsured motorist insurance coverage may help accident expenses

Complications typically arise after a car crash as many of them result in property damage, medical expenses and emotional suffering. Sadly, some also end in further tragedy as well. Wisconsin personal injury attorneys are able to help some victims recoup their financial losses after a car accident. In the event of an accident with an uninsured motorist, attorneys are still able to advise victims regarding the possibility of filing claims through their own insurance for financial compensation to cover related accident expenses. Recently, four children lost their father in a tragic hit-and-run accident.

The 46-year-old father was traveling from his place of employment to home when a speeding stolen car struck his driver's side door. He was trapped in his car and did not survive the injuries he suffered. The driver of the speeding car and the passengers all exited their vehicle and fled on foot.

Man's plea deal in criminal court upsets accident victim's family

Losing a loved one due to someone breaking the law is heartbreaking. Some families hope that the criminal justice system will help them feel a sense of justice in the aftermath of their death. Unfortunately, the punishment decided by the court system does not always give families the peace they are seeking. Recently, in a Wisconsin criminal case for a drunk driving accident that resulted in two deaths, the drunk driver was allowed to plead guilty, resulting in shortened jail sentence.

An off-duty firefighter was leaving a baseball game and made the unfortunate decision to operate his vehicle after consuming alcohol. The poor decision resulted in a collision with another car that was driven by an Uber driver. Both the Uber driver and the businessman he was transporting were killed.

Tragic Wisconsin car accident kills 1, injures another

Proper maintenance of motor vehicles, adhering to driving laws and driving without distractions are ways to ensure personal safety when driving on Wisconsin roads. Unfortunately for drivers, personal safety is also dependant on responsible driving by other motor vehicle operators. When some people drive recklessly, a car accident may result. Recently, a tragic collision occurred that left one man dead and a woman seriously injured. 

Initial reports of the accident indicate that one vehicle was occupied by a 59-year-old man and the other vehicle by a woman whose age was not reported. The man was traveling east on the highway when the other car appeared in his lane traveling in the wrong direction. The investigation has not revealed the possible reason for the other vehicle's lane departure. 

Family files medical malpractice lawsuit for boy's broken arm

No Wisconsin parent wishes to receive a call that his or her child has been admitted to a medical facility with injuries. One family in another state received an unfortunate call regarding their child. The family learned that their son suffered a broken arm while under the care of a children's psychiatric hospital. Due to the questionable circumstances surrounding the injury, they have filed a medical malpractice lawsuit seeking $75,000 in damages.

The parents received a call regarding their 9-year-old son's broken arm after he was admitted to a children's hospital. According to experts, the fracture he suffered around his elbow can be common for children. The hospital reported to the parents that the fracture was a result of the boy jumping on a bed, followed by a fall on the arm.

Reckless driving cited re fatal car accident in Wisconsin

On recent morning in Wisconsin, multiple lives were altered as a result of one woman's alleged reckless driving. The unfortunate result of a car accident can injure and kill innocent people. Sadly, the apparently reckless driver was not only involved into two accidents, but she ran over a pedestrian and caused the woman's death.

Reports state that the 28-year-old driver was involved in her first accident in an intersection. Instead of stopping and remaining at the scene of the accident, she fled. Investigation of the first accident is still underway, and the other driver's condition is unknown at this time.

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