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Family may pursue financial relief after fatal car accident

Losing a loved one in a crash that appears to have been caused by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol often leaves surviving family members with many unanswered questions. How to cope with the unanticipated expenses is typically one of those questions. Dealing with insurers in the aftermath of a fatal car accident can also prove to be challenging.

Such may be the case for a Wisconsin family after a fatal collision claimed the life of a 65-year-old woman on a recent Monday evening. Police reports indicate that the incident occurred in Holmen. The investigators are reconstructing the crash scene to determine the exact detail, but it is alleged that a 35-year-old Viroqua resident was impaired when he crashed into the vehicle in which the woman who died was an occupant -- it is not mentioned whether she was the driver or a passenger.

What is the purpose of underinsured motorist coverage?

Although motorists in Wisconsin must have auto liability insurance, many vehicle drivers do not comply and drive uninsured. For that reason, any person who is involved in an accident may discover that the at-fault driver has no insurance coverage. That will mean the innocent party must settle his or her own medical expenses. However, even if the at-fault driver has insurance, it might be an underinsured motorist, meaning that only some of the damages may be covered.

This is why Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist coverage was created. The minimum liability coverage required varies from state to state. If an at-fault driver meets only the minimum requirements, it might not be nearly enough to cover the medical costs of the other driver.

Fatal car accident in Wisconsin kills 26-year-old driver

The sheriff's office of La Crosse County and the Wisconsin State Patrol had to close a section of road on a recent Tuesday morning. This was done to allow them to reconstruct a fatal car accident that had occurred earlier. Investigators were trying to determine the reason why one driver crossed over the center line.

A preliminary crash report indicates that the collision took place at approximately 6 a.m. It appears a 32-year-old man in a pickup truck was eastbound on the highway when he veered across the center. He entered the lane of the westbound traffic and smashed head-on into an oncoming vehicle.

Medical malpractice: 5 routine tasks that can cause death

Advocates for patient safety say preventable medical errors cause over 200,000 deaths of patients every year nationwide, including in Wisconsin. Many times that number suffer but survive the consequences of medical malpractice. It has been noted that five preventable mistakes frequently lead to devastating consequences. The first is medication errors, which can include administration of the wrong drugs, incorrect doses or dangerous combinations of drugs.

One expert in the field says patients should always question the need for blood transfusions because studies have shown that these procedures increase infection, disease and fatality risks. The next common error involves premature babies and the danger of giving them too much oxygen. There is a fine line between enough and too much oxygen, which can result in blindness.

Personal injury: Hit-and-run fractures hip of security guard

An employee of a JC Penney store in Wisconsin is reportedly facing criminal charges after she admitted to running down one of the company's security guards. According to Wauwatosa police, the incident occurred late in the evening on Sunday, July 2 in the parking lot of the store. After an emergency call, police rushed to the scene to find a man who had suffered personal injury in a hit-and-run accident.

The injured security guard said he tried to stop an employee of the store, who had been using the traffic lane that is reserved for semi-trucks several times -- speeding on every occasion. This time, he stepped into the road to stop the driver. He claims she stopped, and he told her not to use that lane and to drive at a lower speed in the parking lot. He said he expected her to back up; instead, she accelerated forward and smashed into him.

Study shows many medical malpractice claims follow misdiagnosis

According to a recently published study online, patients in Wisconsin and other states could be at an increased risk of suffering severe cardiovascular incidents because general practitioners often miss the initial symptoms and signs of heart disease. The research was conducted by an analysis and research organization along with a medical malpractice insurance company in another state. The subject matter included over 250 cases that were based on the alleged failure of medical practitioners to diagnose cardiovascular disease in outpatient settings.

Researchers discovered that almost one in four of the diagnosed patients with coronary atherosclerosis or myocardial infarction had a previous record of heart disease. However, many of these patients were previously misdiagnosed. While general practitioners missed the coronary artery diseases, they diagnosed the patients with musculoskeletal pain, esophageal reflux and other similar but less dangerous conditions.

Teenager wrongly suffers personal injury from police dog

Specially trained dogs are used by law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin and across the country. Their sense of smell and hearing capabilities are more sensitive than humans, making them an asset in many investigations. Although they are trained to follow commands, their natural animal instincts are still present, and they may occasionally react unpredictably. Recently, a teenage boy was bitten by a police dog that was originally in pursuit of a running suspect. His family has enlisted the aid of a personal injury attorney to ensure the boy's medical expenses are paid by the department. 

Police officers were in pursuit of a possible carjacker when the incident occurred. They were chasing the suspect through an apartment complex when the officer decided to release his police dog. According to reports, the suspect had been warned that the dog would be ordered to bite if he did not stop running.

Wisconsin woman hits house after car accident

Although Wisconsin law requires vehicle owners to pay for liability insurance, many drivers do not adhere to the law. Having a car accident with an uninsured motorist surely intensifies the headache of dealing with the aftermath of a collision. Fortunately, it may be possible to file a claim against your own insurance to cover related accident expenses, and personal injury attorneys can guide victims through the process. Recently, an alleged negligent driver collided with another car, sending it off the road almost crashing into a house. 

The accident occurred at night at the junction of an intersection. Reportedly, a 19-year-old female driving a sedan had the right of way to proceed through the intersection where the accident occurred. The other assumed negligent 27-year-old driver did not yield to the woman, resulting in the collision.

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. 

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