Summertime in Wisconsin is perfect for enjoying time on the water. Whether you are setting sail on a family-friendly pontoon, fishing boat, or old canoe, a day on the lake just can’t be beaten.

However, there are safety risks involved with boating. Speeding, negligence, drinking, and inexperience are all common causes of boating accidents in Wisconsin. In this post, we want to share a few tips to help you stay safe on the water this summer.

How to Stay Safe While Boating in Wisconsin

  • Wearing a life jacket - According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 80% of boating accident deaths could be avoided by wearing life jackets. When a boating accident occurs, you have limited time to stretch and get your stowed life jackets. Therefore, it is advisable to ensure that you and everyone on board has a life jacket while boating.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol - Alcohol consumption while boating is illegal and endangers the lives of everyone on board. Remember that intoxicated swimmers and passengers are also more likely to drown.
  • Be weather-wise - Whether you are operating a boat during the summer, spring or fall season, always consider carrying a radio and watching out for the weather. Sometimes, wind shifts and choppy water can be telltale signs of a brewing storm. Get to shore as soon as you realize the weather is about to change.
  • Don’t overload the boat - It’s essential to follow your boat’s load limit restrictions. Overloading your boat can make it unstable and surge the risk of swamping or capsizing.
  • Ensure all operators are trained - Human error is a leading cause of boating accidents. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that all operators can effectively navigate and operate the boat. You can do this by ensuring boating operators take a boating safety course that includes reading the weather, boat handling, and navigation.
  • Maintain a safe speed - Like on the road, you can face penalties or fines for overspeeding on the water. Since there are no lanes on water and different water vessels zig-zag everywhere, it can be challenging for speeding boats to avoid collisions. Therefore, it is essential to ensure you excess caution and obey the speed limits.

What Should You Do After a Boating Accident?

After a boating accident, you should ensure that everyone on board is safe. If there are injuries, loss of life, property damage in excess of $2,000 or the total loss of a boat, you are required to report the incident to law enforcement without delay.  

As with other accidents, it is essential to gather evidence immediately. You need to collect police reports, witness testimonies, videos, and photos of the scene. A Milwaukee boating accident attorney will help you gather the evidence you need to establish a strong case against the party at fault.

Contact a Milwaukee Boating Accident Attorney

At Natasha Misra Law, we are ready to help you get the compensation you need to move forward after a boat accident. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can assist in strengthening your case.

Soft tissue injuries like whiplash are common in car accidents, but did you know concussions are, too? Most people think of concussions as a sports-related injury for high impact activities like football or hockey, but anytime a person’s head is shaken or jerked it can lead to a concussion. Even at slow rates of speed, the impact of a collision can jostle the brain enough to result in a concussion.

If you suspect a concussion after a car accident, what should you do?

In addition to promptly seeking medical treatment, you should also contact a Milwaukee personal injury attorney. Concussions are serious injuries that can lead to long-term effects and costly medical treatment. Rather than enduring the back-and-forth of insurance negotiations, allow an experienced attorney to advocate for the compensation you deserve while you focus on taking care of yourself during recovery.

Here is a quick overview of concussions including symptoms to look for, the importance of medical treatment, and how to seek compensation for your injuries.

What are the symptoms of a concussion after a car accident?

Concussions are not always obvious, as there may not be any immediate symptoms. In fact, symptoms may not appear until a few days to a few weeks after the trauma or may never manifest at all. In cases where a concussion is apparent, immediate symptoms may include confusion, dizziness, blurred vision, slurred speech, nausea, head and neck pain, or fatigue. However, symptoms vary, and therefore, any behavior change or abnormal feeling after head trauma should be considered as a possible sign of a concussion and immediate medical attention is necessary.

How are car accident concussions treated?

Sometimes, a mild concussion can be treated with physical and mental rest while the individual symptoms, such as a headache, are treated separately with medication. However, in severe cases, rehabilitation or physical therapy may be necessary to help the brain recover from the concussion. Brain damage can result in lost connections, requiring the brain to re-learn important functions related to memory, speech, and performing simple tasks.

Should I seek medical treatment for a head injury?

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury. Even a mild concussion must be taken seriously, given immediate medical attention for proper diagnosis and treatment. Regardless of whether there are obvious symptoms, a medical evaluation should happen within a few days of the trauma even when emergency care is not warranted. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, concussions can result in ongoing complications including post-concussive syndrome and permanent brain damage.

Can I recover damages for a car accident concussion?

In addition to recovering your medical costs, you may also be entitled to lost wages and compensation for related pain and suffering. While the medical costs of treating a concussion can be significant, the impact to your life can also be substantial. This is why it is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney to advocate for you, so that you can recover the full financial compensation you deserve.

Contact Natasha Misra Law today to schedule a free consultation.

Natasha Misra

My law practice is dedicated to helping people who have suffered injuries in accidents which were not their fault. Born and raised in Milwaukee, I come from a family of medical professionals. My background and experience help me understand and represent individuals injured in accidents.