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.

One of the most common injuries suffered after a car accident is a disc herniation, which can cause significant injury. If you have been injured in a car accident, it is important to seek a medical diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. It is similarly important to contact a Milwaukee personal injury attorney who can help you pursue compensation for your injuries.

Causes of Disc Herniations in Car Accidents

The bones in your spine, called vertebrae, protect your spinal cord from injury and provide support for your back. In between each vertebra is a disc, which is a rubbery cushion that acts as a shock absorber. When the disc ruptures, some of its jelly-like center can bulge out or leak out of the disc, creating the condition known as “herniation.” This is an extremely painful and harmful condition.

What causes a disc herniation?

Any traumatic accident can cause a disc herniation, including a car accident. Anything that exerts excessive pressure on the spine can cause a disc herniation. The force of a collision, even a seemingly minor one, can put enough pressure on the spine and the discs to cause the jelly-like center to push through and create a herniated disc.

Symptoms of a Herniated Disc

In many cases, the herniated disc pushes on the spinal cavity’s highly sensitive nerves, causing anywhere from mild pain to debilitating symptoms. Common symptoms of a herniated disc include:

  • Numbness or tingling in the back that radiates to the leg or foot
  • Pain shooting through the legs, shoulders, or arms
  • Muscle weakness
  • Burning sensations
  • Limited range of motion

Treatment Options for Herniated Discs

Most herniated discs are first treated non-surgically with conservative treatments. Some even resolve themselves on their own or with anti-inflammatory medication that works to reduce the inflammation in the spinal canal. Physical therapy is another common recommendation. Other injuries, however, are severe enough to require surgery.

Beyond rest and physical therapy, common treatment options include:

  • Spinal injections and muscle relaxants
  • Artificial disc replacement 
  • Removal of part or all of the disc to take the pressure off the nerve
  • Stabilizing the spine by inserting rods into the vertebrae
  • Removing part of the vertebrae, creating more space and giving the herniation room to take pressure off the nerve

How Can a Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney Assist With Your Herniated Disc Claim?

No matter the treatment plan for your herniated disc, the costs can add up. If you have suffered a herniated disc injury in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Depending on your physical, emotional, and financial damages, a Milwaukee personal injury attorney may be able to help you recover compensation for, among others:

  • Medical bills and future medical care costs
  • Physical therapy costs
  • Lost wages
  • Future lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

If you are considering filing a claim, contact us to discuss your case. We have vast experience in representing clients with herniated disc injuries and we will fight for your right to compensation so that you can move forward and heal.

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.