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.

Car accidents can result in serious injuries and even death. Even without broken bones or internal injuries, less severe injuries like cuts and lacerations can leave accident victims with permanent scars. If you experience scrapes or cuts in a car accident and need stitches, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Here is a brief overview of what to expect if you are injured in a car accident and require stitches.

What happens if you are cut in a car accident?

A laceration is is a deep cut that tears through the skin.  In a car accident, skin can be cut by impact with interior components of the car or debris. As a result, foreign material, such as glass shards from a broken windshield, can enter the body.

If you are cut in a car accident, you should assess whether your injuries require emergency medical intervention or if you can treat the wound at home. Deep cuts, debris-filled wounds that are difficult to clean, and cuts with uncontrollable bleeding require medical attention. Stitches, staples, or steri strips may be used to close the wound. You may also need a Tetanus shot or other medication to protect you from wound-related illness or infection.

After you receive appropriate medical treatment, you should promptly file a claim with the responsible party’s insurance company. It is important to keep a detailed record of all medical treatment, including evaluations, medication, and other accident-related expenses. This record should include photographic documentation of your injuries before and after medical care, as well as throughout the healing process. You should also ask the medical professional providing treatment if your injuries will result in permanent scarring or require scar revision down the road. 

An experienced personal injury attorney can assist you with compiling this information to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to, sparing you from personal involvement in the back-and-forth dealings with the often difficult insurance companies.

Should I get stitches after a car accident?

Untreated lacerations can result in scarring, disfigurement, and even fatal blood loss. If you have a laceration that is more severe than the routine scrape or cut you treat at home, you should seek a medical evaluation to determine the best course of treatment. Stitches are a common form of treatment that promotes healing and reduces the risk of infection by closing the wound, protecting underlying tissues, and even reduces scarring.

Can I recover compensation for stitches after a car accident?

You can typically receive compensation for any medical bills, lost wages, or other expenses resulting from the car accident injuries. If injuries result in scarring, you are entitled to compensation for this permanent injury.  The amount you are entitled to varies based on the severity of your injuries, impact on your work and home life, and total medical expenses. Emergency room visits are expensive and any treatment rendered there can be costly.  Depending on the nature of your injury, you may be unable to work or your injuries may otherwise impede your day-to-day activities.

If you have been injured in a car accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can assist you with understanding what claims you may have against the responsible party and can help you determine how much compensation you may stand to recover. Contact our office 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.