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.

Torn rotator cuffs are very common and painful injuries that can occur after an impact accident such as a car accident, traffic collision, or slip-and-fall. If you have suffered a rotator cuff injury in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries.

How Do Torn Rotator Cuff Accidents Occur?

The rotator cuff is the group of tendons, ligaments, and cartilage that surrounds the shoulder joint. Its job is to keep the shoulder steady within the shoulder socket. When one of the tendons is torn from either overuse or injury, a rotator cuff tear occurs.

Torn rotator cuff accidents can happen after any abrupt movement, impact, or fall. They are particularly common in car accidents because the shoulder is very susceptible to impact injuries, based on how a driver typically positions their hands on the steering wheel. 

The blunt force of being hit from behind, for example, when your hands are placed on the steering wheel and arms are outstretched, can cause serious shoulder injuries. The impact of a deployed airbag or any other blunt force can also cause a shoulder injury.

How Is A Torn Rotator Cuff Treated?

Treatment for a torn rotator cuff ranges from the conservative (rest and ice) to invasive (surgery), depending on the severity of the injury. Some common treatments for torn rotator cuffs include:

  • Injections: Steroid injections are used to reduce shoulder pain, but are usually only temporary solutions.
  • Therapy: Physical therapy can help strengthen the shoulder and can sometimes heal the injury. Physical therapy is more commonly a part of recovery from a rotator cuff injury (such as after surgery), as opposed to the only solution.
  • Arthroscopic Surgery: Surgeons use arthroscopic tools to make small incisions to reattach the torn tendon to the bone.
  • Open Tendon Repair: Surgeons use larger incisions to reattach the tendon to the bone.
  • Tendon Transfer: Surgeons take a tendon from another part of the body, which is used to replace the damaged one.
  • Shoulder Replacement: For severe injuries, an artificial joint replaces the injured shoulder.

How Can You Recover Compensation for Your Injuries Through a Lawsuit?

Many people can recover compensation for their rotator cuff injuries after a car accident. When you contact our law firm, we will review your case and advise you on how to proceed with a lawsuit and guide you throughout the process.

If your injury was caused by another party’s negligence, we can assist you in recovering damages from the party, or parties, at fault. You may be able to recover compensation for damages, including:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Physical therapy
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages due to missed work
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Permanent injury or disability

Contact Natasha Misra Law to get the personal care and attention your case deserves. Schedule your free consultation today.

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.