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 are the frequent subject of personal injury lawsuits. Even a low-impact car accident can result in whiplash - a common soft tissue injury with a lasting impact.

If you experience unusual pain after an accident, it is important to seek medical treatment immediately. Soft tissue injuries can lead to serious limitations and chronic pain if not accurately diagnosed and treated. Unfortunately, many soft tissue injuries require ongoing medical treatment which can be costly.

If you have been diagnosed with, or suspect, a soft tissue injury after an accident, you may have a claim against the person responsible for the accident to recover medical costs and receive compensation for related damages. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine if a lawsuit is appropriate in your case.

Here are the basics you need to know about soft tissue injuries:

What is a soft tissue injury?

Any level of trauma that results in damage to muscles, ligaments, or tendons is a soft tissue injury. Initially, soft tissue injuries may present with bruising, stiffness, and swelling; however, while there may not be external evidence of the injury, pain and immobility from these injuries can linger for years. Soft tissue injuries are often caused by a sudden or uncontrolled movement like the jolt of a car accident or tripping over an uneven sidewalk. Soft tissue injuries range from whiplash and sprains to muscle tears and nerve damage.

How are soft tissue injuries treated?

The R.I.C.E. method is a common recommendation for minor soft tissue injuries: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Soft tissue injuries that are diagnosed as minor (Grade 1) or moderate (Grade 2) usually heal within a few weeks and may require little to no medical intervention. However, more severe injuries, known as Grade 3, usually require long-term medical treatment and/or surgery and often have long recovery times.

Why is it important to seek medical treatment for a soft tissue injury?

When soft tissue injuries are undiagnosed, improperly diagnosed, or do not receive adequate treatment, the injury may worsen or lead to long-term pain, limited mobility, and the need for surgical intervention later. Additionally, soft tissue injuries do not always come with external markers indicating trauma.

In a personal injury lawsuit, this opens the door for the injury to be minimized or otherwise downplayed by the responsible party. Therefore, it is important to seek medical treatment immediately for proper diagnosis and care, but also to keep a detailed record, documenting everything related to the injury so that the injury can be substantiated when an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit is filed to ensure you recover the full financial benefit you deserve.

Can I recover damages for a soft tissue injury?

When you suffer a soft tissue injury because of an accident, you may be entitled to recover associated expenses including medical bills, lost wages, the cost of any property that was damaged, and even be compensated for your pain and suffering.  Contact Natasha Misra Law today for a free consultation with a Milwaukee personal injury attorney.

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.