Dangers for motorists in Wisconsin often change with the seasons. Springtime brings more leisure drivers, especially motorcyclists, and people must raise their attention levels. Winter often means the roads are coated with ice and snow, which can lead to massive accidents involving many vehicles.
Early morning, March 16, 1968. US Army helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson Jr. from Stone Mountain, Georgia, a former Boy Scout and the son of a WWII veteran, was flying recon support for a US Army infantry assault on a hamlet known as My Lai in South Vietnam. Encountering no enemy fire, Thompson's crew captured two possible Vietcong, flew them back to base and refueled. Returning to My Lai, Thompson and his men, crew chief Glenn Andreotta from St. Louis and door-gunner Larry Colburn from Washington state wereflying back and forth, reconning in front and in the rear, and it didn't take very long until "we started noticing the large number of bodies everywhere." Hovering closer over an irrigation ditch, they watched Capt. Ernest Medina kick a woman lying on the ground, then shoot her. Seeing what looked to be many more women and children lined up dead in the ditch, Thompson radioed his accompanying gunships, knowing his transmission would be monitored: "It looks to me like there's an awful lot of unnecessary killing going on down there. Something ain't right about this. There's bodies everywhere. There's a ditch full of bodies that we saw. There's something wrong here."
There's no way around it. You're not going anywhere in Wisconsin if you're not on the road. Although Milwaukee and Madison have some public transit options, and the train can be caught in the southern heartland, cars and trucks are the best way to get around the Badger State.
Fusion surgery is a last resort for work-related cervical or neck injury. After fusion, most injured workers are given permanent work restrictions from their surgeon. If the work restrictions prevent a return to work in the same type of job that contributed to the workers compensation injury, there may be additional workers compensation benefits available - loss of earning capacity and/or vocational retraining benefits. A fusion surgery joins two or more bones into one solid bone. The purpose for doing spinal fusion is to increase the space between the vertebrae and to keep the sore joint from moving. This is usually done by placing a small block of bone graft in the space where a disc was removed. Opening up space enlarges the neural foramen, takes pressure off the nerve roots, and eases tension on the facet joints. Cervical fusion is used to treat neck problems such as cervical radiculopathy, disc herniations, fractures, and spinal instability.
Most people's work is hard enough without extra drawbacks that can come with increased risks and decreased benefits. Many who work in a factory, construction site or fishing boat in Wisconsin knows someone who got hurt on the job. There are plenty of problems after a workplace injury, and they start with the cost of recovery.
Warm weather brings new life to the fields of Wisconsin, and it also brings more drivers onto the state's roads. One of the most popular weekend pastimes is motorcycle trips, and many small towns across the Badger State hear the roar of bikes periodically on Saturdays and Sundays. One thing no one wants to hear, however, is the sound of metal on metal.