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Mar 9, 2017

Don't Underestimate The Seriousness Of A Back Injury

A back injury is one of the most common kinds of injuries people can get in car crashes, fall down accident and injuries at work. They can range from a temporary tweak to a very serious, debilitating kind of injury which could require multiple surgeries and mean that you may never return to work.

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Mar 2, 2017

Bicycle Rules Of The Road & Responsibilties

As the warm weather is approaching, we tend to spend more time enjoying the outdoors. Many opt for walking or biking this time of year. So what are the rules of the road when pedestrians and cyclists are involved? A bicycle is legally a “vehicle”. The “vehicle” classification means...

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Feb 27, 2017

Car Accidents & Insurance Claims

The period immediately following an accident often sets the tone for the insurance claim process. Though the claims adjuster representing the other party’s insurance company may seem friendly, their primary concern is saving their company money while protecting the individual they insure....

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Feb 23, 2017

Pedestrian Accidents & Avoiding Them

Pedestrian accidents cause thousands of personal injuries every year. Sadly, pedestrians are in a group of road users who have seen a growing increase in fatalities in the United States in recent years. Like bicyclists, pedestrians are very vulnerable to injuries in crashes because they do not have...

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Jan 24, 2017

Tinnitus

Many people who suffer a traumatic brain injury also suffer from tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. Tinnitus can be present in one or both ears and causes the paties to suffer from hearing a ringing, buzzing, hissing or clicking sound, either constantly or intermittently.

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Jan 20, 2017

Large Truck and Car Accidents

When a tractor trailer or other large truck collides with a passenger vehicle, it almost always results in bad news for the driver and passengers of the smaller vehicle. In fact, 97% of fatalities in these types of accidents are those in the smaller vehicle.

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Dec 19, 2016

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries affect thousands of Americans every year, and they are among the most expensive and difficult injuries to treat. Spinal cord injuries are devastating to not only the victim, who experiences unbearable pain and disability, but their entire families who must cope with the...

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Dec 12, 2016

Pedestrian Accidents

Recent studies have highlighted the idea that texting isn’t only a dangerous distraction for drivers, pedestrians can be in great danger as well. Researchers from the University of Washington observed more than 1,100 pedestrians at 20 different intersections in Seattle and found almost one-third...

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Nov 21, 2016

Settling A Case VS Going To Court

At some point in every claim, a person must decide whether to settle their claim or file a lawsuit. Which option is best depends on the facts of each claim and the individuals needs and characteristics of each person.

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Nov 14, 2016

Preventing Nursing Home Abuse

Elder abuse is a significant form of human rights violation, and a real, existing evil in our current society. Greater awareness of the problem may help detect and prevent elder abuse and bring relief to elderly individuals who have had their rights and dignity taken away.

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Oct 19, 2016

HOLIDAY DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENTS

During holidays and holiday weekends, the risk of an alcohol-related crash becomes even greater. According to traffic safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that the daily death toll from drunk driving crashes during holiday weekends is significantly more than...

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Sep 26, 2016

After An Accident, See Your Doctor Or Else

While it can be tempting to “tough it out” and avoid seeking medical treatment after a car accident, you need to understand that this will likely prevent you from being able to recover any compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages, and related losses resulting from the accident.

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Sep 12, 2016

What To Do When Filing A Major Insurance Claim

Many people will tell you that the most important and necessary thing you will ever purchase in your adult life is insurance. In many cases, that might be true, but not all insurance companies are as responsive and dedicated to you as what they would have you believe.  As with any other service,...

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Sep 11, 2016

Preserving Evidence In Slip & Fall Accidents

According to the National Safety Institute, slip & fall cases account for a staggering 8 million hospital emergency visits every year.  Along with half of all accidental deaths in the home occurring because of a fall, more than one in three people over the age of 65 will experience a serious...

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Jul 21, 2016

Always Take Any Head Injuries Seriously

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us brain injury is the leading cause of death among children and people 18-35. It is estimated 6,000 Wisconsinites suffer a brain injury each year, and 50,000 Wisconsin residents live with the effects of a brain injury. Most all of these are the...

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Jul 21, 2016

Rental Car Safety & What To Do In An Accident

Both rental cars and rental agreements can be confusing.  Who really understands things like “damage waiver” and “supplemental liability insurance” provisions?  In the unlucky event that you have an accident, THEN, you'll want to know all about those clauses, the contract's fine print and...

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Jun 20, 2016

WISCONSIN BOATING

Boating season is here in Wisconsin and for boaters, it's time to get your vessel out of storage and start performing the necessary inspections and maintenance to ensure that you're ready to hit the water as soon as the weather allows. Follow these tips to get your boat water-ready for summer:

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Jun 12, 2016

TRUCK ACCIDENTS & SAFETY

When a truck accident involving a smaller vehicle occurs, the resulting injuries and property damage are often substantial. In fact, about 1 in 10 highway accidents involve a large truck. There are many potential causes of truck accidents, and oftentimes it is the driver of the truck who is...

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May 21, 2016

THE IMPACT OF BIKING ON THE COMMUNITY

With Summer, in theory, about to kick off here in Wisconsin, we're seeing a lot more bikers on the roads. Whether you bike to work, school or just for fun, you deserve to be safe. Bike lanes are one of the best roadway features we have to ensure that. There has been some debate nationally...

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May 17, 2016

New Wisconsin Law Limits Time Auto Accident Victims Have To File Claims

On February 6, 2016, Governor Scott Walker signed legislation into law that made substantial changes to the statutes of limitations of auto accident related claims. This bill reduces the statute of limitations for under insured, uninsured and property damage claims as well as shortening the statute...

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Apr 24, 2016

Bicycle Accidents & Safety For 2016

In an effort to encourage people to increase their physical activity, Milwaukee, along with many major cities around the country, has expanded designated bike lanes, added trails and even offer automated bike rental locations.  As part of both green and health initiatives, bike traffic is booming...

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Apr 24, 2016

Staying Safe On Wisconsin Roads - Who are you sharing the road with?

According to the experts, 1 in 10 U.S. drivers do not own a license Whether their reasons are financial or legal (revoked or suspended licenses), countless drivers make the dangerous choice of driving without a license and/or with no car insurance. Imagine all those vehicles going back and...

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Mar 22, 2016

Back & Neck Injuries

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA), back injuries at work are second only to hand injuries as the most prevalent workplace injury. Back or neck injuries are incredibly debilitating and painful. 

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Mar 15, 2016

Bike Rules Of The Road

With warm weather approaching, it's a good time to review your rights as a cyclist to help keep yourself and other safe on the roads this season.

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Feb 18, 2016

Daylight Savings Time & Accidents

On March 13th, Daylight Savings Time will have us turning our clocks one hour forward. Amazingly, this subtle time shift can take a noticeable toll on the human body. Here are three strange ways that daylight saving time, and the ending of it, affect human health:

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Feb 16, 2016

Smart Phones - The Good & The Bad When It Comes To Your Auto

Smartphones are a fact of life in today's world. Not only do they allow us to stay connected to others, but their various applications can allow us to do everything from catch up on the latest TV show to pay bills. Along with all their benefits, there are some drawbacks to them as well....

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Jan 25, 2016

WINTER ACCIDENTS AT WORK

Winter weather can bring dangerous working conditions that lead to devastating, and sometimes fatal, consequences. Many workers in fields such as construction, emergency response and public services are consistently exposed to dangerous winter conditions. Even those workers who have limited...

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Jan 18, 2016

What To Do About Medical Bills During Your Accident Case

So what do you do when you get medical bills in the mail from an accident? The accident wasn’t even your fault and now you’re stuck with medical bills you can’t afford because your case hasn’t even settled yet. Read on....

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Dec 21, 2015

New Teen Drivers & Safety Tips For All

The holidays/new year time frame leads to a lot of auto purchases. Many of those purchases, whether new or used autos, go to newly licensed drivers. It's a day that comes with mixed emotions for parents, but at some point, your teen will probably get their license and be anxious to drive....

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Dec 18, 2015

Child Safety Seats & Winter Driving

When the temperatures fall, your instinct is to bundle up your child in as many layers as possible to help protect him from the frigid weather. When it comes to car safety, parents should remove children's winter coats before strapping their children into auto seats.

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Nov 17, 2015

Thanksgiving Safety

With all the activity this holiday, keeping safety in mind is crucial. From crowded road ways, changes in weather and food safety, the holidays can see an increase in accidents and injuries. Check out some of these holiday safety matters and be prepared

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Nov 13, 2015

Car Rentals & The Holidays

This is the time of year when rental car counters are lined up with holiday travelers. In preparing for this, here are 4 “musts” you need to know when renting a car.

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Oct 13, 2015

What To Do In The Event Of An Auto Accident

Even a seemingly minor car accident can be a disorienting experience. After an accident, check on the well-being of your passengers, as well as any other drivers, and call for paramedics if there are any obvious injuries.

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Oct 6, 2015

What Do You Need To Help Win An Auto Accident Case

There isn't any ONE key piece of evidence that an injured person needs in order to win an auto accident case. However, the more pertinent and well-presented pieces of evidence you have, the better your chance of prevailing in such cases. Sadly, there are many attorneys out there who, whether...

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Aug 25, 2015

Workers Comp Claims & Denials

Work comp insurance companies can deny a claim on almost any basis. This is how insurance companies avoid paying claims, because they know that a certain percentage of people will never hire a lawyer or pursue a claim if it has been denied. This is particularly true where the injured worker has...

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Aug 19, 2015

School Sports Programs & Safety

Young people's participation in sports can provide mental and physical health benefits, teach teamwork, sportsmen help to reduce the chances of a young person becoming involved with drugs, and it can reduce the risk of obesity. Unfortunately, while there are many positive health and social...

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Jul 20, 2015

Summer Driving Dangers

On the surface, driving through a summer heat wave seems quite serene compared to a winter whiteout. But according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), summer is the most dangerous. Here are a handful of reasons why summer often trumps winter in the danger department.

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Jul 16, 2015

Car Seat Safety

Road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States. Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent.

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Jun 4, 2015

Why You Need An Expert Workplace Accident Attorney If You Are Injured

Workplace accidents happen every day and range in seriousness from a temporary injury to long term disability and, in some cases, death. The slightest of errors can cause serious injuries to people at the work place. Insurance companies have made it their business to dodge compensation of some...

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Jun 1, 2015

Distracted Driving Accidents

At any given moment in the US, an estimated 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or electronic devices while driving. Many of these drivers are teens. If you are the parent of a teen driver, the idea of your teen texting while driving may be among your greatest fears.

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Apr 20, 2015

Nighttime Car Accidents & Safety

Whether involved in an accident, running out of gas or having car trouble in general, a busy highway can be especially dangerous at night. Reduced visibility and potential driver fatigue are factors in many nighttime accidents and deaths each year. Knowing what do to in a nighttime emergency may...

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Apr 18, 2015

Motorcycle Accident Disabilities and Safety

As the first spring rains have washed away the salt and tar, many motorcycle enthusiasts are again taking to the streets and highways of Wisconsin. As we kick off this much anticipated riding season it's important to be mindful of fellow motorists and safety.

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Apr 16, 2015

Teen Driving Accidents And Prevention

The leading cause of death among teenagers ages 15-20 is car accidents according to the National Center for Health Statistics. In fact, teenagers are three times more likely to be killed in a car accident than any other age group. Not only do teenagers not yet have the experience to deal with...

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Mar 30, 2015

Bike Versus Car Accidents

With Spring weather beginning to appear, many area residents will be digging out their bicycles, getting them cleaned up and road ready. When it comes to safety, along with a well-maintained bike and proper gear, keeping your wits about you can play a key part in avoiding injury.

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Feb 18, 2015

Rear End Collisions

In terms of automobile accidents, rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of collisions. Even a relatively minor collision has the potential to result in significant damage.

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Feb 17, 2015

Multi Vehicle Accidents

If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a multi-vehicle accident, you may be wondering who might be held legally and financially responsible for your injuries. Common questions include; How do you file an insurance claim? Will you need to file multiple claims or just one? If you are...

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Jan 22, 2015

Safety & Property Liability

When you go to a property owned by someone else, you are, at least to some degree, putting your safety in the hands of the property owner. It is important for property owners to be respectful of this responsibility and to do what they can to provide guests with an environment that is safe and...

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Jan 13, 2015

Cell Phone Use While Driving Liability - Hands Free or Hand Held

Last year, a semi-truck crossed onto a railroad track as the train was approaching and caused the train to derail, ultimately resulting in millions of dollars of property damage.

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Jan 7, 2015

Conscious Pain & Suffering -Car Acccident

In 2008, 22 year old Elvia Collado, a counselor for developmentally disabled kids, was killed in a car accident that was senseless and preventable.

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Dec 16, 2014

Conscious Pain & Suffering - Crane Accident

A twenty-eight years old, licensed crane operator, along with his assistant, had set up a crane at an industrial site to perform a brief lifting operation. Due to the failure of on site personnel, the crane operator was killed after suffering terrible injuries at the scene.

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Dec 9, 2014

Conscious Pain and Suffering Damages in Case Involving Death at Scene of Bus Accident

Lourdes Fernandez was 68 years old on July 2, 2008 when, at about 1:30 p.m., she was crossing Madison Street near its intersection with Jackson Street in Manhattan. She was struck by a left turning bus and died at the scene.

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Nov 29, 2014

Winter Safety & Liability

For those of us who have lived in cold climates for extended periods, we sometimes become used to dealing with snow, sleet, and ice, thus forgetting some basic winter safety. To protect yourself and others from injuries that could lead to diminished health, loss or income and legal matters, here...

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Nov 11, 2014

Winter Driving Safety

Taking into consideration winter weather and altering your driving can help you avoid accident and injury.

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Oct 15, 2014

Holiday Party Planning & Avoiding Legal Issues

At this time of year, companies everywhere are beginning to plan their holiday parties and get-togethers. Such parties can prove to be a great motivational event and serve as a thank you for a job well done. Regrettably, the confluence of religious expression, social interaction, and alcohol...

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Sep 27, 2014

Myths And Misconceptions About Accident & Injuries

There are a number of common misconceptions about accident cases. Listed below are three of these common myths along with the actions you should take. An experienced personal injury lawyer is always the best person to advise what to do after an accident. However, when speaking to an attorney...

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Sep 19, 2014

Bus Accidents And Safety

While bus travel is considered to be a safe alternative to driving, there are still many accidents each year that result in death or serious injury. Over 70% of the bus related accidents are the result of driver error. While bus drivers are held to a higher standard than the average drivers,...

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Sep 12, 2014

Slip & Falls - It Will Happen To You

Slips and falls are a normal part of everyday life...things fall on or drip on the ground, smooth surfaces become uneven and areas become slick. Some things like drainage grates or entryway mats are intentionally put on the ground as they serve a purpose. With that in mind, a property owner or...

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Aug 13, 2014

Are Ride Share Companies Like Uber And Lyft Skirting Their Legal Repsonsibilities?

With the arrival of ridesharing vehicle services Uber and Lyft there are a lot of questions that are coming up both here in Milwaukee and nationally. The big issue that is unfolding nationally is liability and these companies claiming they are not necessarily responsible for accidents with their...

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Jul 29, 2014

Pedestrian Crashes In Wisconsin & How To Stay Safe

According to the National Transportation and Safety Administration, more than 5K pedestrians are killed each year due to motor vehicle crashes. In 2013 in Wisconsin, there were 1,273 pedestrian crashes amounting to one pedestrian being injured or killed about every 7 hours. In total, 35...

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Jul 19, 2014

Hosting A Party? Know Your Liability When It Comes To Drinking

During the summer, many people in Wisconsin have backyard parties and events planned. Undoubtedly, there will be alcoholic beverages consumed at many of these events. What may seem like a harmless sip of beer can have significant financial and legal implications for the host under "Social Host"...

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Jun 26, 2014

Challenging An OWI And Winning

OWIs (Operating While Impaired) and the accidents caused by impaired drivers are a very serious issue in Wisconsin. In recent years, state legislators, police and safety officials have been making a concentrated effort to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road for the benefit of...

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Jun 26, 2014

Common Injury Claim Questions & Answers

Regardless of the type of accident, there are some standard questions that most clients ask when discussing a potential case. Having a solid understanding of legal options and reasonable expectations in an injury case is a benefit to both client and attorney. Here are the most commonly asked...

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Jun 14, 2014

Boating Safety and OWIs In Wisconsin

In 2013 here in Wisconsin, there were 87 serious boat accidents resulting in 66 injuries and 13 deaths. While the number of accidents and deaths is lower than previous years, there still much we can do to prevent problems.

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Jun 2, 2014

WHY EMPLOYEE BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER

A solid employment background screening can help increase applicant quality and retention, reduce workplace violence, theft and corporate liability for many personnel matters. For a company, background checks can help them be more productive and profitable.

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May 19, 2014

Bicycle Safety And Prevent Accidents

Each year, there are more than 1,000 bicycle crashes in Wisconsin. The latest figures from the Wisconsin DOT show that 11 bicyclists were killed and 1,049 were injured in 2012 (most recent figures available). Most bicycle accidents occur between the hours of 3PM – 7PM, the hours after school and...

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May 14, 2014

Playground Safety & Preventing Injuries

Playground injuries occur at an alarming rate in the United States. In fact, each year more than 200,000 children are treated in emergency departments for playground-related accidents with dozens of children dying of their injuries. Minor school and playground injuries are inevitable with kids,...

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Apr 29, 2014

6 Tips To Follow Before You Get Married

The spring and summer seasons are a huge time for weddings. Whether you are a pauper or a billionaire, getting married will transform your legal rights. In the flurry of activity surrounding weddings, it's a good idea to discuss and complete some important tasks.

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Apr 15, 2014

Motorcycle Accidents & Safety

Being a motorcycle owner is a great feeling and puts you in some pretty awesome company, especially here in Wisconsin. Of course motorcycle riding comes with some added responsibilities and risks. Having the proper course training and understanding can literally be a lifesaver for motorcyclists.

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Apr 1, 2014

Nursing Home & Elder Abuse

Nearly two million Americans live in long-term care facilities, and abuse and neglect against the elderly are a growing national concern. In Wisconsin, statutes defining elder abuse include physical, emotional, financial, or sexual abuse/assault. This abuse can happen in one's home or in an...

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Mar 24, 2014

Premise Liability

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, compensation for premises liability cases is among the highest of any damages awarded in the U.S.; nearly $4 billion dollars are spent each year to compensate victims who sustain premises liability injuries.

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Mar 17, 2014

Growing Issue & Legal Ramifications Of Defamation On Social Media

Everyone has heard the old adage, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all". In the age of social media, such advice takes on a whole new meaning. Just because something is 140 characters long, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have the power to land you in the courtroom. Defamation...

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Mar 10, 2014

Truck Accidents & Liability

In the United States, it is estimated that there are more than 100,000 collisions annually between large trucks and smaller vehicles. With a commercial truck weighing more than 80,000 pounds and an average size vehicle only weighing 3,000 pounds; the difference is immense. It’s no surprise that...

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Feb 19, 2014

Dog Attacks; How To Avoid Them And Proper Dog Training

According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are more than 164 million dogs in the US today. Over the past decade, both dog ownership and dog bite incidents have increased. In the US, 4.5 million dog bites occur each year and more than 30,000 victims require reconstructive surgery.

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Feb 11, 2014

Having A Prenuptial Agreement May Save Your Marriage

While prenuptial agreements are great tools for estate planning, most of us think of them in the context of a divorce. Oddly enough, having a prenuptial agreement with your intended spouse may actually help you avoid some of the key issues that lead to divorce. Read why you should have a...

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Feb 4, 2014

Slips & Fall Accidents Big Costs To Industries and Individuals

Costing over $70 billion annually, trips, slips and falls are a major impact on loss of wages and worker's comp claims. With a few cautionary measures, most of these injuries can be avoided, saving everyone time, injury and money

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Jan 23, 2014

Wisconsin Snowmobiling & Key Tips To Stay Safe

As the birthplace of snowmobiling, Wisconsin is legendary for its great snowmobile trails statewide. However, as with any sport there are 4 snowboard specific risks that every enthusiast should consider before taking off this season. By taking a few minutes to run down the snowmobile checklist,...

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Dec 18, 2013

When To Update Your Estate Plan

It is important for anyone who has assets to have some sort of estate plan. Equally as important is making sure that the estate plan is regularly reviewed and updated as you experience changes in your life from any number of directions.

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Dec 4, 2013

OWI in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has the highest percentage of drunk driving in the US. The laws and punishments for Operating While Impaired (OWI) are consistently getting more severe. One OWI can have serious financial and personal consequences.

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Nov 14, 2013

Family Law Mediation

The growing divorce rate has led to an ever increasing number of caseloads in our court system. The additional cases create longer waiting times for final judgements, higher litigation costs and general frustration. Effective mediation can help expedite or even avoid time in court for all parties.

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Nov 4, 2013

Temporary Staff & Part Time Worker Compensation & Injury Matters

The number of temporary and part time workers in today's work force continues to grow. Due to the their temporary status and other factors, many of these workers may not receive basic safety training like their full time counterparts. When injuries occur, many temporary workers find themselves in...

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Oct 26, 2013

Why I Am A Criminal Defense Attorney

As a criminal defense attorney, I sometimes represent individuals charged with horrible crimes. Many ask how I can willingly defend someone accused of rape, assault or even murder, especially when there is significant evidence against the accused. I defend the accused to protect the innocent.

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Sep 30, 2013

Umbrella Policies

Don't think you need an umbrella policy because you're not wealthy or have a lot of assets? The fact is an umbrella policy is a good idea for most individuals these days given the nominal cost and the greatly increased protection that one can provide.

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