Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury – As easy as One, Two, Three

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1. The statute of limitations is three years for personal injury cases.  According to Wisconsin Statute Section 893.54 the statute of limitations for a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit is three years. As cited in Hansen v. A.H. Robins, Inc., 113 Wis. 2d 550, 554, 335 N.W.2d 578, 580 (1983), the statute of limitations […]

Injured by a drunk driver? What are the claims?

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In any vehicle accident involving an impaired, drunk or intoxicated driver, the potential for punitive damages must be examined. In Wisconsin, the standard or proof that must be demonstrated by a person seeking punitive damages acted in an intentional disregard of the rights of the plaintiff. See, Wis. Stat. § 895.85.(2011-2012). The three elements required […]

Murphy & Prachthauser Case Makes State Bar “Top 9 Recent Wisconsin Supreme Court Decisions”

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Beginning a new year is not only a time to look forward to new opportunities, but also a time to reflect on the accomplishments of the previous year. In 2013 we continued to diligently represent our clients, successfully achieving favorable verdicts and settlements. In addition, our attorneys have also been recognized both regionally and nationally […]

How much does it cost to retain a personal injury attorney?

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Have you been injured? Are you thinking about hiring a personal injury attorney? Are you worried about how much it may cost to hire a lawyer? After an injury, many people with valid claims do not seek legal representation for fear of the potential cost of hiring an attorney. Before letting cost deter you from […]

10 Things You Should Know About Wisconsin’s Dog Statute

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Wisconsin Statute Section 174.02 applies not only when a dog bites someone, but also when the dog causes injury to persons, domestic animals, or property.  Becker v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 141 Wis.2d 804, 416 N.W.2d 906 (App. 1987). The dog owner statute applies when a guest to the home trips over a […]

Demystifying Discovery

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What is an interrogatory? What is a deposition? Are depositions similar to those depicted on TV? Now that you have filed suit in a civil action, you are probably beginning to ask your attorney some of these questions. Both interrogatories and depositions are part of the formal discovery process. The basic concept of the discovery […]

Does Hands-Free Technology Reduce Distracted Driving?

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With all the hype about new technology for hands-free cell phone use, many people believe it is safe to use these applications to send text messages or email while driving. However, according to a recent study done by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, these programs may not be as safe as people believe. David […]

Who has the right of way?

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Pedestrians despise drivers who disobey traffic signals and do not yield to pedestrians. On the other hand, drivers despise pedestrians who run out in front of them and disobey the pedestrian walk or don’t walk signals. What does the law in Wisconsin require in situations where pedestrians and drivers come into contact? See if you […]

What is Mitigation of Damages?

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            Do I have to follow my doctor’s orders if I have been injured? Should I continue to seek treatment from a doctor if I want to file a lawsuit? These are common questions many clients ask us during the course of our representation. Both questions are important to any personal injury case because the […]

Are Mobile Map Applications Guiding People into Trouble with the Law?

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Growing up, when we went on a family road trip, we would always make sure to have a map with us in the glove compartment. Several years ago, when global positioning system (GPS) technology became more affordable and widely used, an actual paper map was thrown into the glove compartment and rarely used. Now, at […]