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Scary Research About Teens and Texting While Driving June 14, 2012

Posted by Andrew Christman in Drunk Driving, FAQ Personal Injury, Milwaukee Litigation Attorney, Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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New research released by State Farm Insurance shows that teen may not be getting the message about the dangers of texting and driving.  Some of the figures produced by this survey are quite shocking.  Notably, over half of teens with their license, 57% to be exact, admit to text messaging while driving.  The survey produced by State Farm also makes comparisons between teens views on texting while driving and drinking and driving.  While 83% of teens think they are likely to be in an accident if they regularly drink and drive, only 63% of teens believe they are likely to be involved in an accident if they regularly text while driving.  The study also shows a link between parents who regularly talk to their children about safe driving.  Of teens who responded that they never texted and drove, 82% said their regularly talked to their parents about safe driving.  Of teens that reported that they do text while driving, only 67% reported talking to their parents regularly about safe driving.

Texting and driving became illegal in Wisconsin in 2010 with the passage of Wisconsin Statute 346.89.  The risk of getting a ticket, however, is nothing compared to the safety risk that texting and driving creates.  Text messaging while driving is an extremely dangerous action both the person doing it and those around him or her.

If you have been the victim of an inattentive driver or have been injured in an automobile accident in the Milwaukee area or any other area in Wisconsin and are in need of a personal injury attorney, contact Groth Law Firm S.C.

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Another Example of Facebook and the Legal System June 13, 2012

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Milwaukee Litigation Attorney, Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Personal Groth, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Cimpl has recently made some headlines with a Facebook post.  Judge Cimpl commented about Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch stating, “Can you say Acting Governor Rebecca Kleifisch!”

The Landmark Legal Foundation has called for an investigation into whether Judge Cimpl violated the Wisconsin Code of Judicial Conduct.

Without commenting on the substance of the comments or the charges of Judicial impropriety we believe it is important to continue to tell the story of how Facebook can have an impact on everyone, their job, personal injury case or personal life.

You can find a story about the Facebook post here.

San Francisco Truck Driver Awarded $11.4 Million June 13, 2012

Posted by grothlawclerk in FAQ Personal Injury, Milwaukee Litigation Attorney, Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney.
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In San Francisco, California, a federal court has awarded Raymond Mariolle with $11.4 million in damages after sustaining a spinal injury while working for Waste Management Co. in October 2007. Mariolle was driving his truck when the front wheel collapsed causing the 55,000-pound vehicle to fall to the ground. Mariolle sustained compression injuries that have caused him severe pain even after three surgeries.
The lawsuit stated that Consolidated Metco, which made the hub for the truck, Volvo Trucks, which made the cab and chassis, and Whittke Manufacturing, which designed the truck, all knew that the hub was defective and failed to warn the drivers of this fact. After a three-week trial, the jury found that all the parts of the truck were defective and had caused Mr. Mariolle’s injuries.
The Plaintiff’s damages included $2.4 million for lost wages and all of his medical costs, $7.5 million for all the pain and suffering his injury has caused him, and $1.5 million for his wife Regina Mariolle for loss of marital and family relations.
For the full article, please visit http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/22/BA3U1OM26H.DTL

If you have been injured in an accident, please contact Attorney Jonathan P. Groth at 877-375-7001. Groth Law Firm, S.C. has offices to meet with clients in Wauwatosa, Brookfield, Milwaukee, Green Bay and Marinette.

WARNING! Rollover Danger Associated with 15 Passenger Vans June 12, 2012

Posted by Andrew Christman in FAQ Personal Injury, Milwaukee Litigation Attorney, Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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A recent article has highlighted the continuing safety concerns with 15 passenger vans and the tendency of these vans to rollover in collisions.  Since 2001, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has released 8 warning regarding the vans’ tendency to tip over.  This risk, it appears, is increased when the vans are carrying more passengers.  Even more disturbing, this risk increases even when the vans are not loaded to or beyond capacity.  When one of these vans is carrying 10 or more passengers the rollover rate in collisions is three times as great as it is when the van is carrying 5 or fewer passengers.

If you have been injured in an automobile accident in the Milwaukee area or any other area in Wisconsin and are in need of a personal injury attorney, contact Groth Law Firm S.C.

Social Media and the Law: Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and How They Affect Your Personal Injury Case June 7, 2012

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury, Milwaukee Litigation Attorney, Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Motorcycle Collisions, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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Attorney Jon Groth of www.GrothLawFirm.com

Attorney Jonathan Groth of http://www.GrothLawFirm.com

Attorney Jon Groth was interviewed by Bill Leff of WGN radio.  Attorney Groth discussed how Facebook, Twitter and social media in general have evolved over the years and are being used as a sword and shield in legal cases.  Topics discussed include: Workers Compensation, Injury Law, Divorce, Invasion of Privacy and others.

Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission Investigate Hit-and-Run Detectives December 22, 2011

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Milwaukee Litigation Attorney, Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission Investigate Hit-and-Run Detectives

The Journal Sentinel recently reported on the story of Nikki Harris-Brown’s fight to get the officers who investigated the hit-and-run against her disciplined for their failure to properly investigate her case. Back in 2010, Brown and her fiancé got into a verbal altercation with another patron at a bar. When the confrontation spilled into the parking lot, the patron became irate and took his frustration out on Brown. He got into his Ford Expedition, drove onto the sidewalk, and struck Brown. He then proceeded to back up over her, run over her again, and drag her nearly 40 feet under his Expedition until she was finally let loose from the underside of the massive SUV.

 

Brown believes that the detectives assigned to her case did not thoroughly investigate the accident and did not actively pursue the assailant. Brown spent two days in intensive care and then was transferred to a standard hospital room. During that time, she did not hear from the investigating officers and no one came to the hospital to take pictures of her injuries.

 

After Brown was released from the hospital, she began her own investigation. She called the police department attempting to get a copy of the incident report that should have been filed on the same day as the hit-and-run, but was told that one had never been filed. She talked to people from the bar where the hit-and-run occurred and found out the suspect’s name. She looked him up in court records and found that he was on probation for dealing cocaine at the time of the hit-and-run. Brown called the police and tried to give them his name, address, and birth date, but no one returned her call until she called her local alderman and the District Attorney’s office. Finally the police called back and took down the information she had for them. The suspect denied being in the area and offered to allow the investigating officer to inspect his car. The officer thought his supervisor would not approve the overtime so decided to put off the car inspection until the next day. When he finally got around to the inspection, both the suspect and the car had disappeared.

 

It was not until Brown called the suspect’s probation officer that he was arrested and charged with the hit and run. Brown then filed a complaint against the investigating officers with the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission. She claimed that the officers did not follow department policy because they did not fully investigate the hit and run. The Commission’s investigator concluded that the officers indeed did not fully investigate. The suspect was charged and pled no contest. He was convicted and will be sentenced in January.

 

The Commission is expected to meet again and determine whether the officers violated department policy. If they have, then the Commission will meet to determine the officers’ punishment. If the Commission finds that the police acted within department policy, the officers will be cleared. Brown is then entitled to file a law suit against the officers in civil court.

This case shows that even those who are charged with protecting us can do harm. While the police were not the ones who caused Brown’s injuries, they exacerbated them by failing to properly investigate her case.

 

While the investigating officers were slacking on their duties, Brown, with severe injuries, was trying to find the man who callously ran her over in the middle of a parking lot. She may have to continue this fight in the courts and if she does, she should retain the services of a skilled Wisconsin personal injury attorney. If you or someone you know has been injured and needs the advice of an experienced Milwaukee personal injury attorney please do not hesitate to contact the Groth Law Firm  at 1-877-375-7001 for a free consultation.

 

Source: Injured hit-and-run pedestrian finds assailant, wants officers disciplined,” by Gitte Lasby, published by www.jsonline.com

Congratulations Wisconsin Super Lawyers and Rising Stars November 15, 2011

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Milwaukee Litigation Attorney, Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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A special congratulations to all of Wisconsin’s Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.  The Groth Law Firm is privileged to have two Wisconsin Rising Stars.  Attorney Jonathan Groth and Attorney Jacqueline Chada Nuckels were once again named to the list of the top Personal Injury Attorneys in Wisconsin.

How are attorneys chosen?  Wisconsin lawyers are asked to nominate the best attorneys who are under 40 or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.  Only the top 2.5% of the lawyers in the state are chosen and named to the Rising Stars list.

Congrats to everyone:

Matthew Allen, Platteville

Jeffrey Berzowski, Neenah

Jesse Blocher, Waukesha

Byron Conway, Green Bay

Robert Crivello, Brookfield

Brandon Derry, Madison

Brett Eckstein, Brookfield,

Allan Foeckler, Brookfield,

Michael Gibbs, Fond du Lac

JONATHAN P. GROTH, BROOKFIELD

Eric Haag, Middleton

Ryan Hetzel, West Bend

Paul Jacquart, Milwaukee

Eric Knobloch, Milwaukee

Jason Knutson, Madison

Chad Kreblin, Milwaukee

JACQUELINE CHADA NUCKELS, BROOKFIELD

Jason Oldenburg, Milwaukee

Andrew Parrish, Madison

Nicholas Petty, Milwaukee

Gregory Pitts, Racine

Jacob Reis, Appleton

Jason Richard, Milwaukee

Amy Risseeuw, Appleton

Randall Rozek, Milwaukee

Eric Ryberg, Madison

Erich Scherr, Milwaukee

Jacob Schrinsky, Milwaukee

Christopher Strohbehn, Milwaukee

Erin Strohbehn, Milwaukee

Jason Studinski, Stevens Point

Brendy Sunby, Wausau

Lance Trollop, Wausau

Benjamin Wagner, Milwaukee

Robert Welcenbach, Milwaukee

Geoffrey Wilber, Milwaukee

Peter Young, Rhinelander

We are proud to be included with such well respected and knowledgeable attorneys.  Thanks to everyone who put their trust in us over the years.   It is really something special that our attorneys are chosen by their peers as the top 2.5% of personal injury attorneys in Wisconsin.

The Snow is Coming!!! Winter Driving Survival Kit November 7, 2011

Posted by Andrew Christman in Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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Winter driving can be tricky, especially in Wisconsin.  Make sure to drive more slowly and leave more room between cars when driving in the winter to reduce the risk that you will be in an accident.  Some winter driving emergencies are unavoidable.  If you are in an emergency situation, it is important that you are prepared.  The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has created instructions for how you can make a winter driving survival kit to help keep you safe.

You easily can equip your vehicle with essential survival gear for winter. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A 2 or 3 pound metal coffee can (punch 3 holes at the top of can, equal distance apart). You’ll be storing the other items inside the can.
  • 60-inch length of twine or heavy string (cut into 3 equal pieces – used to suspend can).
  • 3 large safety pins (tie string to safety pins and pin to car roof interior to suspend can over candle).
  • 1 candle 2″ diameter (place on lid under suspended can for melting snow).
  • 1 pocket knife, reasonably sharp (or substitute with scissors).
  • 3 pieces of bright cloth 2″ wide x 36″ long (tie to antenna or door handle).
  • Several packets of soup, hot chocolate, tea, bouillon cubes, etc. (mixed into melted snow to provide warmth and nutrition).
  • Plastic spoon.
  • 1 small package of peanuts and/or a couple protein/energy bars, some dried fruit (such as dried cranberries, which come in nicely sealed snack packs), and even a little chocolate, to provide you with some energy or comfort in stressful times.
  • 1 pair of socks and 1 pair of gloves or glove liners, depending on what will fit in the can (cotton is not recommended because it provides no insulation when wet).
  • 2 packages of book matches.
  • 1 sun shield blanket or 2 large green or black plastic leaf bags (to reflect body heat).
  • 1 pen light and batteries (keep separate).

When complete, place stocking cap over kit and carry in passenger compartment of car. If you have a 3 pound can, you will still have additional room for band-aids, aspirin, small radio, etc. If there is still room left, increase the quantity of any of the above items or improvise items you feel might be necessary.

Other items you may want to keep in the vehicle:

  • A charged cell phone.
  • Large plastic garbage bag.
  • Pencil stub and paper.
  • Plastic whistle.

You may want to keep the survival kit in the passenger compartment in case you go into a ditch and can’t get to or open the trunk.

 

Thanks to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for this useful information.

Don’t Spill Your HOT COFFEE! October 27, 2011

Posted by Andrew Christman in FAQ Personal Injury, Milwaukee Litigation Attorney, Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Personal Injury Law.
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HBO has produced a new documentary that aired entitled “Hot Coffee.”  This film discusses the now infamous case of Liebeck v. McDonald’s in which a woman spilled coffee on herself and was eventually awarded millions of dollars in compensation.  The case has become a sticking point for those in favor in tort reform and has been hoisted up as an example greedy people taking advantage of the legal system in our overly litigious society by businesses and insurance companies.  The documentary explores whether or not the reputation this case holds is fair and exposes how the case has been twisted to make it seem like and over the top award.  “Hot Coffee” is a compelling film and has already won numerous film awards.  Two trailers and more information for the film can be found at the website: www.hotcoffeethemovie.com.

Groth Law Firm Featured in Brookfield Now Newspaper October 25, 2011

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Milwaukee Litigation Attorney, Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Personal Groth, Personal Injury Law.
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Thanks to reporter Aaron Martin for this nice story about our firm:

You won’t see attorney Jon Groth touting his expertise in personal injury lawsuits in television commercials with celebrities standing at his side.

Still, the Milwaukee native’s reputation and knack for litigating intricate cases has brought growth to the law firm he started last year with his wife, Erin.

In nine short months, Groth hired four full-time employees and moved from one basement office to another basement office before settling into his new Bluemound Road location (with windows, he notes) in September.

It’s rare for start-up businesses to see that kind of growth, but perhaps even more rare in the world of personal injury litigation, where revenue comes in the form of contingency fees from settling sometimes lengthy cases.

“You might not get a settlement for two or three years, and all the while we are fronting all the costs for that client,” he said. “The growth plan was to wait until we had some money and then move on, but in the first nine months we have been swamped with new clients and new cases.”

After graduating from Marquette Law School in 2000, Groth developed a talent for handling complicated cases while working for law firms in Milwaukee and Chicago.

“Cases that other attorneys can’t or won’t handle, they refer them over to us,” he said.

Much of Groth’s caseload has come from referrals, but he’s also among the most-reviewed personal injury attorneys in the state on websites.

That has become a recipe for fast success.

“This is where we thought we would be in five years,” he said. “We didn’t expect it to happen this fast at all.”