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New Client Testimonial May 22, 2013

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Drunk Driving, FAQ Personal Injury, Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Motorcycle Collisions, Personal Injury Law.
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Thanks again to our clients for their support over the years. We just received another great recommendation:

I am extremely grateful to have had Jon as my attorney for my personal injury case. I feel Jon went above and beyond to make sure I received the settlement I deserved for my injuries. Every aspect of my case was taken care of by Jon and his wonderful staff and I can honestly say that I was in good hands from beginning to end.

Please contact our firm with any questions or helpful information toll free at 877-375-7001 or visit our website http://www.grothlawfirm.com/contactWisconsinLawyer.asp.

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$700 Offer From Progressive Insurance January 21, 2013

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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These past few weeks our law firm has been contacted by two people rear ended by others insured by Progressive. In each case Progressive sent an adjuster to the injured person’s home within a few days of the collision. In one case, the injured person called my office the day of the meeting. In the other case the injured party waited until after the meeting to call my office.

Can you guess the result?

Let’s start with the bad news first. The person who waited to call until after the meeting actually waiting a few months to call. At the time of the meeting he was still treating with his doctor. He told the insurance adjuster that he went to the doctor and had other appointments in the future (i.e. after that meeting). The adjuster presented him with a “standard Release” that offered to pay for the past medical care (a few doctors visits) and up to $1,500.00 in future care. The adjuster also offered about $700 in “pain and suffering.”

The injured person continued to go to the doctor.

About a month or so after signing this release the injured person went back to the doctor and was told that Progressive Insurance had stopped paying.

You can guess why. The injuries were more severe than the injured person initially thought. The doctor needed more time (i.e. visits) to help this person recover. The $1,500.00 paid by Progressive Insurance was used up before the injured person was released from care.

He called the Progressive Adjuster hoping to get some more money to pay for additional care. The answer, “You signed the Release there is nothing more we can do.” Bad news!

The other person who called our office did NOT sign the release. This person has since been back to the doctor and is now considering a referral to an orthopedic surgeon for problems with her knee.

It is interesting that Progressive Insurance offered about the same thing to each person for pain and suffering. It is also telling that they have “standard” Releases that they bring to initial meetings with injured people. They must know that certain dollar amounts will more likely than not get accepted by the injured party.

In some cases the first offer may have been a “good deal.” But, for the person who called our firm who now needs additional medical treatment it was only a “good deal” for Progressive Insurance.

Call Groth Law Firm, S.C. if you have any questions about offers from insurance companies. Before you meet with an insurance company be sure you know what additional care is needed and whether the offer is a final offer. Call our Wisconsin Personal Injury Law Firm at 877-375-7001. We help people across Wisconsin including Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, Brookfield, Green Bay and Crivitz.

Pier One Imports Black Directors Chair Failure September 14, 2012

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury, Milwaukee Litigation Attorney, Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Personal Injury Law.
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Our firm is currently investigating failures of Pier One Imports Black Directors Chairs.  The chairs may also be sold at Target, Amazon and Walmart.  These chairs can be identified using Pier One Imports item number 2455775 (Item #2455775).

If you have any information concerning other failures of this type of director’s chair please contact our firm.  We are looking for any information regardless of the severity of the injury.

Please contact our firm with any questions or helpful information toll free at 877-375-7001 or visit our website http://www.grothlawfirm.com/contactWisconsinLawyer.asp.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

Congratulations Milwaukee’s “Lawyers To Know” June 27, 2012

Posted by grothlawclerk in FAQ Personal Injury, Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Motorcycle Collisions, Personal Injury Law.
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M Magazine recently published its list of the top 2-5% of personal injury attorneys in the Milwaukee area.  Attorney Groth was one of the attorneys honored.  Congrats to everyone who made the list:

Jesse Blocher
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.
N14 W23755 Stone Ridge Drive
Suite 100, Waukesha

Charles Blumenfield
Blumenfield & Shereff LLP
1001 W. Glen Oaks Lane
Suite 110, Mequon

William Cannon
Cannon & Dunphy S.C.
595 N Barker Road, Brookfield

Merrick Domnitz
Domnitz & Skemp S.C.
825 N. Jefferson St.
Fifth Floor, Milwaukee

Laurence Fehring
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.
777 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Suite 2300, Milwaukee

Jonathan Groth
Groth Law Firm S.C.
13035 W. Bluemound Road
Suite 205, Brookfield

Ryan Hetzel
Hetzel & Nelson LLC
120 N. Main Street
Suite 240, West Bend

Ann Jacobs
Domnitz & Skemp S.C.
825 N. Jefferson Street
Fifth Floor, Milwaukee

Robert Jaskulski
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.
777 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 2300, Milwaukee

Lynn Laufenberg
Laufenberg, Stombaugh & Jassak S.C.
115 S. 84th Street
Suite 250, Milwaukee

Michael Laufenberg
Laufenberg, Stombaugh & Jassak S.C.
115 S. 84th Street
Suite 250, Milwaukee

Michael Levine
The Law Offices of Robert A. Levine
111 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1710, Milwaukee

David McCormick
Previant, Goldberg, Uelmen, Gratz
Miller & Brueggerman S.C.
1555 N. RiverCenter Drive
Suite 202, Milwaukee

Jason Oldenburg
Previant, Goldberg, Uelmen, Gratz
Miller & Brueggerman S.C.
1555 N. RiverCenter Drive
Suite 202, Milwaukee

Frank Pasternak
Pasternak & Zirgibel S.C.
19601 W. Bluemound Road
Second Floor, Brookfield

Nicholas Petty
The Law Offices of Robert A. Levine
111 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1710, Milwaukee

Jeffrey Pitman
Pitman, Kyle, Sicula & Dentice
1110 N. Old World 3rd Street
Suite 510, Milwaukee

Edward Robinson
Cannon & Dunphy
595 N. Barker Road, Brookfield

Randall Rozek
Rozek Law Offices S.C.
407 W. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee

Paul Scoptur
Aiken & Scoptur S.C.
2600 N. Mayfair Road, Milwaukee

Howard Sicula
Pitman, Kyle, Sicula & Dentice
1110 N. Old World 3rd Street
Suite 510, Milwaukee

Anthony Skemp
Domnitz & Skemp S.C.
825 N. Jefferson Street
Fifth Floor, Milwaukee

Christopher Strohbehn
Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown
330 E. Kilbourn Avenue
Suite 1170, Milwaukee

Kent Tess-Mattner
Schmidt, Rupke, Tess-Mattner & Fox S.C.
17100 W. North Avenue, Brookfield

Mark Thomsen
Cannon & Dunphy S.C.
595 N. Barker Road, Brookfield

Timothy Trecek
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.
777 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Suite 2300, Milwaukee
Linda Vanden Heuvel
Vanden Heuvel & Dineen S.C.
W175 N11086 Stonewood Drive, Germantown

Benjamin Wagner
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.
777 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Suite 2300, Milwaukee

Jeffrey Zirgibel
Pasternak & Zirgibel S.C.
19601 W. Bluemound Road
Second Floor, Brookfield

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.

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.

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 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.

Attorney Jonathan Groth selected as “Top 40 Under 40” January 31, 2012

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Personal Groth, Personal Injury Law.
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Attorney Jonathan Groth was recently selected by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the “Top 40” attorneys under 40 in Wisconsin.  According to the The National Trial Lawyers Association:

The National Trial Lawyers Association: Top 40 under 40 is a new professional organization comprised of America’s top young trial attorneys. Membership intoThe National Trial Lawyers Association: Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. The result is a credible, comprehensive and impressive list of young attorneys chosen to represent their state.

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