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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.

Modification to the Direct Action Law in Wisconsin October 25, 2011

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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In May of last year I wrote a blog post about the direct action statute in Wisconsin. This is the law that allows an injured party to sue the insurance company of the at fault party directly. The Supreme Court has recently modified this law in its decision in Casper v. American International South Insurance. There was previously case law in Wisconsin that said in order for the direct action statute to apply, the insurance policy must have been delivered or issued in Wisconsin. In the Casper case, the Wisconsin Supreme Court unanimously overturned this case law now stating that for direct action to apply the subject injury need only take place in Wisconsin. In Casper, an automobile accident, the at fault driver was operating a truck as part of his job duties. The insurance policy covering the employer was issued out of state. More information about the case can be found at the State Bar of Wisconsin website.

Feel free to contact Groth Law Firm, S.C.  if you have any questions or would like to discuss your need for a personal injury attorney.  Groth Law Firm, S.C. has offices to meet with clients in Brookfield, Milwaukee, Green Bay and Marinette.

New Study On Driving Under the Influence July 28, 2011

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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On Saturday, USA Today posted this article about new research from the University of California – San Diego, that says even one alcoholic beverage can increase the likelihood of a driver being involved in a serious collision. The study found that drivers with a small amount of alcohol in their system, an amount under the legal limit for driving, had accidents on average that were 36.6% more serious than sober drivers. While it is extremely unlikely that a single drink would cause a person’s blood alcohol level to climb above the legal limit of .08 thus subjecting the driver to possible charges for driving under the influence, a single drink can influence a drivers concentration, and speed of travel. The study showed that drivers that had consumed alcohol were more likely to drive over the speed limit than those drivers who had not consumed alcohol.

Please remember to always drink responsibly and never to drive under the influence. If you have been injured in an automobile accident by a driver under the influence 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.

Attorney Jackie Chada Nuckels Joins Groth Law Firm, S.C. March 7, 2011

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Personal Groth, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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Personal Injury Attorney Jackie Chada Nuckels

Personal Injury Attorney Jackie Chada Nuckels

Everyone at Groth Law Firm, S.C. is excited to announce the addition of Attorney Jacqueline Chada Nuckels to the litigation team.  Attorney Nuckels brings experience from the defense and plaintiff’s bar to Groth Law Firm, S.C.   Attorney Groth commented, “We are lucky to have her.  Attorney Nuckels brings a wealth of experience on complex briefing issues and, most importantly, knows how to try a case before a jury.”

Attorney Jackie Nuckels’ bio illustrates that this award winning lawyer is a credit to the profession and a fantastic advocate for her clients:

Jackie was born in Greendale, Wisconsin. She attended Greendale public schools, before heading to DePere, Wisconsin to attend St. Norbert College. While in college, Jackie was an active member of various community service groups and student government. It was during a service trip to Washington, DC that Jackie decided to pursue a career in law to advocate on behalf of those without a voice.

Following her graduation from St. Norbert, cum laude, Jackie attended Marquette University Law School, where she was again involved in volunteer organizations and student government. While in law school, Jackie gained invaluable experience as an intern to the late Honorable Ted E. Wedemeyer of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee. Throughout her law school career, Jackie also maintained employment as a law clerk at a successful Brookfield law firm. Jackie graduated from Marquette University Law School with her Juris Doctor.

Attorney Jackie Nuckels  is a member of the Wisconsin State Bar, Wisconsin Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, National Association of Women Lawyers, Association for Women Lawyers and the Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association. Jackie is also a member of the Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin and proud supporter of the American Cancer Society.

In 2008, Attorney Nuckels was named in Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs. She has also been a speaker at the Wisconsin Association for Justice Tort & Technique Update Seminar and the Professional Association of Wisconsin Licensed Investigators.

Jackie currently lives in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, with her husband, daughter, and dog. Jackie enjoys golfing, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

New Review/Testimonial for Groth Law Firm, S.C. March 4, 2011

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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I’m honored to have represented such good people.  It’s humbling to hear what former clients say about our staff and firm.

Just yesterday a former client testimonial was posted on Avvo.com:

Jon Groth was very efficient on expediting my case. Face with several challenges, having to track all medical bills, out of pocket expenses, get a rental vehicle arranged, along w/Insurance Company changing case agents several times. Jon Groth was able to settle my personal injury case out of court for a fair amount.

This case also involved personal property claim due to high value of my vehicle. After my vehicle was repaired Jon Groth was able to litigate for a diminished value of my vehicle. Due to Car Fax for that vehicle will always show the amount of damage. Jon Groth was able to settle this personal property claim for a fair amount, at no charge.

Thru working with Jon Groth over a year and half I learned that not only is he very driven person. He very versed in law , he also has a very large support network in the law community. I was referred to Jon Groth by a coworker and truly am thankful. I will now do the same if I know anyone who needs a personal injury lawyer or legal advice of any type.

Social Networks Impact on E-Discovery February 24, 2011

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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I don’t have much to add to this article by Judge Sankovitz, Professor Grenig and William Gleisner.  When it comes to discovery issues they are certainly the experts in the field.  I recommend you read this article if you do any sort of litigation in Wisconsin.

In fact, social networking has so permeated the culture that competent lawyers cannot afford to ignore its customs and the trove of discoverable information to be found where it takes place. Just as lawyers last century needed to master the intricacies of email, so too this century with social networking. As one commentator puts it: “It should now be a matter of professional competence for attorneys to take the time to investigate social networking sites. You must pan for gold where the vein lies – and today, the mother lode is often online.”

 

Wisconsin Winter Weather Warning January 5, 2011

Posted by Andrew Christman in FAQ Personal Injury, Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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As the winter season really gets into full gear, it is important to take extra care to ensure safe travels.  Unfortunately, not all accidents can be avoided by careful driving.  Stories like this one are all too common during the harsh Wisconsin winter.

More than 50 vehicles crashed overnight on I-94 in Waukesha County as light snow was falling in the area.

Dispatchers reported 21 vehicles in ditches and another 27 vehicles with property damage between about 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. The wrecks happened on both directions of the interstate near Highway F.

Another nine wrecks involved injuries, though there were no fatalities, according to the dispatchers.

 

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. Groth Law Firm, S.C. has offices to meet with clients in Wauwatosa, Brookfield, Milwaukee, Green Bay and Marinette.

New Personal Injury Client Testimonial November 19, 2010

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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From time to time I receive thank you cards and comments from former clients.  A new “Thank You” was added to our website.  If you have any questions about personal injury and litigation simply call 877-375-7001 and I’ll do my best to help.

 

Attorney Jon Groth Featured In Wisconsin Law Journal Article November 2, 2010

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Personal Groth, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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Please visit the Wisconsin Law Journal online for an article that features Wisconsin injury Attorney Jon Groth.

What Former Clients Say about Groth Law Firm, S.C. October 30, 2010

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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We are proud of the work we do for those injured due to the negligence of others.  From time to time I’m lucky enough to have former client’s give a short testimonial about my personal injury work.  Here is one:

Very grateful to find Jon Groth and have him represent me

All of the above is true for Jon Groth. I felt very comfortable meeting with Jon and found him to be very trustworthy. He was very responsive to me and my case and very concerned that I was ok. He is very knowledgeable and kept me informed continuously throughout. He helped me settle out of court and I believe I received a VERY fair settlement. I am very grateful to have found a very honest Attorney and would recommend him to all. You will see in talking to him he is the right choice.

Cindy
Mascoutah, IL
Car Accident Client August 2010


Please visit additional testimonials about our Wisconsin personal injury law firm at http://www.grothlawfirm.com.