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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 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.

Social Media and Personal Injury Litigation. May 8, 2012

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Attorney Jon Groth's Interview with Fox 6 Wake UpWe’ve attached Attorney Jon Groth’s interview with the Fox 6 Wake Up morning program.  Kim Murphy and Attorney Groth discussed how Facebook and other social media sites can be used as a sword and shield in civil litigation.

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

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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.

Facebook, Twitter and Personal Injury Litigation January 3, 2012

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Attorney Jon Groth and Attorney Jackie Nuckels were recently interviewed by WUWM’s Mitch Teich on “Lake Effect.”  You can listen to the interview at WUWM Lake Effect’s website.  The Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorneys discuss social media and how these can have a tremendous effect on litigation and victim’s rights.

Wisconsin Passes Tougher Law For Unlicensed Drivers December 27, 2011

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Drunk Driving, Milwaukee Litigation Attorney, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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Wisconsin passes tougher law for unlicensed drivers

A recent bill passed by the Wisconsin legislature and signed into law by Governor Scott Walker will make it much more difficult for unlicensed drivers who cause injuries on the road. Prior to the passage of the new law, if a driver was unlicensed and caused a death on the road, but was not drunk, negligent, or reckless, the most the driver could be charged with was a Class A misdemeanor.

That is what happened last year when Lucia Torres-Bisarraga’s Toyota Corolla collided with the body of a volunteer worker picking up litter on the side of a Wisconsin highway. Torres-Bisarraga did not have a driver’s license at the time of the accident. She was attempting to avoid a car that had pulled out in front of her. She lost control of the wheel and hit 70-year-old Cornelius “Corky” Van Handel. He eventually died from his injuries.

Torres-Bisarraga was sentenced to two years probation and is also required to spend four days per month in jail during the time she is serving her probation. The possible maximum sentence under the old law was 9 months in prison. Under the recently enacted law, the possible sentence jumps to 6 years. The new law makes it a felony to cause a death by vehicle while knowingly driving without a license. The new law also bumps up the punishment for causing serious injury on the road while knowingly driving without a license. That charge will now carry a possible 3 and ½ year prison term.

Everyone, however, is not as excited about the new law as the legislature and the governor. Torres-Bisarraga’s lawyer does not think that the change is a good idea. His problem with the new law is that it has no regard for which driver caused the accident. He is reported as saying, “I could fail to pay some parking tickets, have my license suspended and, through no fault of mine, be looking at a felony… It could be the other person’s fault, 100 percent.”

He believes that the status of a driver’s license should not determine whether one of the drivers should be charged with a felony or misdemeanor. The felony/misdemeanor determination should be based on which one of the drivers caused the accident and whether the accident could have been prevented had the one who caused the accident taken a different course of action.

On the other side of this debate are the legislature and the district attorney who believe the law is what is best for the state which has a compelling interest in protecting its highways. The District Attorney conceded that the new law might amount to putting a bandage on a broken arm, but says that the new law is important because it sends a message to drivers about how serious the state is regarding its license requirements.

The passage of this new law demonstrates the changing legal landscape in Wisconsin. Sometimes a simple car accident may lead to more serious consequences, especially now that Wisconsin is cracking down on unlicensed drivers. As the law continues to change, those who are not familiar with it would be wise to contact someone who is skilled in the area. The attorneys at the Groth Law Firm, S.C. will be happy to advise you on your best course of action should you find yourself in a similar situation.

Source:Wisconsin targets unlicensed drivers,” by Paul Srubas, published by www.greenbaypressgazette.com

Merry Christmas December 23, 2011

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury.
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Merry Christmas from everyone at Groth Law Firm, S.C.!!!

 

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Merry Christmas from Groth Law Firm

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

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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.