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Apps to Stop Texting While Driving February 22, 2013

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Apps to Stop Texting While Driving

I found this interesting article about various apps that will prevent a phone from texting while driving.  The app works with the phone’s GPS to see how fast the phone is moving.  If it is moving faster than a person can walk the phone is blocked from texting.  I haven’t tried it.  In theory it would prevent someone from texting while driving a car or while on a bike or bicycle.  If you are a passenger in a car you can answer a timed question to unlock the app.  Maybe a good idea for parents with teenage kids. 

A Few Wisconsin Bike Laws June 8, 2010

Posted by Andrew Christman in FAQ Personal Injury, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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Wisconsin has numerous laws in place to ensure that the roads are safe for bikes.  Following laws regarding bicycling can help reduce the number of bike accidents and make the roads safer for bikes and cars alike.

Wisconsin Statute 346.075 provides that cars must give bikes a minimum of three feet of space when they are passing a bike.  Bikes must also allow at least three feet when they are passing another car or a stationary object in the street including parked cars. Wisconsin Statute 346.24 says if a car is stopped to yield right of way to someone on a bike, it is illegal for any approaching car to pass the stopped car.  Finally, according to 346.804, if local law permits riding a bicycle on a sidewalk, they must yield right of way to any pedestrians on the sidewalk.

If you have any questions regarding a bike accident or any other personal injury questions, feel free to contact Groth Law Firm, S.C. Groth Law Firm, S.C. has offices to meet with clients in Brookfield, Milwaukee, Green Bay and Marinette.

Truck Accidents In Wisconsin May 21, 2010

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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Wisconsin is home to more than 5,740 for-hire and private interstate trucking businesses.  The corridor from Chicago, Illinois to Oshkosh, Wisconsin is especially loaded with trucks delivering loads. 

As the trucking industry grows and more and more trucks are on the road the likelihood of crashes also increases.  Here are a few thoughts you should consider when hiring a Wisconsin Truck Accident Attorney:

Big rig crashes often have fatal consequences, which is why you need to find a semi truck accident lawyer with adequate experience if you want to get this right.

1. Check the qualifications of an attorney before you hire one. This is very important, because you want to make sure that a lawyer is rated  “superb” according to www.Avvo.com and has published articles on practicing law. It is also essential that the attorney that you hire has recent courtroom experience.  The technology and strategy of trying a case has changed over the years. It is one thing to say “I tried a case and obtained a $1 million verdict” for an injured victim in the 70’s or 80’s.  Today’s trial experience is very different.

2.   Interview Attorneys!  Contact your personal injury attorney so you can meet up over a cup of coffee or lunch. A semi truck accident lawyer (or any personal injury attorney consider any personal injury claim) will more than likely be willing to do this, because personal injury attorneys know the damage that can be caused by a semi truck. 

3. Keep tabs on your case. Make sure that you tell your attorney to keep you updated on the status of your case. Do not call your lawyer each day, but just kindly ask if he could call you or email once every couple weeks for a status update.

4. Find a semi truck accident lawyer that is willing to try your case no matter what. Some personal injury accident want to pull out when it gets heated in the courtroom, so find a tough attorney that will demand justice for you.  Don’t fall for the attorney that says “I’ll settle your case in months not years.”  It is naive to know what the ultimate injury will be and how long a case will take to properly organize and strategize for a maximized settlement.

Follow these tips and you will be able to find a quality semi truck accident attorney in Wisconsin to work with you, and hopefully get you the compensation allowed under the law!

For questions about semi truck collisions in Wisconsin please visit www.grothlawfirm.com or simply call Attorney Jonathan Groth for the chance to interview him regarding your case (877-375-7001). 

Who is Watching You on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter etc. May 20, 2010

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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I’ve presented on the topic of using social media and the internet as a sword and shield in litigation.   If you don’t think that insurance companies are trying to avoid liability by following injured parties on social media pages you are mistaken.

Check out this post from the Pennsylvania Law Monitor:

The Internet and social networking sites have changed the face of litigation in this country. However, there are some precautions that you can take to protect yourself, short of boycotting the Internet all together. First, be careful in reviewing the photos and posts on your social networking site. Remove anything that you would not want an insurance company lawyer to see that could help them defend against your case. Next, check your privacy settings which enable you to block certain people from seeing you on a particular site (Facebook allows this). It is also helpful to search your name in the search field and see what comes up to make sure it is acceptable (it is advisable to do this on Google and YouTube as well). Finally never accept friend requests or respond to emails from people you do not know.

Wisconsin Texting While Driving January 29, 2010

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Motorcycle Collisions, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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In my latest post I talked about my last trial. In that trial I had to subpoena the defendant driver’s cell phone records. With the rise of collisions because of a texting or distracted driver this is something that every attorney really needs to consider doing.

Nowadays many injured car accident victims say that the other driver was on the phone or somehow distracted. It is very important that the at fault driver’s cell phone records are subpoenaed early on in the process. Luckily I did just that in this last case. I learned that certain cell phone providers purge their records after a period of time.

Before you hire a personal injury attorney be sure to interview them about their experience using cell phone records at trial and how (and when) they will go about obtaining the cell phone/texting records.

Wisconsin Fosamax Attorney October 21, 2009

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Personal Injury Law.
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I’ve seen ads run by attorneys who handle claims of injured victims who had a history of taking Fosamax.  There are very few attorneys in Wisconsin who actually help injured victims who have taken Fosamax. 

Just a quick FYI about Fosamax.  It is a “bisphosphonate” that was created by Merck to help those suffering from Osteoporosis.  It turns out that there is a strong link between Fosamax and ONJ (Osteonecrosis of the Jaw) and/or low impact stress fractures of the femur.   Bone tissue is weakened and fails to heal after just minor “trauma.”  There is the potential of infection and surgery if the problem isn’t dealt with early.

If you suffered an injury after taking Fosamax feel free to contact me here.

Understanding Medical Tests June 23, 2009

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury, Personal Injury Law.
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Part of our job as personal injury attorneys is to understand an injured victim’s medical records.  It’s important to know what certain tests show in order to best advocate for an injured party.

Quad Cities Injury Lawyers Blog has a good tip.  Simply check out You Tube.   I’ve used RXlist.com to better understand medications that client’s take.  I’ve used Medicinenet.com for a written description of procedures and tests.   So, why not use You Tube for a video of the same thing.  It’s pretty impressive.  I can’t vouch for the accuracy but after reading about a procedure or test you can tell if what you are seeing is, in fact, the proper procedure/test.

Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in West Allis, Janesville,  Plymouth,  and Germantown.

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Timely Payment of Claims June 5, 2009

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Dog Attack Information, FAQ Personal Injury, Motorcycle Collisions, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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There are a ton of laws.  That may be the biggest understatement I’ve ever written.

I mention this because it’s a reason to hire an attorney.  How many people have heard of the “Timely Payment of Claims” Statute.  It’s Section 628.46 of Wisconsin’s Statutes.  It applies to first party insurance payments and also third party insurance payments.  So, if you are injured by someone without insurance and you file an uninsured motorist claim this statute applies.   Because of the “recent” Kontowicz case it applies to claims against an at fault insurance company also.

Attorneys for injured people can push insurance companies to review and make offers to settle cases within 30 days of receiving all of the documents related to an injury.  If the insurance company drags its feet it may be subject to 12% interest.  Or, if the insurance company agrees to that a portion of an injury is definitely related to an accident that insurance company, under the statute, should pay the undisputed amount asap.

For your information the statutes says:

(1) Unless otherwise provided by law, an insurer shall promptly pay every insurance claim. A claim shall be overdue if not paid within 30 days after the insurer is furnished written notice of the fact of a covered loss and of the amount of the loss. If such written notice is not furnished to the insurer as to the entire claim, any partial amount supported by written notice is overdue if not paid within 30 days after such written notice is furnished to the insurer. Any part or all of the remainder of the claim that is subsequently supported by written notice is overdue if not paid within 30 days after written notice is furnished to the insurer. Any payment shall not be deemed overdue when the insurer has reasonable proof to establish that the insurer is not responsible for the payment, notwithstanding that written notice has been furnished to the insurer… All overdue payments shall bear simple interest at the rate of 12% per year.

Young Surgeons and Old Lawyers June 3, 2009

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury, Personal Injury Law.
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I never quite understood this phrase.  I mean, I get the concept.  You want a young surgeon for her/his up-to-date knowledge gained from medical school.  The medical school is on the cutting edge (pun intended), ergo the young surgeon will know the latest techniques etc.

When it comes to lawyers why are “old lawyers” best?  It has to do to specializing says the Northern Michigan Review.  An attorney with 25 years experience stated in this article:

one of the first questions a client should ask is whether the attorney has ever handled a case like this before, and if so, provide some examples…you don’t need to reinvent the wheel after 25 years in practice. There probably isn’t anything I haven’t done at least once … The truth is, you want your surgeons young and your lawyers old.

I’m not that young anymore.  I’ve been practicing law since 2000.   I’m pretty sure I disagree with this article’s core theory.  Depending on the case you want an attorney who knows how the law affects a client’s problem.

A “young” attorney shouldn’t be tossed aside for merely being “young”.  If the attorney, knows the issues, the law and really understands the problems a client is going through isn’t that all you can ask for in a lawyer?

I have the luxury of “youth” and experience.  I’ve always worked for a law firm.  I’ve always had another attorney to bounce ideas off of.    In hindsight, I think I did the right thing by working for a general practice firm for my first few years out of law school.  I hope I understand a little bit about a lot of areas of the law.   As an attorney for injured people I deal with a lot of issues that stem from these injuries.   I hope I bring a little age (i.e. experience) along with my “youth”.

More Attorneys in Wisconsin? April 27, 2009

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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I’m following up on my post from last week.   Other bloggers have also commented on the Civil Justice in Wisconsin, A Fact Book publication from UW Law School.

I wanted to direct everyone to a few interesting things in this Fact Book.   Page 31 asks “Is Wisconsin ‘Overlawyered’?”.  The Civil Justice Fact Book states, “Wisconsin, with about 2 percent of the U.S. Population, has about 1.3 percent of the country’s lawyers.”  It goes on to say that Wisconsin’s attorneys are “slightly older” than the national average with “a median of fifty years of ages versus a national median of forty-seven.”

The conclusion is that “Wisconsin seems to have about one-third fewer lawyers per capita than the rest of the country and it is not catching up.”

Interesting stuff.  I though Wisconsin would have more attorneys based upon our diploma privilege.  But, I’m wrong.

Keep an eye out for more comments on the Civil Justice in Wisconsin, A Fact Book.