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No TXT while DRVNG in CA September 29, 2008

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The Governator just signed a bill banning texting and emailing while driving.  If you are caught texting or emailing while driving in California you will be fined $20 the first time and $50 each subsequent offense.

The bill was drafted, in part, after a study that showed that most Americans who text also text while driving.

I can’t imagine it will be long before a bill like this is introduced in Wisconsin.

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

A Drunk Driver Ruins the Celebration September 5, 2008

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Once again a drunk driver ruins a party.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that a drunk driver killed a Harley rider during last week’s 105th Harley Davidsons Birthday Celebration.  The drunk driver was about 3 times over the legal limit at the time of the collision.

The collision occurred at about 2:15pm on August 29th. She must have started drinking pretty early in the day to get that drunk before 2:15pm.  When is it ever worth drinking that much that early?  And why would you ever think of driving?

The victim is a 55 year old Michigander.

Once again the call goes out to the legislature to tighten the drunk driving laws in Wisconsin.  Hopefully, the DA assigned to this case will enforce the laws currently on the books.

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Life In A Bubble August 15, 2008

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Ever have the urge to keep your kids in their rooms for the rest of their lives.  I know it’s not possible and probably against the law.  But, when I see stories like this I don’t want my kids to grow up and drive, or even walk near a street.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported about a Kenosha car accident where two people, a mother and son, were killed when another driver rear ended them.  The other driver hit them while they were outside the car trying to change a tire.  The mother and son were parked on the side of the interstate. 

Understand why I want my kids to stay in their room forever?

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Serious Injuries…What About Tomorrow? August 15, 2008

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In almost all auto accident, motorcycle accident, dog bite or other personal injury cases an insurance company will ask that the injured victim sign a Release of All Claims.  That document means exactly what it says.  It gets the insurance company off the hook for ALL claims (i.e. injuries, wage loss, mileage etc.), past, present or future.

A Release may have language similar to the following:

“For and in consideration of the sum of $____________cash in hand paid, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the undersigned (name of plaintiff) does hereby release, acquit and forever discharge (name of defendant and insurance company) from any and all losses, injuries, claims, demands, actions, causes of action, payments, costs, expenses, damages, liability, or grievances of any nature whatsoever which he/she has had, which he/she may now have, or which he/she may hereafter have, which in any manner pertain to, relate to, or arise from any personal injury known and unknown, property damage, known and unknown, or any other loss of any nature whatsoever sustained as a result of the aforesaid vehicular accident which occurred on or about (date) involving the vehicle driven by said defendant and the vehicle driven by said plaintiff.

You never want to sell yourself short, especially when talking about your well being.  Injuries may linger on and on. If you accept a settlement days after the collision but don’t feel 100% you probably won’t be able to get your next doctor’s visit and the lost wages and mileage paid by the at fault insurance company.  Keep that in mind when you are dealing with your “friends” in the insurance industry.

Insurance companies aren’t able to build multi-million dollar buildings, gigantic water falls, balls of art and other expensive things by giving away compensation for injuries.  Their job is to pay as little as possible.  A personal injury attorney’s job is to make sure an injured party obtains compensation for everything that the law allows.  That includes past and FUTURE medical expenses.

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Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Wausaukee, Milwaukee, Pewaukee and Wauwatosa.

Just in case you forgot… July 23, 2008

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I read an article in the Oshkosh Northwestern recently that mentioned a few federal studies. One stated that Wisconsin led the nation in the number of adult residents who reported driving while under the influence.  This was a federal study from April of this year.  Old news but an important reminder that Wisconsin needs to change it drunk driving laws. 

I didn’t recall hearing about a 2006 study by the FBI that found Wisconsin had the sixth highest arrest rate for drunk drivers.   Also, Wisconsin had the fourth highest arrest rate for liquor law violations.

I’ve handled cases for many victims of drunk driving.  Just the other day I spoke with a client that was struck by a drunk driver whose blood alcohol contect was .314 (I think that is pretty close to alcohol poisoning and death).   That drunk driver has at least one other drunk driving arrest. 

If you are the victim of drunk driving I’d like to help.  At the very least I’d appreciate it if you’d contact your legislator and then email me.  I’d like to keep track of which legislators have been contacted by victims in their district.  The next time an important anti-drunk driving vote reaches Madison it’s important that the legislature is kept accountable!

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 Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Plymouth, Milwaukee, Jefferson and Wauwatosa.

Should I Stop Going to the Doctor? May 5, 2008

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You’d be surprised how many times I hear this question.  My usual follow up question is, “Are you still in pain?”  When the answer is “Yes” I respond with “Yes, go to the Doctor to make sure: everything is going as planned/doesn’t get worse/you don’t need to do more or less.”

Many people feel guilty about going to the doctor.  They don’t want to take up the doctor’s valuable time.  “Someone else might be injured worse than me.” 

When you are involved a car accident, motorcycle collision or some other injury the law in Wisconsin says that you need to be put back into the position you were before the collision.  The way we can tell whether you are getting better or how to value your injury is by reviewing the medical records.  Doctors help injured people.  If you don’t go to the doctor to get better and to follow up with your injuries then how will anyone know if you could have gotten better or if you may get worse. 

In short, go to the doctor if you are having problems.  Doctors are here to help.  Let them.

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Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Mukwanago, Waukesha, Lena and Two Rivers.