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Groth Law Firm, S.C.’s 3rd Birthday March 1, 2013

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Groth Law Firm, S.C.'s 3rd Birthday

Happy Birthday Groth Law Firm, S.C. Three years ago today we opened our doors. Thanks to everyone who helped us along the way.

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News Article about Groth Law Firm, S.C., Injury Litigation and Social Media January 23, 2013

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury, Milwaukee Litigation Attorney, Social Media and Litigation, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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Brookfield Patch recently interviewed Attorney Jon Groth about Groth Law Firm, S.C. An article about the firm was published today. Much of the article talks about how attorneys should counsel their clients on the use of social media after a collision.

If you were injured in a collision be sure to contact the Groth Law Firm, S.C. for advice on how best protect yourself. 877-375-7001

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.

Toyota “Fix”? March 10, 2010

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury.
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I’ve been following the Toyota recall and have received some phone calls from concerned owners of Toyotas.  A good friend of mine recently file two lawsuits in Illinois against Toyota.  If you have a Toyota it is important to be vigilent and follow up if their “fix” didn’t work.  Be sure to read this story.  If you have been injured due to a Toyota product’s defect be sure to speak with an attorney right away in order to preserve the proper evidence.  Toyota defect cases are a “hot” item right now and most every personal injury attorney is advertising for these types of cases.  Be sure to interview the attorneys you contact and check their credentials at www.avvo.com.

Call 877-375-7001 or visit my website if you have any questions.

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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Rotator Cuff Injury June 18, 2009

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Motorcycle Collisions, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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“Rotator Cuff Injury”

I think this is a phrase that is pretty widely used.  We often hear  announcers talk about a rotator cuff injury during a football game.  It’s pretty common.  But, this phrase is so widely used that it may not be completely understood.  Everyone assumes that everyone else knows what it means.

Well, the Doe Report has some medical illustrations of  a shoulder and rotator cuff.  Take the opportunity to look it over.   It is pretty interesting stuff.

Personal injury attorneys use these types of illustrations often to help teach juries about the objective findings of injury.  People can talk and talk but looking at picture often makes the information sink in.

Eyes ON The Road And OFF The Phone June 11, 2009

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A good friend in Illinois just blogged about the American Medical Association’s push to get states to pass driver cell phone use laws.

Reporters also learned the new AMA policy encourages physicians to educate patients on the public health risks associated with driving while distracted with text messages and cell phones. The AMA is supporting any state legislature enacting laws to eliminate the use of text messaging by motorists while driving.

Included in this post is some shocking information.

The AMA sites a recent study reflects text messaging while driving causes a 400% increase time spent with eyes off the road. American drivers and passengers should not have to be concerned that other drivers are focused on texting instead of traffic.

It makes sense.  When your eyes are on your cell phone and you are concentrating on hitting the right button they can’t concentrate on traffic.

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.


Soft Tissue Explanations April 16, 2009

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Motorcycle Collisions, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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Once again I think you’ll get some valuable knowledge out of reading Medical Legal Art’s blog.  This month’s topic is “Soft Tissue Injuries.”

I think it is safe to say that most people involved in car accidents suffer from these injuries.  Many times they go away in a matter of weeks or months.  Other times it takes a lot longer.  It really depends on the person.

Benjamin Broome, M.A. has a good diagram and discussion of what he has found in dealing with attorneys who litigate these cases.

I pretty much agree that there are important points to make in a soft tissue car accident injury case.  Mr. Broome writes:

First it is important to explain that soft tissues all have microscopic sensory nerves that run through them. Next, it can be understood that the swelling and disruption of the soft tissues immediately following an injury put pressure on these nerves resulting in the pain that we all feel for a few days after an injury. Finally, it should be shown that in these more severe cases, microscopic scar tissue can build up within the soft tissues continuing to distort the nerves, causing pain, even after the swelling of the initial injury has subsided. This scar tissue and the resulting sensory nerve disruption is the physical source of the permanent pain in most of these soft tissue cases.

Unlike a case were someone breaks a bone or tears a ligament there really isn’t any easy way to see the injury.  Identifying a broken bone on an X-Ray is almost common knowledge.  Ask someone to identify “straightening of the lordosis” and they may ask whether you’re talking about Star Wars or Star Trek.

Anyway, it is a quick read and informative.  I’ve used Medical Legal Art’s diagrams in many of my trials.   A picture is worth a thousand words.

If you have questions about an accident where you suffered a soft tissue injury in Wisconsin feel free to contact me.  I’d be happy to discuss your situation.

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Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Jackson, Kenosha, Sheboygan and Wauwatosa.

Child Safety Seats April 9, 2009

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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I was surprised at the small number of states that require children to ride in the back seat.  To me it seems like common sense.  Wisconsin requires that children under the age of 3 be in a rear seat, if available.

The info provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has a good visual of the age at which children must be in a restraint or booster seat.

In Wisconsin those who must be in a safety seat are:

children younger than 1 and all children who weigh less than 20 pounds are required to be in a rear-facing infant seat; children 1 through 3 years who weigh at least 20 pounds but less than 40 pounds are required to be in a forward-facing child safety seat; children 4 through 7 who both weigh at least 40 pounds but less than 80 pounds and who are less than 57 inches tall are required to be in a booster seat

Simply an adult safety belt is permissible in Wisconsin if the child is:

8 years and younger and more than 80 pounds and 57 inches or taller

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

If you’d like to submit a question or case please complete a case submission form.