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Milwaukee dog bite lawyerIf you have been bitten by a dog, you are at risk for a number of injuries. First, there is likely some sort of wound, and the degree of severity can range from superficial to severe. You also may be at risk for scarring or permanent disfiguration. Another possible injury that people often overlook with dog bites is the transmission of a disease or infection. 

Wisconsin Dog Bite Laws 

Under Wisconsin law, an owner is typically responsible for injuries caused by their dog. It does not matter if the owner was not on the scene when the attack occurred or if the owner took steps to protect others from the dog. This type of law is called “strict liability.”

It also does not matter if the dog owner believed that the dog was not dangerous or if they did not know of any previous attacks. A dog owner may be held responsible for any injury their dog inflicts on any other person, domestic animal, or property. In addition, if it can be proven that a dog owner was told or knew that the dog previously, without provocation, had bitten a person with sufficient force to break the skin and cause permanent physical scarring or disfigurement, the owner may be held liable for double the amount of damages.


Milwaukee mass tort attorney injury lawsuitMass tort actions are especially useful in certain types of cases, as they provide an efficient way for personal injury victims to receive the compensation they deserve. Pharmaceutical and medical device claims are often brought forward through a mass tort action. This is because these products, if defective, will likely injure a large number of people. 

What Is a Mass Tort?

While the word “tort” is commonly used in the law, many people without a legal background do not know what it means. A tort is an injurious act that occurs due to the fault of another. Car accidents and slip and fall cases are common torts, as are damages made to land or property. Thus, a mass tort action involves an injurious act or product that affects a large group (or mass) of people.

A court will have to approve a mass tort action in order for it to proceed. In making its decision, it will review the following:


Milwaukee personal injury mass tort attorneyWhat is a mass tort? A mass tort is a type of action that can be brought when there is one instance of negligence that causes injury to a group of people. Mass tort actions can be brought against defendants in state or federal court. It is not uncommon for these cases to be consolidated into multidistrict litigation.

A judge will determine if a mass tort action can be brought in multidistrict litigation. He or she will look at how many victims are involved, if the victims live near each other, if the injuries complained of are similar, and whether there is a common cause of the injuries, such as a single accident or product.

Typical Types of Mass Tort Actions

Wisconsin law does not limit mass tort actions to certain types of injuries or certain industries to mass tort actions. That said, there are certain claims that often are successful in using a mass tort action:


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Milwaukee streetcar accident injury attorneyMilwaukee recently began operating a streetcar line, known as The Hop. The Hop now runs on a 2.5-mile loop through downtown and the Historic Third Ward. While streetcars provide a valuable form of transportation, they also present specific safety risks, and they can cause serious bodily and property injury.

Unfortunately, the risk of accidents can be higher when a streetcar system first begins operation. Necessary safety precautions may not be implemented, and drivers can be inexperienced. In addition, motorists may not be used to sharing the road with the streetcars. Victims of streetcar accidents may include streetcar passengers, drivers and passengers in a vehicle that collides with a streetcar, and pedestrians and bicyclists traveling near the tracks.

Here are five ways a streetcar accident can occur:


Milwaukee slip and fall accident injury lawyerSlipping and falling can lead to serious injuries that may require extensive medical treatment. If you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident, there are things you can do to strengthen your case and increase your chances of recovering compensation. 

Demonstrating Liability

One of the main hurdles in a slip and fall case is proving that the business or property owner knew of the condition that caused your fall and did not take the proper steps to correct it. Alternately, you can satisfy this requirement by showing that any reasonable business or property owner would have known about the condition, because it was present for a substantial period of time before you fell.

Following an injury, you should take the following steps:


Milwaukee, WI streetcar injury attorneyThe United States is in the midst of a streetcar resurgence. In the last five years, at least 10 major U.S. cities, including Milwaukee, have added streetcar lines. While many people are pleased about the additional public transit options and think streetcars benefit the community, some believe that this form of transportation adds additional dangers to city streets. Streetcar accidents are certain to occur, especially when a streetcar line opens in a new city. 

The Streetcar Renaissance  

Milwaukee’s streetcar line, The Hop, will open in November 2018, and the system is currently undergoing testing in parts of the city. The new route is two miles long, and there are plans to expand in the coming years. Unfortunately, accidents involving the streetcars are already being reported.

Milwaukee joins numerous other cities in building streetcar lines such as Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas, Kansas City, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Tucson, and Washington, D.C. One reason for this new trend is that the federal government has made it a priority to fund small-scale transit projects that seek to revitalize urban areas.


Wisconsin accident attorney, injury liability, Wisconsin personal injury lawyer,Recovering from the damages sustained in a serious car accident can take months or years. Sometimes, you may still have issues long after your case has been settled. What can you do if your injuries are going to still be causing you problems in the future?

The Role of the Statute of Limitations

The reason it is necessary to look into the future and estimate damages is because you only have a set amount of time to bring a personal injury case. In most circumstances, you only have three years from the date of an accident to bring a lawsuit or to settle your claim. Even if you have not fully recovered, you will still need to take action to preserve your rights.

Wisconsin accident attorney, injury liability, Wisconsin car crash lawyerAutomobile accidents happen every day, and every day, well-meaning individuals make poor decisions that could cost them in their case. An argument between a North Carolina senator and another driver highlights some of the biggest — and the most common—mistakes. Apologizing and Accepting Blame Immediately after the accident, the senator allegedly apologized to the other driver, saying he did not see her as he was pulling out of a parking space. Afterwards, he attempted to retract his apology in an email to the local news company. In it, he expressed that he had only wished to resolve the matter, but that he had always felt as though the other driver had been at fault for the accident. Unfortunately, the damage to his reputation had already been done. Lesson: Don’t focus on “blame” after an accident.  Make sure all parties are physically okay, including yourself. Accepting a Good Faith Arrangement Because he allegedly wanted to resolve the matter quickly and easily, the senator reportedly gave a good faith statement to the other driver, offering to pay for the damages to her vehicle. As a result, the responding officer did not investigate the accident any further. This created a problem for the other driver when, after being denied payment from the senator, she attempted to file a claim against his insurance. The entire incident became a matter of her word against his. Lesson: Do not enter a good faith arrangement with a complete stranger, regardless of the situation. Failing to File a Claim Because they had entered into a good faith arrangement, the other driver agreed not to file a claim with the senator’s insurance. Unfortunately, he never held up his end of the deal, and by the time she went to file the claim, it had been nearly a month since the accident. There was no real evidence, outside of the photos the senator allegedly took, and the police did not investigate blame. The other driver now only had the choice of paying out of pocket to cover the damages, or filing against her own insurance. Thankfully, it does not appear that she suffered any accident-related injuries. Lesson: If you are in an accident, contact both insurance companies immediately, or contact a personal injury attorney to advise you. Injured in an Automobile Accident? Hire a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney You may be entitled to compensation if you or someone you love has been injured in an accident. However, because these cases are often complex, it is crucial that you contact a skilled Milwaukee automobile accident attorney as soon as possible. At Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, we are dedicated to providing aggressive and compassionate representation for accident victims. Contact our offices at 414-271-1440 today to schedule your consultation.



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Wisconsin injury attorney, Wisconsin accident lawyer, Wisconsin boating accident attorneyAccidents don’t just happen on land, especially in places like Wisconsin, where there is an abundance of waterfront property and watercraft for travel and recreation. There are over 600,000 boats registered in Wisconsin alone, and during the summer, there are hundreds of thousands of additional boats that navigate Wisconsin waters from neighboring Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois.  There are multiple fatalities and even more injuries every year as a result of boating accidents, and in many boating accident cases, the operator of the boat at fault may not have taken any safety courses. The fact that so many people are maneuvering large vessels in limited spaces, often times without proper training or safety classes, means that boating accidents happen with regularity. This often leads to civil litigation in order to recover compensation for any serious injuries suffered in the accident on the water. Common Boating Injuries There are many potential legal claims that arise from boating-related incidents, including property damage claims. Personal injuries claims arise most often, however, and in a number of different ways. Often there is a collision between recreational watercraft, like jet skis, or a collision between one recreational watercraft and one boat. Many boating personal injury claims arise from accidents, illness or death sustained as a result of improper safety measures on a cruise ship. No matter what the circumstances were that gave rise to your personal injury claim for a boating-related injury, it is guaranteed to be extremely complex, as maritime law comes with many additional considerations not present in land based actions. Special Concerns When Bringing Boating Claims When accidents occur that involve maritime law, there are often complex and unique legal issues. Some legal actions will involve only Wisconsin law, if they occur entirely within the borders of the state and in Wisconsin waters. However, sometimes accidents occur outside of Wisconsin’s borders, or in between Wisconsin and bordering state, and in these situations, other state laws and even federal laws can be implicated in a subsequent lawsuit. Finally, if your boating accident occurred out at sea, there may even be international legal implication. We Can Help You Today

For all of the reasons set forth above, personal injury claims that arise as a result of boating accidents are more complex than ordinary personal injury claims, and it is critical that you contact an experienced Milwaukee personal injury attorney who can traverse not only Wisconsin law, but other state’s maritime laws and even federal laws when necessary.  Call us at 414-271-1440 or send us an e-mail today for a consultation.

Source: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/boat/crashinfo.html
Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconsin accident lawyer, Wisconsin car crash lawyerState Farm insurance recently released a study which shows that motorists in Wisconsin are more likely to collide with a deer than motorists in 44 other states. The national average of drivers hitting deer is one out of every 169 drivers, while the Wisconsin average is one out of every 77 drivers. According to the study, you are 10 percent more likely in 2015 to hit a deer on Wisconsin roads than in 2014, and since October and November are the months with the highest car/deer accident rates, now is a good time to review the steps you should take if you are in an accident involving a deer.

What Should You Do If a Deer Collides with Your Car?

Getting into a collision with a deer can be terrifying, and it is important not to lose your focus if this occurs, no matter how difficult it may be.  There are a number of important steps you should take if you are in an accident with a deer. Move Your Car to Safety We understand that if you are in a collision with a deer, you are most likely going to be quite shaken up afterwards. However, according to statistics, most collisions with deer take place early in the morning or at dusk and this is when it is most difficult for other cars to see you on the road. Therefore, the very first thing you should do if you are in an accident with a deer is to move your car safety. If your car will not move, at least move yourself to safety before taking any additional steps. Whether or not your car is safe to drive is another issue, and if it feels in any way compromised (or if your airbag deploys), you should take your car directly to your mechanic (or have it towed, depending on the extent of the damage). Call the Police If you are in an accident with a deer, it is important to call the police. This is true even if your car is not substantially damaged, and especially true if the deer is lying in the middle of the roadway. It is critical to make a report of what happened so that when you make a claim against your insurance company, there is already a police report containing your best recollection of the accident circumstances. If possible, it is also a good time to take photographic evidence of the scene, and if there were any eyewitnesses, try to get their contact information. If You Are Injured, Seek Medical Care Hopefully if you are in a car accident with a deer, you are not injured. Sometimes, however, injuries happen, especially whiplash type injuries from slamming on the brakes. If you think you have been injured in any way, you should go directly the emergency room to be checked over by a medical professional. Do not wait until minor aches and pains get worse – if you have any discomfort or pain after an accident, go to the emergency room. Report the Claim to Your Insurance Company This is the final step in the process, but it is important to be clear about your goals before placing the call, and to understand the insurance policy that covers you also covers accidents in your car. The insurance company always has the goal of minimizing any payments they have to make under the policies they issue, so it is important to be knowledgeable about what your policy covers and does not cover.


If you have been in an accident with a deer in Wisconsin, you may want to seek the advice of skilled Milwaukee car accident attorneys right away, so you are prepared to deal with your insurance company. The lawyers at our firm know how to deal with insurance companies and defense attorneys for the insurance companies in cases like this, so contact us today for a consultation.

Sources: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/cardeer.html
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