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b2ap3_thumbnail_GRGB-Kristen-Nelson.jpgBy: Attorney Kristen Nelson

Doctors, nurses, therapists, and other health care professionals work extremely hard to obtain their professional licenses. Between schooling, practical training, and undergoing background checks or even enduring questions about mental health, it is not easy to get a professional license in the health care industry. Losing a license can be devastating, and it can happen for a number of reasons. Both criminal charges, whether or not they are related to your work, and some civil issues can lead to the loss of a medical license. In many cases, successfully defending against a criminal or civil accusation will preserve your license. You may need the skill of an experienced attorney to help you protect your career. 

What Criminal Issues Can Lead to the Loss of a Healthcare Professional License?

The biggest reason medical professionals lose their licenses is for committing a crime related to their profession. This can involve anything from stealing narcotics from a hospital to assaulting a patient. Over-prescribing addictive drugs to the extent that patients are harmed is taken extremely seriously. Financial crimes by medical practices, like illegal kickback schemes entered into with pharmaceutical company representatives are not entirely uncommon. Various types of fraud related to billing or in dealing with health insurance companies can result in criminal charges leading to a revoked license. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_1585042099.jpgSlip and fall accidents are one of the leading causes of personal injury in the winter. Sometimes, these accidents are the unavoidable result of harsh weather conditions. Other times, it is someone’s carelessness that leads others to fall and get hurt. Many slips and falls are entirely preventable when property owners and business operators use reasonable care to keep those on their premises safe. A number of careless practices when it comes to managing winter weather conditions can make accidents more likely. 

Demonstrating liability for a slip and fall can be challenging, due to a number of Wisconsin state laws. Whether you will be able to recover is highly dependent on the specific facts of your case. You will most likely need to speak with an attorney first to determine whether you may be eligible for compensation. 

What Causes Winter Slip and Falls - and Could I Recover?

Wisconsin land and business owners may not be liable for every slip and fall that happens on their property due to active weather conditions. However, Milwaukee and a number of other Wisconsin cities have local ordinances that require those with properties abutting a sidewalk or other public walkways to clear snow and ice accumulations after the winter storm has stopped. Common reasons people are injured after slipping and falling in the winter include: 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_2826279.jpgDuring the winter, the roads in Wisconsin and throughout the United States can become very dangerous. Storms may cause snow to accumulate on roads and highways, and cold temperatures may cause ice to form. These conditions can make roads very slick, and drivers will be much more likely to lose control of their vehicles and become involved in collisions. These issues are especially dangerous for large trucks and commercial vehicles, and truck drivers will need to take extra care to drive safely and avoid collisions. When truck accidents occur, victims can work with an attorney to determine who was responsible and take action to recover compensation from the liable parties.

Causes of Winter Truck Accidents

Truck crashes that take place on snow or ice can be deadly. When a massive tractor-trailer truck cannot slow down or stop correctly, it may collide with other vehicles at high speeds, resulting in severe injuries or wrongful death. These accidents may occur because of:

  • Truck driver negligence - During winter weather, truck drivers need to be sure to remain aware of potentially dangerous conditions and make the necessary adjustments to ensure that they are driving safely. Unfortunately, issues such as driver fatigue or distracted driving will often cause truck drivers to fail to notice dangerous issues such as black ice. A truck driver may be liable for their failure to follow the correct safety practices, or a trucking company may be held responsible for failing to ensure that drivers were properly trained to drive safely in cold weather conditions.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Capture.JPGBy: Attorney Jaclyn Kallie

The winters in Wisconsin can be brutal. Extremely cold temperatures and major storms involving snow, ice, and strong winds can affect people’s lives in multiple ways, and these issues can also have an impact on construction projects. In cases where winter weather resulted in delays or other issues that caused one or more parties to experience financial losses, construction litigation may be necessary. For those who are looking to recover losses or who need to defend against claims related to cold weather, it is crucial to work with an attorney who has experience addressing these matters both inside and outside of the courtroom.

Addressing Delays or Damage Related to Winter Weather

Construction projects may encounter delays for a variety of reasons, and when delays are unreasonable, a property owner, developer, or other parties may take action to address their financial losses. If certain types of work are not completed within the expected time frame, this may affect a contractor’s or subcontractor’s ability to begin other types of work. A delay in the completion of a construction project can affect an owner or developer’s plans to use the property. If a delay results in a violation of a contract, one or more parties may pursue litigation to address the breach of contract.

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milwaukee criminal defense lawyer By: Attorney Brianna Meyer

There are a variety of legal issues that may affect college students. Addressing these matters properly can aide students in protecting their rights, continuing receiving education, and pursuing future opportunities. Like all adults, university students can take inadvisable actions, and they may face consequences for certain types of behavior. In addition to addressing violations of school policies that may lead to disciplinary action, students may also need to defend against accusations that they have violated the law. By understanding the potential criminal charges that students may face, they can determine their best options for defense that will help them minimize legal and administrative penalties.

Common Charges That College Students May Face

There are multiple situations where students may be accused of violating the law including:

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b2ap3_thumbnail_attn-chris-1.jpgBy: Attorney Christopher L. Strohbehn  

As the temperature drops during the winter, Wisconsin residents may encounter a variety of safety issues. Snow and ice that accumulates on sidewalks or other walking surfaces may lead to slip and fall accidents that result in multiple types of serious injuries, such as broken bones or traumatic brain injuries. Victims of these types of accidents may experience a number of difficulties, including costly medical treatment and loss of income if they are unable to work while they are recovering. In these situations, victims will want to determine whether they can take legal action to recover financial compensation from the owner of the property where their injury occurred.

Liability for Slip and Fall Injuries Caused by Snow or Ice

A person’s ability to pursue compensation for a slip and fall accident will usually depend on whether the injury occurred at an establishment that was open to the public, a private residence, or a public area such as a sidewalk. Private property owners are required to take steps to protect the safety of visitors, including addressing slipping hazards on walkways, porches, patios, or decks. If a visitor to a person’s home slips on snow or ice that was not properly cleared, they may be covered under a homeowner’s insurance policy, or they may be able to take legal action to recover compensation for injuries that occurred because of the property owner’s negligence.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_attn-kristen.jpgBy: Attorney Kristen Nelson

There are many situations where healthcare professionals may need to address legal issues, and many of the most serious and consequential cases will involve controlled substances, specifically, opioids. Doctors and other medical providers who prescribe medications may be accused of overprescribing. This may lead to investigations from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) or other authorities, criminal charges, civil penalties, discipline to a person’s medical license, and other issues that may affect a person’s ability to continue practicing medicine. To address these issues, medical professionals can work with an attorney who is experienced in healthcare law

Addressing Issues Related to Over Prescribing

Over-prescribing may include any situations in which controlled substances are prescribed or dispensed to patients and used for purposes above and beyond their accepted medical uses. In some cases, patients may engage in “doctor shopping,” in which they visit multiple providers in order to obtain prescriptions in excess of what would normally be allowed and use these drugs for personal purposes or sell them to others. Doctors or other medical providers may also be accused of operating “pill mills” and prescribing and dispensing controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose, as part of an illegal drug distribution scheme or in return for additional compensation.

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wisconsin business attorneyBy:  Attorney Chris Strohbehn

Insurance companies across the country do not like to pay claims. Here in Wisconsin, it is no different. 

Once your business is on notice of a loss or a legal claim against it, you should consult with our Milwaukee counsel or notify your insurance company.  While the insurance company will start the claims process and open a file, it is also likely that the company will evaluate whether it can avoid coverage based on the terms and conditions of its policy. 

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milwaukee car crash lawyerDriving in the winter can be more dangerous than at other times of the year. Traction can be reduced significantly on snowy or icy roads, and drivers are more likely to lose control of their vehicles and become involved in car accidents. Throughout the United States, more than 150,000 accidents take place every year on roads with snow or ice, and these result in an average of more than 1,800 fatalities and 130,000 injuries. Wisconsin is one of the most dangerous states for winter driving, averaging 17.7 fatalities for every 100 days when temperatures are below freezing. Those who are involved in winter car accidents will want to understand how they can pursue financial compensation for their injuries to ensure that they will be able to recover following a collision.

Causes of Winter Auto Accidents

Multiple parties may be responsible for car accidents that take place in the winter. Drivers, passengers, or others who are injured in these collisions may be able to take legal action against parties whose negligence led to a collision, including in cases where accidents were caused by:

  • Negligent drivers - Anyone who drives in winter weather should take precautions to ensure that they can operate their vehicle safely and respond correctly to cold weather conditions. Drivers should avoid speeding or following too closely behind other vehicles, since reduced traction may make it difficult to slow down or stop in time to avoid a collision. Other unsafe practices, such as distracted driving or drunk driving, can be even more dangerous during the winter, and drivers who failed to drive safely may be held liable for injuries and damages caused to others.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_attn-karnes-1.jpgBy Russell J. Karnes

Property owners, creditors and other interested parties who have been named in a foreclosure action due to an interest they have in real property may have the right to make a claim for any remaining surplus proceeds. 

When a bank or mortgage loan servicer files for foreclosure, they are generally required to name all necessary parties as defendants in the lawsuit. Necessary parties in foreclosure actions include owners of the property, as well as any other party that holds a mortgage, lien or other interest in the property. After the judgment of foreclosure is entered and the applicable redemption period expires, the property can be sold at a sheriff’s sale. If the price obtained at sale is greater than the amount of the judgment, a surplus is created. 

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