March 30th, 2015|
Sigman Janssen has filed a suit against Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dellls alleging negligence. See article from Madison.com posted here.
March 20th, 2014|
Drunk driving results in thousands of Wisconsin Car Accidents that leave motorists injured or killed each year. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation shows the number of operating while intoxicated (OWI) convictions has risen steadily in recent years with 38,324 motorists in the state facing the charge, compared to the 35,753 individuals arrested for drunken driving in 1990.
State legislators are now considering changes to the law that would increase the penalties for drunk drivers found responsible for injuring others. An article from the Appleton Post-Crescent explains the current penalty is a prison sentence of between 30 days and one year in jail. Under the reformed version of this law, those convicted of injuring another person while driving drunk will face a minimum of 30 days behind bars.
Furthermore, those convicted of OWI for a seventh, eighth, or ninth time would face a minimum sentence of three-years in prison.
The bill has passed the state senate and will now go before the house of representatives before receiving final approval from the governor.
The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz applaud the efforts being made to combat drunk driving in Wisconsin and ask all citizens to never get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol. Instead, utilize a designated driver, cab, or loved one to get you home safely.
March 6th, 2014|
Data indicates that construction accidents are responsible for many on-the-job injuries that result in Wisconsin Workers Compensation Claims. Recently, several construction companies reached settlements with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding the fines they will pay for several serious and fatal construction accidents.
According to the Daily Reporter, the first incident occurred on April 20, 2012, when a crane owned by Lunda Construction Co. collapsed and killed a worker who was assembling the equipment along U.S. Highway 41. It was determined the company had failed to provide the employee with enough supervision and training and was responsible for the worker’s death.
Two and a half months later, a similar collapse injured an employee and claimed the life of another. Lunda was found responsible for the accident because they allowed workers to move a crane with a suspended load and failed to ensure all workers involved were able to communicate.
In all, Lunda was fined $126,000 for the incidents and was required to make several changes to their safety policies. Another company, Choice Construction, paid a fine of $8,000 for their part in the second accident.
The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz know how devastating an on-the-job injury can be not only for the victim, but for their family as well. That is why the firm urges anyone who has been hurt in a work-related accident to discuss their legal rights with a reputable attorney immediately.
February 13th, 2014|
Estimates show there are currently more than 14 million Americans unable to work due to a mental or physical conditions collecting Social Security Disability benefits. This is only a portion of the individuals who need benefits though, as roughly 60 percent of all initial disability claims are denied.
This statistic leave many citizens wondering what constitutes Social Security Disability Eligibility and how to receive benefits.
An article from CBS News shows disabled workers and their dependents account for roughly 19 percent of all Social Security payments made. The survivors of workers killed while on-the-job make up another 11 percent of payments.
In order to collect benefits, a person must fill out an application with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and must have worked long enough and paid enough into the system to collect benefits. If these criteria have been met, claims adjustors will then work to determine if the individual’s disability is severe enough to collect benefits. This is achieved by examining if a condition meets standards established by the SSA.
The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz are aware of how confusing the Social Security disability process can be. That is why the firm urges anyone considering applying for such benefits or who has a claim that was denied in the past to discuss their legal options with an attorney immediately.
January 23rd, 2014|
Distracted driving is a growing problem in Wisconsin. There were a total of 3,328 people killed and another 421,000 who were seriously injured as a result of distracted driving Car Accidents in 2012. The latter figure was a nine percent increase from the 2011 total.
Distracted driving is especially dangerous in construction zones, where a buzz of activity can quickly lead to a crash when drivers are not vigilant at all times. To address this issue, state lawmakers in Wisconsin are considering a ban on cellphone use in construction zones.
The only exception in the new law would be if drivers use hands-free devices with their phones. Proponents of the bill say they may even consider allowing motorists to make emergency phone calls.
According to an article from FOX 11 News, current law already prohibits drivers from texting while driving, and also prohibits inexperienced probationary motorists from using the devices while operating a vehicle.
The bill now is now being debated in the state senate.
The Appleton Personal Injury Attorneys with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz applaud the actions being taken to help reduce the number of distracted driving and construction zone accidents in Wisconsin and are hopeful the efforts are a success in achieving this goal!
January 16th, 2014|
Employees of businesses in Wisconsin face many on-the-job hazards each day that may cause injuries. When work accidents happen, a majority of these individuals are covered by workers’ compensation benefits. But for many, the process of applying for benefits raises numerous questions. The Appleton Workers’ Compensation Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz can help answer a few of the most common concerns.
One of the first questions many employees ask is if they are covered by workers compensation insurance in the event of accidents. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development explains that 98 percent of employees in Wisconsin are, in fact, covered by workers’ compensation policies. Furthermore, these policies should cover any mental or physical conditions related to on-the-job accidents or injuries.
The next question many injured workers are concerned about is the process for applying for benefits. An employer will contact the insurer to file a claim. However, the law firm’s team of Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers would urge an injured worker to discuss their case with an attorney before speaking to insurers.
The firm explains that speaking with an attorney can help protect a victim’s legal rights to compensation after a work-related injury.
January 9th, 2014|
When individuals are seriously injured in motor vehicle collisions where the person responsible for the accident was not properly insured, they may seek compensation from their own insurer to cover their damages. The Appleton Car Accident Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz explain that such a case was recently heard in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, resulting in a $23,000 jury award.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, in 2009, the victim was involved in a car accident with an uninsured motorist. The accident caused her to suffer a bulging disc in her neck caused by whiplash. She filed a lawsuit against her own insurer to hold them responsible for her damages.
During the trial, attorneys for the insurer conceded an award of $7,500 was justifiable. The plaintiffs, on the other hand, were seeking $18,000 for the victim’s medical bills and lost wages, along with “loss of consortium” damages for the husband. The jury ruled the victim would receive both punitive and compensatory damages, but her husband did not receive compensation in the award.
Our Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers recognize how difficult it can be to overcome injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents. That’s why we hope the decision in this case helps bring a sense of closure to the victim and her family.
January 2nd, 2014|
Renting properties in Wisconsin can be an lucrative business, but disputes with tenants can sometimes become battles that depend on the law to be settled. But the Appleton Real Estate Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz explain that a new state law may give landlords more leverage in rental disputes.
An article from AOL Real Estate claims Governor Scott Walker recently signed a bill that will allow a landlord to evict a tenant if a crime occurs on a property and the tenant was in a position to prevent the crime. Furthermore, the law gives a landlord the right to immediately remove property and vehicles abandoned on the property by the evicted tenant.
Those in favor of the law say it allows landowners to better protect their property, while those who opposed the reforms say the new bill only limits a tenant’s rights and prevents local governments from establishing proper control of properties within their jurisdictions.
The law firm’s team of Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers is aware of how complex the laws surrounding owning or renting a property can be. That is why they suggest discussing your legal rights with an attorney if you find yourself in a dispute with a tenant or landowner.
December 19th, 2013|
December 19, 2013
Two factors that can increase the chances of motorists being involved in collisions are cellphone distractions and construction zones. The Appleton Car Accident Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz say that is why state lawmakers are considering passing legislation that would prohibit drivers from using cellphones while in construction zones.
According to an article published by the Insurance Journal, the bill was submitted on Dec. 6 and is being sponsored by Sen. Jerry Petrowski. It seeks to prevent motorists from using cellphones when workers are present in highway construction zones. Under the proposed new law, an offense would be punishable by a fine of between $20 and $40 for first-time offenses, while all secondary offenses would be subject to fines of up to $100.
Current state law only prohibits motorists from texting while driving and also bans new drivers from cellphone use while at the wheel.
Petrowski says he hopes the new law will reduce both highway fatalities and the number of distracted driving offenders the state punishes annually.
The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz applaud the actions being taken to better protect the public from dangers they face on the highway each day and are hopeful the efforts are a success!
December 5th, 2013|
December 5, 2013
When a worker is injured as the result of an on-the-job accident, he or she may be entitled to compensation from workers compensation benefits. Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz’s team of Wisconsin Workers Compensation Lawyers explain that the most common causes of injuries in these claims are transportation accidents. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roadway and transportation incidents accounted for causing an estimated 40 percent of all workplace related fatalities last year.
Recently, a transportation accident near the town of Herman, Wisconsin, was responsible for leaving two commercial tractor-trailer drivers seriously injured. According to a story by the Daily Citizen, the crash happened just before 11:15 a.m. yesterday morning at the intersection of Highways 33 and P in Dodge County.
Reports indicate that a big rig traveling northbound on Highway P attempted to pass through the crossing with Highway 33, but it struck a second tractor-trailer. The impact caused the load being hauled by the second truck to come loose and spill into the highway, where a third vehicle collided with the freight.
The collision resulted in two drivers being seriously injured, requiring rescue crews to transport both victims to local hospitals for further treatment.
The law firm’s team of Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers is aware of the dangers transportation accidents pose to workers. That’s why the firm encourages any worker who is injured in an on-the-job accident to discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney.