Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers

Appleton Business Law Attorneys Discuss Contracts

by Keith Adkins | November 14th, 2013

November 14, 2013

There are many uses for business contracts and agreements in today’s world. The Appleton Business Law Attorneys with the law firm Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz explain that one of the most common uses is to binding parties purchasing goods or services from another individual or entity. However, disputes can arise when one party in the agreement no longer wants to uphold their end.

Recently, a business dispute has arisen between the State of Wisconsin and Spanish train manufacturer Talgo Inc. According to an article from Progressive Railroading, former Gov. Jim Doyle entered into a multimillion-dollar agreement with the company for several trains to be used for a high-speed passenger train line from Milwaukee to Chicago.

The state paid the company roughly $40 million and the project was launched. But when the trains were completed, the current governor refused to accept the trains or responsibility of payment to the company.

Talgo Inc. is now suing Wisconsin for approximately $70 million for breach of contract.

The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz are aware of how complex business agreements and contracts can be. That is why the law firm suggests speaking with an attorney before signing any official business document.

Appleton PARTY Event Teaches Teens the Dangers of Distracted and Drunken Driving

by Keith Adkins | November 7th, 2013

November 7, 2013

Teens are at the greatest risk of being involved in motor vehicle collisions caused by drunk or distracted driving. The Appleton Car Accident Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz explain that is why an event aimed at raising awareness of these dangers amongst local high school students was held at the Performing Arts Center in Appleton on Wednesday.

According to WBAY 2 News, the event was called Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youths, or PARTY, and featured several speakers. These individuals told stories to the group about how their lives were impacted by distracted or drunk driving. One individual told the teens of how her life had been changed as the result of killing a motorcyclist in an accident after a night of drinking, while another discussed what life in a wheelchair is like following a collision caused by distracted driving.

Many of the students and parents in attendance at the event later stated how the words from the speakers would make them think twice before engaging in these behaviors in the future.

The law firm and their team of Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts being made to raise awareness of the dangers teens face on the road and are hopeful to see more events like this in the future!

Lower Than Average COLA Expected for Social Security Beneficiaries in 2014

by Keith Adkins | October 24th, 2013

October 24, 2013

For those unable to work due to physical or mental conditions, Social Security Disability Benefits can be vital sources of income. However, the rising costs of services and goods that Americans use every day can make it difficult for recipients to make ends meet. The Appleton Social Security Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz explain this is why the Social Security Administration annually examines if a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) is needed for benefits.

The COLA is determined by examining the rates of inflation on certain products and services figured in the Consumer Price Index report. While these numbers have not been released for the current year, experts are estimating a COLA for 2014 of roughly 1.5 percent.

According to a story from the Marine Corps Times, the COLA will be one of the lowest in years, considering the average since the program was launched is roughly 4.1 percent. The average over the last ten years has been more than two percent. Lower gas prices in recent months have led to lower inflation rates, which are said to be one of the causes for a small COLA this year.

The law firm’s team of Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes how complex the process for determining Social Security Benefit amounts can be. That’s why the firm suggests speaking with an attorney prior to applying for benefits.

Wisconsin Real Estate Lawyers Discuss the Effects of Act 25

by Keith Adkins | October 3rd, 2013

October 3, 2013

Closing a transaction on a new home or property can be a complex process. The Appleton Real Estate Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz state a new law may just add one more hiccup to the process.

A press release from the Office of the Governor explained that Assembly Bill 106, now known as Act 25, was passed and put into the books in July 2013. The new law states that municipalities cannot release customer information without first receiving consent to do so, with a few exceptions.

Water bills are often needed for a property in order to complete a closing, and the new law can make it difficult for a title company to receive the information they need to conduct closings in a timely manner. These companies must ensure there are no liens on the property before it is sold.

In order to help with this issue, the Wisconsin Relators Association have created several additions to listing contracts that allows title companies permission to access the information and bills they need.

The law firm’s team of Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers encourages potential buyers to ensure such a clause is in their contracts prior to making an offer on a property in order to keep the process as hassle-free as possible.

Appleton Car Accident Lawyers Discuss The Dangers of Distracted Driving

by Keith Adkins | August 29th, 2013

August 29, 2013

Distracted driving is becoming one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions in Wisconsin today.

The Appleton Car Accident Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz say the behavior was a contributing factor in a crash that left a local man injured last week. Reports indicate the crash happened at approximately 11:35 a.m. on Aug. 19 at the intersection of U.S. Highway 151 and Southwest Road in Grant County, Wisconsin.

According to an article from SW News, the 37-year-old driver of a 2014 Ford Mustang was driving along the road while texting on his phone. When he looked up, he was just yards from the rear of a truck hauling a load of manure. The driver did not have time to stop and slammed into the truck. He was later taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The accident highlights the serious risks that distracted driving can pose. That is why the law firm’s team of Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers is offering several tips to keep motorists safe.

First, when getting into a car, be sure to turn your phone off until reaching your destination. Motorists can utilize their phones’ voicemail and auto-response features to let others know they are driving and will respond when it’s safe to do so. If a call must be made while driving, pull over to a safe location before dialing.

Patent Settlement Reached in Wisconsin Business Law Dispute

by Keith Adkins | August 22nd, 2013

August 22, 2013

The Appleton Business Law Attorneys with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz explain that patents protect people or businesses from the use of their unique products or concepts by unauthorized individuals or businesses. Patent holders can file civil litigation against those who commit infringement on their patents.

A case involving patent infringement was recently settled between two companies in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin. According to an article published in the Fort Mills Times, Stemina Biomarker Discovery and Metabolon, Inc. are both companies that focus on identifying biological markers in humans that may indicate genetic predispositions to certain conditions.

The companies were using similar technologies and processes to identify potential diseases in their test subjects, which forced the companies into litigation regarding who had rights to use the technology. However, a settlement was reached before the case could go to trial. This allowed both companies to move forward and continue their work.

Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz’s team of Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how complicated business disputes can be and the damaging effects they can have on business owners. That is why the firm argues it is vital for businesses to discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney if they find themselves in a patent dispute with another company.

Fines Doubled for Speeding and Reckless Driving Near Garbage Trucks

by Keith Adkins | July 18th, 2013

July 18, 2013

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently signed a bill aimed at giving sanitation workers the same protections on the road that are given to emergency responders. Reports indicate an injured worker, who lost a majority of one leg and had the other seriously damaged in a Wisconsin Car Accident, lobbied for the law to be approved.

According to an article from the Deseret News, the worker was injured as he was collecting trash along his route in the town of Stoughton, Wisconsin. The victim explains that as he was walking around the side of his truck, a vehicle struck him and pinned him against his own vehicle.

He continues to recover from the loss of his leg and is only able to walk short distances due to injuries his other leg sustained in the incident.

His story prompted lawmakers to adopt a bill that doubles the fines for motorists caught speeding or driving recklessly near a garbage truck. The punishment is now the same as what an offender committing these acts near any emergency vehicle would face.

The injured worker had lobbied for the new law months before his accident, but says the passage of the bill helps make all he has gone through worth it.

The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz hope the new law will effectively protect the safety of sanitation workers in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Lawmakers Consider Tougher Underage Drinking Laws

by Keith Adkins | June 6th, 2013

June 6, 2013

Drunk driving is a contributing factor in a large percentage of Wisconsin Car Accident Injuries and fatalities each year. In fact, a total of 17 teenagers were killed on the state’s highways in 2011 as a result of drunk driving.

In an effort to reduce the number of teenage lives lost in Wisconsin due to driving while intoxicated, legislators are considering stiffening the laws and penalties regarding underage drinking. According to an article from WXOW 19 News, Rep. Andre Jacque has sponsored a bill that would make it illegal for adults to knowingly permit, or fail to prevent, an underage individual from consuming alcohol. The current law only requires an adult to take action against underage drinking if the behavior takes place on the premises of an establishment where alcohol is sold.

The law would also include a stipulation allowing owners of bars and liquor stores to sue an underaged individual, or the parents of that individual, if the minor attempts to falsely identify themselves as over the age of 21–the legal drinking age.

Jacque says he hopes the bill deters minors from attempting to sneak into bars and pubs, which would in turn reduce drunken driving accidents involving teens.

The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz recognize the devastating effects drunk driving can have. The firm urges teens to refrain from consuming alcohol and encourages them to ask their friends and peers to do the same.

Construction Accident Leads To Worker Injury

by Keith Adkins | May 30th, 2013

May 30, 2013

An Appleton construction accident earlier this month resulted in an employee suffering a Workplace Personal Injury. Reports indicate the incident occurred on Wednesday, May 8, at St. Elizabeth Hospital on South Oneida Street.

An article from FOX 11 News explained that the victim was hired as part of a crew to complete an expansion project at the facility. The crew was utilizing a crane to perform its duties. When the worker entered the swing radius of the crane’s arm, he was struck by the machine. The incident resulted in the worker sustaining injuries requiring further treatment at a local trauma center.

The company has claimed it is following all safety procedures and regulations and an investigation into the incident has been launched.

The incident highlights the risks that construction workers face each day. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2011, accidents in the construction industry led to the second highest number of fatalities in the nation as compared to other occupational industries. That year, construction accidents claimed a total of 721 lives. This meant that almost nine workers for every 100,000 people in the construction industry suffered a fatal on-the-job injury.

The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz recognize the risks construction workers face each day, and they may be able to help if you have been hurt while working.

New Law Helps Protect Sanitation Workers from Wisconsin Car Accidents

by Keith Adkins | May 16th, 2013

May 16, 2013

A new Wisconsin law is aimed at better protecting sanitation workers from the dangers of Wisconsin Car Accidents. Reports indicate the law was approved in a 32 to 1 vote on Tuesday.

According to an article published in the Appleton Post-Crescent, the bill would make it illegal for a vehicle to pass a stopped garbage truck without first having slowed down. The fines for those caught recklessly passing sanitation vehicles are also doubled under the new piece of legislation.

Rep. John Jagler introduced the bill after he learned of a sanitation worker from his district that was injured in a motor vehicle collision while working. In January, the worker was dumping trash when a speeding vehicle suddenly attempted to pass the stopped garbage truck and hit the worker. The victim was left with serious injuries that required extended medical attention.

Accidents like this aren’t uncommon. According to the National Solid Wastes Management Association, up to eight workers are killed annually as a result of collisions with passing motor vehicles.

The law is aimed at offering sanitation workers similar legal protection that is offered to emergency responders.

The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers at Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz recognize the dangers sanitation workers face each day. The firm is hopeful the new regulations will better protect these workers from the on-the-job risks they endure daily.

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