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Five Injured as the Result of Wisconsin Car Crash

by Keith Adkins | August 2nd, 2012

Aug. 2, 2012

Five people were injured as the result of an Appleton Car Accident that occurred earlier this week. According to Fox 11, the crash happened at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon along Highway 42 in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

A spokesman from the Two Rivers Fire Department, Lt. Lee Stadler, stated that the vehicle carrying the five victims approached a tractor from behind. When the driver attempted to pass the slow moving vehicle, the tractor’s operator attempted to turn off of the highway, hitting the passing vehicle in the process.

The front seat passenger of the car was severely injured and was airlifted to an Appleton, Wisconsin, hospital. The driver suffered an eye injury and was taken by ambulance to a Two Rivers medical facility for treatment. Three young passengers in the backseat also suffered from injuries that required hospitalization.

Troopers with the Wisconsin State Patrol say that they will continue to investigate what factors led to the accident.

Statistics show that slower moving traffic is often the cause of an accident. This is why the Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz say that it is important to slow down and drive defensively around slow moving traffic. Be sure and allow plenty of space between your vehicle and the slower moving cars, and wait to pass until a safe opportunity arises.

New Study Shows How Beneficial Financial Planning Can Be

by Keith Adkins | July 26th, 2012

July 26, 2012

The Consumer Federation of America released the results of their 2010 Household Financial Planning Survey earlier this week; some experts say the results show the need for Americans to make detailed and predetermined decisions about how to spend their money.

Participants in the study filled out surveys that covered questions on topics ranging from their financial status to their financial planning practices. The results were then compared to those collected from a similar survey in 1997.

The study’s results showed that fewer Americans are confident in their ability to achieve their financial goals than there were 15 years ago. As a result, more Americans may have to work past 65 years of age.

The study also found that families that practiced financial planning with less money stated that they lived comfortably more often than families with more money with no financial plan. Those that planned ahead were also less prone to financial worries, in better control of their finances, less likely to carry credit card debt, and more likely to be saving..

So what can you do to get started with a financial plan for your family?

The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz say that the first and most important step is contacting an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to discuss your family’s Wisconsin Financial Planning goals. From there, a plan can be created and drawn up specifically for you.

New Detail Emerge About Wisconsin Crane Collapse

by Keith Adkins | July 19th, 2012

July 19, 2012

New information has been released regarding the crane collapse that recently occurred near Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department issued their report on the incident, and according to an article from The Northwestern, many of the details within the report come from witness statements.

Witnesses claim that the crane collapsed either because a 52-ton highway girder was lowered too quickly, or because the crane’s position needed to be readjusted. One worker stated that he noticed the girder was being lowered much too quickly moments before the accident, and he soon witnessed the crane buckle under the enormous weight of the girder. He yelled for workers to move, but the girder fell directly on top of a 35-year-old truck driver before he could escape.

Another crane operator stated that he believes the crane may have shifted because of movement on the barge in which it rested. He stated that the girder was about five-feet above its resting place when the crane suddenly began to tip forward.

The Occupation Safety and Health Administration is investigating the construction company in charge of the project for safety violations connected to this incident, as well as another fatal crane accident that occurred in April.

The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz hope that the worker harmed in this accident recovers quickly from his Wisconsin Personal Injury.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Lawsuit against Drug Manufacturer

by Keith Adkins | July 12th, 2012

July 12, 2012

A decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a decision that found Pfizer subsidiary, Pharmacia, Inc., guilty of defrauding the state’s Medicaid program by inflating wholesale prices of medications to increase kickbacks that doctors, pharmacists, and the drug manufacturer would receive.  According to an article by WISHTV 8 News, the kickbacks influenced the drugs that doctors prescribed which could have led to improper care and cases of Wisconsin Personal Injury.

The lawsuit cited multiple examples of medical fraud. It claimed that dating back to 2004, Pharmacia, Inc. had been listing the wholesale price of the drug Adriamycin, used in the treatment of breast cancer, at $241.36. The company would then sell the drug for $33.43 and use the $207 remainder as a selling point to those looking to receive kickbacks from Medicaid for prescribing the medications.

A jury found Pharmacia, Inc. guilty of 4,578 Medicare fraud violations, and the company was ordered to pay $13.5 million in damages. The company appealed the decision on the basis that the jury had incorrectly calculated the fraud counts, but the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the decision.

The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz say that just having a doctor’s prescription for a medication doesn’t make it is safe to take. That is why the firm suggests educating yourself on the side effects of a medication before beginning your regimen and discussing any concerns you have with your doctor.

Speed, Seat Belts, and Inexperience to Blame for Fatal Car Accident

by Keith Adkins | June 28th, 2012

June 28, 2012

Police say that speeding, combined with a lack of driving experience and seat belt use, were responsible for causing a Waushara County Car Accident that claimed the lives of two local teens and seriously injured another individual. The accident occurred this past Sunday on Highway 21, near 31st Avenue in the town of Warren.

According to reports from FOX 11 News, a 15-year-old girl, from Redgranite, was behind the wheel of an SUV carrying two passengers. She was heading east along the highway when she unexpectedly lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle jerked into the oncoming lanes of traffic before crossing back over into a field and crashing into a barn.

The driver and a 17-year-old front seat passenger, neither of whom were wearing seatbelts, died at the scene. A 20-year-old passenger in the rear suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to a local hospital.

Another contributing factor to the accident may have been the passengers in the vehicle. A recent study by the AAA Foundation shows a teen driver’s risk of getting into an accident goes up by 44% when a passenger under the age of 21 is riding with them, and the risk doubles when there are two passengers.

This is why the Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman Janssen would like to remind parents to talk to their teens about the risks associated with carrying passengers and driving without a seatbelt.

Washed Out Roads Blamed For Neillsville Car Accident

by sjs | June 21st, 2012

June 21, 2012

A sinkhole in the middle of a Neillsville, Wisconsin, highway is responsible for causing two Neillsville Auto Accidents that killed three people yesterday evening. A story published by the Post Crescent stated that a passerby discovered the wreckage of the two vehicles at around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning along a County Road on the outskirts of town.

The National Weather Service stated that at the time surrounding when the accident had occurred, the area had received more than four inches of rain, much more than the soil was capable of retaining. The weakened soil gave way and destroyed a 50-foot long section of highway by creating a ravine approximately 15-feet deep.

Police believe that the driver of a pickup truck carrying one passenger was unable to see the washed out section of road due to low visibility from it being dark and possible raining and crashed into the ravine. A second vehicle with only one occupant also crashed into the hole.

By the time rescue crews arrived to offer help, it was too late and all three had passed.

Investigators say that they will continue to examine what other contributing factors may have played a part in the accident.

The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz say that a vital part of safe driving is knowing where you are going and what the road conditions will be like. Checking with your local weather network before traveling is the best way to ensure roads will allow safe passage.

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