Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawsuit

Personal Injury Lawsuits Filed Against Healthcare Facilities in Wisconsin

by Keith Adkins | May 2nd, 2013

May 2, 2013

In recent years, an alarming number of Wisconsin Personal Injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice lawsuits have been filed against nursing homes in the state. An investigative report by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism discussed the lawsuits and what people can do to protect their loved ones from harm.

More than 297 suits have been filed against long-term care facilities in the state since 1986. A majority of the claims, 167 to be exact, were settled out of court before a trial could take place. Only seven of the cases went before a jury.

Several recent changes to state law are making it harder for families to hold healthcare providers responsible for their negligence. Records of abuse and neglect, that could show repeat patterns of negligence at a facility and potentially persuade a jury to rule in favor of the victim, are no longer allowed in court.

The changes have prompted many citizens to become more concerned about the care their loved ones receive and what they can do to ensure their family members’ safety.

Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz and their team of Appleton Personal Injury Attorneys believe being actively involved in a loved one’s care by visiting regularly and asking plenty of questions of caregivers is one of the best ways to prevent a patient from being harmed.

State Bar of Wisconsin Calls For Legal Service Funding To Be Restored

by Keith Adkins | April 18th, 2013

April 18, 2013

In any civil matter heard by the court system, such as a Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawsuit, whether or not an individual has legal representation could have a drastic effect on the decision that is reached in the case. Unfortunately though, many citizens cannot afford to hire an attorney.

Several years ago, Wisconsin eliminated funding for civil legal services for those with low incomes, such as the disabled, the elderly, and those who have been victims of domestic violence.

In 2008, the state legislature sat aside a total of $ 1 million for these purposes. The following year, the number almost doubled when the fund topped out at $1.9 million. Funding significantly grew again in 2010 when $2.5 million was allocated to the fund; however, state lawmakers completely eliminated the program in 2011 despite significant growth.

With a $420 million dollar surplus for the next several fiscal years, the State Bar of Wisconsin has called for the state to readopt the funding. The organization believes doing so would help the court system to more effectively hand down justice.

The Green Bay Personal Injury Attorneys with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz acknowledge that every citizen has a right to a fair trial in any civil matter and firmly believe that affordable legal representation is an integral part of achieving that.

 

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