Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyer

Sigman Janssen Represents Family in Suit Against Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells

by sjs | March 30th, 2015

Sigman Janssen has filed a suit against Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dellls alleging negligence.  See article from Madison.com posted here.

3 Reasons Hiring An Estate Planning Lawyer May Be A Good Idea

by Keith Adkins | April 3rd, 2014

If you’re thinking about planning a secure financial future for their family and loved ones, an Estate Planning Lawyer can help protect your legal rights.

Some of the most common concerns often overlooked in financial plans include:

  • Ensuring Money Left To Loved Ones Stays With Them- The Wall Street Journal recently told the story of a Wisconsin woman who inherited $300,000 from an IRA her mother purchased in 2001. The woman who inherited the funds had filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and lawyers had to argue before the Supreme Court that the inherited funds could not be accessed by creditors.
  • Taxes- When money or assets are left to a loved one, the government may attempt to collect taxes on the gift. Hiring an attorney may be able to help prohibit the government’s access to those assets.
  • Probate Litigation- Leaving property to a loved one isn’t as simple as making a declaration of intent. Paperwork and documents must be completed in order to secure a legal transfer and an attorney will know exactly what is needed to do so.

The Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz recognize how complex and confusing the laws overseeing estate planning can be, and they are here to help anyone who is in need of estate planning services. Call us today at 1-800-775-1441 to discuss your legal options!

University of Wisconsin Files Lawsuit Against Apple in Patent Dispute

by Keith Adkins | February 6th, 2014

When businesses seek the exclusive right to create, manufacture, and sell specific items, they apply for patents to prevent others from using their ideas or products. The Wisconsin Business Law Attorneys with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz explain that if someone other than the patent holder attempts to use a patented idea or device, the patent holder can file a lawsuit against the perpetrator.

Such a lawsuit was recently filed against Apple, after the University of Wisconsin claimed the company infringed on the school’s “Table Based Data Speculation Circuit for Parallel Processing Computer” patent when they released the A7 chip for use in products like the iPhone 5 and iPad Air.

According to an article from The Badger Herald, the use of the chip, which processes information twice as fast as its predecessor, infringes on a patent obtained by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). The University of Wisconsin is seeking to halt Apple from using the technology and to fine the company for the infraction.

The Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz are aware of how complex a business dispute can become, and they encourage anyone who has questions regarding their business’s legal rights to discuss their case with a qualified attorney immediately.

Debate Over Raising Wisconsin’s Speed Limit Stirs Controversy

by Keith Adkins | October 31st, 2013

October 31, 2013

Speeding is one of the leading causes of fatal motor vehicle collisions in the United States, and it’s fueling controversy about whether or not Wisconsin should raise its speed limit. The Wisconsin Car Accident Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz point out that one state legislator is pushing a bill that would increase speed limits in the state to 70 mph.

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, those in favor of the change say Wisconsin is the only state in the Midwest with a speed limit of 65 mph. Furthermore, proponents of the change say the increase would bring improvements to traffic flow, while allowing motorists faster commutes that would provide more time at home with their families.

Opponents of the changes claim the increase would lead to more accidents with more serious injuries. Many called for the bill to also include clauses that would stiffen penalties for distracted driving or failing to be properly restrained in a vehicle. The costs of changes to signage were also cited as a reason to hold off on the changes.

Lawmakers are considering voting on the measure during the next legislative session.

The Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyers at Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz want to remind Wisconsin drivers to stay aware of changing road conditions and to always obey posted speed limits.

Lawmakers Considering Reforms to the Wisconsin Workers Compensation System

by Keith Adkins | October 10th, 2013

October 10, 2013

When an employee is injured on-the-job, they often have a right to file for compensation for medical bills and lost wages through their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance coverage. The Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz explain the system in Wisconsin is considered strong, with some of the lowest costs and fastest recuperation times in the nation. But recent rate spikes have some legislators considering changes to the law.

According to the LaCrosse Tribune, one study shows the costs for two different groups of patients to have Wisconsin doctors perform the same arthroscopic knee surgery differed by $2,155. The only difference between the two groups was one set of patients was covered by a group insurance policy, while the other was covered under the state’s workers’ compensation system. Those receiving procedures paid for by workers’ compensation coverage were being charged much more.

Now, lawmakers are considering measures that would create a fee schedule for the prices of procedures. Officials say the fee schedule would be set at 175 percent of what Medicare pays for a procedure, and they believe the measure would control inflating costs.

The law firm’s team of Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes just how complex the claims process for workers’ compensation can be. Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz is here to help anyone who has been injured while on-the-job.

Green Bay Car Accident Lawyers Examine Defective Highway Design

by Keith Adkins | September 26th, 2013

September 26, 2013

The Green Bay Car Accident Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz explain that each year, hundreds of thousands of car accidents are recorded in Wisconsin and across the United States. A portion of those crashes are attributed to a defective highway design or maintenance, such as uneven pavement. In fact, a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that almost 750 accidents that researchers examined were the result of problems with a roadways design.

In an effort to avoid such crashes in the city of Green Bay, officials recently announced the indefinite closing of the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge due to sagging. According to a story released by the Appleton Post-Crescent, the sagging creates an 800-foot long section of bridge that contains a dip that can be as deep as one and a half feet deep. If a vehicle was to strike the sagging section, it could easily cause an accident or vehicle damage.

Officials added that they have pinpointed the problem to a support structure known as Pier 22. They stated that when the structure settled recently, it caused the roadway above to sink. They are unsure when the bridge will reopen.

Sigman Janssen’s team of Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes the dangers a defective highway can pose to motorists. That’s why the firm urges anyone who has been injured in a crash caused by such negligence to discuss their legal rights with an attorney.

Wisconsin Plant Fined $185,000 for Worker Safety Violations

by Keith Adkins | September 12th, 2013

September 12, 2013

The Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz explain that fires and explosions are responsible for a large portion of work-related accidents. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated fires and explosions were responsible for roughly 3 percent of all workplace fatalities in 2012.

A manufacturing plant in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, owned by Packing Corp. of America, is required to pay a fine of $185,000 5after an accident involving a fire that left one worker seriously injured. According to an article from the Insurance Journal, the plant has been the site of five work-related fatalities since 2008.

Reports from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration indicate that the worker was attempting to restart a boiler at the facility when he suffered serious burn injuries. As a result, the company was issued 30 citations for safety violations. Some of the charges include failure to provide employers with proper safety equipment to conduct job duties and not storing hazardous materials in a proper fashion.

The company now has 15 days to either comply and pay the fines or contest OSHA’s findings.

Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz’s team of Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyers is aware of the numerous dangers many workers face on a daily basis and are hopeful the fines recently issued will help improve work conditions at the facility.

Many Initially Denied Social Security Disability Claims Now Being Approved

by Keith Adkins | June 27th, 2013

June 27, 2013

With a growing number of American citizens applying for Social Security Disability Benefits each day, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is denying more claims than ever before. Data indicates that as many as 70 percent of all initial Social Security disability claims are denied.

But the SSA’s tightening of the reins is being undermined by many claim denials being overturned by administrative judges. Further complicating the problem is the fact that the agency is not following up on approved claims in a timely manner to ensure the recipient is still unable to work.

An article from CBS News explains that many experts feel an overload of cases heard by administrative judges. The judges are expected to hear a certain number of cases each year, which has led to court officials prematurely handing out approvals.

Numbers show judges are approving more than half of the cases they hear. This is because judges are expected to hear between 500 and 700 cases per year and, often, approvals are given just to keep up with the caseload.

The SSA is also falling behind on follow up procedures to ensure payments are being made correctly. The agency currently has 1.3 million follow-up review cases to handle.

The Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz recognize how complex the Social Security Disability system can be and are here to answer any questions if you are considering applying for benefits.

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.

 

Settlement Reached in Wisconsin Wrongful Death Case

by Keith Adkins | February 21st, 2013

Feb. 21, 2013

The family of a 65-year-old woman killed due to nursing home negligence has settled a Wisconsin Wrongful Death lawsuit filed in connection to the incident, but hundreds of other patients face similar cases of neglect and abuse each year. A story from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism discussed the problem and what actions victims and their families can take if an incident of abuse or neglect takes place.

In March 2008, the female victim was checked into a nursing home in Mayville, Wisconsin. The woman suffered from hypotension that caused her to lose her balance and become dizzy when she attempted to stand on her own.

Four days after check in, the woman hit a call button that went unanswered. When she attempted to stand and walk on her own, she fell and hit her head. The impact of the blow left the woman with serious injuries and resulted in her death.

The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that the facility had acted negligently in not responding to the call button in a timely manner. They claimed that this directly resulted in the woman’s death.

The Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyers at the law firm of Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz understand how devastating the loss of a loved one due to another’s negligence can be, and they hope the settlement will bring a sense of closure to the family of the victim.

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