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Attorney John Gelshenen Settles Case for a Former Hollywood Actress

JJG Solo1Our client, a former actress, injured her rotator cuff in an intersection automobile accident. Because the at-fault driver’s insurance company would not voluntarily pay her a fair settlement, Attorney Gelshenen filed a lawsuit and forced the insurance company to recognize fault and make a fair settlement offer. With Attorney John Gelshenen’s expertise, our client received the justice she deserved.

Results may vary based on specific injuries and the circumstances surrounding each individual case. The results listed above are not a predictor of the same results in similar cases.

Car Selfies – A Dangerous New Trend

Selfie. It’s the buzzword that everyone seems to be using. Everyone is posting pictures of themselves on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Views on selfies have become somewhat controversial to the point that certain locations, such as historical landmarks, restaurants, and other establishments have banned visitors from taking pictures of themselves!

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There is a new trend in the world of selfies – car selfies.  Popular among teens and celebrities, this trend has grown quickly. Search for #carselfie on Instagram, and you’ll be surprised to find that almost 500,000 photos appear. If you search #drivingselfie, you’ll find almost 18,000 photos, and #drivingtowork has about 15,000 results. Some people add extra hashtags to their photos, such as #IhopeIdontcrash and #EyesOffTheRoad. OnTwitter, you’ll find similar results – an overabundance of these photos.  As driving selfies are becoming more popular, road safety advocates are becoming more concerned about the dangers of this trend. Similar to texting and driving, taking a selfie while driving is distracting. Since it is common among young drivers, this trend is seriously impacting road safety.

Ford conducted a survey that revealed 25% of young drivers have taken a driving selfie, and 33% of all drivers have taken a driving selfie in the U.S. This data is significantly different than that of other countries, where less people admitted to ever taking a car selfie. In the U.S., teens are attached to their phones. Young drivers are already at risk on the roads due to their inexperience. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers, with 12% of fatal accidents due to distracted driving. According to the Department of Transportation, more than 3,000 deaths are caused by distracted driving every year. When you add this growing trend of car selfies into the mix, you have very serious risks on the road.

The process of taking a selfie while driving leads to other problems, namely that it encourages other in-car phone activity, such as checking social media. A study found that it takes, on average, 14 seconds to take the photo and 20 seconds to post the photo. That means that someone who is taking a photo while driving is distracted and potentially has their eyes off the road for 34 seconds. Road safety experts warn that this phenomenon is potentially more dangerous than texting or talking on the phone while driving. When you do this, you put yourself in danger, as well as those around you.

While this trend is new and some may find it amusing, safety experts warn people that the potential for injury and death is very real. The more driving pictures people continue to post, the more it encourages others to do the same. If everyone decided to stop contributing to this trend, we could put an end to its scary potential.

If you have been in an accident with a distracted driver, call Davis & Gelshenen LLP at 1-866-427-2121 for a free initial consultation with one of our Experienced, Trusted, and Recommended Personal Injury Attorneys. Davis & Gelshenen LLP handles cases throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio, and will meet with you at your home to discuss your case.

When Do You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

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While some people have experience with lawyers, others do not have any at all. Those who have not been involved with a lawyer in the past can be hesitant when deciding if they need a lawyer. According to Nolo.com, if any of the following situations happen to you, the skills of an experienced personal injury lawyer are almost certainly worth the time and money it takes to have a lawyer represent you.

Long-Term or Permanently Disabling Injuries

Some accidents can result in injuries that significantly affect your physical capabilities or appearance for an extended period of time, or even permanently. Figuring out how much a serious injury is worth can be difficult. If you believe your injuries might be long term or permanent, you should contact an attorney.

Severe Injuries

The amount of your accident compensation is determined by the severity of your injuries. The severity of your injuries is measured by the amount of your medical bills, the type of injuries you have, and the length of time it takes for you to recover. As the amount of your potential compensation increases, the range within which that compensation may fall becomes wider. In such cases, it is worth the expense to have a lawyer handle your claim to make sure you receive compensation at the highest end of the range.

Medical Malpractice

Injuries or illness can occur due to careless, unprofessional, or incompetent treatment at the hands of a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other medical provider. The medical questions and legal rules involved in these cases are complex, so it is recommended that you hire an attorney with experience in medical malpractice cases.

Toxic Exposure

In the increasingly chemical world, you can become ill from exposure to contaminants in the air, soil, water, products, or food. Claims based on such exposure are difficult to prove and often require scientific data. Chemical companies, food producers, and other industries have taken measures to protect themselves from such legal issues, and the required evidence can be hard to come by, so you will want to get expert help.

When an Insurance Company Refuses to Pay

In many instances, regardless of the nature of your injury, the amount of your medical bills, or the result of lost income, insurance companies either refuse to pay or refuse to pay reasonable amounts to settle claims.  In such cases it is imperative that you hire a lawyer in order to force the insurance company or government agency to make a fair settlement offer. In some cases, a lawyer can negotiate a settlement for you for more than you originally thought possible.

Finding a Good Personal Injury Lawyer

A good way to find a lawyer is to ask friends, injury specialists, or other lawyers for referrals. You can also do your own research and interview potential firms. It is important to base your decision on information about the lawyer’s education, experience, and general philosophy of practicing law to ensure that they will be a good fit for you and your case.

If you or someone you know has been in any of these situations, call Davis & Gelshenen LLP at 1-866-427-2121 for a free initial consultation with one of our Experienced, Trusted, and Recommended Personal Injury Attorneys.  Davis & Gelshenen LLP handles cases throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio, and will meet with you at your home to discuss your case.