Tag Archives: Personal Injury Attorneys

Attorney Sean Mowery Obtains $65,000 Settlement for Client Who Sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury

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In this case, our client was a passenger in a vehicle that had lost control and left the roadway, striking a culvert and utility pole. The victim of this single car accident hired Davis & Gelshenen LLP to assist in the handling of their injury claim. The significant impact of the collision caused our client to sustain a traumatic brain injury, and also resulted in the need for a shoulder surgery. Attorney Sean Mowery garnered a settlement of $65,000 through his representation of the passenger.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, 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, Ohio, and North Carolina and will meet with you at your home to discuss your case.

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Attorney Nicholas Farina Obtains Settlement for Family Struck by Vehicle as Pedestrians

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In this case, a family of three was crossing a road at an intersection. As traffic stopped to allow the mother and father, who were pushing their daughter in a stroller, to cross the road, the at-fault driver failed to stop, striking the family at approximately 40 miles per hour, throwing the father up onto the windshield and pushing the daughter into in the middle of the intersection. The force of the collision caused the father to suffer a shattered tibia and fractures of his L3 and L4 vertebrae, resulting in our client enduring surgeries and a lengthy recovery process. Attorney Nicholas Farina fought for our clients and recovered a settlement for the limits of the insurance policy for the father’s case. The cases for the mother and daughter also received favorable outcomes.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, call Davis & Gelshenen LLP at 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, Ohio, and North Carolina and will meet with you at your home to discuss your case.

Attorney Sean Mowery Settles $200,000 Negligent Driver Case

seanIn this case, our client was traveling on an interstate when a negligent driver improperly changed lanes. The inattentive driver struck our client’s vehicle and sent it into the concrete median wall. Our client suffered meniscus damage in the knee and a torn rotator cuff, which required surgery. The client sought the services of Davis & Gelshenen, and Attorney Sean Mowery fought the insurance companies on the client’s behalf to ultimately settle the case.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, 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.

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.

Attorney Leah Michaelson-Link Settles Grocery Store Slip and Fall Case

leahIn this case, our client suffered ankle and hip injuries when she slipped and fell at a grocery store. The area in which she fell was covered with water, which was caused by a leaking cooler. The insurance carrier denied liability, so Attorney Michaelson-Link filed a lawsuit on behalf of our client. With Attorney Leah Michaelson-Link’s determination and expertise, our client received a favorable settlement.

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.

Police Blotter: Stopping Distance and Crash Prevention

The City of Madison Police Department recently posted the following report about speeding, stopping distance, and crash prevention:

We have all seen that vehicle racing down the road that just makes us shake our heads at how fast they are going, knowing that it is extremely unsafe. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), an average of 1,000 Americans are involved in fatal car accidents each month in which speed is the leading factor. Speeding is the third leading cause of all traffic accidents, yet about two thirds of drivers admit to driving above the posted speed limit on a regular basis (Parker-Poke, 2008).

When many people think about speeding, their main concern is usually about getting caught by the police and having to pay a ticket. In addition to paying the ticket, your insurance is likely to increase, as well. Besides tickets, speeding is also going to cost you more at the gas pump. The NHTSA tells us that fuel consumption significantly increases as a car goes above 45 mph. A car or small truck will use about 50 percent more fuel traveling at a speed of 75 mph than 55 mph.

Even though there are legal risks and increased finances, the greatest risk of speeding is to the driver’s safety and everyone else in the car or on the road. As a driver increases their speed, they are also increasing the amount of time and distance it would take them to come to a safe stop. A person would logically deduce that if your speed has doubled, then so has your stopping distance. On the contrary, if your speed increases from 30 mph to 60 mph, the distance needed to come to a safe stop is now four times greater. You go from needing 75 feet to stop to 240 feet to stop. Calculated into these stopping distances is not just the amount of time the car takes to come to a stop but also thinking distance. This is the amount of time it takes the brain to register brake lights and move their foot to the brake pedal.

Stopping distances graphThe stopping distances illustrated in the graph above represent those distances under ideal road conditions. This means that when roads are icy or wet, those distances will increase even more. Another factor in stopping distances is your reaction time, which goes hand-in-hand with your attentiveness while driving. The reaction time for an attentive driver is just under 1 second, but distracted drivers can take up to 3½ seconds to react. Distracted driving, whether due to using a cell phone or just changing a radio station, can greatly increase your reaction time and increase your stopping distance. Another factor in your stopping distances is the size of your vehicle. Drivers with larger vehicles like SUVs and trucks must also take into account that their stopping distances are larger because it takes more time for a heavier object to decrease its speed.

Speed limits are calculated with stopping distance in mind and are often based on the area in which one is driving. When you exceed the speed limit, you’re not just at risk for getting pulled over, you are also putting yourself and everyone around at a greater risk of being in an accident. Speed enforcement is about traffic safety for all drivers on the road.

Authored by Britni Sutton on the City of Madison Police Department Blog. Nov. 14, 2014. See original post here.

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.

Attorney Joe Pierotti Obtains Jury Verdict of More Than Two and a Half Times “Final Offer”

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This case involved a rear-end motor vehicle accident in which the defendant admitted negligence at trial, but disputed injuries and damages. The at fault driver had insurance coverage with $20,000 policy limits, but the insurance carrier offered our client only $6,000.  The case went to trial, and the jury returned a verdict in favor of our client in excess of the policy limits, and more than two and half times the insurance carrier’s final offer. Our client received the compensation they rightfully deserved with the help of Attorney Joe Pierotti.

If you have been injured in an accident, 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.

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.