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Davis & Gelshenen Supports Wisconsin AIDS Walk 2010

Davis & Gelshenen helped support the AIDS Walk Wisconsin 2010 on September 19, 2010.   AIDS Walk Wisconsin raises money for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.  This year the walk raised $261,094.00.  This money will benefit thousands of Wisconsin residents living with HIV or AIDS, as well as providing prevention education to others.   The walk takes place annually beginning at the Henry W. Maier Summerfest grounds along Milwaukee’s Lakefront.

Davis & Gelshenen is pleased to help with such a worthwhile cause.  Congrats to all of the walkers and to AIDS Walk Wisconsin 2010.

Recent Salmonella Outbreak, Egg Recall is Largest in United States History.

After people throughout the United States experienced an outbreak of Salmonella Poisoning, the infectious bacteria has been traced back to the egg distribution company Wright County Egg of Galt.  This company distributes eggs to California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa under multiple brand names.  According to the Chicago Daily Herald, the outbreak may have sickened as many as 1,300 people.  Congress has subpoenaed the owner of Wright County Egg of Galt, Austin DeCoster, to testify regarding the outbreak.

Illnesses have been reported in Minnesota, California, and Wisconsin as a result of the salmonella outbreak.  Symptoms of salmonella bacteria can include fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea.  It can be fatal to children, seniors, and people with weakened immune systems.  The best way for people to protect themselves from the salmonella outbreak is to either throw away or take recalled eggs back to the store.

The FDA is working to create legislation that will mandate egg producers to purchase only salmonella free chicks and have producer houses test for salmonella.  The FDA encourages consumers to take the following steps to stay safe from salmonella:

  1. Refrigerate all eggs.
  2. Make sure to use eggs within 3 weeks of purchasing them.
  3. When cooking eggs, make sure to cook until the yolk is firm (not runny).
  4. Cook all foods with egg in them thoroughly.

If you have been injured by the recent salmonella outbreak, Davis & Gelshenen can help.  Call toll free at 1-866-427-2121 for a FREE CONSULTATION with one of our experienced attorneys or email Partner John J. Gelshenen, Jr. at jgelshenen@dgattorneys.com.

Have You Been Affected by the Recent Legionnaires’ Outbreak?

Cudahy, Wis. –A Legionnaires’  Outbreak at St. Luke’s South Shore Hospital infected 8 people with the deadly water borne bacteria during the months of February and March of 2010.   The Hospital’s decorative waterfall has been identified as the bacteria source.  If you or someone you know has been injured by this outbreak please contact Davis & Gelshenen LLP at 1-866-427-2121 for more information.

What is Legionnaires’ Disease?  Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by inhaling legionella bacteria.  If left untreated, the disease can lead to respiratory failure, septic shock, and acute kidney failure.  People most susceptible to the disease are older adults, smokers, and people with already weakened immune systems.  Symptoms of the disease develop between 2 and 14 days of exposure and can include headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, as well as confusion and changes in mental ability (Mayo Clinic).

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that every year, “between 8,000 and 18,000 people are hospitalized with Legionnaires’.”  However, it is believed that many occurrences are under reported due to the rare nature of the disease (CDC).

Legionella bacteria thrives in damp warm environments, yet rarely causes harm in nature.  Legionella bacteria thrives in man-made environments such as pipes, faucets, and shower heads.  Outbreaks have historically been linked to whirlpools on cruise ships, cooling towers in AC Units, decorative fountains, swimming pools, physical therapy equipment, and water systems in hotels, hospitals, and retirement homes (Mayo Clinic).

If you have been injured by the recent Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak at St. Luke’s South Shore Hospital or any other medical injury due to the negligence of a hospital, contact Atty. John Gelshenen toll free at 1-866-427-2121 or email him at jgelshenen@dgattorneys.com for a free consultation.

Seatbelt Use Makes For Safer Roads In July

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reports that increased seatbelt use has been a catalyst for fewer driving fatalities in Wisconsin.  This July, we have seen the second lowest crash fatalities for the month since 1944.

Dennis Hughes, the chief of safety programs for the Bureau of Transportation safety reported that “A major reason why traffic fatalities are low is that safety belt use has reached an all-time high in Wisconsin.”   According to Mr. Hughes, part of this trend can be related to the new seatbelt laws passed in Wisconsin last year allowing police officers to stop drivers for not wearing their seatbelt.  Approximately 79% of drivers in Wisconsin are buckling up.

Make sure to buckle up when you’re on the road.  Let’s keep Wisconsin safe!

Atty. Michaelson-Link Fights for Client – Gets Additional $50,000

Attorney Leah Michaelson-Link’s client was rear ended and sustained neck and back injuries in Racine, Wisconsin.   Her client’s treatment resulted in almost $25,000 in medical costs.   The insurance company only offered $15,000 to settle the case.

Atty. Michaelson-Link refused the offer and filed suit on the case, pushing the insurance company to up their offer from $15,000 to $65,000.00.  Atty. Michaelson-Link’s tough stance with the insurance company earned her client an additional $50,000 dollars, a 75% increase from their initial offer.

Have you been in a car accident?  Insurance companies will always try to give you less than you deserve.  In this case, the insurance company tried to get out of covering even the basic medical costs of our injured client.  Call Davis & Gelshenen at (866) 427-2121 for a free consultation on your case.  We always fight to get you more money and a fair settlement.

Wisconsin Gets Tough on Drunk Driving

According to a 2009 study by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Wisconsin leads the nation in drunk driving incidents.  The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, reported that there were more than 44,000 drunk driving convictions in Wisconsin just last year.

2009 Wisconsin Act 100 , which took effect on July 1, 2010, is the Wisconsin Legislature’s latest attempt to eliminate drunk driving in Wisconsin.  The new law targets repeat offenders, and provides for more opportunities for treatment of alcohol abuse.

The new law also includes the following provisions:

  1. Ignition Interlocks will be required for all repeat offenders and first time offenders who have had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of over 0.15.  These devices make it impossible for cars to start if a person has any alcohol in their breath content.
  2. 4th time repeat offenses will now be treated as felonies if they are within 5 years of the previous offense.
  3. The new law allows judges to offer less jail time to offenders who choose and succeed in alcohol rehabilitation, thereby making treatment of alcoholism more accessible to Wisconsin’s long term drunk driving issues.
  4. 1st Offense DUIs will now be categorized as misdemeanors if a child under 16 years of age is present in the vehicle.
  5. Increased criminal charges and license reinstatement charges.

For more information on the problem of drunk driving in Wisconsin, check out the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s special report called Wasted in Wisconsin.  For additional information on the new OWI law, visit the State Bar’s Wisconsin Lawyer article by Andrew Mishlove & Lauren Stuckert.

Oprah Winfrey’s No Phone Zone Campaign

Distracted Driving has become a hot new topic with the advent of cell phone technology, most specifically with the dangers of texting while driving. Oprah Winfrey has joined forces with the U.S. Department of Transportation, GHSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, FocusDriven, a non-profit group combating the problem, and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) to combat Destructive Driving.  Oprah has started a No Phone Zone campaign, serving as a Public Service Announcement to discuss the dangers of Distracted Driving.  Click here to pledge not to use your cell phone while driving and join Oprah’s No Phone Zone Campaign to encourage safe driving.

Summer Safety – Road Trips

Summer is the season for sunny getaways.  Every summer, people take to the road with friends and family.  Before you pack up the car and head out, here are some safety tips from Davis & Gelshenen to make sure your road trip goes along without a hitch:

1. Pack Light

SUV’s and minivans have a tendency to be top heavy.  While it may be tempting to strap some more gear to the top of your SUV, remember that added weight on top increases your vehicle’s chances of rolling over.  No matter what kind of vehicle you own, packing excessive weight to the rear or top of the vehicle impairs the steering and changes your stopping distance ability.

When loading up your car, make sure that your rear window visibility is not impaired. The driver’s ability to see out all windows is crucial to vehicle safety.  This safety step also prevents cargo from falling onto passengers in the event of a sudden stop or accident.

2. Vehicle Maintenance

Making sure that your vehicle is ready for the road is an important step in making sure you make it to your destination safely.  Don’t get on the road without making sure that your maintenance is up to date.

This includes checking your car battery, brake pads, oil and coolant.  Consult with your local automotive shop to clarify that your tires are in good condition and don’t leave home without a tire gauge, jack, and lug wrench in your vehicle.

3. Child Safety

See our earlier post about Child Safety Seating to get comprehensive and up to date information on making sure kids are safe on your trip.

4. Driver Safety

Distracted driving has become a hot issue with the expansion of cell phone technology.  Make sure that the driver on your Road Trip is not distracted with text messaging, phone conversations, and other portable electronic devices such as GPS, laptops, and video screens.

Passengers should take over the use of these gadgets.  If you are driving solo, pull over to the side of the road if it is imperative you use the device.

If neither of these are an option, make sure to use bluetooth enabled headsets to minimize hand-held electronic distraction.

5. Staying Alert

Driver fatigue is most commonly encountered on long road trips.  Fatigue can cause delayed reaction time, veering of your vehicle, and misjudging of traffic signals and situations.

Make sure to follow these helpful tips to prevent driver fatigue:

  • Schedule regular breaks throughout your trip. Try to take breaks every two hours on the road.
  • Don’t work a full day before taking your road trip.
  • Don’t drink alcohol the night before driving.
  • Share driving responsibilities.
  • Avoid driving during regular sleeping hours.

Following these simple steps will ensure you reach your destination safely.  Not having to worry about breakdowns or accidents will make your summer road trip exciting, fun, and stress free   Taking some time out for precautions is the best way to protect yourself and your family this summer.

(Photo Credit- Zachary Tewalthomas 2009)

Texting While Driving now Illegal in Wisconsin

Governor Jim Doyle recently signed a bill into law enforcing penalties to drivers who text while driving.  The fines are similar to those applied for inattentive driving, with fines ranging from $20.00 to $400.00.  The law takes effect December 1, 2010.

The texting-while-driving ban falls under the primary enforcement category, which means that police officers can ticket drivers for texting while driving, without any other provocation, such as traffic infractions.

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