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Milwaukee Snow Removal Ordinance

Shoveling SnowThe City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works released the following announcement to let residents know about a recent change to the sidewalk snow and ice removal ordinance:

Changes to City Ordinance 116-8-4 addressing snowy, icy sidewalks now in effect
Property owners in the City of Milwaukee are advised that a City ordinance amendment concerning sidewalk snow and ice removal took effect on January 20, 2015.

What is the City ordinance concerning clearing sidewalks during the winter? City of Milwaukee private property, residential or commercial property owners and occupants are required to clear the sidewalks abutting their property of snow or ice within 24 hours after a snow fall. This includes the corner crosswalk area for property owners with corner lots, and those whose property abuts a midblock crosswalk.

What has changed? If a property owner is found to be in violation of this ordinance, a special charge of $50 (up from $25) will be assessed. Property owners who fail to clear all sidewalk snow and ice within 24 hours after receiving notice of the violation will be assessed additional special charges of $75 (up from $45) for the first violation and $100 (up from $90) for a second violation and any violations thereafter, plus the cost of snow and ice removal if cleared by the City.

The Department of Public Works staff is responsible for monitoring properties for snow and ice removal compliance and provides clean-up services when necessary. Residents can also alert DPW to problem properties by calling (414) 286-CITY.

Announcement released on January 21, 2015.

Government Imposter Phone Scam

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection released the following statement today to warn consumers about a government imposter phone scam:

MADISON – The Consumer Information Hotline at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has received a number of inquiries about a government imposter phone scam. Wisconsin residents statewide are receiving prerecorded calls from “Steve Martin” with the “U.S. Treasury.” If you receive a similar call, hang up immediately and do not call back the number noted in the message.

Unfortunately, this type of government imposter scam is quite common. Scammers will call consumers out of the blue claiming that they are with the IRS, law enforcement or another government agency. The caller will threaten the consumer with arrest or financial penalties for supposedly failing to pay back taxes or unpaid loans, for failing to report for jury duty or for “check fraud.”

If you receive a similar call:

  • Hang up and do not return the call. Federal government agencies don’t ask people to send money for unpaid loans.
  • Remember that scammers can make your caller ID say whatever they choose. Do not trust that the information on your call ID display is legitimate.
  • Never give out personal or banking information on an unsolicited call.
  • There’s no legitimate reason for someone to ask you to wire money or load a rechargeable money card as a way to pay back a debt.
  • If you still feel unsure about the call, look up the official number of the agency the caller is pretending to represent so you can get the real story.

For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at datcp.wisconsin.gov, send an e-mail to datcphotline@wisconsin.gov or call the Consumer Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.

Released Wednesday, November 19, 2014. View the original report here.

WI Winter Awareness Week

The State of Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs recently released the following statement about Wisconsin Winter Awareness Week:

(MADISON) – Governor Scott Walker has declared November 10-14, 2014 as Winter Awareness Week in Wisconsin. The annual campaign, sponsored by Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM), its ReadyWisconsin preparedness program and NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), is to remind people to be prepared for winter conditions that could threaten their safety. “The number one thing to do: make sure you have an emergency supply kit in your car – it could save your life,” says Brian Satula, Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator.

Winter storms are considered deceptive killers because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. For example, in the last five years Wisconsin has averaged 18,000 motor vehicle crashes during winter months. On average, 45 people are killed each year and more than 4700 injured on icy or snow covered roads.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is also a danger. According to the Centers for Disease Control, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States, with more than 20,000 people visiting the emergency room and nearly 500 killed each year from overexposure to the gas.

Now is the time to winterize your car and home, gather items for an emergency kit in your car, and make sure you have a NOAA Weather Radio with fresh batteries. Additional winter weather tips and how to put together a winter emergency kit are available at the ReadyWisconsin website. Residents also can sign up for a chance to win an emergency winter kit. The web address is readywisconsin.wi.gov. In addition, there are numerous winter storm maps and a history of Wisconsin’s winter weather produced by the National Weather Service.

Released November 5, 2014. View the press release here: WI winter awareness week

Please take the time to winterize your car, create an emergency kit, and prepare for the colder months! Check back regularly to find more driving safety tips from us.

Attorney Dan Davis Gets Client $30,000 More Than “Final Offer”

Attorney Dan Davis received a low “final” settlement offer from an at-fault insurance company.  Rather than just accept the insurance company’s decision, Attorney Davis kept on fighting for his client.  He filed a lawsuit on behalf of his client and eventually forced the insurance company to settle the claim for $30,000 more than the original “final” offer.  The attorneys at Davis & Gelshenen work hard to fight for your rights and make sure you get what you deserve.

If you were injured in a car accident and would like a FREE CONSULTATION with Attorney Davis, call 1-866-427-2121 or email him at ddavis@dgattorneys.com.  Davis & Gelshenen always fights to get you more.

Stay Safe On Your Bicycle this Fall

Please remember to follow these cycling safety tips from Davis & Gelshenen:

  1. Have the correct bike for the terrain you’re  biking on.
  2. Make sure that when you purchase your bicycle, you get fitted appropriately.
  3. Buy the right gear.  This includes a helmet, front and back bike lights, bright or reflective clothing, comfortable shoes, bike gloves, and sunglasses.
  4. Check your bike’s tire pressure and brakes before every ride.
  5. Know the rules of the road and use turn signals.
  6. Never Drink and Ride.
  7. Never talk on a cell phone while riding.

If you have been in an accident on your bicycle as a result of someone’s negligence, contact Davis & Gelshenen for a free consultation at 866-421-2121 or email us at ddavis@dgattorneys.com.

Atty. Michaelson-Link Gets Client More Than Policy Limits

Attorney Leah Michaelson-Link’s client was a passenger in a vehicle which crossed the center line and hit another vehicle head on.  When the insurance company’s policy limits were insufficient to cover the medical bills and pain and suffering of her client, Atty. Michaelson-Link obtained a settlement from both insurance companies as well as the at fault driver, personally.  Atty. Michaelson-Link ultimately obtained a six-figure settlement for her client.

To speak with Atty. Leah Michaelson-Link regarding your case, call TOLL FREE at 1-866-427-2121 or email her at lmichaelson@dgattorneys.com.

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!

Attorney John Gelshenen Obtains $260,000 Settlement for Out of State Client

Attorney John Gelshenen’s client traveled to Wisconsin for his job.  After renting a car, a negligent truck driver rear-ended the client’s rental car.  As a result of the collision, the client herniated a disk in his back.  The herniation caused the client to undergo a year of medical treatment.  Because the treatment failed, the client had a lumbar fusion surgery to remove the disk.  Attorney Gelshenen convinced the at- fault insurance company to pay a $260,000.00 settlement to cover the client’s medical bills, lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering.

If you were injured in Wisconsin or Illinois, and are far away from home, Davis & Gelshenen LLP can help.  With offices throughout Wisconsin and Illinois, we are in the best position to investigate the accident, take photographs, interview witnesses,  contact local law enforcement, deal with local insurance companys, and commence litigation, if necessary.

Davis & Gelshenen LLP clients can rest assured that their case is being handled by a local attorney who knows all the ins and outs of the law, no matter where they are.