Personal Injury

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can result from various accidents. TBIs can have a severe physical, cognitive and emotional impact. They require prompt medical attention and treatment.

Knowing the signs of a TBI allows you to seek appropriate care for yourself or a loved one.
Loss of consciousness
One clear sign of a TBI is a loss of consciousness. However, note that someone may have a TBI even if they remained awake and alert after a head impact.
Persistent headaches
Continue Reading Do not ignore the signs of a traumatic brain injury

Truck drivers play a vital role in our economy, transporting goods long distances so stores can stock their shelves.

Microsleeping is a phenomenon among truckers that poses a significant risk. The job often requires extended hours on the road, leading to fatigue and exhaustion. It only takes a split second of dozing off for a tragedy to occur.
Understanding microsleeping
Microsleeping refers to brief episodes of unconsciousness that last for no more than a few seconds. Many who experience
Continue Reading The danger of microsleeping among truckers

Workplace violence can happen in any industry, but some workers face this type of treatment far more often than others. American nurses are among those who are likely to encounter violence on the job, and incidents of violence directed towards nurses have surged in recent years, making it imperative to address and resolve this issue.

Violence against nurses has a significant impact on the physical and emotional well-being of these professionals. It also compromises their ability to provide quality
Continue Reading Violence Against Nurses an Ongoing Problem in Health Care

The “Ber” months are nearly here again, and with them comes the cold. While you should avoid driving in snowstorms, travel is sometimes necessary. Snowstorms can range from moderate to severe, and massive blizzards can blind even the most experienced driver. However, if you follow these safety tips and drive with extra caution, you can avoid hurting other road users during the winter.
What risks are you taking when driving during snowstorms?
Wintertime poses a great deal of
Continue Reading What you need to know when driving in snow

You went out last night to have a few drinks and an out of control patron assaulted you causing you to incur thousands of dollars in medical bills—who is liable for your injuries?

Of course, the individual who assaulted you is likely a target for any lawsuit. However the perpetrator may be judgment proof and the bar may be the only entity you can recover from.

While bars in Wisconsin enjoy broad immunity from liability for overserving patrons
Continue Reading Bar Fights and Third-Party Liability

For Immediate Release

The 2024 Best Lawyers in America® publication has selected Attorney Peter J. Carman S.C. for inclusion in the practice area of Workers’ Compensation – Claimant law. Inspired to pursue law by the film To Kill a Mockingbird at the tender age of five, Mr. Carman has been practicing law for more than 20 years, 10 years of which have been at his solo practice. His desire to help people is plainly evident in his focus on
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A change of scenery can be as authentic as going to a Wisconsin cabin, allowing yourself to indulge in the calming breeze of the pleasant summer season.

But as you are deep in the woods and far from modern conveniences, it is crucial to adequately prepare by equipping yourself with tools and strategies to avoid tragic road accidents. After all, you wouldn’t want your tranquil retreat to turn into a legal nightmare.
Ways cabin-goers stay safe on the road
Continue Reading 5 safety tips for your next Wisconsin cabin road trip

Murphy’s law states, “if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong.” That adage might hold true for some of the most dangerous occupations in America. But just how dangerous are certain occupations? And how worried should Wisconsin’s workers be?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), America saw 5,190 fatal work injuries in 2021. Of that total, 105 work-related deaths occurred in Wisconsin.
The most dangerous work events
When broken down for which types of
Continue Reading How fatal are Wisconsin’s workplaces?

There are a variety of situations where disputes about insurance coverage may arise, including cases involving injuries that occurred because of a person’s actions. In these situations, insurance companies may deny claims for numerous reasons, claiming that exceptions to coverage apply or that injuries were not accidental. This can put people in a difficult situation as they seek compensation in personal injury cases or similar matters, and they may need to take legal action to fight against the denial
Continue Reading Wisconsin Supreme Court Addresses Reckless and Intentional Conduct in Insurance Disputes

Pierce v. Banks et al., No. A23A0394, 2023 WL 4227923 (Ga. Ct. App. June 28, 2023)

In Pierce, the Georgia Court of Appeals issued a decision regarding the enforceability of settlement agreements where strict “mirror-image” acceptance is not achieved. Appellant Aaron Pierce was involved in a motor-vehicle accident with Appellees Kyndyl Banks and Octavius Avery Smith. Following the accident, counsel for Pierce made a written pre-suit offer to Appellees’ insurer, Trexis One Insurance Corporation. The offer letter provided that
Continue Reading Georgia Court of Appeals Decision on ‘Mirror-Image’

Whatever floats your boat, they say. Imagine the pure joy of boating in a beautiful Wisconsin lake during summer, only to crash the waters later in the day due to someone’s negligence.

The state’s Department of Natural Resources reported 20 fatal boating accidents last year, on top of another 112 boat-related incidents. If you’re contemplating sailing away or already in the middle of the aquatic fun, take extra precautions by reading on. 
Leading causes of boating accidents
Before operating
Continue Reading Boating accidents: What you must know before hitting the water

Note: This is the second of two parts in the State Bar of Wisconsin Litigation Blog discussing the agricultural tourism immunity statute for an injury claim that occurred at a barn wedding. For the plaintiff side, see the article by Amy Risseeuw, “Agricultural Tourism Immunity and Barn Weddings: The Plaintiff.”

Weddings held at a farm, ranch, or orchard not only provide a relaxed and fun alternative to traditional venues but can also be an income lifeline to
Continue Reading Agricultural Tourism Immunity and Barn Weddings: The Defense

Workplace accidents can happen anytime you least expect them – even on the first day of work.

According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) study, new workers are five times more likely to receive injuries than their more experienced seniors. In addition, 40% of all injuries recorded for the report involved workers who have been on the job for less than a year. BLS even estimated that one in every eight injuries occurs on a worker’s first day.
Continue Reading When can I start filing a workers’ compensation claim?

By: Attorney Chris Strohbehn and Law Clerk Nancy Cattani

Few things are more terrifying than the idea of being inside a building that collapses. People in this situation may be injured by falling rubble or could be pinned under debris, such as collapsed walls and ceilings. Collapses of large, multi-story buildings are likely to be even more dangerous, as people could experience serious or fatal injuries in falls, and rescuers may need to dig through tons of debris before
Continue Reading Who Can Be Held Liable for Losses in a Building Collapse?

According to various different wedding websites, approximately 15 to 20 percent of couples are choosing to hold rustic wedding ceremonies and receptions at a barn, farm, or ranch.

While many attorneys practicing personal injury law may have come across a premises liability claim regarding a fall that occurred at a wedding, the agricultural tourism immunity statute, Wis. Stat. section 895.524, adds an interesting layer to an injury claim that occurred at a barn or farm wedding.
The Case
Continue Reading Agricultural Tourism Immunity and Barn Weddings: The Plaintiff

A holiday celebration almost does not feel as special without a grand fireworks display. But improper use of fireworks can quickly extinguish all the high-spirited fun.

In 2021 alone, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported nine fireworks fatalities and approximately 11,500 fireworks injuries rushed to U.S. hospital emergencies. Burns on fingers, ears, and face are the most common injuries. Other severe injuries include loss of hearing and vision.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services provides safety tips and
Continue Reading Fireworks injuries: When festive becomes fatal