Personal Injury

If you or one of your loved ones are considering contacting a personal injury attorney, you are probably dealing with a difficult situation. Painful injuries, expensive bills, and worries about the future can leave you stressed out and confused. Even simple tasks can be hard under those circumstances, and navigating the world of legal options, processes, and terms can be extremely confusing. To help you successfully maneuver through these unfamiliar words and actions, we have created a comprehensive guide to the common terminology used in a personal injury case in Wisconsin. From understanding a single term to an overview of…
Wisconsin was one of the earliest adopters of workers’ compensation laws dating back to 1911. Workers’ compensation is like a no-fault system, meaning an injured worker can be compensated if the injury “arises out of” employment. Whether the employer did anything wrong or if the employer was negligent, it does not typically matter. The worker in either case receives benefits according to a series of schedules that depend on the earnings of the worker, the body part injured, and how badly injured that body part is.…
Numerous conditions can cause someone to slip and fall and result in injury. Conditions such as uneven pavement, improperly marked steps, folded-up floor mats, potholes, bad tiles or floors, or items left on the floor are a few examples. Slips can occur due to water on floors or ice on sidewalks or parking lots. Ice can accumulate naturally, by improper drainage from a roof or a snow pile, or when proper snow removal and salting is ignored. Water can be brought in from outside by foot or can result from someone mopping a floor and not appropriately warning with a…
Each year, winter weather conditions such as snow and ice are responsible for around 50,000 car accidents, 5,000 injuries, and 45 fatalities statewide, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Many of these are single-vehicle accidents related to the increased difficulty of keeping a car under control. However, a good number of these crashes involve multiple vehicles, and when this is the case, driver negligence can still be a factor. If you are injured in a crash with another driver during dangerous weather conditions, an attorney can help you understand your options regarding a personal injury claim. The Importance…
Not everything insurance adjusters say is false, however, the attorneys at Murphy & Prachthauser want you to remember that it’s the insurance adjuster’s job to pay as little as possible—or even no money at all—on your car accident case. Insurance adjusters do not have the same end-goal as you and it’s important to keep this in mind when you are in contact with them. Oftentimes, when it seems as though someone is trying to help you and they make a bold statement such as “we have a right to all of your medical records,” you tend to believe them.…
According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, large trucks are involved in more than 7,000 accidents, 2,000 injuries, and 70 fatalities throughout the state each year. Semi-truck accidents are particularly dangerous because of the size and weight of the vehicles, and in most cases, the occupants of other vehicles bear the brunt of the impact. These accidents happen for a variety of reasons, but one that can be challenging for an injured person to deal with is loose or unsecured cargo. If you have been injured in a truck accident, an attorney can help you determine who was responsible and…
Motor vehicle collisions happen all the time and automobile manufacturers are required to provide certain safety features to help protect occupants in foreseeable crashes. When vehicles fail to protect occupants, manufacturers can be held liable in a crashworthiness case. Crashworthiness is a subset of product liability that relates to the vehicle’s ability to protect occupants in a crash. In a crashworthiness case, there are two collisions. The first collision is with another vehicle or object. The second collision is the occupant of the vehicle colliding with the vehicle interior. In a crashworthiness personal injury lawsuit, you’re alleging that a system…
Theoretically, our cars should be designed to protect us during a crash. However, sometimes things can go wrong, and even our airbags – which were designed to keep us safe – can cause serious injury. When they work properly, airbags undoubtedly save lives. Frontal airbags have been found to reduce driver fatalities by 29%. However, they do not always work. Airbags can fail to deploy or deploy too forcefully. What do you need to know about defective airbags and what can go wrong? Let’s take a look: Common Airbag Defects In general, there are three general types of airbag…
Elliot Brey and Estate of Ryan B. Johnson v. State Farm Mut. Aut. Ins. Co., et al., 2019 WL 6449010 (Ct. App., June 25, 2020) Elliot arose from a single-vehicle accident resulting in the death of Ryan Johnson, a passenger. Johnson’s son, Plaintiff-appellant, Elliot Brey (“Brey”), a minor, brought an action in Monroe County Circuit Court seeking recovery from the vehicle driver/owner and his insurer for negligence. Brey also named State Farm in the action seeking to recover, under the State Farm policy’s UIM provision, damages Brey sustained as a result of Johnson’s wrongful death, pursuant to Wis. Stat. §…
You’ve seen them in grocery and big-box stores – people shopping while riding a motorized shopping cart supplied by the store. While these scooters are great for those with mobility issues, they can endanger other shoppers. Those driving the cart can strike other customers, knocking them down and potentially causing serious injuries. The driver could lose control, or just not be paying attention, among other reasons. Depending on how serious the injuries are, and your ability to recover, you could be eligible for a substantial settlement or court verdict. How Motorized Shopping Scooters Can Cause an Injury Store mobility scooters…
In the aftermath of a car accident, real-time statements, images of the scene, and witness accounts may be captured in the video footage of police body cameras or body cams. This valuable video documentation can be used by experienced car accident attorneys to help determine fault in a motor vehicle accident and help you get compensated for your injuries. The Milwaukee car accident lawyers at Murphy & Prachthauser want to help you understand what to do after an accident, and how to be prepared. Continue reading to learn how body cam technology is used, how it can be requested, and…
You tuned up your bike, have all of your gear ready, and are ready to go for a bike ride. One thing you have probably never considered is where biking is permissible. You always ride on roads or trails. I would like to discuss some of the rights and responsibilities or bicyclists on different types of road and trails.  As vehicles, bicyclists have every right to ride on the road. In fact, in some areas the road is the only permissible place for a bicyclist to ride. However, in other areas local governments have designated specific bicycle ways and bicycle…
If you were in an accident, what if there was a way to see exactly what your vehicle was doing in the seconds before and after the crash? If you had access to data showing how your vehicle speed changed, how hard your vehicle was hit, and braking patterns, it might help prove that you were not at fault for an accident. Most motor vehicle crash investigators do a great job at recreating an accident scene and today, technologies are assisting them more than ever. Learn more about black box technology below, and why you should hire a car accident…