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Month: January 2012

What does it mean to be “immune” and how would immunity laws affect my case?

Posted on January 25, 2012 Personal Injury,What Does This Word Mean?,You’re Injured, Now What?

When a negligent person is immune they cannot be held legally accountable for their negligence.  When immunity protects a wrong-doer, the injured person will not be compensated for his or her injuries.  Wisconsin has numerous immunity statutes that favor negligent people over injured people.  However, you should never assume that immunity applies.  If you are… read more

Pre-existing conditions: Will they bar my claim?

Posted on January 24, 2012 Insurance Disputes

A person injured in an accident can recover money damages for the injury caused by the accident.  “Cause” means the accident was a substantial factor contributing to the injury.  An injury may have more than one cause, and the accident only need be “a” cause, not necessarily “the” cause, of an injury in order for… read more

Do my doctors need to support my case?

Posted on January 24, 2012 Personal Injury,What We Do For You (Civil Process),You’re Injured, Now What?,Your Trial

A party injured in an accident has the burden to prove the severity of the injury, as well as the reasonableness of healthcare the party has received in the past and is likely to need in the future.  To meet that burden of proof, the injured party may hire an attorney.  The attorney will obtain… read more

What is Wisconsin’s “Castle Doctrine”?

Posted on January 9, 2012 In The News,State Law

     Deriving from the English common law dictum that “a man’s home is his castle,” the “Castle Doctrine” is an American legal doctrine generally allowing all manner of force, including deadly force, to protect the home, and its inhabitants.  Wisconsin’s version of the “Castle Doctrine” was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker on December… read more

What is Post-Judgment Interest?

Posted on January 6, 2012 What Does This Word Mean?,What We Do For You (Civil Process),You’re Injured, Now What?,Your Trial

     Sometimes there is a delay between the time when a money judgment is entered in a civil case and when the winning party gets paid.  Under Wisconsin’s post-judgment interest statute, Wis. Stat. § 815.05(8), the judgment debtor must pay interest on the judgment at the statutory rate during this time period.  Similar statutes have… read more