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Premises Liability: Can You Recover for Slipping on an Icy Surface?

Posted on April 12, 2017 In The News,Local News,Personal Injury,Slip & Fall,State Law,What Does This Word Mean?

Winter might be winding down, but there is still ample opportunity for snow, ice and other wintry precipitation in the Badger State, which can make for slick sidewalks, parking lots, driveways and roads. While icy conditions are dangerous for drivers, pedestrians are also at risk. In January, the La Crosse Tribune reported that numerous hospitals… read more

Minnesota Vehicle Owners Are Legally Responsible For Accident Caused by Permissive Drivers

Posted on November 4, 2015 Car Accidents,In The News,Local News,Minnesota No-Fault,Personal Injury,Vehicle Accidents,What Does This Word Mean?

In Minnesota, the owner of a motor vehicle is personally responsible for the negligent driving of any person operating the vehicle with the owner’s permission.  So if you let somebody drive your car in Minnesota, and the driver negligently causes an accident, you may be liable for the injuries and damages associated with the accident…. read more

What is Mediation?

Posted on September 30, 2015 General,Mediation,What Does This Word Mean?,What We Do For You (Civil Process),You’re Injured, Now What?

The lawyers at Bye, Goff & Rohde often participate in mediation to pursue fair settlement offers for clients.  Mediation is a proceeding in which the parties meet with a neutral in an effort to iron out a settlement before trial.  Mediation is not binding unless the parties reach a mutual agreement to settle. More information… read more

To Assure Uninsured Motorist Coverage, Pay Special Attention to Accidents Involving “Phantom” Vehicles

Posted on December 30, 2014 Car Accidents,Distracted Driver Accident,General,Insurance Disputes,State Law,Vehicle Accidents,What Does This Word Mean?

One purpose for “uninsured motorist” coverage is to protect the insured in the event of an accident involving a negligent driver who leaves the scene and remains unidentified.  By definition, there will be uninsured motorist coverage if the accident qualifies as a “hit-and-run.”  Wis. Stat. § 632.32(2)(g)3.  However, to qualify as a “hit-and-run, “ there… read more

What is the “Eggshell Plaintiff” or the “Eggshell Skull Plaintiff” Rule?

Posted on December 23, 2014 Assault,Brain Injury,Car Accidents,General,Myth Debunker,What Does This Word Mean?

It is a general rule in personal injury law that the negligent defendant takes the injured plaintiff as he or she finds them.  Under this rule, called the “eggshell skull” or “eggshell plaintiff” rule, if a plaintiff sustains injuries due to an unusual susceptibility, this will be compensable even if another healthier individual would have… read more

What Is The Difference Between Arbitration And Mediation?

Posted on January 28, 2014 General,Myth Debunker,State Law,What Does This Word Mean?,What We Do For You (Civil Process),Your Trial

Not all legal disputes are resolved in a courtroom before a judge and jury.  In the modern era, the legal system has explored and often used alternative ways to resolve disputes.  Two of those are arbitration and mediation. In arbitration, the parties to the dispute select a neutral person or a panel of neutral persons… read more

What Are My Rights Under HIPAA If My Personal Health Information Has Been Disclosed Without My Permission?

Posted on November 22, 2013 Federal Law,General,In The News,State Law,What Does This Word Mean?

1.         What is HIPAA? HIPAA is a federal law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, Public Law 104-191.  Congress passed HIPAA to create federal standards governing privacy and disclosure of confidential health information.  Congress wanted the same standards to apply in all states so that health care providers would not be… read more

How Does Small Claims Court Work?

Posted on October 15, 2013 General,In The News,Local News,Myth Debunker,State Law,What Does This Word Mean?

A person who has a certain small claims against another, in Minnesota or Wisconsin, may file a claim in small claims court.  In Minnesota, any claim for $10,000 or less may be brought in what the Minnesota Courts call Conciliation Court.  In Wisconsin, a claim for money on a contract or for services for $10,000… read more

What is an expert witness?

Posted on February 12, 2013 General,Personal Injury,What Does This Word Mean?,What We Do For You (Civil Process)

In civil cases, as well as criminal cases, expert witnesses are sometimes called to testify on matters that are relevant to a case but do not fall within the ordinary and common knowledge of many people.  An expert can be qualified by his or her education, training or experience.  So a person need not have… read more

What does “liability” mean?

Posted on September 20, 2012 General,Personal Injury,Uncategorized,What Does This Word Mean?,You’re Injured, Now What?

When a person is legally “liable” for someone else’s loss, that means the person liable is responsible for paying the amount of money necessary to compensate for the loss. Often, the amount of liability is covered by an insurance policy. The correct insurance policy for a given loss depends on the nature of the loss;… read more