Articles

  • Anatomy and Physiology of Pain

    Pain is a warning signal intended to protect you from harm. It is part of your instinctual mechanism of survival. Pain causes a reflex withdrawal which is directed by the nervous system.

    Category: Car & Truck Accidents

  • Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit

    The insurance company has refused to make a reasonable offer of settlement on your injury claim. We have filed suit on your behalf. We have sued the responsible people and their insurance companies with a document called a Summons and Complaint.

    Category: Car & Truck Accidents

  • Are You Partially Responsible For The Accident? Separating Facts From Fiction

    We have often heard from members of the community that if someone is involved in a car accident that person is partially responsible "just for being there." This popular comment is not based upon the law.

    Category: Car & Truck Accidents

  • Life Insurance Companies Keep Death Benefits Even When They Learn The Insured Is Dead

    Imagine that a parent or grandparent takes out a life insurance policy, pays premiums for it for years, sticks the policy in a cabinet or drawer someplace, and the beneficiaries (children or grandchildren) never know the policy exists.

    Category: Insurance Company Misconduct / Bad Faith

  • Claim denied because of a "preexisting condition?

    One common defense tactic in defending a claim for personal injuries is to allege that the injured person’s continuing problems are not from the collision but rather result from a preexisting condition.

    Category: Car & Truck Accidents

  • Commercial Vehicle Accidents

    Most commercial drivers are careful. However, not all drivers have the same high commitment to safety. This may be due to individual negligence or pressure put on the driver from the company to meet time quotas.

    Category: Car & Truck Accidents

  • Distracted Driving/ Drunk Driver Caused Accidents

    At Atterbury, Kammer & Haag, S.C., we understand how an injury interrupts every aspect of your life. We know that many injured people carry chronic pain. No one wants to be called a whiner or a complainer and many chronically injured people just solider on.

    Category: Car & Truck Accidents

  • Does Your Health Insurer Get Paid When Your Case Is Resolved?

    When someone is injured in an accident, they typically need medical treatment. There is a common misconception that the at fault driver's insurance company will pay your medical bills on an on-going basis.

    Category: Car & Truck Accidents

  • Is someone watching you? Surveillance in personal injury claims.

    For me, when I think of surveillance, I think of the movies. The image that comes to mind is a couple of guys with can headphones listening in on phone conversations while sitting in the back of a nondescript van.

    Category: Car & Truck Accidents

  • Motorcycle And Moped Accidents

    Mopeds are a convenient way to run errands and travel shorter distances. But operators and passengers of both mopeds and motorcycles are also much more vulnerable to injury.

    Category: Car & Truck Accidents

  • Pedestrian And Bicycle Accidents

    Madison is a beautiful city and one that is made for walking and biking. However, there are also roadways where bicyclists and pedestrians have to compete with cars.

    Category: Car & Truck Accidents

  • Phantom Motor Vehicles in Wisconsin. Can You Bring a Claim?

    It is not uncommon for people to be injured in what are known as "miss and run" accidents. These are accidents where, for example, another driver crosses the center line and forces the victim off the road causing a serious accident.

    Category: Car & Truck Accidents

  • Recent Legislative Changes Under Governor Walker Change Auto Insurance Law

    Although the debate over changes in laws relating to collective bargaining gathered the overwhelming majority of the attention by the media and public, prior to that debate the legislature passed some bills that significantly affect consumers' rights in the context of automobile insurance.

    Category: Car & Truck Accidents

  • Recreational Vehicle, Boating And Jetski Accidents

    Most recreation vehicles and personal watercraft are a source of entertainment and fun. So it can be especially shocking when a day of leisure turns into a tragedy.

    Category: Car & Truck Accidents

  • DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Recall

    93,000 recipients worldwide have been informed that their DePuy replacement hip implants are defective and dangerous. The components can come loose, fracturing bone around the implant, depositing metal fragments in one’s tissues and bloodstream.

    Category: Products Liability

  • Insurance Agent as Trusted Advisor

    What is a trusted advisor? A trusted advisor is someone that clients can rely upon for good advice on difficult subjects and that they can trust implicitly.

    Category: General

  • Talking on a cell phone while driving as dangerous as driving drunk?

    According to a highly-publicized 2003 study from the Harvard Center of Risk Analysis, cell phone distractions cause an estimated 2,600 traffic deaths every year, and 330,000 accidents.

    Category: Car & Truck Accidents

  • Defective Punch Press/Metal Forming Machines

    One very important area of products liability is industrial machinery. Machines used in factories can be extremely dangerous to workers. Many serious injuries and deaths have been caused by defective and dangerous machinery.

    Category: Products Liability

  • Updates on the DePuy ASR Acetabular Hip Replacement Litigation and Medical Research

    One of the hot topics in medical device litigation right now relates to the recall by DePuy, which is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, of their articular surface replacement ("ASR") hip prostheses.

    Category: Products Liability

  • The Defense of Recreational Immunity in Wisconsin

    Wisconsin has a statute, Sec. 895.52, which limits the liability of property owners when a person is injured while engaging in recreational activity on their property.

    Category: Car & Truck Accidents

  • Understanding Auto Insurance in Wisconsin

    You buy auto insurance to protect yourself, your family and your assets. Changes in the law regulating auto insurance were adopted by the Legislature in 2009.

    Category: Car & Truck Accidents

  • Filing A Complaint With The State Of Wisconsin Commissioner Of Insurance

    If you feel you have been wronged by an insurance company or its personnel, you can file a complaint with the State of Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI).

    Category: Insurance Company Misconduct / Bad Faith

  • Beware Of The Insurance Company’s “Independent” Medical Examination

    When a policy holder makes a claim for personal injuries with an insurance company, the insurer may have a right to order an "independent" medical examination.

    Category: Insurance Company Misconduct / Bad Faith

  • What Is An Umbrella Policy? 5 Reasons You Need This Coverage

    An umbrella policy provides added protection for you in the event other applicable insurance coverage is exhausted. Umbrella policies may provide coverage in the event you injure someone else or in the event someone injures you.

    Category: Car & Truck Accidents

  • Three Legal Theories for Products Liability

    If you are injured by a product, there are three avenues by which you may recover compensation. These are: (1) Breach of warranty; (2) Negligence; (3) Strict liability.

    Category: Products Liability

  • Do you have to lose consciousness in an accident to sustain a serious brain injury?

    It is often suggested by insurance companies that no loss of consciousness following an accident means no possibility of a brain injury. Quite simply, this is a self serving conclusion which is contradicted by current medical science and is not true.

    Category: Traumatic Brain Injuries

  • When can you stack your underinsured or uninsured motor vehicle coverages together?

    On January 16, 2013, a Wisconsin appellate court resolved an issue that has been highly contested between consumers and their insurance companies over the last several years.

    Category: Car & Truck Accidents

  • What Can I Do To Punish The Wrongdoer And To Make Sure This Does Not Happen To Anyone Else?

    We are often asked by our clients whether they can punish the insurance company or take actions to make sure the insurance company will not engage in the same conduct toward others.

    Category: Insurance Company Misconduct / Bad Faith

  • Wisconsin Semi Truck Accidents

    There is a popular myth that an accident case involving a semi truck is not much different than a case involving two passenger vehicles. There are many reasons why truck accident cases are different - here are ten.

    Category: Car & Truck Accidents

  • Industrial Machines - a leading cause of products liability injuries

    Unreasonably dangerous machines are one of the leading causes of on the job injuries. Some of the more common machines that have injured workers are: conveyers, press brakes, drill presses, sheers, cutters, printing presses, saws, smelters, pressure vessels, and injection molding machines.

    Category: Products Liability

  • Imaging Studies for Traumatic Brain Injuries

    Medical providers now have a wide array of imaging tools at their disposal when it comes to diagnosing and treating Traumatic Brain Injuries. The purpose of this article is to briefly describe the different types of imaging studies now available.

    Category: Traumatic Brain Injuries

  • Does Your Insurance Company Use Software To Minimize The Value Of Your Claim?

    In many cases the answer is yes. Most, if not all, major insurers use a software program to assist with processing injury claims.

    Category: Insurance Company Misconduct / Bad Faith

  • What is a diffuse axonal injury?

    Unlike brain trauma that occurs due to direct impact and deformation of the brain, a diffuse axonal injury is the result of traumatic shearing forces that occur when the head is rapidly accelerated or decelerated, as may occur in auto accidents, falls, and assaults.

    Category: Traumatic Brain Injuries

  • 6 Obligations Your Insurance Company Has To You

    We are often asked what obligations an insurance company has to its policy holders. An insurance company must treat you fairly.

    Category: Insurance Company Misconduct / Bad Faith

  • Supreme Court of Wisconsin Issues New Insurance Bad Faith Decision

    On June 14, 2011, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin issued a decision on Brethorst v. Allstate Property & Casualty Insurance Company. This case involved an allegation of bad faith on the part of the insurance company.

    Category: Insurance Company Misconduct / Bad Faith

  • What is the Wisconsin Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act?

    When it comes to insurance companies and your insurance policies, do you know your rights? In Wisconsin, the Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act protects WI insurance policyholders from deceptive, unjust, or unreasonable insurance company actions.

    Category: Insurance Company Misconduct / Bad Faith