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January 2013 Archives

Anti-stacking law benefitted Wisconsin accident victim

In 2010, a driver with multiple car insurance policies was involved in a drunk driving accident in which the other driver was uninsured. Luckily for the injured driver, he was still able to use a 2009 Wisconsin law, which was repealed in 2011, to his benefit.

Green Bay man sentenced in fatal car accident case

The case of a fatal car accident in July has recently reached a conclusion that resulted in the conviction and sentencing of a Green Bay man. The incident occurred on Main Street in Green Bay. An 18-year-old man caused a car accident that resulted in the wrongful death of a 52-year-old man. Rather than stop and render aid, the 18-year-old driver fled the scene. His brother drove him to Milwaukee, and he then traveled to Mexico. The man later returned to the area, and police arrested him after discovering him hiding in a Howard area home. He was convicted for the hit-and-run accident that resulted in the death of an innocent man. His punishment includes a sentence of three and a half years imprisonment followed by an additional three and half years of extended supervision. In addition, he was ordered to pay restitution for the costs of the victim's funeral. The family of the deceased may also choose to file a wrongful death suit against him.

Wisconsin couple claim Zoloft caused newborn's death

The large drug manufacturer Pfizer is the subject of a wrongful death suit in a Philadelphia federal court concerning Zoloft, one of its flagship antidepressants. The lawsuit, filed by the Wisconsin parents of an infant who died the same day she was born, claims that the drug caused the severe birth defects that led to the infant's death; the plaintiff took Zoloft while she was pregnant.The child was born with multiple birth defects, including substantial brain malformations and pulmonary hypoplasia. The lawsuit alleges that the company should have known prior to the woman's pregnancy that the drug was dangerous to developing fetuses and that the company was negligent in that it failed to disclose this information to the public, including the plaintiff mother and her physicians, as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Hilbert man faces multiple civil suits for striking motorcyclists

Last May, a Hilbert man crashed into 10 motorcyclists after allegedly crossing the centerline. Two of the motorcyclists who were struck were killed, and eight others were faced with serious personal injury. While their injuries ranged in severity, one of the motorcyclists lost his leg, and both he and one other were placed on life support.Hospital liens for medical expenses totaling more than $400,000 have been placed on the man and his aunt, who was the owner of the vehicle that he was driving. More than one civil suit has been filed by the victims of this event and their insurance companies against several defendants, including the Hilbert man.

Oshkosh man kills one in 2nd OWI accident

While all fatal auto accidents are tragic, they are especially tragic when the driver is drinking and has previous OWI convictions. This was the case in a recent crash that killed an 80-year-old man and injured his 81-year-old female passenger. The driver responsible for that accident was cited for drunk driving for the second time.The accident occurred in Nekimi, a town in Winnebago County, and involved a 57-year-old driver who collided with another vehicle driven by the victim. The victim died and his passenger was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver who caused the accident was also treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.

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