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Q: I hurt myself slipping on ice after entering a store (the front area after the sliding doors was iced over but I

couldn't see it due to poor lighting). The store manager says it was obvious and avoidable and doesn't want to help pay my medical bills. Can I still sue?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 14, 2017

Send him a polite letter with a copy and a stamped envelope and ask him to forward it to his insurance company.

You can still sue. "open and obvkous " doesn't relieve him of responsibility for having a clear floor, especially if he has reason to know that customer may not see...
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Q: What are my legal options for getting a next door neighbor to stop dumping trash and debris onto my rental property?

If my tenants are injured as a result of this, am I still going to be liable even if I show proof I've been diligent in trying to get the neighbors to stop?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 19, 2016

Your neighbor is committing trespass but also have you reported it to the police? Most places have anti dumping laws.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Wisconsin on
Q: Person bitten by a dog who is hired to take care of them

A person is hired to take care of dogs at a breeders place. This person is bitten breaking up a dog fight due to the persons negligence of running dogs together that were known alphas. Does the person have a lawsuit. went to emergency room for stitches.

Emmanuel Muwonge
Emmanuel Muwonge answered on Nov 26, 2016

If we assume you were bitten during the course of your employment, your exclusive remedy as an employee injured during the course of your employment is a claim pursuant to the Workers Compensation laws of Wisconsin. If your employer has no Workers Compensation coverage, you may be able to pursue a... Read more »

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Q: I sued someone for injuries I got in a car accident (they were at fault).

I've decided I don't want to deal with this case anymore. Is there a way to just drop it now, or do I have to see it through to the end?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Nov 23, 2016

Did you contact an attorney?If they are at fault you should get something. If you served them and are part way in, an attorney might take it on depending on the case. Members of the Wisconsin Assn for Justice give free consultations--why not call one of them now?

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Q: I'm hosting my classmates in a woodworking class at my house to work on a project.

Should I be worried if one of them gets injured using the tools?

Emmanuel Muwonge
Emmanuel Muwonge answered on Nov 4, 2016

I believe it all depends upon what your homeowners insurance policy says. Is this regular activity at your house and is the risk it poses contemplated by your insurance company?

Certainly if someone gets injured it is going to depend upon what caused the injury, whether or not the injury...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Wisconsin on
Q: What rights does a passenger have in a car. If the driver is drunk and hits someone. In the country of Cuba.
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 11, 2016

You would have to ask a Cuban lawyer that, but being a socialist state I wouldn't hold my breath. However if the driver was a fellow American, you may sue that driver in the state and county where they live.

A final possibility exists. If the driver has no insurance, and if you can...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Law and Personal Injury for Wisconsin on
Q: Have been victim of government surveillance in recent past that had led to invasion of privacy, hostile work environment

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Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 5, 2016

Depends on the nature of the surveillance. The American Civil Liberties Union has a guide to freedom of information requests which would be one starting place.Proving it's the government and not a private investigator is a different thing, but FOI requests would be a starting place. Do... Read more »

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Q: Is the school at fault?

My school is 2 levels and I'm on crutches for 6 weeks. The school has no handicap accessibility whatsoever no elevator or ramps. My classes are switching from 1 floor to the other. If I fall down those stairs is the school at fault?

David Alan Wolf
David Alan Wolf answered on May 7, 2016

A property owner, business, or government entity may be liable if there is some kind of negligence or construction defect. Your fact pattern may be some kind of ADA issue or complaint. Contact a local attorney with experience in ADA issues.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Wisconsin on
Q: Is a funeral home allowed to republish an obituary picture for commercial purposes?

Family paid for newspaper publication of obituary. Subsequently and without knowledge or consent of family, funeral home repurposed obituary for commercial purposes which led to mother's picture being published on Googleimages

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Nov 17, 2015

Talk to a local intellectual property lawyer about this.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general information. It is NOT legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is impossible to...
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Q: Can I file a small claim on my own in a slip and fall accident?

I had a slip and fall at Walgreen's. No broken bones. I have been cooperating with Walgreen's claim department, Sedgwick. I sent in my medical records and bills. A rep from Sedgwick offered me one thousand dollars and I would like to file a small claim on my own.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Nov 5, 2015

Yes, that's what small claims court is for. A defendant in a slip and fall case isn't strictly liable. You would still have to prove that Walgreen's was somehow negligent. So perhaps they are offering you the $1 K just to cut their losses with respect to what they perceive as a nuisance suit.

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Q: Is there an action against the Dean of a college who also is a professor to continue calling my son a dumb polack?

My son is a B and A student but is under continued harassment from the Dean of all people from the college from which he attends. he's one of the smartest students there but is upset with the mindset of the Dean acting like this, degrading his heritage.

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Oct 27, 2015

You have not given enough facts here for a solid determination. The best thing to do is have a full discussion with an attorney who handles these types of cases. I am sure there is much more to this story than you have written here, in just a few sentences. In order to find out if there even is a... Read more »

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Q: Is it possible for an insurance company to tell to put your dog to sleep before they will pay on a dog bite claim

I had an outdoor party at my parents house for co-workers at work. One of my co-workers had followed behind me into the house which I was unaware of at the time. I had my dog in the house at the time which all the quest there new as the dog had been barking at the window. when the person came in... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Oct 20, 2015

The insurance company might be able to refuse to continue to insure if you don't do as they ask, but if the claim is covered by your brother's policy they have to pay, whether or not the dog is killed.

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Q: If I give my dog away can I subsequently be held responsible for injury or damages he may cause?
Michael Lynn Laufenberg
Michael Lynn Laufenberg answered on May 28, 2015

Wisconsin's "Dog Bite Statute" only holds owners, keepers and harborers of dogs strictly liable for injuries caused by the dog.

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Q: Injured at work foremans fault can i sue him
Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Nov 12, 2012

If you were injured at work you could file a work comp claim. If your injury at work was the fault of a co-worker, such as a foreman, normally it would be a work comp case but there are exceptions. A full analysis would have to be done. Feel free to call or email a work comp lawyer such as myself.... Read more »

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Q: I fell through a dock at a friends cottage in nothern Wisc, suffered fractured ribs, what should I expect from his insur

The dock boards were not installed properly, are there damages I should receive for personnal pain and suffering?

Nick Passe
Nick Passe answered on Feb 13, 2012

You may have claims you could make against your friend, his insurer, the dock instalation company, its insurer, and possibly the manufacturer of the dock or its insurer. I would be happy to talk to you about the case at my office or by phone.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Wisconsin on
Q: How can someone sue for personal injuries when they did it pretty much themself and not on my property?
Nick Passe
Nick Passe answered on Feb 13, 2012

Your question leaves out a lot. Anyone can sue for anything pretty much. It is up to you to defend the allegations. Broadly speaking, you will want to show that you have no liability for any injuries the person sustained and also be ready to argue about the fair measure of damages if the... Read more »

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Q: How does a township of 10,000 residents pay a $1.5 million lawsuit?
Nick Passe
Nick Passe answered on Feb 13, 2012

Most of the time when you see a settlement or a verdict like that it is an insurer who pays part or all of the amount. If there is no insurance for the loss, the village would need to raise the funds by selling assets or taxing residents. In certain special circumstances, a munitipality will... Read more »

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Q: Does a criminal case need to be completed before starting a civil case?
David Alan Wolf
David Alan Wolf answered on Mar 9, 2011

Typically, an injury case (civil case) can be instituted before a criminal case is concluded. Depending on the case and the facts, some attorneys would recommend that the criminal case be concluded before starting the civil case in order to allow the facts and information to be developed by the... Read more »

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