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Friday, January 19, 2018

Concussion Risks and Prevention

Have you suffered a concussion? Know the signs

In football, and more recently in other sports, the dangers of concussions have emerged. More than perhaps any other kind of injury, concussions create problems that, while often only temporary, create significant dangers for athletes who suffer from them. Understanding how to recognize and prevent a concussion is critical for athletes of any age or level of competition.

Recognizing Concussion Symptoms

A concussion, most simply defined, is a traumatic brain injury. It comes usually from a blow to the head, but can also come from violently shaking your head. A jarring blow that shakes the head can cause a concussion even if you do not hit your head.
Most people know that if you are knocked out or temporarily lose consciousness, a concussion may be the result. But other symptoms may seem less obvious and still suggest a potential concussion:
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • temporary confusion
  • ringing in the ears
  • headache or pressure in the head
If you experience any of these symptoms after a blow to the head, you need to be evaluated by a physician. The blow does not need to be a violent or severe one; depending on the angle, force, or position on your head, you can suffer a concussion.
Preventing Concussions
While no one can perfectly avoid concussions, you can take steps to prevent them. In youth sports, understanding the proper techniques of the sport is critical. Many concussions come as a result of either striking with the head, as with someone leading with the helmet on a tackle, or tucking the head and exposing it to danger. The proper protective equipment helps, but cannot prevent every head injury. Education and proper care for yourself and those around you provide the best way to avoid suffering a concussion.
Contact sports always present risks of injury, including concussions. But teaching on the right techniques and an awareness of the risks presented can go a long way toward minimizing those risks and create a safer experience for kids who love sports.
This post was originally published at https://www.eisenberglaw.org/concussion-risks-prevention

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Personal Injuries and Insurance Adjusters – 3 Questions

Insurance Adjusters and Personal Injury Cases - Be Prepared To Protect Your Interests

After a vehicle accident, you usually find yourself working with an insurance adjuster. For most people, this is foreign territory. You likely go in without fully understanding what is happening or how you can most fully protect your rights. Take the time to understand the insurance adjuster's role so you can go in prepared.
What Is an Insurance Adjuster?
An insurance adjuster works for or on behalf of the insurance company that will be paying on your claim. This person's job is to get all the facts of the accident, assess the costs and damages, and settle the claim. He or she will take the position of wanting to make sure you are covered for all of your costs and reach a fair settlement, but you should always remember that the adjuster's goal is to reach the best deal for the insurance company.
How Does the Claims Process Work?
You kick off the claims process by filing a claim. Sometimes this includes a demand for a specific amount of money, in which case you need to include all of your losses: vehicle damage, medical expenses, loss of income, and any other financial losses you incur. Other times the claim is presented to the adjuster and he or she makes an offer. In either case, remember that the adjuster's offer is only that; you can counter with a higher number, and then negotiate until you reach common ground. But once you agree, your settlement will preclude you from suing for additional damages.
What Are Your Rights?
The adjuster is not on your side. He or she is working for a result in the insurance company's best interests. You have the right to look out for your best interests. Because adjusters have experience and knowledge far beyond yours, you should plan to ask questions, and have the right to hire an attorney to help you. Before you sign away your right to recover for all your losses, contact Eisenberg Law Offices. We are the tough, experienced negotiating partner you need to help get the recovery you deserve after an accident.
This post was originally published at https://www.eisenberglaw.org/personal-injuries-insurance-adjusters-3-questions

Monday, January 15, 2018

What To Expect When Initiating A Personal Injury Case

What To Expect When Initiating A Personal Injury Case

Just the thought of actually suing someone can be very stressful, never mind the stress of actually building a personal injury case and presenting your arguments. In fact, sometimes that stress is enough to stop injured parties from even trying to pursue justice in court. But if you have been seriously injured and need the money that a personal injury settlement could provide, you need to file a lawsuit despite your misgivings.
One thing the attorneys at Eisenberg Law Offices have noticed after having worked with personal injury victims for so many years, is that knowing what to expect and having an understanding of the events to come helps put people at ease. We want to use this post to share some basic information about initiating a personal injury lawsuit. We think you'll see that the process is less stressful than you may think.

Steps In Building A Personal Injury Case

One thing that helps put our clients at ease is knowing that they will not immediately have to go to court to prove their case. In fact, most cases never even make it to a judge and are settled outside of the courtroom. Here are the steps you'll go through when pursuing a personal injury case:
  1. Meet With An Attorney.
The first step is actually speaking with a personal injury attorney. The attorney will review your situation and recommend the best course of action.
  1. Contact The Responsible Party.
Your attorney will likely send what is called a Demand Letter to the insurance company of the person or entity responsible for your injury. The demand letter will inform the insurance company  that you have been injured and are seeking compensation for your losses.
  1. Negotiations.
Your personal injury attorney will try to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company. If an agreement cannot be reached, you will then decide whether or not to file a lawsuit.
  1. File A Lawsuit.
Actually filing a lawsuit involves a series of steps that includes your attorney filling out the paperwork to file the lawsuit and then beginning to collect information relevant to your case. Negotiations with the other party may continue during this time.
As you can see from the steps outlined above, pursuing a lawsuit takes time, but the very first thing you should do after you've been injured is contact a personal injury attorney at Eisenberg Law Offices for a free consultation to evaluate your situation. You'll gain a better understanding of the process and your legal options at no cost to you.
Contact us at 608-256-8356 or email us at Info@EisenbergLaw.org to arrange your free consultation.
This post was originally published at https://www.eisenberglaw.org/expect-initiating-personal-injury-case/

Friday, January 12, 2018

Possession Of Synthetic Marijuana In Wisconsin Is Illegal

Possession Of Synthetic Marijuana In Wisconsin Is Illegal

Although it may be legal in other states, marijuana use and possession is illegal in Wisconsin. This includes the use and possession of synthetic marijuana. Wisconsin considers synthetic marijuana to be a controlled substance, which makes the use, possession, and/or sale of the drug illegal.

Synthetic Marijuana Has Been Illegal Since 2011

Some of the confusion surrounding possession of synthetic marijuana in Wisconsin may come down to the fact that it wasn't considered an illegal substance by the state until 2011. Prior to that, synthetic marijuana was available over-the-counter at gas stations and convenience shops. Now, however, things are quite different and the penalties severe.

Penalties For Possession Of Synthetic Marijuana In Wisconsin

Possession of synthetic marijuana in this state is made illegal by Wisconsin Statute 961.41(3g)(em). Fines can be as high as $1,000.  Jail sentences as long as 6 months may be handed down for a first conviction. A second conviction is considered a Class I felony which may result in fines as high as $10,000 and/or a prison term as long as 3 years, 6 months. Repeat offenses are also classified as a Class I felony and carry the same penalties. These penalties apply only to possession charges. Depending on the specifics of your situation, additional charges, fines, and penalties may apply.

Make An Appointment With Eisenberg Law Offices To Fight Drug Possession Charges

Although possession of synthetic marijuana may seem like a minor infraction, it's not. It's a serious crime, carrying severe penalties that may haunt you for the rest of your life. If you have been charged with possession or some other drug charge you need to contact a drug defense attorney at Eisenberg Law Offices immediately.
Our criminal defense attorneys have a strong record of success in fighting drug charges. Contact us to discuss the details of your case, learn more about the penalties facing you, and go over your defense options.
Arrange a free consultation by calling us at 608-256-8356 or emailing Info@EisenbergLaw.org today.
This post was originally published at https://www.eisenberglaw.org/possession-synthetic-marijuana-wisconsin-illegal/

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Disorderly Conduct Attorney Answers Common Questions

Have Questions About Disorderly Conduct In Wisconsin? A Disorderly Conduct Attorney Answers Them

Disorderly conduct is a very broad charge in Wisconsin. The scope of the statute is likely the reason why it ranks as one of the most often charged crimes in the state. Wisconsin State Statute 947.01 defines disorderly conduct as:
"Whoever, in a public or private place, engages in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud or otherwise disorderly conduct under circumstances in which the conduct tends to cause or provoke a disturbance is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor."
Under that definition, acting in any way that causes a disturbance can lead to a charge of disorderly conduct. A disorderly conduct attorney might defend their client against charges stemming from domestic situations to arguments and disagreements between strangers.
This Class B misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. It's a serious enough charge that you want to fight the allegations and keep your name clear, which is exactly what a skilled attorney can help you achieve.

Common Questions About Disorderly Conduct in Wisconsin

  • Can I Be Charged Even If I Didn’t Disturb Anyone?
This is a very common question when people are facing disorderly conduct charges. The short answer is, yes, you can be charged with disorderly conduct even if no one was disturbed or complained about your behavior. The statute does not specify that another person must be disturbed by the conduct, only that the behavior must have occurred.
  • Can I Be Charged With Disorderly Conduct Based On Speech Alone?
Disorderly conduct as it relates to freedom of speech protections is a tricky legal area, but in general, yes, speech can be considered disorderly if it serves no purpose other than causing a disturbance.
  • What Happens If I Am Arrested For Disorderly Conduct?
What happens upon your arrest depends on the circumstances surrounding it. If the dispute involved a domestic situation, then you will probably be taken to jail. If you are charged with Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct, you may be able to post bond and be released that day. If you are charged with a felony and/or can’t post bond then you will remain in jail until you are brought before a judge.
  • I've Received A Citation That Reads "Wisconsin Uniform Misdemeanor Citation". What Does That Mean?
This citation means you have been charged with a misdemeanor crime. You will need to appear in court on the date specified or a warrant will be issued for your arrest.
  • Can I Be Charged With Disorderly Conduct If I Am Simply Carrying A Gun?
No. Simply carrying a gun (loaded or unloaded) cannot lead to a charge of disorderly conduct by itself. For a disorderly conduct charge to be applied, you must also be exhibiting disturbing behaviors and/or disturbing others with your words or actions.
Get Answers To Your Questions By Meeting With A Disorderly Conduct Attorney At Eisenberg Law Offices
There are many more questions that can arise when faced with a disorderly conduct charge, making every case unique. Meeting with a disorderly conduct attorney is the best way to make sense of your situation and determine the next step.
Contact the criminal defense attorneys at Eisenberg Law Offices in Madison for help fighting disorderly conduct charges. We offer free consultations and have a long track record of success defending against disorderly conduct charges in Wisconsin.
Please call 608-256-8356 or email Info@EisenbergLaw.org to schedule your consultation.
This post was originally published at https://www.eisenberglaw.org/firm-overview/articles/disorderly-conduct-attorney-answers-common-questions/

Monday, January 8, 2018

10 Questions To Ask When Choosing A Personal Injury Attorney

When Choosing A Personal Injury Attorney - 10 Questions You Should Ask

Choosing a personal injury attorney is a critical step in pursuing a personal injury claim. You want an attorney who has the skills and experience to advocate on your behalf and, ideally, win your case. But you also want an attorney with whom you feel comfortable and trust. Here's a short list of 10 questions that you can ask personal injury attorneys as you search for the right one to represent you.

10 Questions For Your Personal Injury Attorney

  1. What Is Your Experience In Personal Injury Law?
Like many professionals, lawyers have different specialties and areas of focus. If you have a personal injury situation on your hands, you definitely want to hire an attorney who has personal injury experience. A family law or estate planning attorney just won't have the insights and knowledge necessary to provide you with the best service possible.
  1. What Is Your Approach To Customer Service?
Every law firm treats their clients differently. You need to find one who treats you how you want and expect to be treated. For some people that means a lot of close contact with the attorney. Others may be fine speaking to a paralegal for simple matters. Determine what good customer service looks like to you, then find a firm that can provide it.
  1. How Long Have You Been A Personal Injury Attorney?
Experience should play an important role in your evaluation of attorneys. Those with more years of experience handling personal injury cases will have more direct knowledge of many different scenarios and how best to approach them. Drawing on previous case knowledge can be very helpful as the lawsuit progresses.
  1. Do You Represent Clients In Court?
Many attorneys will try to settle a case out of court, which can be both expedient and beneficial. Sometimes, these attorneys will not handle a case if it goes to trial, instead referring it out to another firm. If you'd like to avoid that situation, ask ahead of time what happens if you go to trial.
  1. What Is Your Success Rate For Cases Like Mine?
Obviously, you want to hire a personal injury attorney who has a proven record of success, but make sure to ask specifically what their success rate looks like for cases similar to your own.
  1. Who Will Handle My Case?
It is possible that your attorney has partners, associate attorneys, and paralegals who assist them with cases. Find out who will be involved in your case and what they will be doing. Less experienced attorneys may not have the same rate of success as the main attorney, which could affect the outcome of your case.
  1. What Legal Organizations Do You Belong To?
Membership in legal organizations or societies is generally only open to the most reputable lawyers. Membership in several law societies is an excellent indicator of firm quality, reputation, and success.
  1. Have You Or Any Of The Attorneys At The Firm Been Recognized With Awards Or Honors?
Similar to #7 above, awards and honors indicate a well-respected and successful professional in his/her field.
  1. Do You Have The Time And Ability To Take On My Case?
Complex cases such as wrongful death or those that resulted in serious injuries, can take a very long time to see to completion. They also require more research, and the testimony of expert witnesses - all of which the firm must undertake and fund itself. In some cases, the firm may not have the time or resources required to secure the best possible outcome.
  1. What Is My Role In The Case?
Larger firms may try to settle the case quickly and out of court - with or without your input. This limits your say in how the case is handled and can create feelings of dissatisfaction. Recognize that you, the client, are in charge of your case and should be involved in all decisions. Don't work with a firm that will push you off to the side and keep you in the dark.
For a professional and personal approach to personal injury cases, contact Eisenberg Law Offices in Madison, WI. We bring over 30 years of experience to every case and take the time to understand you, your needs, and your concerns as we develop a strategy that meets your legal needs. We have won millions of dollars for our clients through dedicated service and experienced legal expertise.
Contact Eisenberg Law Offices for a free case evaluation by calling 608-256-8356 or emailing Info@EisenbergLaw.org.
This post was originally published at https://www.eisenberglaw.org/firm-overview/articles/10-questions-ask-choosing-personal-injury-attorney/.

Monday, December 18, 2017

What is considered solicitation of a minor?

Charged with Solicitation of a minor in Wisconsin? Get legal help from Eisenberg Law

The recent emphasis on sexual harassment in Hollywood and other industries has drawn attention to the solicitation of minors, particularly in the case of Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused by several women of harassment when the women were teenagers. Solicitation of a minor is a crime that can occur both on- and offline. If you have been accused of soliciting a minor in Wisconsin, that is a serious charge that you must deal with immediately.
The solicitation of an underage person by an adult must be for a sexually related purpose. Solicitation can be overt, such as contacting a minor to engage in sex. It can also be much less obvious, such as sending photos or videos, the subject matter of which could be considered obscene, to a minor.
It is not uncommon for those who are underage to receive sexually explicit materials from adults or to get requests to meet for sexual acts. An actual sex act does not have to happen for the adult to be convicted; solicitation can be as simple as contacting a minor with the intent of drawing that minor into a sexual situation. These cases are treated very seriously, and if you are accused, this is not something you can ignore.
It's also not uncommon for there to be false accusations. If you have been accused of soliciting a minor, you need to contact an attorney who knows how to fight these charges. Eisenberg Law Offices can help you.