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How toxic is Roundup?

Farming is a hard way to make a living, and it’s getting harder. As prices come down, farmers must do everything they can to ensure they get the maximum yield from their land, especially since they’re competing with large-scale corporate agribusiness. Staying competitive often means using large amounts of Roundup to keep the weeds down. But is Roundup actually safe? And if not, what options do farmers have?

Wisconsin leading the nation in farm bankruptcies

This is a hard time to be a farmer. With falling prices and escalating economic tensions, many farmers are watching their meager, hard-earned profits slip away. While farmers are known for their resilience, some financial realities are impossible to escape. What are they supposed to do when the markets turn against them? How can they get out from under crushing debt?

Can fines prevent bullying?

Bullying is a growing problem in schools nationwide. With the advent of social media, it’s also become inescapable for some students, with several high-profile cases even resulting in suicide. Against this backdrop, some school districts, including some in Wisconsin, are taking aggressive action. The Sun Prairie Area School District is considering a monetary fine to prevent bullying, enforced by actual police officers. Could this be effective? And are changes to the law the best way to address bullying?

3M on the hook for $9.1 million for defective military earplugs

How are they defective?

At first glance, the earplugs appear to have numerous advantages. They're lightweight, compact and quick to pop in without interfering with helmets or other equipment. One side is designed to block all sound, and the other only loud impulse sounds, allowing soldiers to still hear voices and other sounds to stay aware of their surroundings.

CNAs suffer many on-the-job injuries

According to U.S. News & World Report, there are 374 nursing homes in Wisconsin. And most nursing homes employ dozens of certified nursing assistants (CNAs).

CNAs have physically demanding jobs. In a single shift, these workers may be required to bathe, dress, and lift patients, assist patients in using bedpans, put patients to bed, change bedding, and many other tasks. Additionally, their entire shifts are spent on their feet, constantly moving around.

Truck drivers at fault in roadway crashes

A car accident is a scary experience for anyone and even more so when a truck is involved. Because of a truck's massive size and weight, passenger vehicles usually sustain the most damage and often, the resulting fatalities are passengers in the cars. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 4,000 people are killed each year in truck-related crashes.

Auto safety, in general, has improved in the last decade resulting in fewer crashes. However, collisions involving trucks are on the rise. According to NHTSA data, truck accidents are up 20 percent and truck fatalities are at their highest rate in 29 years.

New device may help curb distracted driving epidemic

Technology is at the root of the distracted driving epidemic…but it also poses a promising solution to the problem. A new device uses facial scanning and artificial intelligence to alert drivers when they’re heading into the danger zone. And it may help curb the staggering number of accidents that are due to distracted and drowsy driving.

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Winter safety tip: Driving isn't hockey

The winter months in Wisconsin are risky for drivers, but you'll undoubtedly see people driving aggressively. Some drivers need a reminder: operating a vehicle isn't like hockey. There's no slapping a puck down the rink or checking an opponent against the glass -- or there shouldn't be. But that's sort of what happens sometimes, and that's what we call aggressive driving -- a leading cause of winter car accidents.

Being tough works in hockey -- but not on winter roads. If an aggressive driver injures you, you shouldn't have to cover the costs. You need to know your options for getting your medical bills and other expenses fully covered. 

Some toys look fun but are not safe for kids

That joyous expression when a child unwraps a cool toy is priceless. But the adults have to do a little homework. Just because a toy is sold does not mean it is safe.

Consumer safety group W.A.T.C.H. has unveiled its “10 Worst Toys of 2018” warning. Share this with friends and family so they don’t make a tragic mistake, or so they at least understand the dangers.

Safe Winter Driving in Wisconsin

It’s only November but we’ve seen our share of unseasonably cold weather here in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, this means snow and snowy commutes are just around the corner.
Whether you’re a Wisconsin native or new to the area, we can all benefit from a few reminders regarding safe winter driving.

Awards & Recognition

Our peers and independent third-party organizations have recognized the hard work and dedication we put into every case. This has led to numerous awards and accolades.

  1. Rated By Super Lawyers | Russel D. Nicolet
    Super Lawyers Rising Stars
    Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb | Top Attorney Personal Injury Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb | Top Attorney Bankruptcy
  2. The American Association of Legal Advocates Wisconsin Association for Justice BBB Accredited Business - A+
  3. Minnesota State Bar Association American Bar Association State Bar of Wisconsin
  4. BV Distinguished | Lexis Nexis | Martindale-Hubbell | For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability The National Trial Lawyers Million Dollar Advocates Forum

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Hudson, WI 54016

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Superior, WI 54880

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109 North 2nd Avenue West
Duluth, MN 55802

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302 Howard St. , Ste. 123
Hibbing, MN 55746

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Wausau, WI 54401

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337 N. Main Street
Rice Lake, WI 54868

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402 Graham Ave, Suite 305
Eau Claire, WI 54701

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Woodbury, MN 55125

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1500 Madison Ave., Suite 220
New Richmond, WI 54017

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