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Being 'tough' doesn't have to mean skipping workers' comp

Wisconsin has a proud tradition of hard work. Our people don't shy away from tough jobs. Whether they are farmers, loggers, brewers or workers at any other job where calluses and sweat stains are a badge of honor, Wisconsinites are known for their ability to handle demanding work and tough conditions.

Unfortunately, the strength that makes Wisconsin workers so resilient is sometimes their downfall. When they get hurt, people who take pride in a hard day's work sometimes confuse "toughing it out" with "being stubborn," and they don't ask for the workers' comp benefits they've earned. As a result, their health and their families sometimes suffer.

Russell Nicolet Featured In Today.com Interview

Russell Nicolet was recently featured in a Today.com (Community section) interview. Interviewer John Moyer asked Russell about how to select a personal injury attorney, as well as how to sort through the flashy TV ads and pick an insurance company that is more likely to be there when you need them.

Safety on the farm, or any workplace, requires continued effort


Farm Safety and Health Week was September 17-23, 2017. In this post, we revisit some of the key issues brought up during this week that promote farm safety and general workplace safety throughout Wisconsin. 


Training initiatives are only helpful when people apply the lessons learned in these programs

There are many initiatives to help Wisconsinites with various aspects of safety on the farm or in other workplaces. From safety education programs to tools and equipment intended to protect workers, a shortage of resources is not the problem facing Wisconsin workers.

However, any training program or piece of safety equipment can only be valuable if it is utilized. Far too often - in farming and in other industries - people fail to implement the tools and education they have received to keep themselves and their workers safe.

Smarter Phones, Safer Workplaces

We’ve all heard tragic stories of people who were distracted by their smartphones and then suffered injuries. Many times, these injuries occur at work or while driving a car.

But what if smartphones can do more than just serve as dangerous distractions? More specifically, what if the technology of our smartphones can be harnessed to make the workplace safer for employees? A team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is hoping to do just that.

Opioid Use After a Work Injury: How Does Wisconsin Rank?

It seems that nearly every day there is a news story that talks about the opioid epidemic that’s making its way throughout the United States. While there are a variety of reasons for the rise of opioid use in recent decades, one often overlooked area where opioid use is found is in post-work injury care.

To be clear, many of the opioids that are prescribed and used in these situations are being used properly and for their intended purpose – pain control. However, it’s nonetheless important to look at this usage in order to:

Wisconsin nearly hits the bottom of the nice-driver survey

A nationwide survey recently concluded that Wisconsin ranked 46th of the 50 states on a courteous driver scale, one being the most courteous and 50 being the rudest drivers in the nation. The results have Wisconsinites shaking their heads.

Kars4Kids is a non-profit organization that helps kids to become productive members of their respective communities. Its survey was conducted as part of its Drive Human campaign, which encourages courteous driving.

St. Croix lake cabin lawsuit decided by U.S. Supreme Court

A decision has been made in a prolonged lawsuit that wound its way through the highest courts in Wisconsin and landing before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016. This June, the highest court in the country agreed with the Wisconsin courts and ruled against a large family.

A beloved vacation cottage in need of repair

Wrongful death claims can come after a fatal car crash

Car accidents are something that can't always be prevented. This is of very little consolation when you lose a loved one in a fatal car crash. If you find out that the car crash was actually due to another driver's actions or inaction, you might be ready to do something about your loved one's death.

One option that some people have in these cases is filing a wrongful death claim. This is a claim that might help you recover some of the financial damages you are facing because of your loved one's untimely death.

Know your options after losing a loved one in a fatal car crash

You never expected your loved one to go to work and not come home after the shift was over. When you got the call that your loved one was in a car accident while driving for work and that your loved one wasn't doing well, you probably want to just crumple into a pile. While this is understandable, you will have to work on grieving for your loved one and moving forward.

One aspect of a sudden loss like this that is often difficult is determining how you are going to be able to make ends meet without the income you've relied upon. This isn't an easy time for you, especially now that you have to deal with the expenses of your loved one's final arrangements.

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

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