Domestic Homicide Concerns in Wisconsin

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Criminal Defense | 0 comments

When most people think of the Wisconsin, it’s unlikely that the first thing that comes to mind is crime rates. The state has something of a quiet reputation- it’s more likely to bring to mind cheese, beer, cow-tipping, and football than violent crime. But a recent report conducted by End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin has shown that domestic violence homicides are on the rise. In 2016, according to the report, 73 people were killed in domestic disputes. This is the highest that rate has been since 2000, the year the organization was founded. According to the organization’s statistics, 82% of the murders were committed by men.

According to these Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers, homicides are one of the most difficult crimes out there for police to investigate. Identifying the exact trends that lead to murders can be difficult to do. The organization has noticed several trends among houses where domestic murders are committed, but it’s difficult to definitively say anything based on them. First, they have noticed that the households that have problems with domestic violence are also often having trouble with money. The stress that comes with being unable to support the family financially, and the worries about the future that causes, can often lead people to lash out. Wisconsin especially is a state that has recently struggled with financial issues following the 2008 housing crisis. Many families are still wondering if they’ll ever be able to get back on their feet.

Another major possible risk factor for domestic homicide is gun ownership. In almost all of the cases looked at by the study, a gun was used as the murder weapon. Across the country, households that own guns have been shown to have consistently higher rates of suicide and domestic homicide. Also, in Wisconsin, there are very limited background checks needed for gun ownership. Only certain sales need to be accompanied by a check. And the 48 hour waiting period that was mandatory for buying a gun has also been repealed. Some people in the End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin organization express concerns over the ramifications of this, both for domestic violence and general safety in the state. According to their research, if a survivor of domestic abuse returns to a house with a gun, she is five times more likely to be killed than in a household that is gun-free.

The organization received increased funding from the governor of Wisconsin for its purpose and has been working with law enforcement to predict and prevent instances of abuse. The associate director of the organization, Tony Wilkin Gilbert, says that these homicides most often occur in houses that have a history of repeated disturbances. Often, victims have asked out for help in their situation but been ignored.

This is a complex issue, but it’s also a vital one. We must do everything in our power to protect people who are living in harmful home environment. If someone seems like they may need help, be sure to talk to them. Keep an eye out for signs of abuse. This is a problem that cannot be tolerated.

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Divorce Mediation: This may be the Best Way to End Your Marriage

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Divorce | 0 comments

Divorce mediation allows you and your soon to be “ex” spouse to make all decisions connected to your divorce, including all divorce-related issues, namely: distribution of properties, assets and debts; child custody; visitation rights; child support or child maintenance; and, alimony or spousal support. This divorce procedure also ensures privacy, a quicker, yet more peaceful settlement, and a cost that is a lot cheaper than litigated divorce, which is the procedure for spouses who cannot reach any agreement.

Mediation or mediated divorce is a process done with the help of a third party mediator that is chosen by the spouses themselves. Regardless of his/her profession (can be a lawyer or anything else), what is important is that this mediator should be highly trained in the process of mediation and is a neutral party.

Though mediation is only an alternative to the traditional court-settled divorce procedure, due to the many advantages it offers, many couples opting for divorce choose it instead of taking their divorce case to a court. This is because, compared to a court-litigated divorce, which: can take up to two years; may cost between $19,000 and $40,000 (depending on how long the procedure will take and the number of issues that need to be resolved); is witnessed by anyone who would like to watch the proceeding; and, wherein all decisions are made by the presiding judge, a mediated divorce may take only up to three months or even less (that is if the spouses decide to meet often to arrive at a settlement fast), costs only between $3,000 and $4,500, is settled privately (between the mediator and the spouses), and allows the spouses to decide on everything. The mediator’s role is only to make sure that personal emotions and sources of conflict which can prolong decision making, are filtered out to keep the spouses’ line of communication free and open, and, that all decisions are reasonable and made freely and willingly.

Legal representation is never necessitated in a mediation process, unlike in litigated divorce; however, consulting with a lawyer may help a spouse a lot in understanding how to negotiate properly and if the final agreement will not compromise his/her future as well as the children’s future.

According to the law firm Kirker Davis, LLP, divorce proceedings involving formal court hearings and judicial decisions are always immensely costly in time and resources. It is recommended for married couples who are seeking a divorce to consider alternative dispute resolutions before entering their case into the already overcrowded court system. In fact, some Texas counties require that a couple first goes through mediation in an attempt to solve their divorce quicker and with less complexity. Mediation is an often overlooked option that divorcing couples should consider before pursuing litigation as an option.

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The Role of Anxiety in Sexual Dysfunction

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Hypnotherapy | 0 comments

Sexual dysfunction comes in many forms and can affect any gender and any age in a number of ways. According to the Cleveland Clinic, sexual dysfunction is a problem that can occur at any part of the sexual response cycle, comprised of excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution phases, and which inhibits an individual from feeling pleasure during sexual activity. Sexual dysfunction is typically thought to be a uniquely male experience as erectile dysfunction is so heavily publicized, but the Cleveland Clinic further notes that 43 percent of women have some level of sexual dysfunction as opposed to 31 percent of men, showing dysfunction to be a universal issue.

There are a number of treatments for sexual dysfunctions, and the type you receive depends on not only the type of dysfunction, but on its underlying causes. Causes may be physical, biological, or psychological, or a combination of these things. Anxiety is a leading cause of dysfunction among both men and women, and can manifest in a number of sexual issues, physical and mental. Some sexual problems associated with anxiety include performance anxiety, impotence, and lack of vaginal lubrication. For example, according to the University of California at Santa Barbara‘s Sex Info Online, negative emotions like anxiety, guilt, and fear during sexual activity can lead to a lack of vaginal lubrication and other dysfunctions.

Despite the prevalence of anxiety as a factor or concurrence with sexual dysfunction, uprooting it and returning to healthy sexual functioning can be a difficult task. There are number of treatment avenues you can take if you are experiencing sexual problems, such as a primary care physician, OBGYN, urologist, psychiatrist, sex therapist, or hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapy may seem like a dubious treatment option, but as psychologists study and use the practice more, it has become an important treatment avenue for a variety with people with various conditions. According to the Orlando Hypnosis Clinic, most problems reside in the subconscious mine, and hypnotherapy can help you isolate and treat such issues at the root of their problem. Whether or not you’re comfortable getting help with the aid of hypnosis, if you are experiencing sexual dysfunction, determine if anxiety or something else may be the cause, and get the help you need to return your sex life to the pleasurable activity it’s meant to be.

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Child Support Enforcement Act: How the Law Prioritizes the Welfare of Your Children

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Child Welfare | 0 comments

Anyone who’s been through a divorce will know how easily complicated the whole process can get when there are children involved in the picture. Fortunately, through the Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984, the law is able to ensure their best interests are prioritized after the divorce is finalized.

The main goal of the Child Support Enforcement Act is to guarantee the care and welfare of a divorced couple’s offspring. This is done through the payment of monthly financial obligations, made by one parent to the other party that was awarded by the court with primary custody of the children. These payments are mandated by the law because they are meant to cover the costs for the children’s basic needs like education and health care.

The amount and length of time in which payments are expected to be paid are determined by key considerations such as the age of the children, as well as that of each parent’s, and the family’s current health status. The court also looks at the income of both parents, adjusting the amount that needs to be paid accordingly. In most cases, child support payments are made until the children involved turns of legal age.

There is, of course, an avenue where parents can ask that a modification in their child support agreement be made. Anyone of the parents can ask to have the payments increased or decreased should there be any drastic change in their financial situations. In an event where a non-custodial parent ends up facing sudden unemployment, he or she could pursue to have their child support agreement modified through legal avenues. According to Raleigh child custody lawyers at Marshall & Taylor, other common reasons parents pursue alternations in child support payments include changes in medical status and the amount of care required by the children involved.

It comes as no surprise that going through a divorce is an emotionally stressful situation. It’s clear, however that the situation can become even more fragile when divorcing couples have to figure out how they will continue to share their responsibilities as parents. Often times, in the cross fire, the welfare of the children are overlooked. Thankfully, much of this contention can be hashed out and children can remain the priority in such a difficult situation through options provided by the Child Support Enforcement Act.

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An Overview of Survival Action Lawsuit

Posted by on Jul 24, 2016 in Lawsuit, Wrongful Death | 0 comments

When a person dies in an unexpected time, the surviving family member will struggle to cope up with the sudden death. According to the website of Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm, the unexpected loss of a loved one could result to long term financial consequences. In order to recover damage, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit. This type of case has two parts namely wrongful death action and survival action. In this article, we will focus on the latter.

In a survival action, the recipient of the damages is the estate of the deceased. The lawsuit can be filed by the estate’s personal representative. If no one was delegated, the successor-in-interest can file the claim. A survival action can only be filed if the decedent did not immediately die from their injury. Damages in a survival action would include suffering before death, disability, lost wages, and medical costs from the accident and future medical care.

Upon the death of the plaintiff, the damages would then be distributed to the estate based on the will of the deceased. A survival action lawsuit puts value on the benefits and privileges that the deceased would have made if not for their death. A certain provision in the Probate Code dictates what will happen to the assets of the deceased in the absence of a will. While these issues are independent from a wrongful death lawsuit, it can still have an effect on the awarding of damages.

When filing a claim, it is important to have an understanding of the difference between a wrongful death and a survival action lawsuit. It is best to consult an attorney prior to the filing of the case so that you will know how to proceed with the case in order to recover damages that you are entitled to receive as a result off the untimely death of your loved one.

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The Different Types of Car Insurance Coverages that Drivers Need to Carry

Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in Insurance | 0 comments

Financial responsibility, which is more commonly known as auto liability insurance, is a basic requirement on all types of vehicles operated on US roads and highways. This means that every driver, whether he or she operates a car, a truck, a bus or a motorcycle, should be able to show evidence of financial responsibility whenever this is requested by a law enforcement officer, especially if he or she gets involved in a traffic collision, and whenever he or she is renewing his or her vehicle’s registration or driver’s license.

While all states mandate financial responsibility, only 48 states strictly require auto liability insurance. In the state of New Hampshire, drivers are simply required to demonstrate capability to provide sufficient funds in case of an accident which is their fault. Demonstrating financial capability may be done by posting a bond or cash equal to the amount of damages in a crash. In Virginia, drivers have the option to either purchase auto liability insurance or pay an uninsured motorists vehicle fee to their state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (if they choose to register their vehicle as uninsured).

In all other states, the type of liability coverage that drivers are required to have can either be the full tort insurance coverage or the no-fault insurance coverage. Tort states, which mandate the full tort coverage on drivers, allow victims of car accidents to file a civil lawsuit against the at-fault driver to determine the extent of damage they have been made to suffer and to seek compensation for all these damages. If you have suffered a serious financial loss contact an accident attorney.  This compensation, which the at-fault driver’s insurance provider will pay by to the victim, usually covers cost of medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering. Payment of compensation may take time, though, and premiums may cost higher due to the lawsuit.

Milwaukee, WI car accident lawyers point out that payment of compensation is often much faster in no-fault states since no lawsuit needs to be filed anymore because compensation is paid to each driver by their respective insurance providers regardless of who is at fault in the accident. The no-fault coverage, also known as Personal Injury Protection (PIP) covers the driver and his or her passengers and medical and hospital expenses; in some states, coverage includes payment for lost wages, expenses for household-related services, such as childcare, and funeral expenses.

Car insurance coverage, though, is not the only requirement that states mandate on drivers; there are also the Uninsured Motorist Coverage, which is designed to pay for all economic damages and losses that victims may suffer due to accidents wherein the driver at-fault does not carry liability insurance or if the accident were a hit & run, or if the vehicle involved in the accident were stolen. Underinsured Motorist Coverage, on the other hand, is intended as a supplement to any inadequacy in the driver-at-fault’s policy limit, making the amount of his or her policy insufficient to cover all the damages suffered by the victim (this is usually the case if the at-fault driver carries only the minimum liability coverage set by his or her state.

All these required coverages make insurance too expensive for many drivers; however, not being insured can prove to be much more expensive. Besides, drivers and car owners can always seek assistance from independent car insurance companies for quotes which will give them the best deals that will not put a strain in their budget.

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To Be or Clot to Be, It’s in the Precaution

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

It can be crippling to remember that in a base level, people are just muscles and blood wrapped in skin and propped up by bones – but people like to think themselves as invincible. But skin can oft be as fragile as parchment and when what’s underneath is endangered. Such is the case with blood clotting.

What is blood clotting and why is it so dangerous? For one thing, a severe enough blood clot can be fatal if not treated immediately. Such is the case for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), which often occurs with passengers of planes on long distance flights. There is a vein in the legs called the deep vein that is stimulated by motion and if a person is stagnant for too long, the deep vein can clot and in turn, sever the vein and trigger heart failures.

That is why passengers on flights longer than four hours are advised to move around every few hours or so in order to avoid DVT.

However, this need not be the only case of clotting. Some people are simply more susceptible to blood clotting than others. This, in turn, creates the need for precautionary measures such as anticoagulant medication and medical devices such as IVC filters. When choosing a device to trust with something as fragile and important as the heart, it is imperative to practice the utmost care and precision as this is not an organ that should be risked at all.

For example, there are some complaints being raised regarding Bard’s G2 IVC Filter, according to the website of the lawyers with Habush Habush Rottier, wherein patients who have had the device implanted have had parts of the device snap off and wander onto other parts of the body. This happenstance can cause incredible pain and discomfort, as well as the more serious predicaments that the threat of malfunctioning medical devices can pose.

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Motorcycle Accidents

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Motorcycle Accidents | 0 comments

Riding a motorcycle is often an exciting and romantic idea to many Americans. It means being able to drive the roads with the wind on your face and going faster than most cars can. It is the prospect of the open road that makes the purchase of a motorcycle a thrill that some cannot resist. However, this appeal can also lead to dangerous consequences for motorcyclists.

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, motorcycles offer little in the way of safety features. Motorcycles also are often much smaller and lighter than the vehicles with which they collide. This means, as stated on the Hach & Rose, LLP website, that motorcyclists can experience significant injuries in accidents that would be minor to another vehicle. What’s worse is that often these accidents are at no fault of the motorcyclist at all but can leave them with fatal injuries while the driver of the other vehicle may not be injured at all. When this happens, motorcyclists can be entitled to compensation for their suffering.

Motorcycle accidents are often the most terrifying crashes that ever occur. Even with these dangers, the benefits of owning a motorcycle keeps these small and sometimes unsafe vehicles selling. Although some of these accidents are a cause of unfortunate circumstances, many are the result of the negligent and preventable actions of another driver. When this happens, motorcycle accidents are much more likely to injure the motorcyclist. Despite this, motorcycles seem to be an exciting and thrilling part of society that is not going away any time soon.

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Mobile Apps That Can Make Your Life Easier

Posted by on Jun 27, 2015 in Technology | 0 comments

If you have a smart phone, go to the app store—can you count all the apps that are available? Probably not. With the proliferation of a technology run society, we are also seeing an increase in the number of apps available for smart phone users. From Angry Birds to apps that track the number of calories you burn, there seems to be an app for every aspect of our lives.

But what about an app that can make your job easier? There are now apps in which lawyers can communicate with clients through one click on their smart phone. With legal apps for lawyers, attorneys can connect with clients in groundbreaking new ways. Firms can even customize these apps specifically for their firms and specific clients. In ways like these, smart phone apps are being integrated in our daily life in a way like never before.

Technology is an undeniable part of our modern world and is becoming more than just an avenue to call people and play games when we’re bored. As a society, we always have our phones and they don’t ever seem to leave our hands. Companies are taking this technology prominence a step further and allowing law firms to use them to contact their clients easier than ever before. The phrase “there’s an app for that” seems to be becoming more and more true everyday.

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Dangerous Pharmaceuticals and Associated Risks

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Product Liability | 0 comments

It is a terrifying thought—the doctor or surgeon you go to receive help for medical problems can lead to more and sometimes devastating health complications. Increasingly, we are seeing medical malpractice and dangerous drugs lead to birth defects and complications. This can cause lifelong problems for the child due to medical malpractice.

For example, according to the National Injury Law Center website, mothers who take Depakote during pregnancy have a higher risk of giving birth to children with severe birth defects such as Spina Bifida. However, prescription drugs are not the only thing that can lead to birth defects. According to the website of the New York City cerebral palsy lawyers at The Driscoll Firm, medical malpractice can lead to brain injuries during child development that can lead to medical conditions such as cerebral palsy. There has also been cases where medical devices, such as the DaVinci Robot, have caused serious medical complications. Although these examples are devastating to imagine, they are obviously not the only cases that display medical dangers in the US.

Although medical devices and prescription drugs can bring immense benefits to patients, there are also serious risks associated with some and unfortunately can lead to terrible health concerns and birth defects. However, when doctors or the prescription drug company fail to inform you of these risks, you can receive compensation for damages.

When we go to the doctor or order a drug at the pharmacy, we hardly think we will end up with more serious problems that we began with. Sadly, this is sometimes the case and can cause lifelong problems in an individual or a child in the developmental stages. Although no amount of money can make up for some of the medical complications caused, receiving compensation can ensure that you do not suffer further based on the negligence of a company or person.

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