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Punitive Damages

In some cases, punitive damages may be available to the injured person.  In order to determine if punitive damages are available, you will want an experienced attorney to evaluate your claim.  Punitive damages are awarded where the defendant's conduct is willful, wanton and malicious.  Punitive damages are intended to punish a defendant for their behavior.  A clear example of a case where punitive damages may be available is a drunk driving case.  Wisconsin law…

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What Types of Products are Subject to Claims for Products Liabilty?

Basically any product that someone has made that they are in the business of selling is subject to a products liability claim.  There are some well known examples of products liability claims:

- automobiles, such as the claims made against the Ford Pinto,

- farm equipment and machinery,

- lawn mowers and gardening equipment,

- space heaters, fireplaces and furnaces,

- dangerous toys made for children especially those made with lead paint or that…

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Herrick & Hart - Serving Eau Claire and the Surrounding Communities

Herrick & Hart is known for being in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, located next to the Eau Claire County Courthouse.  Herrick & Hart is a proud member of Eau Claire's downtown community.  The firm looks forward to being a vibrant part of downtown Eau Claire for years to come.

Our legal work…

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Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury can impair many skills that a person takes for granted such as motor skills, cognitive skills and verbal skills.  A traumatic brain injury can greatly diminish the quality of a person's life.  An injured person's family will also have to adjust around the impaired skills of their loved one.  A person with a traumatic brain injury may not be able to function at the employment level that they once did prior to the injury.  The injured person may have…

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Fatigued Truckers

Federal law extensively regulates interstate trucking.  A trucker is subject to hours of service requirements and is required to keep a log book.  The log book keeps track not only of the time the trucker is on the road but off duty as well.  The regulations place strict limitations on the number of hours a trucker may operate their truck without resting.

A trucker who is sleep deprived is a danger to all of those on the road.  A common cause of accidents is driver…

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Avoiding Child Head Injuries

A concussion is a serious injury.  A child is susceptible to a concussion in certain activities because they do not exercise the same maturity and judgment of an adult.   Children are more likely to take risks that an adult would not.  Children also have weaker necks and torsos leading to more head injuries.  An article in Snowboard How, states that 53% of head injuries to children could be prevented by…

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Do I Need A Lawyer?

The question of whether you need a lawyer depends upon the situation.  Your legal rights are very important.  Your liberty or property may be taken if your rights are not property asserted in a legal proceeding.  At Herrick & Hart, we tell those who ask us that when you have any doubt of whether you need a lawyer then you should talk to a lawyer.  A lawyer can answer your legal questions and assist you either through or with starting a legal process.

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Hire a Personal Injury Attorney and Save Yourself a Headache

A personal injury case can be very complicated.  An innocent person finds themselves injured and has to navigate the confusing tort system.  A claim following an injury is filled with complicated language and acronyms that people unfamiliar with the system do not understand.  One of the ways to avoid the headache that comes after a personal injury is to hire a personal injury attorney.  A personal injury attorney can take some of the stress out of the situation and seek a…

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Helping a Person with a Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries can happen in many ways.  A person who suffers a direct blow to the head can suffer a traumatic brain injury.  A person who suffers from a traumatic brain injury may appear to be healthy.  However, those who are around the injured person will begin to point out their changed behavior.

There are many ways you can help a person with a traumatic brain injury.  If the injured person is married, you might ask their spouse how you can be of help.…

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Fibromyalgia from a Car Collision

Medical science has shown that fibromyalgia can be caused from the traumatic injury that comes from a car collision.  Fibromyalgia that is caused by trauma is called posttraumatic fibromyalgia.  Fibromyalgia is known as a disease of amplified pain.  Fibromyalgia does not cause the destruction of pain pathways in the body.  Instead, fibromyalgia causes chronic changes along the pain pathways of the body which results in chronic pain.  The result of fibromyalgia is…

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