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Wisconsin pays out settlement after infant's injury

Injuries happen all the time in Wisconsin, and most are not the sort that change the direction of a life. When it comes to trauma and pain that leaves a mark, victims often feel the need to exact financial damages to help with recovery. One of the most tragic types of injuries is those that happen to people who don't even realize it.

A recent lawsuit claimed that an infant suffered permanent brain damage after a surgical error in Madison caused a loss of oxygen in his bloodstream. The surgery was meant to correct a birth defect in which tissue adheres to the spinal cord of the baby, who was 6 weeks old at the time of the procedure.

Wisconsin looks at public defender reforms

The right to criminal defense is one of the basic concepts of common law, which formed the basis of the American justice system. Governments are obliged to provide all people accused of crimes with an attorney. Due to budgets and workloads, however, the best possible legal defense may not be guaranteed.

Public defenders in Wisconsin face many resource shortages, from time to basic supplies, simply due to their caseloads. The court-appointed defense attorneys in Racine County may average more than 400 cases in a year. Some groups also fare worse in the criminal justice system; Wisconsin residents of African descent are 12 times more likely to be jailed than their white neighbors.

Joint custody is more common than ever in family courts

Courts tended to side with mothers in child custody cases for much of the 20th century. In fact, joint custody was so rare in some jurisdictions that it was largely reserved for children of criminal or psychologically unstable mothers. But now, courts in Wisconsin and other states are likely to consider or even encourage joint custody for children of divorced parents.

This applies to both major types of child custody: physical and legal. Physical custody deals with where a child spends time, while legal custody is more complex because it deals with how decisions essential to the upbringing of a child are made. Physical custody, or at least most of it, still goes to the mother most of the time purely for practical reasons. Children would need two different schools and activity groups if they evenly split time.

Who's financially responsible for a teen's drunk driving crash?

Like all states, Wisconsin has a law prohibiting drinking and driving to help keep the public safe. There are also laws that make it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to enjoy an alcoholic beverage or for adults to provide alcohol to minors. Unfortunately, neither of these laws actually prevent teenagers from drinking or from getting behind the wheel when leaving a party.

People who get into collisions caused by drunk underage drivers can suffer catastrophic injuries, to say nothing of the property damage that such a crash can cause. Unfortunately, teenagers generally have very few assets with which to compensate those they may hurt in a crash.

New proposed law may clear first-time drunk driving records

Driving under the influence of alcohol is never a good idea. Alcohol and many illegal recreational drugs cause a reduced ability to use good judgment and react quickly enough to drive safely. Although every jurisdiction in Wisconsin and the United States has laws against drunk driving, some jurisdictions are taking a more progressive look at the crime.

A new law proposed in Madison would allow people convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) to request a clean slate if their behavior has improved. This would only apply to drivers who had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.15 percent or less at the time of their arrest and drivers who caused no damage or injury through their drunkenness.

Workplace injury results in employee's death

Sometimes, people hurt themselves by accident. If the consequences are light, it's easy enough to write off the event as a life lesson. But it can be be harder to get over an injury or death that was caused by someone else.

Personal injuries or wrongful deaths, the legal term for fatal incidents for which someone else is liable, can happen in a variety of situations. Traffic accidents and animal attacks are both common reasons for injuries grave enough to justify seeking financial damages. Workplace accidents may be complicated, since individuals as well as organizations may be responsible for the unsafe conditions that caused or contributed to the accident.

Madison man faces federal charges in alleged robbery

People facing criminal charges have a lot to deal with, and the level of government that levied charges against them is probably not one of their biggest considerations. However, the difference between federal and state criminal charges is far larger than the juries or judges who try to deliver justice.

A 33-year-old man from Madison was indicted by a grand jury in connection with a robbery at gunpoint earlier this year. The suspect showed a firearm to employees of a pizza shop during the incident before attempting to elude capture in a nearby park. He was ultimately arrested by Madison police then taken into custody on a federal warrant.

Divorce is not as difficult as it seems in Wisconsin

Divorce is one of the most stressful events in a person's life, especially since no one goes into marriage thinking it could end. Fortunately, the state of Wisconsin makes it easier than it has been historically in many places around the United States.

Wisconsin is a "no-fault" state when it comes to divorce. This means the only legal grounds required are for spouses to agree that the marriage is broken beyond repair. In most cases, only one spouse must believe this for a Wisconsin judge to approve a filing for divorce.

Set yourself up for success by asking for a divorce the right way

Asking for a divorce is not expected to be easy, even if you're ready to move on from your marriage. This is a difficult conversation for both individuals, as you're forced to come face-to-face with your failed marriage and the future.

When you take all the right steps when asking for a divorce, it's much easier to move through the process in an efficient manner. This doesn't mean you won't face challenges, but at least you're doing whatever you can to put yourself in position to minimize the impact on your life.

How can Wisconsin police check for drunk drivers?

Drinking and driving should never mix, but that does not stop some people from thinking they are not too drunk to drive. The lack of good judgment that comes with alcohol consumption or drug use makes it dangerous for all other Wisconsinites on the roads. But even if a driver is suspected of drunk driving, they have rights that should be understood.

How do law enforcement officers verify if a driver is drunk?

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