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2 Injured in Wausau OWI Crash

Posted on Friday, December 17th, 2010 at 6:43 am    

Two people were injured in a Wausau car accident Wednesday evening.

According to officials with the Wausau Police Department, the accident occurred at the intersection of Forrest and 9th Streets in downtown Wausau. Police say 47 year-old Jeffrey Gerhardt rear-ended a vehicle at a stop sign.

The driver and a passenger, of the vehicle Gerhardt hit, complained of back pain after the accident. Police say they did not need to be hospitalized.

Gerhardt admitted to drinking a beer in his truck before the crash. Officers say there were eight cans of beer in his truck, some of which were unopened. He was charged with second offense drunk driving and is now free on $2500 signature bond.

If you have been injured by a drunk driving, please contact a Wausau Personal Injury Lawyer of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.

Child’s Taped Statement Can Be Used in Wausau Sexual Assault Trial

Posted on Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 at 4:44 am    

A judge will not require a 6 year-old child to testify in person against a former Wausau teacher's aide who allegedly sexually assaulted her.

According to court documents, judge Patrick Brady ruled Tuesday that prosecutors can use a videotaped interview with the child as they try to prove that the former teacher's aide, Bee Lor, should stand trail for touching the girl's buttocks this spring. Lor's preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 13th. He has been ordered to stand trial on a separate charge of touching an 11 year-old girl's breasts on the playground of Maine elementary school.

Lor's defense attorney, Keith Ellison, argued that the alleged victim should make the allegations in person. He claimed interviewers asked leading questions and said the child's answers are vague. "It doesn't contain all of the information that should be provided to the court," Ellison said.

Brady ruled the interview will not "deprive any party of a fair opportunity to meet any allegations in the statement."

For a free consultation, contact the Wausau sexual assault lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.

Winter Storm to Blame for Numerous Car Accidents

Posted on Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 at 3:25 am    

A number of minor car accidents occurred in Wausau Wednesday evening as a winter storm system moved into the area.

According to officials with the Wausau Police Department, officers were still working to clear accident scenes at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. Lt. Mark Pankow said reports of car crashes and cars sliding off roads began around 4:30 p.m.

Several cars slid into a roadside ditch on Highway 29 near Edgar shortly after 4:30 p.m. Police also responded to two accidents near the intersection of Stewart and 17th avenues just before 5:00 p.m.

Traffic was backed up in both directions on Grand Avenue early Wednesday evening after a two-vehicle accident occurred at the Schofield intersection. No injuries were reported.

If you have been injured in a Wausau car accident, please contact a Wausau personal injury lawyer of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.

Johnson & Johnson Issues Benadryl Recall

Posted on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 at 7:00 am    

Johnson & Johnson has announced a recall of three children's cold and flu medications.

According to the New Jersey-based company, the recall involves Children's Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt Tablets, Junior Strength Motrin Caplets, and Extra Strength Rolaids softchews. The healthcare giant said the recall is at a wholesale and retail level. The company said it found unspecified problems related to Benadryl and Motrin products.

The Rolaids were recalled after consumer reports that the softchews had an unusual texture. J&J said the texture was traced to crystallized sugar.

The company recalled a total of 4 million packages of cherry and grape Benadryl tablets, 800,000 Motrin caplets, and 71,000 caplets of Extra Strenght Rolaids.

The company said the medicine still works, despite the problems, and no further action is required on the consumer level.

For more information on product recalls, please contact the Wausau product liability attorney of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874

Four Auto Accidents on Bridge Street Bridge

Posted on Thursday, November 18th, 2010 at 2:57 am    

Eight vehicles were involved in four separate accidents within minutes of each other on the Bridge Street bridge in Wausau Wednesday evening.

According to officials with the Wausau Police Department, three two-vehicle accidents occurred in the eastbound lanes of Bridge Street, and another in the westbound lane, shortly after 5:00 p.m. Police Capt. Dwayne Dachel said he was not sure what caused the first accident.

Lt. Mark Pankow said the first accident distracted drivers. "People were not attentive and there was quite a bit of traffic," Pankow said. "People were looking at the accidents instead of looking at the road."

A Salvation Army worker, 18 year-old Brandon Aston, said he could hear cars colliding down the road. "I don't know how you get this many at once," Aston said. "People just need to pay more attention when they drive."

The four accidents resulted in one injury. A woman sustained minor injuries when her face struck a steering wheel during a collision, Dachel said. She was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

If you have been injured in a Wausau auto accident caused by another party, you may be entitled to financial compensation. For more information on victims' rights in the wake of a crash, please contact a Wausau personal injury attorney of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.

Auto Accident in Wausau Co., 1 Injured

Posted on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 at 4:34 am    

An auto accident in Wausau County Thursday sent one man to the hospital.

According to Wisconsin State Patrol trooper David Lutze, police and rescue personnel were called to a crash between two trucks on Highway F at Berlin Lane shortly after 11:00 a.m. Thursday. Lutze says a man driving a flat-bed truck was traveling south on Berlin Lane entered a controlled intersection and was hit by an eastbound pickup truck on Highway F. The driver of the flat-bed said he did not see any other vehicles before moving through the intersection.

The driver of the pickup was pinned inside his vehicle and had to be extricated by rescue personnel. He was transported by helicopter to Aspirus Wausau Hospital for treatment. Information on the nature or extent of his injuries was not available.

The driver of the flat-bed truck was not injured in the accident, Lutze said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol. No citations have been issued in relation to the accident.

If you have been injured in a Wausau truck accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. For more information on accident victims' rights, please contact a Wausau auto accident attorney of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 888-242-2874.

SUV Crashes into Home in Wausau

Posted on Monday, October 25th, 2010 at 2:52 am    

A woman was hospitalized Monday morning after her sport utility vehicle crashed into a duplex in Wausau.

According to officials with the Wausau Police Department, the crash occurred shortly before 7:30 a.m. in the 600 block of North 12th Avenue. Police say the woman lost control of her SUV, drove accross two lawns, and into the front of the home. The woman told her teenage daughter, who was also in the vehicle, that she felt ill while driving, accoridng to Wausa Police Captain Dwayne Dachel.

The SUV crashed through the home's front door and an attached garage. No one was home at the time of the accident.

The woman was trasnported by ambulance to Aspirus Wausau Hospital following the crash. Her teenage daughter sustaind minor injuries, Dachel said.

Darrin Marsh was in his home on Nicolet Street when the crash occurred and described the sound as a "loud boom."

"We hear those kind of noises on Bridge Street, but not here," Marsh said. The SUV also damaged a mailbox and porch swing in the two yards it crossed before hitting the duplex.

If you have been injured as the result of another party's reckless or negligent actions, please contact a Wausau personal injury attorney of Haubsh Habush & Rottier, S.C., by calling 800-242-2874.

Texas Woman Files Lawsuit Over Defective Hip Implant

Posted on Thursday, October 21st, 2010 at 2:06 am    

A woman in Texas has filed a personal injury lawsuit against DePuy Orthopedics Inc., and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson Inc., after she was injured by an allegedly defective hip implant.

Estella M. Wahl underwent hip replacement surgery in 2007 and received a DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System. Soon after the surgery Wahl began to experience excruciating pain that hindered her ability to perform basic physical motions over three years until she underwent two revision surgeries in 2010. In August, DePuy announced a worldwide recall of the ASR XL Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Modular Acetabular Cup System. Both devices include a metal-on-metal mechanism which can create debris inside the body.

Wahl's attorney, Wendy R. Fleishman, explained the lawsuit: "Mrs. Wahl's DePuy ASR implant was defective, as alleged in the complaint, it had a design flaw," Fleishman said. "Publicly available data shows that Mrs. Wahl's problems were common among patients who had been implanted with the DePuy ASR. Too many patients implatned with the DePuy ASR have experienced loosening and failures of their implant, requiring revision surgeries."

For more information on the DePuy recall, please contact a Wausau product liablity lawyer of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.

Merrill Student Killed in Wausau Car Accident

Posted on Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 at 2:18 am    

A Merrill High School junior was killed in a Wausau car accident Monday night in rural Marathon County.

A Marathon County Sheriff's Department incident report says 17 year-old Benjamin Stahoski was speeding when he lost control of his vehicle shortly after 10:00 p.m. Monday. Police say the vehicle left the roadway and slammed into a utility pole on Fifth Lane south of Highway FF.

Stahoski was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident from blunt force trauma to the head, according to the Marathon County Coroner's Office.

A passenger in Stahoski's vehicle, 16 year-old Austin Graap, was transported by helicopter to Aspirus Wausau Hospital for treatment of injuries, police say. Graap was released from the hospital Tuesday and is at home recuperating.

The crash remains under investigation by the Marathon County Sheriff's Office.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family and friends during this difficult time.

Fisher-Price Recalls 11 Million Toys

Posted on Thursday, October 7th, 2010 at 3:39 am    

Toy manufacturer Fisher-Price, a unit of Mattel Inc., announced a recall Thursday of nearly 11 million toys in the United States and Canada.

The company voluntarily recalled various toys, some which were sold as far back as 1997. The recalled products include toddler tricycles, inflatable balls, high chairs, and Little People Wheelies. In a statement, Fisher-Price general manager Kevin Curran said the company has already redesigned some of the products to address risks. Curran said Fisher-Price goes beyond federal safety regulations and "takes additional steps to constantly gather and review feedback about how our products are doing in real homes."

The recall notice released by the Consumer Product-Safety Commission refers to a risk of "severe injury, including genital bleeding" with the defective tricycles. The commission said there have been a total of 80 reported incidents of injury.

If your child has been injured by a defective toy, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact a Wausau product liability attorney of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.

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