Hundreds of Veterans Possibly Exposed to HIV and Hepatitis at VA Clinic

At a Wisconsin VA clinic, a dentist is being held responsible for failing to adhere to standards designed to protect patients from exposure to harmful viral infections. As a result, hundreds of veterans who received care from the dentist were placed at risk of being infected with HIV, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis C. The acting Medical Center Director, Victoria Brahm, said that the dentist used his own equipment, cleaned it, and reused it for over a year. These actions go against VA clinic regulations, which require dentists to use supplied equipment, which is disposable and comes pre-sterilized.

The issue came to light when a dental assistant reported seeing the dentist fail to practice the proper procedures. The Medical Center Director claims that the inappropriate action was purposeful and conscious. This is because the dentist was taught and indeed practiced the proper equipment procedures during an orientation at the VA clinic, before he began providing care to veterans.

Medical malpractice occurs whenever a professional fails to act in accordance with industry standards. If these mis-actions cause harm or injury to a person, then that injured party may be entitled to compensation for damages they suffer. If you think that you or someone you know has been a victim of medical malpractice, you should talk to a lawyer. Though taking legal action might seem like yet another burden, doing so can help bring relief and closure. To discuss your case with an experienced and knowledgeable Racine doctor mistake attorney, call the office of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at (262) 554-6200.


Dozens of Victims Come Forward with Sexual Assault Claims

A University of Wisconsin student has been arrested and charged with 15 counts of sexual assault after dozens of female victims contacted the police with allegations of rape. The 20-year-old-student, Alec Cook, was first taken into custody when a woman accused Cook of raping her in his downtown-Madison apartment on Oct. 12. From this incident alone, Cook faces one count of third degree and three counts of second degree sexual assault, along with charges of strangulation-suffocation and false imprisonment.

After news of these charges broke, dozens more women contacted the police with separate allegations of attacks from Cook. These range from allegations of unwanted, inappropriate touching to claims that Cook used date-rape drugs. In light of these charges, bail for Cook has been set at $200,000.

If you or somebody you know has been the victim of any form of sexual assault, talking to a lawyer can help you understand what possible legal actions are available. To talk to a Racine personal injury lawyer and learn how you might recover some of your damages, call Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at (262) 554-6200.


Wisconsin Supreme Court rules in sexual assault case of ex-pediatrician

In a 5-2 decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld an earlier ruling by an appeals court to bar two former patients from filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. The plaintiffs were seeking damages against former Eau Claire, Wisconsin pediatrician David Van de Loo, Mayo Clinic Health System, and their insurance companies. The Court claimed the statute of limitations on the case had already been reached.

Justices Ann Walsh Bradley and Shirley Abrahamson dissented the ruling, which said the claims against Van de Loo be dismissed. Van do Loo was found not guilty of 14 criminal counts of sexual assault involving juvenile male patients in February 2014. According to the plaintiffs, the statute of limitations had yet to expire because they did not realize a “physical injurious change” was caused by the abuse until they were older.

If you were sexually assaulted or the victim of medical malpractice, the attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. may be able to help you. Call our offices at (262) 554-6200 to start holding responsible parties accountable for their actions.


Three Union Grove High School Students in Wreck

An accident in Racine County injured three girls traveling to their end of season softball banquet at Union Grove High School last Wednesday. The accident occurred when the driver of a Honda Pilot failed to observe a stop sign, colliding with a Dodge Neon that had the right of way at County Highway U and Two Mile Road in Yorkville. The three softball players were in the Neon.

The driver of the Dodge Neon, 17 year old Taylor Skendziel did not survive her injuries. Her two passengers were hospitalized, but are expected to make a full recovery. The driver of the Honda Pilot has not been cited as the accident is still under investigation.

When drivers fail to observe road signs and signals, serious accidents and senseless tragedies like this one can occur.


Five-motorcycle collision hurts six people

A five-motorcycle collision occurred around 10:00 a.m. on June 4, on State Highway 83 at County L in Racine County. The accident injured six individuals.

Police officials said one individual was taken via Flight for Life to a hospital, another was brought to Waukesha Community Memorial Hospital, and four were taken via ambulance to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. According to preliminary investigations made by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department, a motorcyclist  heading south slowed down to avoid hitting a car when it collided with another motorcycle behind it, which caused it to crash into a motorcycle from a group of riders traveling north.

At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., our qualified legal team works to create a comprehensive legal representation strategy. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Racine or another area of Wisconsin, our attorneys can help you receive compensation for the damages you incurred. Call our offices today at (262) 554-6200 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.


Woman struck by truck on side of Highway 11

A 43-year-old woman who was chasing her dog along Highway 11 in Racine County, Wisconsin was struck by a semi-truck. She died as a result of the incident.

The driver of the semi-truck was not harmed in the accident, according to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office.

Resident Karin Ashton said the road was dangerous because “it’s a major thoroughfare…there’s always semis on it…you can hear them on the road.”

Ashton said that she used to walk her dog by the side of the highway, but then realized how dangerous doing that was because the highway is frequented by large trucks. Another resident, Lorraine Rampolo, said that Highway 11 can be a very busy highway and can be dangerous to pedestrians and motorists alike.


Racine County implements “Click It or Ticket” campaign to enforce seat belt use

Motorists driving through Racine County in Wisconsin should always remember to wear their seat belts and to make sure other passengers in their vehicle are also buckled up, as fines and tickets await those who are caught not wearing a seat belt.

Police departments in Caledonia, Mount Pleasant, and Sturtevant will be monitoring drivers who follow or break the seat belt use rules during the “Click It or Ticket” campaign happening between May 23, 2016 and June 5, 2016. According to Mount Pleasant Police Captain Brian Smith, the campaign was instituted to encourage all motorists to take advantage of the life-saving capabilities of seat belts. Catching delinquent or disobedient motorists is not the campaign’s primary concern, safety is. In 2015 alone, there were 55,000 convictions in Wisconsin for failure to use a seat belt.

Seat belts can provide life-saving assistance in the event of a car accident, but even then, motorists could find themselves facing devastating injuries and other losses. If you or someone you love has suffered in a car accident, let the experienced attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. help you. Call us at (262) 554-6200 to learn more about what our team is prepared to do for you.


Bloomer teacher dies in two-vehicle collision

Thirty-two-year-old Bloomer High School special education teacher Derek Thompson was killed in a head-on collision with another vehicle around 9:46 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. The accident occurred when Thompson was driving along Highway 64 near 102nd Street in Bloomer, Wisconsin.

Four other people were in the vehicle with Thompson at the time of the accident; they were taken to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries, which were not fatal. According to Chippewa County Chief Deputy Chad Holum, Thompson’s Chrysler Town & Country van collided with a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban driven by 36-year-old Bloomer resident Chad Sommer. Holum said a weather disturbance, such as rain, was not a factor as to why the accident happened, and alcohol did not seem to be involved in the incident.

The attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. send condolences to the family and friends of Derek Thompson. Like many Wisconsin drivers, he was the victim of a fatal accident out of his control. Our thoughts are with his loved ones in this difficult time.


West Allis three-vehicle accident kills two

A three-vehicle accident that occurred in the 700 block of South 60th Street and Hawley Drive in West Allis, Wisconsin at around 5 p.m. Monday, April 4 resulted in the death of two people, a report from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner showed.

According to preliminary investigations, a pickup truck that was headed south on 60th Street crashed into a minivan as it was turning left, causing them to plow into oncoming traffic and into a third vehicle. Witnesses stated that the truck was most likely coming from a Brewers game, as evident by the tailgating equipment and coolers in the bed of the truck.  

The driver and the passenger of the minivan passed away to mortal injuries, while the driver of the third vehicle suffered from non-threatening injuries.

It was later revealed by authorities that the driver of the truck was a member of the Milwaukee Firefighters. After police discovered potential factors of the crash were related to speed and alcohol, the truck driver was taken into custody on suspicion of Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle. 


Impaired driver kills passenger

According to police, Christopher Hetchler drove his Ford truck into oncoming traffic after failing to yield when making a left turn. His truck was hit by an oncoming Dodge truck, seriously injuring his passenger, 34-year-old Aaron Lundquist. Though he was flown to Froedtert Hospital, he passed away early in the morning.

Hetchler told police that he had been smoking marijuana shortly prior to the accident. He has since been charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle-controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and received a ticket for failing to yield. He is currently on a $7,500 bond in Racine County Jail.

Driving while intoxicated is a serious crime as it can cause harm and even death to all involved. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by an intoxicated driver, call Racine personal injury attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. to find out if you are eligible for compensation. For a free consultation, dial (262) 554-6200 today.