How to File For Unemployment in Wisconsin

Filing for unemployment in Wisconsin was once time-consuming, but online filing has simplified the process. Creating an online claim allows you to register for benefits, set-up an automatic deposit into your checking account, and answer questions regarding your application. The website is also your online connection to all of Wisconsin’s state work programs and assistance. To get started, a computer will make the process simpler, although it is possible to file from your mobile phone. If you don’t have online access, many libraries offer use of computers after acquiring a free membership card. (If you are unable to obtain on-line access, you can always file by telephone, by calling 608-266-3131.)

To get started:

  • On the internet, navigate to https://my.unemployment.wisconsin.gov/
  • Choose “File for Benefits Online”
  • Gather the information listed
  • Choose the “Apply for Benefits Here” button
  • Enter your information

You will be informed when your claim is being processed. If there is a problem or your situation is a special circumstance, you may be directed to call a claims specialist. If you work for an education employer, or there is confusion about the identity of …
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Beware: The Consequences of Leaving the Scene of an Accident

A car accident can create an adrenaline surge that causes panic and fear.  Unfortunately, this can cause some drivers to make poor decisions such as fleeing the scene of the accident. Drivers may flee hoping to escape legal consequences for issues such as having an invalid license, no insurance, driving under the influence, or even warrants for their arrest. Based on crash scene data, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or “NHSTA”, estimates that a hit and run accident occurs every 43 seconds in the US. (https://www.nhtsa.gov/) The American Automobile Association warns that the number of hit-and-run fatalities has been increasing at an average rate of 7.2 percent per year since 2009. (https://aaafoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18-0058_Hit-and-Run-Brief_FINALv2.pdf)

Whatever the reason, fleeing the scene almost always takes a bad situation and makes it much worse. The consequences for fleeing the scene of an accident vary depending on the type of accident and the state in which you live. You could be charged with anything from a traffic citation to a criminal charge, depending on the circumstances.

Even if the accident was caused by the …
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What You Need to Know if You are Bitten by a Dog

By statute, the owner, or in some situations, the “keeper”, of a dog is liable for the full amount of damages caused by the dog. The dog bite law is a “strict liability” law meaning that the claimant does not have to prove negligence on the part of the owner. Owners of dogs are liable for injuries and damages caused by their dogs to another person, domestic pet, or property.

A dog bite should be reported to local law enforcement. The most crucial first step is to make sure that the dog is not released or destroyed if they bite or attack. A ten-day quarantine can ensure the animal is free of rabies. Without a rabies vaccination and quarantine period, the bitten person may have to undergo a series of painful rabies shots.

State law requires that the dog owner provide proof of current vaccinations, and if the dog is not vaccinated, the dog must be quarantined at an isolation facility. An isolation facility can be a veterinarian’s office, a pound, a Humane Society shelter or the owner’s …
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Drunk Driving Laws in Wisconsin

In an effort to reduce drunk driving offenses, Wisconsin assesses fines, driver’s license penalties, and sometimes jail time to drunk driving offenders.  Below is a summary of potential consequences for drunk driving offenses. 

First-time offenders:

  • A first time offense is usually a non-criminal traffic citation, meaning no jail time may be assessed and a conviction will not be listed on the person’s criminal record.
  • If the first time offender caused a motor vehicle accident and injury, or had a minor passenger in the car, the charge may become criminal, even though it is the person’s first offense. 
  • First time offenses incur license revocations for six to nine months.
  • If the offender’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was a 0.15 or above, an ignition interlock device is required to be installed in all vehicles titled in the driver’s name.
  • Fines range from $150 – $300, not including costs.  With costs, total monies owed can range from $800 – $1000.
  • If an accident or injury was involved, fines and license revocation periods are subject to increase.

Second-time offenders:

The Evidence to Collect for a Personal Injury Case

According to the National Safety Council, over 40 million injuries requiring medical attention happen in the United States every year. That means each of us have a 1 in 12 chance of being seriously injured annually.   We hope you never find yourself a victim of an accident, but if you do, there are some steps to take to protect yourself.

Not every accident does or should result in a personal injury claim.  However, if you have been in a serious accident which impacts your life or results in significant medical bills, you should consult with a lawyer to learn your option.  Even before you talk to a lawyer, you should gather information necessary to evaluate a potential personal injury claim. You will need to show that negligence or a breach of duty caused the accident, as well as demonstrate the nature of your injury. Collect information as soon as possible after an accident, as witnesses can become hard to contact and records and accident reports can be misplaced.

A personal injury lawyer will gather evidence to support your …
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