Texting driver given jail time after fatal Fond du Lac crash

The woman who caused a 2014 accident that left one person dead will serve jail time after she was found guilty, a June 25 report of Fond du Lac Reporter said.

Reports said that at her court appearance on June 24, Heather Cleveland expressed her deep remorse to the relatives of the accident victim, Linda Trotter, 63. After giving her testimony, a sentence of three years in jail and two years on probation was imposed on Cleveland, 27. Documents revealed that Cleveland was using her cellphone while driving and struck a vehicle from behind, pushing it to the other side of the road where it struck Trotter’s vehicle. Trotter was pronounced dead after the incident.

The Kenosha attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. understand how painful it is for families to lose a loved one in a distracted driving accident. However, we may be able to offer you legal assistance to help you receive compensations for your recovery. Speak with us today at 800-242-2874 to learn more about your options.

Report: FDA ineffective in dealing with food recalls

A report released by the federal Health and Human Services Department on June 9 revealed that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was ineffective in protecting consumers from contaminated food products in the market, an article of NBC News reported.

According to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) report, the FDA has failed to prompt companies to immediately recall their potentially contaminated food products. The report cited two incidents in 2014 that prove FDA’s inefficiency. In the first incident, a company took two months before recalling their cheese products that were linked to a baby’s death and two miscarriages. In the second incident, the FDA took over five months to order a company to recall nut butter products that caused illness for 14 people. The OIG’s report detailed FDA’s lapses in addressing food recalls and has suggested improving their system to become more effective and efficient at protecting consumers.

The Kenosha attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. represent families whose loved ones were harmed by contaminated food products. We strongly believe that families who were made ill by a food recall deserve to receive the compensation necessary for recovery. Call us today at 800-242-2874 to find out how we may work on your behalf.

Trapped Kenosha toddler freed from vehicle

A Kenosha boy was recently hospitalized due to physical injuries after he was involved in a car accident, an article of wkow.com reported on June 3.

According to reports, at about 2:00 p.m. on June 2, Kenosha Fire crews responded to 49th Avenue and 55th Street after they were notified of an accident involving a 5-year-old boy. Responding crews released the toddler, who was trapped under a vehicle after being struck by a driver. The female driver, whose name was not released, reportedly remained on the crash scene and cooperated with the authorities. Initial investigations by Kenosha Police revealed that the boy ran towards the road where the vehicle was driving and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Many families are left dealing with great financial loss when their child sustains injuries in an unexpected accident. If you or a loved one were seriously injured after an accident, enlisting an experienced attorney to help is a critical step toward receiving financial assistance needed for your child’s recovery. Get in touch with a personal injury attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. in Kenosha by calling 800-242-2874 to learn more about your legal options.

Two vehicle accident results in serious injuries and one fatality

A two vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of County Highway KR and US Route 45 when a driver failed to stop at a stop sign. Northbound drivers do not have a stop sign on US 45, as the intersection is a two way stop, rather than a four way stop.

Kenosha County emergency responders arrived on the scene to find 31 year old Jodi Belanger of Union Grove, WI severely injured. She was the driver without the stop sign, and she was flown to Froedtert Hospital by Flight for Life in order to receive treatment for her injuries. 83 year old Steve Savas was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Although the accident is still under investigation, it is not believed that alcohol played a role in causing the fatal wreck.

Sadly, failure to obey traffic signs and signals is a common cause of serious and even fatal car accidents, such as this one.

Paris man killed in collision

83-year-old Paris, Wisconsin resident and Star Bar Restaurant owner Steve Savas lost his life in a two-vehicle collision on Thursday, May 5 at around 5 p.m. The accident occurred at the intersection of highways KR in Racine and Wisconsin Highway 45.

Savas had been helping the Paris Fire Department for years, buying Paris’ first piece of modern equipment which was used to extricate people who had been trapped in their vehicles by collisions.

According to preliminary investigations made by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, Savas was operating a Volkswagen Jetta traveling west on KR when his vehicle collided with a Buick Rainier operated by 31-year-old Union Grove resident Jodi Belanger.

Paris Fire Chief Roland Iwen, who knew Savas for 25 years said, “He bought the first set of Jaws of Life for the Town of Paris back in 1985 and he’s been an ongoing supporter.”

One dead in Greenfield accident

According to a report in Greenfield Now, a fatal accident involving two vehicles occurred on the 4900 block of South 76th Street.  At 6:25 p.m., a 64-year-old man from Milwaukee was pulling out of a Barnes & Noble parking lot when his vehicle was struck by another vehicle.  Tragically, the Milwaukee man later succumbed to his injuries at Froedtert Hospital not long after he was rescued from his vehicle by fire crews at the scene.

The 21-year-old man whom authorities believe was responsible for the accident sustained minor injuries. An investigation is currently being conducted by the Greenfield Police.  At the time, Greenfield authorities believed that speed was a factor in the accident.


Woman pleads to make roads safer for workers in Appleton

A widow of a road construction worker recently pleaded the public to be more careful and attentive when approaching a work zone to keep road workers safe, an April 12 article of Post-Crescent reported.

According to reports, Karen Burkhalter was one of the individuals on Racine Road to make a plea to vehicle drivers to keep road workers safe. Karen lost her husband Derrick, 50, on May 4, 2015 after the machinery he was operating was struck from behind by a vehicle while working on a road project in Calumet County. Aside from Derrick, there were eleven other road workers who were killed while performing their jobs last year. Karen, who appreciated various agencies’ efforts in keeping road workers safe, advised drivers to “just slow down, pull over” when they see the color orange or when passing rumble strips.

The legal team of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. in Kenosha works for families who have lost their loved ones in workplace accidents. We understand that people who have experienced a similar tragedy are left dealing with not only emotional struggles, but also great financial loss. Discuss your situation with us today by calling 800-242-2874 to learn more about your options.

Woman seriously injured in Kenosha accident

A woman recently was recently hospitalized with serious injuries after being involved in a pedestrian accident in Kenosha, a March 24 article of CBS 58 reported.

Reports said a 40-year-old woman, at about 10:00 p.m. on March 23, was struck by a vehicle in the vicinity of 27th and Roosevelt. The vehicle sustained a substantial dent in the front after hitting the pedestrian. The woman, who was believed to be in serious condition, was admitted to Kenosha Memorial Hospital. The vehicle driver, whose name was not released, did not flee the accident scene and cooperated with responding authorities. Though initial findings revealed that the accident might have been caused by inclement weather, authorities are continuing their investigation.

Pedestrians, unfortunately, suffer incapacitating or even fatal injuries when involved in vehicular accidents. If you or a loved one is in such a situation, it is critical that you get the financial assistance you need for fast recovery. The lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. represent Kenosha pedestrians who are injured by negligent parties in accidents. Find out how we may possibly help you recover your losses today by calling 800-242-2874.

CPSC issues recall of more than 100,000 Toshiba battery packs

More than 100,000 battery packs in Toshiba laptops were recalled today by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) over concerns that these battery packs could overhead and melt, causing a serious injury threat to consumers and a potential fire hazard. While there have been several reports of battery packs overheating and melting, thankfully, there have been no injuries reported thus far.

Battery packs included in this specific recall were sold between June 2011 and January 2016, and can be found in Toshiba Portege, Satellite, and Tecra model laptops. The battery packs themselves were manufactured by Panasonic. If you own one of these model laptops and purchased it in the affected date range, you can turn off your laptop, remove the battery pack, and check to see if the part number falls within the scope of the recall. Affected battery packs will be marked with part numbers beginning with “G71C.”

Dangerous products pose a serious threat to American consumers, and it’s important for the companies responsible for these items to be held accountable when the goods they sell cause unnecessary harm. If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective product, let the experienced product liability lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. help you fight for justice. Call us today at 800-242-2874 to learn more.

Over a million gallons of propane gas recalled

A recall was recently issued for an estimated 118,000,000 gallons of propane gas supplied in the U.S. that may endanger consumers, according to a release from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on February 12.

The recall affects the Propane (LP) Gas manufactured by Crescent Point Energy in Canada. The propane gas was distributed in eleven states, including Wisconsin, and has been recalled due to insufficient odorant levels. Odorant agents cause the distinctive smell that so often alerts individuals to the presence of gas, thereby enabling them to correct the issue by fixing the leak. When there is not enough odorant, a propane leak may go unnoticed and result in explosions or poisoning.

The recalling company has not been notified of any incidents involving the affected gas, but consumers have been notified and asked to have their gas inspected by a qualified professional immediately.

At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., our legal team works on behalf of clients who suffer as a result of negligent manufacturers. Consumers have a right to place their trust in production companies, and the violation of that trust is unacceptable, especially when the product in question has the potential to cause incredibly dangerous explosions. Call us at 800-242-2874 today if you have a question about a legal claim.