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February 2013 Archives

Suit filed against Mendota Mental Health Institute

A suit has been filed against Mendota Health Institute and the state of Wisconsin by the mother of a schizophrenic man who committed suicide by strangling himself while in the institute's care in April of 2010. At the time of his death, he had been placed in a seclusion room where was supposed to be continually monitored; however, institute staff failed to notice that he was dead for 18 hours.The woman who filed the wrongful death suit tried to contact her son the night before his suicide but was unable to speak with him. She was told that he was unresponsive both for supper and when he was asked whether he wanted to make a phone call. She didn't hear back from the hospital the rest of the night.

Drunk driver charged with homicide in fatal accident

In December 2012, a 57-year-old Oshkosh man was traveling in Nekemi when his vehicle crossed the center line and careened head-on into a van. The 80-year-old driver of the van was killed, and his 81-year-old wife suffered from several broken bones. The driver now faces charges for six felonies arising out of the accident, including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. He may also face civil liability for the wrongful death of the other driver if the surviving partner chooses to file a claim. The driver had already been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in 2011, which resulted in his driver's license being suspended, and he did not have a valid driver's license at the time of the 2012 collision.

Family of victim involved in rental car accident may be entitled to additional compensation

A ruling by the Wisconsin Supreme Court earlier this month may make it possible for victims of car accidents to obtain compensation under their insurance policies if damages exceed the maximum amount that rental car companies can be required to pay.

2 Wisconsin residents hospitalized after serious truck accident

Late last month, a truck accident on Highway 54 West resulted in the hospitalization of two individuals. The accident involved a passenger car and a semitrailer. According to reports, the driver of the truck was maneuvering the truck's trailer off the highway and into a parking lot when it struck the passenger car.A 58-year-old Wisconsin man was taken by ambulance to a nearby Hospital. He was treated and later released. The other person in the car, a 57-year old woman who is also from Wisconsin, was transported by helicopter to the same hospital. She was in fair condition in the hospital at last report. No injuries were reported for the driver of the truck.

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