Trampoline Personal Injuries

Lots of families have a big trampoline in their backyards. Trampolines are great fun for kids and can be fun for parents too, if they’re brave enough. Not only are they a good time, but they’re also a fantastic form of exercise. If there’s a kid’s birthday party you can bet the trampoline will be a hub of activity. Sadly, despite all the fun, trampoline accidents are more common than most people think. A trampoline personal injury case has several legal factors you need to know if you own a trampoline or if you’ve been injured on a trampoline.

When someone gets hurt on a trampoline it’s typically either the fault of the owner, the other users, the manufacturer or simply the fault of the person injured. If the injured person is at fault, there is usually no ground for a lawsuit. However, if one of the other three parties is at fault a lawsuit may be viable.

Trampoline Personal Injuries

First you’ll need to narrow down which party is at fault. This will dictate how to proceed with the case. There are three categories cases normally fall under.

  •    The manufacturer used low quality materials or incorrectly assembled parts
  •    The other users were being irresponsible and dangerous
  •    The owner did not safely maintain the trampoline

Depending on who is at fault will dictate what kind of lawsuit to use.

  •    Manufacturer- product liability
  •    Owner- premises liability
  •    Other user- negligence

Assumption of Risk

Anytime someone participates in precarious activities the law can deem the activity, “inherently dangerous.” This means anyone who willingly engages in this activity should instinctively know they might be injured. Football, hockey and skydiving might be considered inherently dangerous.

If an adult gets hurt the assumption of risk is a common and effective defense. However, if a child is injured, the argument is not as strong because children do not recognize danger as well as adults.

If you need help pursuing a trampoline personal injury case call the law office of Huppertz & Powers. They represent personal injury clients on a contingency fee basis. Meaning they don’t get paid unless you get paid.


Changes Made to Wisconsin Alcohol Laws

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently signed bill 236, which put act 62 into law. This bill, commonly known as the “wine walk bill,” allows groups of businesses, that do not normally serve alcohol or food to their customers, to purchase wine and beer to serve to its customers during special events.Changes Made to Wisconsin Alcohol Laws

During these special events participants who are at least 21 years of age, can buy a glass from the hosting organization and then walk to any business participating to have a sample of whatever wine or beer the chosen business is serving.

State Senator Howard Marklein spearheaded the bill to promote economic growth across the state.

“These events are proven to grow businesses and create stronger communities in the 17th District and throughout the state. Act 62 solves a regulatory problem by creating a legal structure that protects both the citizens and businesses who participate,” said Senator Marklein.

This new law now allows state municipalities to give temporary alcohol permits that include multiple sites on a single day.

While this new law is exciting and will undoubtedly boost local businesses, it does not get rid of all open container laws in Wisconsin. Popping the cork on your favorite bottle of merlot and going for a stroll in your neighborhood park is still illegal.

Act 62 also does not change open container or OWI laws in Wisconsin. Regardless if a temporary permit is issued, it is still illegal to drink and drive or drive while intoxicated.

If you have been convicted of an OWI in Wisconsin and need legal help call the law office of Huppertz & Powers. With years of OWI experience, Huppertz & Powers will not let their clients be treated unjustly.


Changes in Wisconsin OWI Laws

Legislation has been introduced to the Wisconsin State Congress that would add some changes in Wisconsin OWI Laws. The proposed bill would bring harsher penalties for OWI repeat offenders.

According to the Department of Transportation Wisconsin has the highest rate of drunk driving in the nation. Wisconsin also has some of the most lax laws when it comes to disciplining people convicted of OWI.

The bill, which has bipartisan support, would create a 5-strike system. Drivers convicted of 5 OWIs would lose their license for 10 years. The current system only suspends licenses for two years after a fifth OWI.

Similar bills have been introduced in the past and have failed. However, lawmakers are hopeful the bill will pass this time.

Brown County Sheriff John Gossage supports the bill, but is also pushing for a 3-strike system instead of five. Governor Scott Walker has also voiced his support for the bill.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) supports stricter laws, but is proposing different penalties for a fifth offense. MADD wants ignition interlock devices to be installed for 10 years after a fifth OWI conviction.

“We just think that there are more effective ways to protect the public than just hoping for the best and taking away someone’s license, which as history tells us is not an effective approach,” said Frank Harris MADD spokesperson.

Currently ignition interlocks are required to be installed for one year after a license has been suspended for two years after a fifth OWI.

The next step for the bill is to hold public hearings and form legislative committees, however, none have been scheduled yet.

If you have been charged with an OWI call the lawyers at Huppertz & Powers. They are dedicated to helping their clients by maintaining an open and honest line of communication throughout the entire legal process. With years of experience handling OWI cases Huppertz & Powers will be your strongest advocate during your trial.


Driving Under the Influence of Pot in Wisconsin

Marijuana is a very popular topic today. News anchors, politicians and just about everyone is all talking about the pros and cons of legalizing pot.

The state of pot

Currently there are 23 states that have legalized marijuana for medical use, while four states plus the District of Columbia have legalized it for recreational use. A total of 16 states have decriminalized pot.

In Wisconsin

In the state of Wisconsin marijuana is still illegal. Sale, possession, use of any kind and growing pot are all not tolerated under present Wisconsin law.


If you are caught driving under the influence of pot in Wisconsin your sentence will depend on if you have any prior charges of driving under the influence of pot. The timeline of sentences are as follows.

First offense- fine between $150-$300
Second (within 10 years)- fine between $350-$1,100, up to 6 months in jail and at least a year of license suspension.
Third- $600-$2,000, at least 30 days in jail and up to three years of license suspension.
Fourth- $600-$2,000 and up to a year in jail.
Fifth and sixth- $600-$10,000 and up to 6 years in prison.
Seventh, eighth, and ninth- Up to $25,000, between 3 and 10 years in prison
Tenth- Up to $25,000, between 4 and 12 years in prison.

For more information regarding drug charges contact your local Waukesha, Wisconsin, criminal defense attorneys. Huppertz & Powers are ready to fiercely defend anyone in need of criminal defense.

The Appeals Process

In 1951 thirteen individuals filed a class action lawsuit against the Kansas Board of Education. The plaintiffs claimed the racial segregation happening in the Kansas Public School System was unjust. The case, commonly known as Brown v Board of Education, went to trial in the United States District Court of Kansas in Topeka, Kansas. The court sided with the Board of Education citing Plessy v Ferguson, which allowed for segregation as long as both facilities were “separate but equal.” The plaintiffs felt this ruling was unfair so they appealed the case and the case went before the Supreme Court. Three years later the Supreme Court overturned the lower court’s decision thus ending racial segregation in America. If the plaintiffs had not appealed racial segregation might still exist today.

The appeals process is one of the most important aspects of the American legal system, but how does it work? Generally most appeals will follow a similar path.

1)   US District Court- 94 total courts

2)   US Court of Appeals- 13 total circuits

3)   US Supreme Court

This may look simple, but it can become very complicated. In order for a case to make it to the Supreme Court a lot of work needs to be done and even if the case makes it there’s no guarantee the case will be heard. On average the Supreme Court only hears 100-150 of the more than 7,000 cases it receives each year.

In order to start an appeal it’s important to use a skilled attorney who will follow all the necessary steps. Your attorney should take the following actions.

1) Notice of Intent to Pursue Post-conviction Relief

2) Motions for Post-conviction Relief

3) Notice of Appeal

4) Court of Appeals Decision

The lawyers at Huppertz & Powers are here for you when you need exercise your right to file an appeal. They are highly skilled in wide variety of criminal defense areas. If are in need of legal help call them today 262-549-5979.


Samsung See Through Semi-Truck

Have you ever been stuck behind a big semi-truck going 10 miles per hour under the speed limit driving down a two-lane road? We’ve all been and it’s not a pleasant situation. You want to pass the semi but trying to judge the traffic flow in the opposite lane can be tricky, especially at night.

This situation is all too common and very dangerous. Every year many people are injured or killed because drivers trying to pass semis misjudge the oncoming traffic, which results in a head on collision.

This problem attracted the minds of tech giant Samsung. The Korean company decided they could solve this problem by mounting a camera on the front grill of the truck and then displaying the feed on the back of the trailer.This will allow drivers to see what’s ahead of them and know when they can safely pass the semi-truck. Safety Truck

Samsung is calling this invention the Safety Truck. They hope it will soon be the industry standard and save lives all around the world.

There is some concern over this idea. Critics have questioned the reliability of the camera. What would happen if the image froze showing an empty road, while in reality there was an oncoming car? Would Samsung be at fault if this caused an accident?

Whatever the future of road safety may bring the Waukesha personal injury attorneys at Huppertz & Powers will be ready. If you’ve been injured in a car accident and are in need of legal help, call today for a free consultation. With over 35 years of legal experience Huppertz & Powers will guide you through the legal process with the highest level of care and communication.


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