Category Archives: Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney

Mold Exposure a Real Threat to Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), indoor mold grows best in damp and humid conditions, but spores from mold can survive even harsh dry conditions. Molds are a type of fungi that are found both indoors and out. 

Areas like basements, laundry rooms, and bathrooms are common places for mold growth because they tend to be generally damp and humid. But mold can also result from negligence; for example, from leaky pipes in walls, water damage from roof leaks, or flooded basements from improper drainage. Just because you can’t see the mold doesn’t mean it’s not there – any major water spill could result in harmful mold.

For those with sensitivity to mold, “exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation.”[1] More severe reactions are also possible, including, in rare circumstances, mold infection of the lungs.[2]

The Institute of Medicine, in 2004, “found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; [and] with asthma symptoms in people with asthma . . .”[3]

According to the CDC, the specific type of mold does not generally matter; if you are sensitive to mold and see mold in your home, you should have it removed. Even small amounts of mold can cause health problems for individuals with mold sensitivity. “Standards for judging what is and what is not an acceptable or tolerable quantity of mold have not been established.”[4]

When should you see a doctor? According to the CDC, if you have been exposed to mold and think you are suffering symptoms as a result, you should see your family doctor. Your doctor can then diagnose if you have a mold allergy or infection and may refer you to a specialist.

If you think you’ve been exposed to mold due to negligence and suffered an injury as a result, see a doctor, and, as always, please call Groth Law Firm, S.C. with any questions. We are available 24/7 to discuss your options as the victim of negligence that has caused you injury. Our initial consultations are always free.





Thou Shall Not Envy

Thou Shall Not Envy

Massage Envy. Once the envy of all fast-food-like massage therapy chains, the company has come under fire in recent weeks as at least 180 sexual assaults have been reported. In the shadows of (taking a deep breath) Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey, Oliver Stone, Charlie Rose, Louis C.K., Steven Segal, Sen. Al Franken, Dustin Hoffman, and Jeremy Piven (the guy who played an agent called “turtle” for some reason), it seems Massage Envy is just the latest in a long line of big names to be linked to sexual assault.

Unfortunately, while 180 assaults have been reported (to date), the sad truth is that more and more are expected to come forward. In a society where sexual assault is becoming commonplace, more brave victims are finally standing up, speaking out, and being heard. While Massage Envy is certainly not the last major corporation to be rocked by such allegations, with locations in 49 states it has certainly brought the conversation out of Hollywood and into the homes of every family across the country. As the discussion deepens, we here at Groth Law Firm want to assure you that you are not alone.

If you, or someone you know, has been the victim of a sexual assault, you should contact us immediately to discuss any potential legal options that you may have. Our dedicated and compassionate attorneys are available for a free consultation day or night. Our priority is our clients, and we can guide you through the path to bring justice to you or someone you know. Please call us at (414) 375-2030.

“One incident is too many” – Sexual Assaults at Spa Chain

“One incident is too many”

At least 180 sexual assaults have been reported against the national spa chain Massage Envy. Massage Envy in their response to an inquiry by USA Today stated that “We believe that even one incident is too many.” However, according to investigations by Buzzfeed, 180 is merely the number of reported incidents and that there may be many more assault allegations that were settled by Massage Envy without publicity.

The sexual assault claims against Massage Envy come amidst a flurry of recent allegations of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. More victims may be coming forward now as the discourse over sexual assault becomes more open and accepting after years of social stigma.

Decades of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein becoming known have brought more media attention to sexual assault and harassment. Seeing people like Iron Man co-star Gwyneth Paltrow, Game of Thrones star Lena Headey, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-star and Old Spice promoter Terry Crews come forward and name their alleged assaulters and harassers, may make victims more comfortable discussing their own assaults.

Massage Envy has locations in 49 states, including 14 locations in Wisconsin, most of which are in the greater Milwaukee area. As has been widely discussed in the coverage of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged assaults and now with Massage Envy, depending on the circumstances, sexual assault and or harassment can create civil liability and leave the assaulter or harasser open to a civil case.

If you have been the victim of sexual assault you have several options:

  • Contact the police to file a report
  • See a doctor for any medical related concerns
  • Contact a victims’ support line

If you are the victim of sexual assault, you may also want to contact a personal injury attorney to discuss any legal options you have, up to and including a civil case against your attacker. As always, please call Groth Law Firm, S.C. to speak with our dedicated and compassionate attorneys about any questions you have. We are available 24/7 to discuss your options as a victim. Our initial consultations are always free.  We have one of the few attorneys in Wisconsin that has taken attackers to trial and obtained judgments for compensation.

Recently, Attorney Jonathan Groth was, again, named to the list of “Super Lawyers” in Wisconsin.  He was honored along with many other Personal Injury Attorneys in Wisconsin.  Congratulations to everyone! The list provided by the Super Lawyers’ Organization is:


Personal Injury General: Plaintiff


Jason F. Abraham, Milwaukee

Timothy J. Andringa, Waukesha

Alexander S. Kammer, Middleton

Eric J. Haag, Middleton

Lee R. Atterbury, Middleton

Benjamin S. Wagner, Milwaukee

Byron B. Conway, Green Bay

Christine D. Esser, Sheboygan

Christopher A. Duesing , Lake Geneva

Colleen B. Beaman, Milwaukee

Craig A. Christensen, Appleton

D.J. Weis, Rhinelander

Daniel A. Rottier, Madison

Douglas E. Swanson, Waukesha

Edward John Vopal, Green Bay

Eric J. Ryberg, Madison

Jacob R. Reis, Appleton

James R. Jansen, Madison

Jason Knutson, Madison

Jesse B. Blocher, Waukesha

John A. Becker, Racine

Joseph M. Troy, Appleton

Kristin M. Cafferty, Racine

Laurence J. Fehring, Milwaukee

Molly C. Lavin, Waukesha

Peter M. Young, Wausau

Ralph J. Tease, Green Bay

Robert L. Habush, Milwaukee

Robert L. Jaskulski, Milwaukee

Steven T. Botzau, Racine

Susan R. Tyndall, Waukesha

Theresa B. Laughlin, Wausau

John A. Becker, Racine

Avram D. Berk, Green Bay

John C. Peterson, Appleton

Ardell W. Skow, New Richmond

Matthew A. Biegert, New Richmond

Lisle W. Blackbourn, Elkhorn

Christine Bremer Muggli, Wausau

Joel W. Brodd, Chippewa Falls

George Burnett, Green Bay

C.M. “Chuck” Bye, River Falls

Dean R. Rohde, River Falls

Steven B. Goff, River Falls

Tracy N. Tool, River Falls

John C. Cabaniss, Milwaukee

Allan M. Foeckler, Brookfield

Brett A. Eckstein, Brookfield

Patrick O. Dunphy, Brookfield

Robert D. Crivello, Brookfield

Sarah F. Kaas, Brookfield

William M. Cannon, Brookfield

Beverly Wickstrom , Eau Claire

Dana Wachs, Eau Claire

John L. Cates, Madison

Lynn R. Laufenberg, Waukesha

Mark L. Thomsen, Waukesha

Michael J. Luebke, Madison

Robert J. Gingras, Madison

Steven T. Caya, Janesville

Kelly L. Centofanti, Mequon

John D. Claypool, Appleton

Kevin Lonergan, Appleton

Michael S. Siddall, Appleton

Richard T. Elrod, Appleton

Frank T. Crivello II, Milwaukee

Michael I. Tarnoff, Milwaukee

Angela M. Dentice, Milwaukee

Howard S. Sicula, Milwaukee

Jeffrey A. Pitman, Milwaukee

Merrick  R. Domnitz, Milwaukee

Noah D. Domnitz, Milwaukee

Michael J. Donovan, Wauwatosa

Gregory J. Egan, La Crosse

Stephen J. Eisenberg, Madison

Eric A. Farnsworth, Madison

Tom Fitzpatrick , La Crosse

Paul V. Gagliardi, Salem

Dixon R. Gahnz, Madison

John J Gelshenen Jr., Madison

Russell T. Golla , Stevens Point

Jonathan P. Groth, Groth Law Firm, S.C.

Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and Brookfield, 414-375-2030

Charles E. Hanson, La Crosse

Webster A. Hart, Eau Claire

Ryan J. Hetzel, West Bend

Ann S. Jacobs, Milwaukee

Bob Janssen, Green Bay

Anthony J. Skemp, Oak Creek

Kevin R. Martin, Oak Creek

Michael J. Jassak, Oak Creek

Robert Kasieta, Middleton

Steven G. Kluender, Madison

Nicholas E. Petty, Milwaukee

Timothy S. Knurr, Milwaukee

Keith R. Stachowiak, Milwaukee

Kevin J. Kukor, Milwaukee

Michael L. Laufenberg, West Bend

David P. Lowe, Milwaukee

Lincoln K. Murphy, Racine

Frank T. Pasternak, Brookfield

Jeffrey R. Zirgibel, Brookfield

William M. Pemberton, Baraboo

Douglas J. Phebus, Milwaukee

Gregory A. Pitts, Racine

James A. Pitts, Racine

Ken Quincy, Beaver Dam

Michael Riley, Madison

Paul J. Scoptur , Milwaukee

Christopher D. Stombaugh, Platteville

Christopher L. Strohbehn, Milwaukee

Jay A. Urban, Milwaukee

Joseph Welcenbach, Milwaukee

Joseph J. Welcenbach, Milwaukee

Daniel D. Whetter, Green Bay

Jeffrey P. Zarzynski, Milwaukee


Congrats to everyone!

Tinnitus Injuries After A Crash

Tinnitus: Un Antes y un después del accidente.

Increíble cómo un accidente vehicular leve o un tan común golpe en la cabeza puede cambiarnos la vida.

¿Se imagina un zumbido o silbido 24 horas al día dentro de su cabeza? Es verdad, no va a matarle pero podría enloquecerle un poco.

¿De qué hablamos?

Tinnitus es percepción de ruidos en la cabeza, que no tienen relación con sonidos externos o síntomas psiquiátricos, ya que su mente no es responsable del mismo (esto lo diferencia de una alucinación)

Es común sufrir de tinnitus temporal luego de exponernos a un ruido intenso como al asistir a un concierto o al estar en medio del tráfico vehicular de una ciudad muy ruidosa, pero cuando es permanente es realmente un problema de salud.

Las causas más frecuentes de Tinnitus son:

  • Golpes en la cabeza.
  • Efectos secundarios de medicamentos como: Aspirina, Neomicina y Amikacina.
  • Infecciones en el oído.
  • Obstrucción del oído.


¿Cómo un accidente puede producir tinnitus?

En el interior de nuestro oído hay unas pequeñas células llamadas células ciliadas que son las responsables de la recepción del sonido en el oído interno, que luego se va a transmitir a nuestro cerebro.

En muchas ocasiones se desconoce su causa, pero un trauma directo sobre la cabeza o incluso el ruido intenso por ejemplo durante la colisión de 2 vehículos en un accidente, puede lesionar estas estructuras provocando una disfunción que desencadena el molesto zumbidos o silbidos típicos del tinnitus.

El Servicio de Sanidad de Oregón y La Clínica Universitaria del Tinnitus realizaron una investigación con 2.400 pacientes que padecían de tinnitus permanente; de estos el 12% había presentado accidentes con afectación de cabeza o cuello.

Este grupo comparados con el resto de los pacientes con tinnitus por otras causas (infecciosas, efectos de medicamentos, etc) en ellos los síntomas diarios eran mucho más intensos:

  • Problemas para dormir.
  • Dificultad para relajarse.
  • Disminución de la concentración.
  • Problemas de memoria a corto plazo.

¿El tinnitus tiene cura?

Cuando hablamos de una enfermedad esperamos que la respuesta para tratarla sea un medicamento, combinación de medicamentos, exponernos a estudios o aparatos sofisticados o incluso una cirugía.

Esto no es diferente cuando le decimos al paciente: “Ese ruido que escuchas es un problema de oído posterior al accidente” ya que inmediatamente la pregunta es: “¿Qué tomo para eso doctora?

Es lamentable reconocer que actualmente no hay una cura para esta molesta condición, sin embargo hay terapias realizadas por especialistas que pueden ayudarnos a controlarla basada en lo siguiente:

1.- Exponer a la persona a un sonido asociado a su tinnitus (que es diferente en cada persona)

2.- Se les indica que pongan atención a las sensaciones que tienen al percibirlo.

Esto se basa en identificar y enfrentar las reacciones de miedo y ansiedad relacionadas, que son las que realmente afectan la calidad de vida de la persona con tinnitus.

En un estudio realizado aplicando esta terapia aunque el sonido no desapareció, las reacciones de miedo sí disminuyeron en gran manera.

Por su causa poco clara y lo variable de los síntomas en cada caso es casi imposible curarla con un tratamiento estándar, sin embargo este tipo de terapia ayudan a aceptar la condición, enfrentarla y convivir con ella sin enloquecer en el intento.