Attorney Kevin R. Martin is the only Register Nurse and AV Rated Preeminent personal injury lawyer in the State of Wisconsin. Less than 4% of attorneys throughout the country receive dual board certification and less than 5% of attorneys throughout the country achieve AV Rating. The combined expertise in personal injury law and medicine provides the clients of Martin Law Office, S.C. with unparalleled representation.
As a health care provider, Kevin worked in both the hospital and nursing home settings. No attorney can match Kevin’s combination of medical and legal expertise.
Kevin received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, with honors, from Concordia University Wisconsin. As a practicing registered nurse, Kevin specialized in cardiovascular and medical-surgical intensive care. He draws upon his nursing experience and medical knowledge to provide his personal injury clients with unparalleled representation.
Kevin continues to maintain his license as a registered nurse. For over a decade, Kevin taught countless nursing students as an adjunct professor of nursing at Concordia. Kevin taught nurses throughout southeastern Wisconsin in both classrooms and hospitals about the legal aspects of nursing care, including standards of care, assessment errors and medication errors.
Throughout his career, Kevin has represented clients in personal injury law. He’s helped countless people injured by automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, nursing negligence, nursing home negligence, slip and falls (premises liability), unsafe products (product liability) and insurance disputes, including wrongful denial of benefits governed by State law and ERISA-covered insurance plans. Kevin has enabled clients to recover their medical expenses, lost wages and human damages known as pain, suffering, disability and disfigurement.
Ms. Jacques was exiting a local restaurant when she slipped and fell on a puddle of water that was created by an employee of the restaurant and not dried. As a result, Ms. Jacques fractured her left arm. This case was settled without a trial for $130,500.00. This result was published in the Wisconsin Law Journal on July 23, 2012.
Michelle was injured in a motor vehicle accident when a driver ran a red light causing Michelle’s vehicle to t-bone the other car. Michelle put her hands up to brace for impact and the airbags deployed in her hands. Michelle’s wrists were hurt, but the extent of her injuries did not become known until nearly a year after the accident. During that first year, Michelle tried to work in her profession as an aesthetician but struggled because of the pain in her wrists. When medications and therapy failed to stop the pain, Michelle had an MRI that revealed damage to her cartilage and ligaments. Over the next 18 months, Michelle needed four surgeries to correct the damage to her wrists. During this time, she was without work despite applying for any job that would help her family. The insurance company hired a doctor to say that Michelle’s injuries were because of her work as an aesthetician. Michelle’s treating surgeon said that the injuries were due to the accident.
Michelle’s case went to trial in Milwaukee County in November 2011 with Kevin serving as her attorney. The most memorable part of the case was when Kevin asked Michelle on the stand what she wanted from the jury. Being a single mother of two children who has been out of work because of the accident, Michelle answered simply, “I just want to take care of my family.”
The jury agreed with Michelle and her doctor and told the insurance company that they were responsible for paying Michelle’s $82,000 in past medical expenses; $121,000 in past lost wages; $80,000 so Michelle could be retained in a new career; $125,000 for past pain, suffering and disability; and $62,000 for future pain, suffering and disability. The total verdict was $470,000. Kevin held Michelle’s hand as she cried tears of relief when the verdict was being read. Many of the jurors hugged Michelle after the case and gave her best wishes for her future.
This result was published in the Wisconsin Law Journal on December 6, 2011.
Shirley was admitted to a local hospital with dehydration. After recovering, Shirley was ready to be discharged home. After Shirley had been seated in a wheelchair and while her husband was waiting in the car, a nurse pulled out the central venous catheter that was used to provide her with intravenous fluids. The nurse pulled the catheter out while Shirley was sitting in a wheelchair and in a whip-like fashion. This is not the way nurse are taught to remove these types of catheters because of the potential for injury.
Immediately upon the catheter being removed, Shirley stood up and suffered a stroke in her daughter’s arms. Shirley died a few days later from the stroke, leaving behind her husband Ralph of over 50 years.
The case was filed in Waukesha County with Kevin as the family’s attorney and settled for $466,000. This included an award for the Ralph’s lost society and companionship (known as the wrongful death claim), Shirley’s human damages (known as her pain, suffering and disability), and Shirley’s medical and funeral bills. Part of this money was used to reimburse Medicare as it was the hospital’s negligence that caused Shirley to incur $73,000 in medical expenses and the taxpayers should not have to be responsible for paying those bills.
This case was published in the Wisconsin Law Journal on December 6, 2011.
Don was returning home after watching a movie. For the trip home, Don was riding his motorcycle, wearing both a helmet and safety glasses. At the intersection of Racine Ave. and Apollo Dr. in Muskego, just blocks from Don’s home, a man driving an SUV with a boat in tow failed to yield the right of way to Don by turning into Don’s path. Don collided with the passenger side of the SUV, slid down the side of the SUV, collided with the boat, slid down the side of the boat and came to rest on the pavement at the end of the boat. Don was taken from the scene by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital where he was diagnosed with bleeding in his brain, multiple facial fractures, multiple facial lacerations, severe damage to his left eye including paralysis of his iris, two fractured teeth, a fractured left clavicle and multiple burns and abrasions. The injury to Don’s left eye was permanent as was the scarring from the burns.
The insurance company attempted to settle the case with a low ball offer. Don’s case went to trial in Waukesha County in April 2011 with Kevin as his attorney. The jury sided with Don and his treating physicians by awarding him $68,640 in past medical expenses; $60,000 in future medical expenses for treatment for his eye and scars; $8,499 in past wage loss; $250,000 for human damages known as pain, suffering, disability and disfigurement; and $100,000 for human damages known as pain, suffering, disability and disfigurement. The jury also awarded Don’s wife $75,800 for past loss of consortium (the negative impact the injuries had on their marriage) and $14,200 for the nursing services she provided to Don while he was at home.
Because of the insurance company’s delay in timely paying Don’s claim, $76,271 was added for costs and interest. The total award was $653,412.
This case was published in the Wisconsin Law Journal on May 18, 2011.
Frank went to the Sports Show at State Fair Park with his brother and friends. Frank was enjoying his semi-retirement (he worked part time as a driver for a local car dealership). On the way home, Frank’s vehicle was rear-ended by a driver who was simply not paying attention. As a result of the collision, Frank suffering injuries to his cervical spine (neck) and lumbar spine (low back). Frank needed 3 surgeries to correct the injuries to his spine.
The insurance company attempted to settle the case with a low ball offer. Frank’s case was filed in Milwaukee County with Kevin representing him. Prior to trial, the case settled for $425,000. Part of this money was used to reimburse Medicare as it was the driver’s negligence that caused Frank to incur over $100,000 in medical bills and the taxpayers should not have to be responsible for paying those bills.
This case was published in the Wisconsin Law Journal on September 14, 2010.
Bernadette was driving to her hair appointment when an unlicensed driver failed to yield the right of way to her at an intersection by turning left in her path. The vehicles collided corner to corner. Prior to this collision, Bernadette suffered from a long history of back pain. Because of this history, Bernadette was more susceptible to being injured in an automobile collision. Bernadette injured her back and needed non-surgical treatment to get back to her baseline.
The insurance company attempted to settle the case with a low ball offer. Bernadette’s case was filed in Racine County with Kevin representing her. The case was tried to a jury in September 2009. The jury sided with Bernadette and awarded her past medical expenses, her past lost wages and for human damages known as pain, suffering, disability and disfigurement.
One of the most memorable parts of this case was the huge hug Bernadette gave Kevin after the verdict was read. Bernadette used part of the money to reimburse her health insurance company.This case was published in the Wisconsin Law Journal in November 2009.
This case also resulted in a letter sent by the foreman expressing his admiration of Kevin’s trial advocacy.