• Do You Know The Warning Signs Of Nursing Home Abuse?www.lawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/do-you-know-the-warning-signs-of-nursing-home-abuse In 2010, the U.S. Census recorded 40 million Americans aged 65 or older. By 2050 that number will double! The long-term care industry has exploded, posting more than $300 billion in profits in 2015 alone. Unfortunately, some providers treat residents as a commodity rather than patients. Abuse, assault, fraud and forced arbitration contracts have become increasingly common in nursing homes across the country. Before you choose a nursing home for your loved ones, make sure you know the facility has their best interests at heart. Our oldest citizens deserve respect and quality care.
  • Distracted Driving Still On The Rise, Especially Among Teenswww.lawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/distracted-driving-still-on-the-rise-especially-among-teens Federal officials recently reported a steep increase in roadway deaths throughout the nation in 2015. We suspect that distracted driving is one factor in this increase. This month we urge all our friends and family to help end distracted driving.
  • Courageous Americans Turn Grief Into Actionwww.lawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/courageous-americans-turn-grief-into-action Read about how ordinary people took extraordinary action to pursue justice, and in the process, helped protect the safety and legal rights of others. We think these stories represent the best of our civil justice system in action.
  • Common Household Products Can Put You, Others At Riskwww.lawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/common-household-products-can-put-you-others-at-risk All of us use hazardous substances in our homes. To prevent accidental poisoning or exposure, it is important that we recognize these hazards and store these products safely. Check out helpful resources and tips in this issue of You Should Know
  • Bikers, Walkers Threatened By Increase In Distracted Drivingwww.lawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/bikers-walkers-threatened-by-increase-in-distracted-driving Traffic deaths are up 6 percent since 2010, pushing U.S. road fatalities to the highest level in a decade. However, the percentage increase in pedestrian deaths is far outpacing those on the road, jumping 25 percent from 2010 to 2015. Walkers on smartphones, bicyclists ignoring traffic rules – coupled with distracted driving – are a deadly combination. Teens, who are much more likely to walk distracted with a mobile device, make up 50 percent of all child pedestrian deaths. Our recommendation: Spend a few minutes together with your kids and the tips in this newsletter!
  • Beware The Insurance Company Three D’s: Delay, Deny, Defendwww.lawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/beware-the-insurance-company-three-d2019s-delay-deny-defend We see insurance companies in action almost every day. While not all of them act in bad faith, many of the largest companies changed business tactics in the 1990s to maximize profits while minimizing claim payments. Many of these are also the companies with the catchy advertising slogans and the quirky commercials. This month we uncover some of the “tricks of the trade” these companies use to deny people the insurance benefits they deserve. And we include tips and resources we hope will help you fight back if your claim is unjustly denied.
  • Backlog Improves, But Vets Still Struggle For Benefitswww.lawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/backlog-improves-but-vets-still-struggle-for-benefits One of our nation's most sacred promises to veterans is that we will take care of them if they are hurt in battle. But that promise is too often broken. As Veterans Day approaches on Nov. 11, we take a closer look at the issue of veterans' benefits.
  • Attorneys Fight Human Trafficking With Civil Litigationwww.lawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/attorneys-fight-human-trafficking-with-civil-litigation When courageous people step forward and seek accountability through our system of civil justice, good things happen. Manufacturers make safer products. Health care providers improve care. Employers create safer working conditions. Now the brave survivors of human trafficking are turning to the civil justice system for accountability, as you will read in this month’s newsletter. Their victories against the perpetrators of these crimes could someday help end a form of modern-day slavery that has ensnared millions of men, women and children around the world.
  • Asbestos: Lethal And Still A Threat To All Americanswww.lawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/asbestos-lethal-and-still-a-threat-to-all-americans Most people know asbestos is a serious health hazard. But what might surprise many is how prevalent it still is today despite years of dire health warnings and the continued risk of exposure in schools, businesses and homes. This month, the latest.
  • America – Land Of The Free And Home Of The Motorcyclewww.lawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/america-2013-land-of-the-free-and-home-of-the-motorcycle Motorcycle riders and their passengers are much more likely to suffer serious injuries in a crash than car or truck occupants. With distracted driving on the rise, motorcyclists must now be even more vigilant. Browse these motorcycling safety tips.
  • Adults Are Key To Preventing Playground Injurieswww.lawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/adults-are-key-to-preventing-playground-injuries Summer, playgrounds and kids: It's a magic combination of exercise, social interaction and just plain fun. The last thing any of us want to see is a child injured while at a playground. But unfortunately it happens nearly 200,000 times a year. The good news, as we discuss in this month's newsletter, is that adults can play a key role in preventing playground injuries. Inspect playground equipment and report shoddy maintenance to school or park leadership. Then supervise your kids while they play. You might even want to join your kids for a little swinging, climbing or sliding yourself!
  • “tort Reform” Threatens Our Constitutional Libertieswww.lawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/201ctort-reform201d-threatens-our-constitutional-liberties The right to a trial is America's great equalizer, protecting individuals from those with more power and influence. We should all be aware and concerned whenever this right is threatened, as we discuss in this month's issue of You Should Know.
  • “home Sweet Home” Starts With Our Fall Safety Checkwww.lawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/201chome-sweet-home201d-starts-with-our-fall-safety-check Home is where we should feel most safe and secure. Home is where we celebrate with friends and family, raise our children and grow old with those we love. “Peace – that was the other name for home,” wrote poet Kathleen Norris. But too often that peace is shattered by unintentional injuries. You should know more about these top three household dangers and how to prevent them.
  • 2017: Year Of Big Reversals In Fight For Civil Justicewww.lawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/2017-year-of-big-reversals-in-fight-for-civil-justice Normally at this time we highlight the year’s greatest victories for civil justice. Like forcing automakers to admit that they sold vehicles with exploding airbags or faulty ignition switches. Like holding accountable those who cover up the use of cancer-causing asbestos. Like shedding light on medical devices that fail or cause debilitating side effects. Yes, those battles and many more continue, but 2017 might be remembered instead for several troubling reversals in the fight to protect the health, safety and legal rights of all Americans. You should know why.
  • The Devils Advocates On The Mic 92.1www.lawtoncates.com/media-library/radio-interviews/the-devils-advocate-radio-podcasts Attorneys from Lawton and Cates are regular guests on the Devils Advocates radio program. They discuss informative topics in an entertaining manner.
  • Lawton & Cates Sly In The Morning Interviewswww.lawtoncates.com/media-library/radio-interviews/sly-in-the-morning-interviews Radio Interviews of Lawton Cates' Lawyers on Sly in the Morning
  • Wineke: Great Men Who Rose Up In Times Of Crisiswww.lawtoncates.com/media-library/in-the-press/wineke-great-men-who-rose-up-in-times-of-crisis Bill Wineke reminisces about Dick Cates.
  • Ufcw Local 538 Workers Successful In Wage Claimswww.lawtoncates.com/media-library/in-the-press/ufcw-l-538-workers-successful-in-wage-claims Federal District Court Judge Crabb entered an order finding that Kraft Foods Global, Inc. violated Wisconsin law by failing to pay workers wages for putting on and taking off employer mandated gear.
  • Trusty Trustee Leaves Village Postwww.lawtoncates.com/media-library/in-the-press/trusty-trustee-leaves-village-post Attorney Dixon Gahnz opted not to seek re-election as trustee for the Village of DeForest after serving six years.
  • Suit Over Well Could Be Precedential - The Suit Targets The State's Groundwater Lawwww.lawtoncates.com/media-library/in-the-press/suit-over-well-could-be-precedential-the-suit-targets-the-states-groundwater-law The state Department of Natural Resources and the village of East Troy in Walworth County are the subjects of a potentially precedent-setting lawsuit filed last week by several individuals and two lake management districts over potential damage to a spring-fed lake and nearby wetlands by a proposed municipal high-capacity well.