Personal Injury and Accidents
Accidents and Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions
How Do You Protect Your Rights If You Have Been Personally Injured Or Have Had An Accident?
Contact Lawton & Cates as soon as possible. We can better investigate a case while evidence at the scene of the accident is fresh. Witnesses are better able to recall the incident shortly after it happens. Photographs preserving the scene are helpful in proving a case. Call Lawton & Cates in Madison, Wisconsin at 800.900.4539 or 608.282.6200 or Contact Us.
Do I Need A Lawyer?
Yes. The attorneys at Lawton & Cates. are experts in resolving automobile accidents and other personal injury claims. We can tell you if you are entitled to double damages in a dog bite case. We can work with your health insurance company to reduce or eliminate the amount you have to pay them. We have represented thousands of injured clients and know how to get you the best possible settlement.
Make sure the injured person receives the best medical care available and that there is no delay in seeking treatment.
Preserve All Documents
Be sure the proper authorities are contacted immediately and the appropriate reports are completed. Police should be contacted for automobile accidents and a supervisor or company official for work accidents.
If you are asked to give a statement to the police, provide them with accurate and complete information. If you are asked to give a statement by an insurance company or agent, have them call your attorney at Lawton & Cates.
Carefully Review Everything You Sign
If you do not understand the document, Do Not Sign It! Call your attorney at Lawton & Cates and we will review it and advise you.
Notify Insurance Carriers
Notify your insurance company even if you think you are not at fault since the other driver may have no coverage. Most companies require notification of an injury as soon as reasonably possible.
Preserve Damaged Property
Preserve any damaged property and any physical items that are related to the accident.
The injured person, a family member, or both should record the details related to the injury and the pain and suffering experienced. These are helpful both in seeking treatment for your injuries and recalling your injures at a later date.
Dealing With Claims Adjusters
Let us deal with the claims adjuster. If they call you, tell them to talk to your attorney at Lawton & Cates.
What Is A Fair Settlement?
The answer to what is a fair settlement varies for each client. You are entitled to have your car paid for at market value, not wholesale. You are entitled to get your medical bills paid. You are entitled to get your lost wages paid. You are also entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering and disability. The attorneys at Lawton & Cates. will work with you to determine how the injury has impacted your life. We will fight for you with the insurance company and, if necessary, we have the expertise to take your case to court.
How Long Do You Have To Decide Whether To Sue?
There are laws that limit your time to sue. If the statute of limitations expires, You cannot bring a claim. Contact your attorney at Lawton & Cates. with your questions about the statutes of limitation.