Monthly Archives: March 2014

Kansas Trucking Accidents – The “Black Box” Event Data Recorder

Trucking accident cases can be much more difficult to resolve than your ordinary auto accident.  With trucking accidents, the truck driver involved is typically working in the course of his or her employment at the time an accident occurs.  Therefore, if you have been injured because of a truck driver’s negligent conduct, you will likely be dealing with not only the truck driver, but also the truck driver’s employer.  Further, trucking accident cases can be difficult because there are so many different variables to take into consideration.  Because such cases can be complicated, it is imperative that you speak with a Kansas trucking accident attorney right away, as an attorney can quickly seek to recover all of the key evidence and other information that is important for your potential trucking accident claim.

What is the “Black Box” Event Data Recorder?

Many people have heard the term “black box” and the relation of black box recorders to aircraft.  Along with aircraft, most commercial semi-trucks or tractor trailers have what’s called an Event Data Recorder (EDR) present on the truck to gather and track key information that may be extremely helpful when determining the cause of any given trucking accident.  This device is able to gather data that can help your attorney determine what happened before, during, and after the trucking accident that caused your injuries.  For example, if certain trucking equipment was not working properly at the time of an accident, the black box device may be able to shed light on what caused the malfunction.

The black box device may also provide information on the truck driver’s driving patterns, as to a change in speed, when the truck driver used his or her brakes, and even how long the truck driver had been driving.  The amount of information available from a small device can be immensely helpful in resolving your potential trucking accident claim.  For example, if you suspect the truck driver may have fallen asleep prior to colliding with you, the truck’s black box recorder may reveal that the truck driver failed to use his or her brakes prior to the collision, and these two pieces of information can help to prove that the truck driver negligently caused the accident.

Because information extracted from the black box recorder is so crucial, it is imperative that you act quickly to consult with a Kansas trucking accident attorney.  There is always the risk that evidence may be lost or destroyed following a trucking accident.  Therefore, your attorney may not be able to recover the black box recorder, and use information gathered from the recorder to support your trucking accident claim.  As such, the sooner you are able to speak with a Kansas trucking accident attorney, the sooner you will be able to seek resolution of your trucking accident case.

Contact Kansas City Trucking Accident Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, it is essential that you consult with a Kansas trucking accident attorney right away, as you may be entitled to compensation.  Trucking accidents can have devastating consequences, leaving you permanently injured, and changing your life forever.  You may no longer be able to work due to the injuries you suffered from a trucking accident.  Kansas trucking accident attorney Michael R. Lawless has spent more than 27 years helping injured victims receive the compensation they deserve from suffering life-altering injuries.  To speak with Michael Lawless regarding your potential trucking accident claim, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA today by calling (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Can I Be Fired For Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Kansas?

Being injured while on the job creates uncertainty and you may not be aware of what your options are for recovering and getting back to the workforce.  While the majority of Kansas employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance to cover injuries that employees suffer while on the job, many employees still do not understand what workers’ compensation is, and what the consequences are of filing a workers’ compensation claim.

Many people fear that if they file a workers’ compensation claim, they will be at risk for losing their job.  This is certainly not the case, as the entire purpose of workers’ compensation is to keep a healthy workforce in Kansas.  Simply filing a workers’ compensation claim cannot be grounds for losing your job.  Having unemployed Kansas citizens is bad for the public welfare of the state and is bad for employers.  However, your employer is allowed to terminate your employment for reasons other than the fact that you have filed a workers’ compensation claim.

Therefore, you might have already filed a workers’ compensation claim for injuries you suffered while on the job, and your employer may decide to terminate your employment if there is another reason for doing so, such as the need to downsize for financial reasons.  Your employer must be able to demonstrate that your pending workers’ compensation claim has nothing to do with the reason your employment has been terminated.

The reason employers are able to terminate your employment at any given time is that more often than not your relationship with your employer is “at will,” meaning that either you or your employer may terminate the employment at any time for any reason.  Some employees do have employment contracts that limit the scope of how an employee can be terminated.  Regardless of what type of employment relationship you have, it is important that you discuss your workers’ compensation concerns with a qualified Kansas workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible.

When filing a workers’ compensation claim, you want to ensure you are doing everything you can to get back to work as quickly as possible without compromising your health.  If you truly were injured while on the job, you should not be held responsible for covering the cost of your medical care, and lost wages.  If you fear that you may lose your job if you file a workers’ compensation claim, you should consider how this decision will affect your health.

Either you may decide to move forward without receiving treatment for your injury or illness, or you may be stuck with a mountain of medical bills by seeking medical treatment on your own.  The bottom line is that you should not fear what your employer may do if you file a workers’ compensation claim.  If you are terminated, your employer will have to prove that the decision to terminate your employment was completely unrelated to a workers’ compensation claim that you have filed.

Contact Kansas City Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation

Workers’ compensation can be very confusing and stressful.  You may be feeling uncertain as to whether or not filing a workers’ compensation claim will adequately help you recover and get back to work.  You should fully understand your rights and obligations that are attached to filing a workers’ compensation claim before you actually decide to file a claim.  To better understand what to expect, and what you might receive after filing a workers’ compensation claim, you should consult with a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney right away.  Kansas workers’ compensation attorney Michael R. Lawless of Michael R. Lawless, PA, devotes his practice to helping injured clients get back on their feet.  To schedule a free consultation with Michael R. Lawless, contact our office today by calling locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Kansas Workers’ Compensation – Employee v. Independent Contractor

Being injured or becoming ill while on the job causes an enormous amount of pain, stress, and financial responsibility.  Kansas law requires most employers to provide workers’ compensation coverage for their employees.  However, if you are classified as an “independent contractor,” you may not be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits should you be injured or become ill in the course of your employment.  For example, if a painting company hire a worker only on a contract basis (i.e., for a particular project), and that worker is injured while working on that project, this worker will likely not be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

How to Determine Whether You Are an Employee or Independent Contractor

Most employers will make clear what the employment arrangement is when you are hired.  Most individuals are aware from the start that if they are considered an independent contractor, then they will likely not be eligible for the same benefits that employees are eligible for.  This does not only include workers’ compensation insurance, but also includes how employees and independent contractors receive pay differently, and how employees are typically eligible for other benefits, such as health insurance, life insurance and/or retirement plans.

Therefore, independent contractors are taking somewhat of a risk when deciding to work on a contract basis.  There are certainly positive aspects of working as an independent contractor, but it definitely takes some thinking and consideration when weighing the positive aspects with the negative aspects, especially the fact that workers’ compensation benefits are not available to independent contractors.

Misclassification of Employment Status

While the general rule in Kansas (and in most states), is that independent contractors are not eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, there are situations where an independent contractor should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.  For example, if you are hired and you believe you are a true employee of the company you work for, you expect that you will be entitled to the same benefits as other employees.  However, if your employer misclassifies you as an “independent contractor,” you will be left in the dark in case you are injured or become ill while on the job.  Some employers misclassify workers inadvertently, while others may in fact choose to misclassify workers for the sole purpose of avoiding the obligation to provide workers’ compensation benefits or other employee benefits.

Because the distinction between an employee and an independent contractor may not be as clear cut as you think, you would benefit from speaking with a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney who can evaluate your situation in detail to determine if you truly are an employee or independent contractor.  If it turns out that your employer misclassified your employment arrangement, listing you as an independent contractor instead of listing you as an employee, you still may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.  The sooner you are able to speak with an attorney, the sooner you will be able to resolve the matter and hopefully receive the compensation you deserve.

Contact Kansas City Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured or become ill while on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.  To determine if you qualify for benefits, it is essential that you consult with a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible.  With the help of a skilled and dedicated Kansas workers’ compensation attorney, you will have a better understanding of what you may or may not be entitled to, based on your classification as either an employee or an independent contractor.  Michael R. Lawless is a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney with more than 27 years of experience helping injured workers receive the compensation they deserve.   To schedule a free consultation with Michael R. Lawless, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA today by calling (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Overland Park, Kansas Dog Leash Laws – What You Should Know

Many Overland Park residents share their lives with man’s best friend.  Having a dog around is like having an additional family member, and dogs are certainly an important part of many peoples’ lives.  However, dog ownership requires that owners be responsible when traveling with their dogs in public.  Most cities have leash laws that govern when and in what manner a dog owner is required to have his or her dog on a leash.

The city of Overland Park requires that all dogs be on a leash that is no longer than ten feet long when the dogs are not confined to a cage, residence, or backyard.  Dog owners who violate Overland Park’s leash law may be subject to fine of at least $100.  This is quite a hefty fine for a dog leash violation, however, Overland Park wants to deter dog owners from allowing their dogs to run loose and become a threat to other people and animals.

The City of Overland Park does not have any off-leash parks, however, Johnson County does provide off-leash parks, with one located in Overland Park.  Off-leash parks provide dog owners with the opportunity to allow their dogs to run freely, but they still must do so responsibly.  Any dog bite, whether or not a dog is on or off leash, can result in serious injuries that leave innocent victims potentially scarred for life.  Dog owners must ensure that they comply with Overland Park leash laws, and ensure their dogs are not a risk to others.  For example, if a dog owner is aware that his or her dog is potentially dangerous, or prone to biting or growling, that dog owner must take extra measures to ensure the public is protected from the potentially dangerous dog.

If you are bitten by another person’s dog while the dog was off-leash, not only would the dog owner be liable to the city for violating the leash law, but the dog owner would also be liable to you for the harm you have suffered as a result of the dog bite.  There are always small exceptions to every rule, therefore, it is important that you speak with an experienced Kansas personal injury attorney who can evaluate your particular case in great detail.  Further, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney shortly after the dog bite has occurred, because your memory is much fresher, and witnesses may be more available.

Contact Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite in Kansas, you may be entitled to compensation.  All dog owners have a duty to ensure their dogs do not harm innocent victims.  In Kansas, dog owners are strictly liable when their dogs bite or attack other individuals or animals.  A dog bite can leave you or your loved one with a mountain of medical expenses, potentially lost wages for being out of work, and the emotional harm that goes along with suffering permanent scars or disfigurement.  It is important that you consult with a Kansas personal injury attorney who has extensive experience handling dog bite cases.  Kansas personal injury attorney Michael R. Lawless has over 27 years of experience helping his injured clients receive the compensation they deserve.  To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential dog bite case, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA today by calling us locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will contact you as soon as possible.

Can I Be Fired For Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Kansas?

Being injured while on the job creates uncertainty and you may not be aware of what your options are for recovering and getting back to the workforce.  While the majority of Kansas employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance to cover injuries that employees suffer while on the job, many employees still do not understand what workers’ compensation is, and what the consequences are of filing a workers’ compensation claim.

Many people fear that if they file a workers’ compensation claim, they will be at risk for losing their job.  This is certainly not the case, as the entire purpose of workers’ compensation is to keep a healthy workforce in Kansas.  Simply filing a workers’ compensation claim cannot be grounds for losing your job.  Having unemployed Kansas citizens is bad for the public welfare of the state and is bad for employers.  However, your employer is allowed to terminate your employment for reasons other than the fact that you have filed a workers’ compensation claim.

Therefore, you might have already filed a workers’ compensation claim for injuries you suffered while on the job, and your employer may decide to terminate your employment if there is another reason for doing so, such as the need to downsize for financial reasons.  Your employer must be able to demonstrate that your pending workers’ compensation claim has nothing to do with the reason your employment has been terminated.

The reason employers are able to terminate your employment at any given time is that more often than not your relationship with your employer is “at will,” meaning that either you or your employer may terminate the employment at any time for any reason.  Some employees do have employment contracts that limit the scope of how an employee can be terminated.  Regardless of what type of employment relationship you have, it is important that you discuss your workers’ compensation concerns with a qualified Kansas workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible.

When filing a workers’ compensation claim, you want to ensure you are doing everything you can to get back to work as quickly as possible without compromising your health.  If you truly were injured while on the job, you should not be held responsible for covering the cost of your medical care, and lost wages.  If you fear that you may lose your job if you file a workers’ compensation claim, you should consider how this decision will affect your health.

Either you may decide to move forward without receiving treatment for your injury or illness, or you may be stuck with a mountain of medical bills by seeking medical treatment on your own.  The bottom line is that you should not fear what your employer may do if you file a workers’ compensation claim.  If you are terminated, your employer will have to prove that the decision to terminate your employment was completely unrelated to a workers’ compensation claim that you have filed.

Contact Kansas City Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation

Workers’ compensation can be very confusing and stressful.  You may be feeling uncertain as to whether or not filing a workers’ compensation claim will adequately help you recover and get back to work.  You should fully understand your rights and obligations that are attached to filing a workers’ compensation claim before you actually decide to file a claim.  To better understand what to expect, and what you might receive after filing a workers’ compensation claim, you should consult with a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney right away.  Kansas workers’ compensation attorney Michael R. Lawless of Michael R. Lawless, PA, devotes his practice to helping injured clients get back on their feet.  To schedule a free consultation with Michael R. Lawless, contact our office today by calling locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Kansas Workers’ Compensation – What If I Can’t Return to Work?

Most Kansas workers are able to receive the medical treatment that they need in order to return to work after going through the workers’ compensation process.  Whether the employee has suffered a back injury, broken bones, head or neck injury, or perhaps a serious illness, there is a chance of a full recovery, but there is also a chance that the employee may not be able to work in the same job field at the same intensity.  It is always unfortunate when an employee must adapt his or her future employment because of a previous workplace injury.

For example, if your employment requires you to operate a vehicle on a regular basis, and you suffer an injury that prevents you from operating a vehicle in the same way, you would need to find suitable employment to accommodate the aftermath of your workplace injury.  If you are able to return to work, but the type of employment is different, workers’ compensation provides a way to help you find a suitable job.

However, if you are unable to return to any type of employment due to your workplace injury, you may be entitled to permanent disability assistance.  In such cases, it is essential that you consult with a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney who can explain to you what the potential consequences are of not being able to return to work, and what types of disability benefits you may qualify for.

How Will I Know If I Can’t Return to Work?

As part of filing a workers’ compensation claim, you will have to be examined by an independent physician to determine in what way your injuries were suffered while on the job, the severity of your injuries, and the likelihood that you will be able to return to work.  If you have been told by a physician that you cannot return to the same job, you will have to determine if there is other work you can take on that will not harm your current physical condition.

For example, as described above, if you are not able to operate a vehicle following a workplace injury, and this is a key function of your employment, you may consider what other types of jobs that you and your physician believe would be suitable for your current physical condition.  Perhaps you could have a desk job or other sedentary job that does not require you to do any physical activity that will make your condition worse.

However, if there simply is no type of employment that you or your physician believe will be suitable for you, disability benefits might be the only logical option.  With such benefits, the approval process may be difficult as you will have to provide a substantial amount of documentation to prove that you are unable to work, including your medical records and a physician’s determination that there is simply no type of employment that will accommodate your prior workplace injury.

Contact Kansas City Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today to Schedule a Free Consultation 

If you have filed a workers’ compensation claim, or are planning to file a workers’ compensation claim, it is important that you fully understand what your options are after you have received the compensation you deserve for your workplace injury.  Michael R. Lawless is a Kansas City workers’ compensation attorney with more than 27 years of experience advocating for his clients’ rights to receive compensation for injuries they have suffered while on the job.  To speak with Michael R. Lawless about your workplace injury, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA today by calling (913) 681-5566, or toll-free at (800) 734-3771, to schedule your free consultation.  You can also contact us online and we will contact you right away to discuss your potential case.

Kansas Nursing Home Negligence – Signs That Your Loved One Has Been Physically Abused

Many Kansas nursing home patients receive outstanding care from nursing home medical professionals on a regular basis.  However, there are also a significant number of nursing home patients who are physically or verbally abused on a regular basis.  Because many nursing home patients may not be able to verbally communicate their feelings and concerns to nursing home personnel and/or their loved ones, abuse is often overlooked.  A patient may wish to share his or her concerns, but simply does not have the power to do so.  If your loved one is receiving care in a nursing home and you suspect your loved one is being physically abused, you should consult with a Kansas nursing home negligence attorney right away.

How Do I Know If My Loved One Has Been Physically Abused?

Signs that a nursing home patient has been physically abused include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

  • Cuts or scrapes;
  • Bruising on any part of the body;
  • Swelling or bleeding;
  • Pressure marks (often resulting in bed sores due to patient neglect);
  • Signs of poor hygiene;
  • Signs that the patient has soiled him or herself (i.e., not receiving proper assistance in order to use the restroom);
  • Burn marks; and
  • Depression (i.e., if the nursing home patient generally seems unhappy, unmotivated, sad, and in emotional pain).

It is very important to understand that physical and other forms of abuse may not be discovered for quite some time after the abuse has begun, as many nursing home patients do not see visitors on a regular basis.  Further, it is also important to remember that physical abuse is not limited to one individual literally hitting a nursing home patient in some way.  Physical abuse can also be present in the form of neglect.  As such, neglect of a nursing home patient can certainly lead to physical injuries, and thus could be considered physical abuse.

Should I Complaint to the Nursing Home?

If your loved one has suffered physical or verbal abuse, you may consider voicing your own concerns to nursing home staff members.  However, if you are unsure how to approach the situation, you may benefit from the guidance and assistance of a Kansas nursing home negligence attorney who has the necessary experience to evaluate the specific facts of your case and provide you with what options you may have.

While it is acceptable for a loved one to complain to nursing home staff regarding the poor quality of care, abuse or neglect of a patient, such complaints may lead to further harm if nursing home staff become upset or defensive after becoming aware of the complaints.  In such cases, a qualified Kansas nursing home attorney can help you address the concerns you may have with the quality of care your loved one is receiving in a nursing home.

Contact Kansas City Nursing Home Negligence Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation

When loved ones are placed in nursing homes, the hope we have is that our loved ones will receive the quality care they deserve and improve their health enough to be able to eventually leave the nursing home.  However, instead of receiving quality medical care, many nursing home patients are suffering from the negligent conduct of nursing home personnel.  Patients are physically abused much more often than many people realize.  When you or your loved one has suffered harm as a result of nursing home abuse, it is imperative that you consult with a highly skilled Kansas nursing home negligence attorney as soon as possible as you may be entitled to compensation.  With more than 27 years of experience seeking justice for his clients, Michael R. Lawless has the dedication and resources to pursue a personal injury case on behalf of you or your loved one.  To schedule a free consultation, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA today by calling (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

Kansas Workers’ Compensation – Employee v. Independent Contractor

Being injured or becoming ill while on the job causes an enormous amount of pain, stress, and financial responsibility.  Kansas law requires most employers to provide workers’ compensation coverage for their employees.  However, if you are classified as an “independent contractor,” you may not be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits should you be injured or become ill in the course of your employment.  For example, if a painting company hire a worker only on a contract basis (i.e., for a particular project), and that worker is injured while working on that project, this worker will likely not be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

How to Determine Whether You Are an Employee or Independent Contractor

Most employers will make clear what the employment arrangement is when you are hired.  Most individuals are aware from the start that if they are considered an independent contractor, then they will likely not be eligible for the same benefits that employees are eligible for.  This does not only include workers’ compensation insurance, but also includes how employees and independent contractors receive pay differently, and how employees are typically eligible for other benefits, such as health insurance, life insurance and/or retirement plans.

Therefore, independent contractors are taking somewhat of a risk when deciding to work on a contract basis.  There are certainly positive aspects of working as an independent contractor, but it definitely takes some thinking and consideration when weighing the positive aspects with the negative aspects, especially the fact that workers’ compensation benefits are not available to independent contractors.

Misclassification of Employment Status

While the general rule in Kansas (and in most states), is that independent contractors are not eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, there are situations where an independent contractor should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.  For example, if you are hired and you believe you are a true employee of the company you work for, you expect that you will be entitled to the same benefits as other employees.  However, if your employer misclassifies you as an “independent contractor,” you will be left in the dark in case you are injured or become ill while on the job.  Some employers misclassify workers inadvertently, while others may in fact choose to misclassify workers for the sole purpose of avoiding the obligation to provide workers’ compensation benefits or other employee benefits.

Because the distinction between an employee and an independent contractor may not be as clear cut as you think, you would benefit from speaking with a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney who can evaluate your situation in detail to determine if you truly are an employee or independent contractor.  If it turns out that your employer misclassified your employment arrangement, listing you as an independent contractor instead of listing you as an employee, you still may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.  The sooner you are able to speak with an attorney, the sooner you will be able to resolve the matter and hopefully receive the compensation you deserve. 

Contact Kansas City Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured or become ill while on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.  To determine if you qualify for benefits, it is essential that you consult with a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible.  With the help of a skilled and dedicated Kansas workers’ compensation attorney, you will have a better understanding of what you may or may not be entitled to, based on your classification as either an employee or an independent contractor.  Michael R. Lawless is a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney with more than 27 years of experience helping injured workers receive the compensation they deserve.   To schedule a free consultation with Michael R. Lawless, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA today by calling (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Kansas Auto Accidents – What is the Independent Medical Examination (IME)?

Auto accidents can range from being very minor, annoying occurrences, to being major catastrophic events that result in substantial physical injuries or death.  Auto accidents are a fact of life, as people are bound to hit one another while sharing the roads.  Along with the stressful and painful process of dealing with insurance companies, you may also find yourself in a legal battle if another person was at fault for causing the accident that resulted in your suffering.

Filing an Auto Accident Personal Injury Lawsuit

When you seek compensation from a responsible party in an auto accident case, you will be dealing with the other driver’s insurance company more so than the other driver him or herself.  As part of this process, you may be required to undergo what’s called an “Independent Medical Examination,” also commonly referred to as “IME.”  This is an evaluation done by a physician chosen by the defendant driver’s automobile insurance carrier.

As such, the evaluation results regarding your injuries and whether or not they are related to the auto accident may not be as impartial as you hope.  Physicians performing these examinations are paid for their services, so while there are certainly physicians that will provide an honest, impartial evaluation, there are other physicians who may not be as forthcoming in linking your injuries to the auto accident.  Because the IME is a crucial part of your auto accident case, it is imperative that you allow a qualified Kansas auto accident attorney to help you through the IME process as far as how the process works, and what you should expect from the examination.

What Happens During the Independent Medical Examination?

A physician chosen by the defendant driver’s insurance carrier will complete a full physical evaluation of you in addition to reviewing your medical records that document you suffered injuries following the automobile accident.  The physician will then formulate an opinion as to whether or not he or she believes your current injuries and related symptoms are a direct result of the automobile accident caused by the negligent driver.  Because this physician is chosen by the defendant driver’s insurance carrier, do not be surprised if the opinion is not helpful for your case.  For example, the physician may suggest that your current injuries were really caused by a preexisting condition or preexisting injury that occurred before the automobile accident in question.

The most important thing you or your loved one can do when undergoing an IME, is to be sure you bring someone with you to the examination, whether it is a spouse, a family member, or a close friend.  Having a witness to confirm what occurred during the IME can be very helpful if there is a discrepancy between what you remember from the IME and what the physician remembers from the IME.  While the IME is certainly not a fun process, it is required in most auto accident cases, and with the help of a skilled Kansas auto accident attorney, you will have peace of mind that you are doing everything you need to do to help your potential case.

Contact Kansas City Auto Accident Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a car, motorcycle, trucking, or any other automobile accident, you may be entitled to compensation if your injuries were caused by another person’s negligent conduct.  As part of dealing with the aftermath of an automobile accident, you may be faced with a medical evaluation that will be very important for your potential personal injury case.  If you believe another person is responsible for the injuries you or your loved one has suffered, it is important that you consult with a qualified Kansas auto accident attorney right away.  Michael R. Lawless is a Kansas auto accident and personal injury attorney with more than 27 years of experience helping his clients receive the compensation they deserve.  To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential auto accident case, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA by calling our office locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Overland Park, Kansas Dog Leash Laws – What You Should Know

Many Overland Park residents share their lives with man’s best friend.  Having a dog around is like having an additional family member, and dogs are certainly an important part of many peoples’ lives.  However, dog ownership requires that owners be responsible when traveling with their dogs in public.  Most cities have leash laws that govern when and in what manner a dog owner is required to have his or her dog on a leash.

The city of Overland Park requires that all dogs be on a leash that is no longer than ten feet long when the dogs are not confined to a cage, residence, or backyard.  Dog owners who violate Overland Park’s leash law may be subject to fine of at least $100.  This is quite a hefty fine for a dog leash violation, however, Overland Park wants to deter dog owners from allowing their dogs to run loose and become a threat to other people and animals.

The City of Overland Park does not have any off-leash parks, however, Johnson County does provide off-leash parks, with one located in Overland Park.  Off-leash parks provide dog owners with the opportunity to allow their dogs to run freely, but they still must do so responsibly.  Any dog bite, whether or not a dog is on or off leash, can result in serious injuries that leave innocent victims potentially scarred for life.  Dog owners must ensure that they comply with Overland Park leash laws, and ensure their dogs are not a risk to others.  For example, if a dog owner is aware that his or her dog is potentially dangerous, or prone to biting or growling, that dog owner must take extra measures to ensure the public is protected from the potentially dangerous dog.

If you are bitten by another person’s dog while the dog was off-leash, not only would the dog owner be liable to the city for violating the leash law, but the dog owner would also be liable to you for the harm you have suffered as a result of the dog bite.  There are always small exceptions to every rule, therefore, it is important that you speak with an experienced Kansas personal injury attorney who can evaluate your particular case in great detail.  Further, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney shortly after the dog bite has occurred, because your memory is much fresher, and witnesses may be more available.

Contact Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation 

If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite in Kansas, you may be entitled to compensation.  All dog owners have a duty to ensure their dogs do not harm innocent victims.  In Kansas, dog owners are strictly liable when their dogs bite or attack other individuals or animals.  A dog bite can leave you or your loved one with a mountain of medical expenses, potentially lost wages for being out of work, and the emotional harm that goes along with suffering permanent scars or disfigurement.  It is important that you consult with a Kansas personal injury attorney who has extensive experience handling dog bite cases.  Kansas personal injury attorney Michael R. Lawless has over 27 years of experience helping his injured clients receive the compensation they deserve.  To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential dog bite case, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA today by calling us locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will contact you as soon as possible.