Monthly Archives: November 2015

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 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.

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.