Missouri Lawmakers Leave Injured Workers Without Second Injury Fund Fix

Posted by on May 31, 2011 in Workers Compensation | Comments Off

Missouri Lawmakers Leave Injured Workers Without Second Injury Fund Fix

On May 13, 2011 the Missouri Legislature concluded its annual session without addressing serious problems with Missouri’s Second Injury Fund.  Multiple bills were proposed during the session that would have offered either temporary or permanent solutions to the Second Injury Fund’s current financial shortfalls.  All the bills failed to make it to the House floor for final passage, and the session ended without a legislative solution. The Second Injury Fund is now facing a financial crisis that could bankrupt...

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Dog Bite Case Settlement Highlights Owners’ Liability for Pet

Posted by on May 23, 2011 in Personal Injury | Comments Off

Dog Bite Case Settlement Highlights Owners’ Liability for Pet

A recent Kansas City, Missouri settlement of a child’s dog bite for $101,000.00 highlights the potential liability for homeowners with respect to dog bites.  Although this settlement was the result of a 2008 dog bite, the Missouri legislature enacted a new law in 2009 which imposes strict liability upon homeowners if their pet bites or attacks any individual.  The new statute is found in §273.036 of the Missouri Revised Statutes.  The statute provides that any landowner whose pet causes harm to another is...

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Intercepted E-Mails Land Divorce Attorney in Hot Water

Posted by on May 15, 2011 in Legal Malpractice | 0 comments

Intercepted E-Mails Land Divorce Attorney in Hot Water

The attorney-client privilege is one of the most sacrosanct privileges in American jurisprudence.  Any communication between a client and his or her attorneys is absolutely privileged and the inadvertent disclosure of such a communication does not waive the privilege. If such a privileged communication is violated, this can be considered legal malpractice. Clayton divorce attorney Susan Hais and her firm have been ordered to pay a St. Louis County resident $25,000.00 for penalties for purposely using intercepted...

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Frequently asked Questions about Workers’ Compensation Law

Posted by on May 15, 2011 in Workers Compensation | 0 comments

Frequently asked Questions about Workers’ Compensation Law

Frequently asked Questions about Workers’ Compensation Law What is workers’ compensation? Injuries caused by an employee’s work are eligible for workers’ compensation. Physical injuries such as falls, work environment-caused illnesses and anything else caused by a work-related task. Injuries could also include those caused by repetition of movement such as carpal tunnel. I heard you can get big settlement money out of workers’ compensation. Is a workers’ comp claim a way for me to...

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Why Injured Workers Need an Attorney to Handle Workers’ Compenation Claims

Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Workers Compensation | 0 comments

Why Injured Workers Need an Attorney to Handle Workers’ Compenation Claims

In the past, workers have often tried to handle a workers’ compensation claim by themselves. Unfortunately, this is an ill-advised strategy and can result in a loss of medical benefits and the loss of a future disability payment. In Missouri, employers are allowed to deny workers’ compensation claims even though they may, in fact, be compensable. Changes enacted by the 2005 Republican legislature led to a restriction of benefits by severely restricting the definition of a compensable injury. Many injuries, such...

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