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KANSAS IS OUT TO SCREW INJURED WORKERS...AGAIN

If you live and vote in Kansas please take the time to read this. Changes are being made to the workers' compensation system that will have a very real and very damaging impact on individuals and ...
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Kansas Workers' Comp FAQ

What should I do if I've been hurt at work? Tell your employer first. Once you have received medical treatment and informed your employee, you should begin gathering any evidence or documents that ...
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How Do You Protect Your Rights Following a Workplace Accident?

Since workplace accidents are a common occurrence, it is crucial that you know how to properly handle one beforehand so you can ensure your rights are protected in any situation. Following a workplace ...
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Protect Yourself At All Times

I recently took a call from an individual who had suffered two separate work accidents doing injury to his shoulders. The accidents were witnessed by both co-workers and a supervisor. He tried to ...
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Medical Care for Injured Workers

The first thing that you should do when you are injured on the job is to seek medical treatment. You will need to report the incident to your employer but your health should be the first concern. Your ...
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Reporting an Injury

As a worker, you may be faced with an injury while on the job. You may also be diagnosed with an illness that is directly related to your line of work. When these events do occur it is important that ...
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Process of a Workers' Compensation Claim

The process of seeking workers' compensation can vary based on the state that you are in. If you are a worker who has been injured, it is recommended that you speak with a Kansas City workers' ...
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Disability Benefits

An injury on the job can lead to a serious disability. Many people face accidents that limit them from returning to work either temporarily or permanently. They can also deal with the need to change ...
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Holiday Musings

With both the Holiday season in full effect and the end of the year approaching, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients as well as anyone else who has given us the opportunity ...
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Would You See a Foot Doctor for a Heart Problem?

An injured worker was recently referred to us by another attorney. He had suffered multiple tears to his shoulder due to a heavy and strenuous job. Fortunately, he was able to receive his surgery and ...
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Into the Lion's Den

Recently, I was asked to be part of a panel presenting to one of the largest workers' compensation insurance carriers in the Kansas City area. The room was full of claims representatives and ...
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Declaration of Independent(ce)? Are your really an Employee?

Have you ever heard this one? The Boss: "Okay. You're hired. But I'm only hiring you as an independent contractor. I'll pay your gross wages and your are responsible for paying the ...
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Yes...You Should Make the Call

On our website, www.kcworkcomp.com, we have tried to present enough information about workers' compensation to let visitors know what can and should be happening following a work-related injury. ...
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NOTICE OF REPETITIVE INJURIES: HOW TO KILL YOUR CLAIM IN KANSAS

Common sense says that you tell somebody about something after it happens. You can't tell you friend the score of the ballgame until it's been played, right? You can't give notice of a ...
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There Are No Problem Clients...There Is Only Failure to Communicate

I was recently asked to speak at a continuing legal education seminar for the Missouri Bar Association. The topic: How to deal with difficult clients from a legal ethics perspective. While the typical ...
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An Injured Worker Who Gets Fired Gets No Pay? Not So Fast!

A worker gets injured on the job, is receiving medical treatment and is placed on temporary work restrictions. If the employer is unable to return her to work under those restrictions, she would then ...
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There Are No Tough Guys in Work Comp

Have you ever heard this scenario? You work hard all week at your job. Now, it's finally Friday and you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Three more hours and you will have some ...
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The Written Claim Game

On May 15,2011, the Kansas Legislature did away with one really insidious part of the Kansas Workers Compensation Act. Prior to that date, not only did you have to give notice to your employer after ...
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Functional v. Work Disability (Part 2)

Ok. So, you have an injury and you are left with permanent restrictions. What now? Well, it depends on where you are and what parts you injured. Let me explain. In Kansas, there is a benefit called ...
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Functional Disability vs. Work Disability: Who gets what ?

After you have received all of your treatment and the insurance company has (hopefully) paid all of your temporary benefits, what remaining benefit does an injured worker have? The answer: Permanent ...
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Tom Cruise Was Right!

Lt. Daniel Kaffee, as portrayed by Tom Cruise in "A Few Good Men", once said, "It's not what I know, its what I can prove." Nowhere is that statement more applicable than in ...
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Do I Even Need a Lawyer?

Almost without exception, one of the first things a prospective client says to me in the initial telephone consultation is, "I don't even know if I need a lawyer. Do you think I need a ...
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Light Duty Pay Sucks! Can They Do That?

Short answer: Sometimes. If you are on restrictions from the authorized treating physician, your employer has two options. It can put you to work in an accommodated, light duty position or it can send ...
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A TREE FALLS IN THE FOREST . . .

We've all heard the age-old riddle of, "If a tree falls in the forest, but no one's around to hear it, does it really make a sound?" This same riddle can be used in workers' ...
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A NEW BREED OF LAWYERS . .

A NEW BREED OF LAWYERS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Welcome to the first blog entry for the law firm of Haight Stang, LLC! Our goal will be to inform, enlighten and (if it's even possible) ...
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