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Matthew Lawrence Bretz

Hutchinson Personal Injury Lawyer.

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  1. Do I have to sign a release stating my attorney can talk about my case to anyone he chooses?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Matthew Lawrence Bretz
    2. James E. Benfer III
    3. Kristopher Shane Barber
    4. Josh P Tolin
    5. Michael R Varble, Esq.
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    No. If you are not satisfied with the settlement you do not have to take it, and you certainly do not have to sign paperwork for the attorney allowing the attorney to talk about your case. Client confidentiality prohibits your attorney from speaking about your case. It sounds like you should contact another personal injury attorney in Kansas immediately and before signing anything and before moving forward with the settlement. It may be that another attorney looking at the case will tell...

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  2. My kids dad got into an accident in my vehicle! He is uninsured what's going to happen to me??

    Answered 2 months ago.

    1. Matthew Lawrence Bretz
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    3. John M. DeProspo
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    From your question I understand that he owns a vehicle and that his vehicle is uninsured, but that he was driving your vehicle at the time of the accident. If this is the case then everything should be fine. Since he was driving your insured vehicle, he becomes an "insured" under your policy as a permissive user. Your policy will provide liability coverage and also uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage for him. But your policy will not provide PIP or no-fault coverage for him. He...

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  3. What is the best avenue for me to take concerning my injury and other issues that have arose since my injury?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

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    2. Christian K. Lassen II
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    4. Matthew Lawrence Bretz
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    From the additional information which you provided it appears that the original injury occurred on the job, but that there may be an issue concerning whether you were technically an "employee" and whether there is available work comp insurance. Under the Kansas Workers Compensation Act any person who does work for another which is part of that person's trade or business is considered an "employee" for purposes of work comp. So regardless of whether your employer called you an "independent...

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  4. Can I sue my assailant?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Matthew Lawrence Bretz
    2. Jonathan Neal Portner
    3. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.
    4. Daniel Nelson Deasy
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    You certainly can pursue a civil action arising from the assailant's actions and your injuries. The civil action would be for battery and perhaps also intentional infliction of emotional distress. You should keep in mind that Kansas has a fairly short statute of limitations for filing suit for battery - just one year from the incident - and that there are several things which must be done prior to filing suit.

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    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Matthew Lawrence Bretz
    2. David J. McCormick
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Lars A. Lundeen
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    Yes, you should be paid for every minute that you are working. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which is federal law, requires an employer to pay hourly workers for all hours worked. Your employment is not for piece-work, and you are not a salaried employee. Thus, they must pay you for all hours and minutes which you work. You should write to your employer and send it certified mail requesting payment for all time worked. If they do not make up the unpaid wages, then you should...

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  6. Suffered a reaction to mold or chemical in my apartment < 25 days after moving in. What remedies are reasonable?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Matthew Lawrence Bretz
    2. David J. McCormick
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
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    You may have a claim against the landlord, but will have to prove what caused your injury. This may be difficult to prove what caused the injury, but you could start by contacting the police or by having a blood test at your doctor's office. If you can prove that the problems came from the environment at your apartment, they you would have a claim against the landlord and its insurer for medical bills, pain, suffering, disability and lost wages. There are some time limits for investigating...

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  7. I was told i was crazy and a stalker by my supervisor which is not a fact.is slander a case?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Matthew Lawrence Bretz
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Dustin Lee Van Dyk
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    You potentially could have a case for defamation of character, but such cases are difficult to pursue and win and have limited damages. The statement that you are "crazy" probably is not actionable because that is a statement of opinion and not a statement of fact. The statement that you are a "stalker", on the other hand, is a factual statement and you would have to prove that the statement was false, that people heard the statement by your supervisor, that those people believed the...

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  8. DCF has received reports of suspected abuse by father of 7 yr old developmentally delayed child, but nothing has been done.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Matthew Lawrence Bretz
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. James E. Benfer III
    4. Timothy Leo Bowden
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    There is a fundamental difference in the amount of proof which is required in a civil case against the father than in a criminal case against the father. In a criminal case the prosecution must prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" that the father has abused your child. In a civil case, you only have to prove that it is "more likely than not" that he has abused your child. You can pursue a civil case against the child's father for the abuse. It is technically a "battery" claim. You can meet...

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  9. Can I sue for medical malpractice?

    Answered 10 days ago.

    1. Matthew Lawrence Bretz
    2. Daniel Steven Hobart
    3. Giacomo Jacques Behar
    4. James J Nugent
    5. Josh P Tolin
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    Contacting the police is definitely the first step. You can pursue a civil case against the man who assaulted you, but there is a one year statue of limitations for this type of claim. Contact a local attorney right away.

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  10. I suffered an injury in 2003 when I was minor by a cop, i have been disfigured ever since how can i still get paid ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

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    2. Roger A. Riedmiller
    3. Jeffrey Mark Adams
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    5. Christian K. Lassen II
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    Kansas has a 1 year statute of limitations for an intentional act like battery from a police officer, or 2 years for a negligence claim. See KSA 60-514 and 60-513. This time limit is, however, tolled while a person is a minor. KSA 60-515 allows a person who was a minor at the time of the incident where you suffered the injury to bring the claim within one year after you turned 18; however, the statute puts an absolute deadline to file suit at 8 years from the date of the act giving rise to...

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