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Hopefully you survived Black Friday unscathed, but if you didn't, or if you find yourself injured in a public place during your holiday shopping (or any time of the year), here's what you need to know.

Statutes of Limitations

Both Kansas and Missouri have statutes of limitations, or deadlines, on how long you can take to file a Personal Injury claim. shopping mall In Missouri, it's five years from the date of the accident; and in Kansas, it's only two years.
 
This may seem like plenty of time, but it's worthwhile to talk to a lawyer sooner rather than later, since the details will still be fresh in your mind.  This also allows plenty of time for the company at fault to offer to pay your damages without resorting to a court hearing.

Comparative Fault

One thing to be aware of is that both Missouri and Kansas have rules that limit damages based on shared or comparative fault.  What this means is that, if you are injured by slipping on an unmarked wet spot at a store but were later found to be 5 percent at fault because you were looking at your shopping list instead of paying complete attention to your surroundings, 5 percent will be deducted from the total damages awarded by the court.
 
Now, in Kansas, if your comparative fault is 50 percent or greater (meaning you're at least 50 percent responsible), the rule in that state is that you cannot collect any damages from other at-fault parties.  In Missouri, however, they use a "pure" comparative fault rule, meaning you can collect damages even if you're 99 percent responsible for the accident.

Immediate Action After an Injury in a Public Place

So, what's your action plan after an accident?
  1. First things first, take care of your injuries.  Apply first aid or call an ambulance if necessary, and see a doctor as soon as possible.
  2. Secondly, call a lawyer.  The sooner you call a professional attorney to help with your Personal Injury lawsuit, the less likely you are to miss any important facts or steps in the process -- and that betters your chances for success.
  3. Third, document all injuries and property damage, and collect witness accounts and contact information.
  4. Fourth, open a claim with the responsible company's insurance company -- but do NOT give statements or sign anything (other than for the police) until your lawyer gives the go-ahead.

Hire a Personal Injury Attorney from Grover Law

At Grover Law, we will do everything in our power to get you fair compensation as quickly and affordably as possible -- and our case evaluations are alwyas free.  If you're in need of a Personal Injury attorney, we can help.  Give us a call at 913-432-1000, or visit our website for more information. 
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Thanksgiving is upon us this week, and that means it's almost time for Black Friday!  After stuffing yourself with stuffing, if you're bundling up and heading out to do some shopping, make sure you follow these safety tips to ensure your Black Friday experience is both safe and productive.

Dress for the Weather AND the Stores

If you're planning to do any camping outside stores waiting for them to open, make sure you dress warm enough for the weather.  Think coats, gloves and hats, and consider taking a thermos of something warm to drink.  
 
Once you're inside, all those people can bump up the temperature pretty quickly, so it's a good idea to dress in layers that you can peel off so you don't get overheated.  If you do feel yourself getting dizzy or lightheaded, find a cool place to sit down and take a rest.

Be Polite and Courteous in Line

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Part of the appeal of Black Friday is the adrenaline of beating everyone to the deal --
we get it. But you won't get to enjoy that deal if you're
a) injured by a mob of people rushing to get inside, b) responsible for injuring someone else.
 
Everyone will get their chance to get inside the store, so just relax, make an effort to converse with your fellow humans in line, and be polite and courteous to both other shoppers and store employees as you enter the building.

Remember It's Just Stuff

If you find yourself getting frustrated with other shoppers or angry at someone else's behavior, just remember -- it's all just stuff.  Sure, it would be great to score that hot game system at a super discounted price, but in the end, it's just stuff.  Two dollar DVDs?  Just stuff.  You, on the other hand, are more than just stuff to your loved ones, so let "it's just stuff" be your mantra as you're shopping.

Skip the Stores and Shop Online

The safest way to shop on Black Friday is to do it from home!  Many stores have the same deals online as they do in stores, and many exclusively online retailers offer the same kind of great deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  So, if the idea of fighting other shoppers for hot ticket items makes your stomach turn, then cozy up at home (maybe with a leftover Thanksgiving sandwich) and let your fingers do the Christmas shopping.

Happy Thanksgiving from Grover Law

At Grover Law, we are incredibly thankful for our clients.  We consider it a privilege to be able to help our clients through difficult circumstances, whether it's a traffic ticket, a DUI arrest, or even a wrongful death suit.  We understand it takes a lot of trust to let us handle serious matters for you and your family, and we are grateful you've chosen us over the years to do it.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from Grover Law!
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Many of us will be traveling to visit our families and friends for Thanksgiving.  Use these tips to ensure you make it safely to your destination and back home again.

Safety First at Home

First things first, make sure you're leaving your home in safe conditions.  That means not posting about your travel plans on social media, which burglars can use to scope out empty houses.  Have a friend or family member pop over once a day to make sure everything is as it should be.  You can even call your police department's non-emergency number and request to have an officer do a drive-by during the time period you're going to be away from home.  
 
Of course, the best defense of all is a monitored home security system.  Just make sure you leave the company information and any pass codes with a trusted friend or family member in case of an emergency.
 
Other precautions: put your mail and newspaper deliveries on hold, or ask a friend or family member to stop by once a day and pic

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k up delivered items.  Consider investing in motion-sensor or timer lights.  If you're leaving a car behind outside, consider having a friend move it occasionally.

Safety on the Road

Your first order of business is to make sure your car is in good working order.  Make sure your tires are in good condition and that you're up todate on maintenance such as oil changes.  Also make sure you leave with a full tank of gas and that you're filled up on windshield wiper fluid.
 
Once you're actually on the road, make sure everyone is buckled up.  Yes, even the kids in the backseat of the minivan.  No matter how much they complain about wanting to be comfortable, it's more important than they arrive alive and uninjured!  Unbuckled bodies can also fly around a car in an accident, causing injuries to other passengers, so it's not just about a single individual's safety.
 
Obey traffic laws and drive defensively -- not aggressively.  Even though traffic can be frustrating, it's important to remain calm.  Turn on some holiday tunes or play some road trip games with your family -- as long as they won't distract you from driving.  Have someone hold your cell phone or navigation system for you rather than trying to look at them yourself.

Happy Thanksgiving from Grover Law

At Grover Law, we are incredibly thankful for our clients.  We consider it a privilege to be able to help our clients through difficult circumstances, whether it's a traffic ticket, a DUI arrest, or even a wrongful death suit.  We understand it takes a lot of trust to let us handle serious matters for you and your family, and we are grateful you've chosen us over the years to do it.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from Grover Law!
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When a loved one dies unexpectedly in an accident, dealing with funeral arrangements, medical bills and inheritance on top of grief can be overwhelming.  It may not even occur to many people in such a situation to sue for wrongful death, but it's important that the option is considered.  Here's why.

A Wrongful Death Lawsuit Can Help Cover Funeral and Burial Expenses

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A funeral, burial and headstone on average costs between $7,000 and $10,000, with a huge range outside of those numbers.  Most peopledon't have that kind of cash just laying around, and if a death was unexpected and sudden, the deceased may not have made arrangements to help cover those costs.  
 
A wrongful death lawsuit can help the survivors of the deceased pay for costs associated with the funeral and burial without having to dig too deep into their own pockets.

A Wrongful Death Lawsuit Can Help Cover Unexpected Expenses

On top of funeral and burial expenses, there may be many other bills associated with a love one's sudden passing due to an accident.  Unpaid medical bills for care received, lawyers' fees associated with wills and inheritance, and other bills left after a loved one is gone can add up quickly.
 
A wrongful death lawsuit can help survivors pay for these unexpected and unplanned-for expenses without putting themselves in financial jeopardy.

A Wrongful Death Lawsuit Can Increase Inheritance for Surviving Loved Ones

While there are plenty of expenses associated with the sudden passing of a loved one due to an accident, there's also the loss of future income to consider.  When an adult wage earner passes away due to an accident, expenses to be recovered can include loss of income as well as loss of services he or she was providing, such as parental guidance, homekeeping or childcare.
 
The factors that will be considered during a case include the age, character, health, life expectancy, intelligence and earning capacity of the deceased, and how the loss of that specific life will affect the lives of survivors.

Grover Law Can Help You With Wrongful Death Claim

Deciding whether or not to file a wrongful death claim is a difficult decision compounded by the fact that the decision must be made during a very difficult time.  Our attorneys at Grover Law understand and will respectfully, professionally, and swiftly analyze your case and help you decide how to proceed.  
 
And because we know you're already footing a lot of bills, our case evaluations are always free.  If you're looking to speak with an attorney about a wrongful death claim, give us a call at 913-432-1000 or visit our website for more information.
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When it comes to staying safe on the road, there's a lot you can do to improve your odds.  But the unfortunate truth is, we all take a small risk on when we get behind the wheel of our cars.  If a family member has recently died in a car accident at the fault of someone else, it may be appropriate to file a wrongful death claim.  Read on to find out what you need to know.

What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

When an auto accident occurs and someone dies due to the fault of another person or entity, it's called wrongful death.  

Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death?

In the states of Kansas and Missouri, the following people can sue for wrongful death.grover law firm wrongful death cases
  • the surviving spouse of someone killed
  • any surviving child
  • any surviving parents or grandparents
  • any surviving siblings
  • a legal heir or representative of the person's estate
These people are entitled to sue for wrongful death as they will be the ones to receive any damages paid.

Who Can Be Sued for Wrongful Death?

There are many potential plaintiffs for wrongful death lawsuits, including the following:
  • another driver
  • the employer of another commercial driver
  • the contractors behind a poorly designed or dangerous roadway
  • a car manufacturer or repair shop
  • other people or businesses that sold or served alcohol to an impaired driver
A wrongful death attorney can help you determine whom you should sue in the event of wrongful death.

 How Long to I Have to Decide to File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Both Kansas and Missouri have a statute of limitations on filing a wrongful death claim.  In Kansas, the claim must be filed within two years of the death.  In Missouri, you have three years to file.

Why Should I File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Losing a loved one is difficult enough already, and wrongful death cases are often especially painful because of the feelings of a life cut much too short.  And while it may seem like a lawsuit could drag out the grieving process, in truth, when handled by a respectful, professional wrongful death attorney, families can often find both emotional and financial closure through the process.
 
There are a lot of expenses related to death that we don't often think about while living, including funeral and burial expenses, medical bills, emotional and psychological support for the surviving family members and more.  Beyond that, a wrongful death suit can help compensate survivors for the value of wages the deceased would have likely earned as well as pain and suffering experienced by the deceased prior to their death.

Grover Law Can Help You With Wrongful Death Claim

Deciding whether or not to file a wrongful death claim is a difficult decision compounded by the fact that the decision must be made during a very difficult time.  Our attorneys at Grover Law understand and will respectfully, professionally, and swiftly analyze your case and help you decide how to proceed.  
 
And because we know you're already footing a lot of bills, our case evaluations are always free.  If you're looking to speak with an attorney about a wrongful death claim, give us a call at 913-432-1000 or visit our website for more information.
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