Jury Duty: The Maintenance of Liberty

Last week, I was called for jury duty. I went, I waited, I saw the movie, I waited, I listened to the Judge’s presentation, I waited, I answered the questions…mistrial. (The defense witnesses were in the hall and had spoke with some members of the jury panel.)

I spoke with a number of individuals during the wait time.

Thanks to all employers who give their employees time off with full pay for jury duty. These individuals seemed less bothered by their civic duty.

Thanks to all individuals who showed up to fulfill their civic duty.

This includes the man who was there at 8 a.m. after working the 11-7 shift.

It includes the mother who had her older daughter watching her younger son for the first time. (Yes, she was on her cell phone as often as possible.)

I didn’t speak with anyone who didn’t have other things to do. Yet they cared enough to show up.

To paraphrase Winston Churchill: The jury system has come to stand for all we mean by justice. The scrutiny of 12 honest jurors provides defendants and plaintiffs alike a safeguard from the arbitrary perversion of the law.

UPDATED KANSAS WORKERS COMPENSATION RATES

Each year in Missouri and Kansas, the rates for workers compensation disability are updated.
After an on-the-job injury, if one is unable to work, he or she is entitled to temporary total disability. These are weekly benefits. After a trial or settlement, if a worker has permanent disability, a worker is entitled to permanent disability benefits.

In Kansas, there is one rate for both temporary total disability and permanent disability. The rate is calculated based on the average weekly wage for the 26 weeks before the date of the injury.
If an accident occurs between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, the maximum rate in Kansas is $627.00.

As part of representing an injured worker, I always check that the correct rate is being used to maximize recovery.

If you have been injured on the job, please give me a call.
Dean Law Office, LLC, Margaret Dean, 816-753-3100.
Licensed in Missouri and Kansas.
The choice of an attorney is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.

UPDATED MISSOURI WORKERS COMPENSATION RATES

Each year in Missouri and Kansas, the rates for workers compensation disability are updated.
After an on-the-job injury, if one is unable to work, he or she is entitled to temporary total disability. These are weekly benefits. After a trial or settlement, if a worker has permanent disability, a worker is entitled to permanent disability benefits.
In Missouri, there are two different maximum rates.
The maximum rate for temporary total disability and permanent total disability for injuries from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 is $911.27.
The maximum rate for permanent partial disability for the same period is $477.33.
Missouri calculates the compensation rate using the 13 weeks prior to the date of injury.

As part of representing an injured worker, I always check that the correct rate is being used to maximize recovery.

If you have been injured on the job, please give me a call.
Dean Law Office, LLC, Margaret Dean, 816-753-3100.
Licensed in Missouri and Kansas.
The choice of an attorney is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.