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Jenny Albano

Cardiac Victim Turned Away from VA and Dies

A man who suffered a heart attack was located in a building that was only about 200 feet from the Bay Pines VA Medical Center, but when the ambulance came, paramedics were not sure where to take him since the man was not a veteran. They called the hospital and asked if he could be treated there, but hospital staff told the paramedics to take him to St. Petersburg General Hospital which is 3…

Matthew Bergmann

Girl Falls In Manhole — Cover Stolen

A young girl was injured early Sunday morning after fallling into a manhole in St. Louis, Missouri. The accident occured as the girl was on her way to a nearby church for Sunday services.Authorities believe that the cover of the manhole had been stolen for scrap metal. Over the weekend officials reported more than 20 manhole covers being stolen within the city. It is believed that the recent…

Matthew Bergmann

Payless Employees To Get Severance Before Company Leaves Town

Coming face to face with the idea of being unemployed has been difficult for many employees at the Payless ShoeSource distribution center in Topeka, Kansas. However, some workers may sleep a little easier knowing that the company will provide severance packages to workers when it leaves in 2008.Representatives of Payless and Teamsters Local 696 reached a comprimise late last week that affects…

Matthew Bergmann

Fired Workers Given Grievance Hearing

Nearly a dozen former Johnson County employees that were terminated by District Attorney Phil Kline have agreed to present their cases to the county at a grievance hearing next week. This comes after weeks of turmoil surrounding the employees dismissal, which occurred immediately after Kline was sworn into office on January 8, 2007. On Jan. 16, the ex-employees filed a lawsuit against Kline in…

Matthew Bergmann

One Killed and One Injured in Work Accident

Work at a construction site in Manhattan, Kansas turned deadly on Wednesday as one person was killed and another worker injured. The accidents occured as Steven E. Darveaux, of Winchester, and Timothy W. Hanes, of Meriden, got into a forklift box at a Kansas State University apartment complex construction site. After entering, the side of the box started to tip, causing both men to fall out…

James B. Biggs

Man Paralyzed by Wichita Police Gets $4.75 Million

A man who was shot and paralyzed by a police officer in 2004 has agreed to settle his case against the City of Wichita for $4.75 million. Matt Clay, then 20 and who now lives in Arkansas, was paralyzed from the chest down after being shot by a Wichita police officer after he sought assistance from two city cops because someone had hit several cars parked at his home. The officers believed Clay…

James B. Biggs

Father Files Suit After Daughter Killed By Tiger

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the father of a teenage girl that was killed by a tiger last year.On Aug. 18, 2005, Haley Hiderbrand, a Labett County High School senior, was mauled to death while having her senior pictures taken with a Siberian tiger at the Lost Creek Animal Sanctuary near Mound Valley, Kansas. The suit seeks more than $75,000 for medical and funeral expenses, as…

James B. Biggs

Kansas Governor Brought Into Ethics Controversy

A conversation between two Kansas State Senators and a Kansas Supreme Court Justice over the continued school finance debate has taken a twist. Now Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has been brought into the ethics controversy and conservative Republicans have formally requested a report on any “outside” communications made by justices or the Governor on the issue. This inquiry started when Justice…

James B. Biggs

Kansas Governor Vetoes Workers Compensation Bill

Legislation that would change the amount of benefits due to injured workers has been vetoed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Over the past month benefits for injured workers has become a hot topic in Kansas with businesses and trial lawyer associations fighting on both sides of the battle. This specific measure would have limited an employers’ responsibility for workers’ compensation when an…

Staff Writer

Davis, Unrein, McCallister, Biggs and Head, L.L.P.

Established in 1943, Davis, Unrein, McCallister, Biggs and Head, L.L.P. is comprised of Topeka’s most determined, dedicated, and successful attorneys. They have nearly 120 years of combined experience in handling lawsuits in roughly two dozen practice areas, including personal injury, product liability, construction law, antitrust and trade regulation, workers’ compensation, and social security…