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October 2015 Archives

Attorney Will Kautz Successfully Defends Client Against DUI Charge

Paducah, Kentucky: Attorney Will Kautz successfully defended a client against a second offense DUI this week. Kautz's client pleaded not guilty to the DUI charge. Kautz argued that his client had consumed alcohol after the accident occurred. Kautz says he "held the prosecutors' feet to the fire for the benefit of my client!". The defendant was facing up to 6 months in jail if found guilty, but the defendant only received a $25 dollar fine plus court costs. The prosecution amended the charge to alcohol intoxication--a violation not a crime. When asked about the prosecutions decision, Kautz said the prosecutor "apparently saw the hand-writing on the wall." The charge was amended to alcohol intoxication the day before the trial began. Edwards and Kautz congratulates Will Kautz on his success. Kautz has been with Edwards and Kautz since its founding in 2007. Will is a partner at the firm and focuses his practice on criminal defense. He has prosecuted and defended hundreds of cases from DUI to capital murder. He has practiced only Criminal Law for thirty-seven years. During that time, he has been a prosecutor, a public defender and private lawyer. He has appeared in both Federal and State Courts. About Edwards and Kautz: Edwards and Kautz attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience. They provide the best personal injury, car wreck, and criminal defense legal representation in Paducah, Kentucky. They serve most of western Kentucky, as well as the surrounding area. For more information call 866-795-5087.

Do I Qualify for Workers' Compensation in Kentucky? Our Guide to Determining Your Eligibility

If you work in Kentucky and are injured on the job or suffer an illness related to your job, you may be able to claim workers' compensation benefits. Compensation helps cover your medical expenses and lost wages. If you have an employer, you are likely eligible for workers' compensation in Kentucky. Only a few employers are exempt from the coverage laws. Even part-time employees may be eligible if they have been injured on the job. Compensation and Benefits If you have been injured on the job, you have certain rights under Kentucky law, including:

What will be asked of me at my Social Security hearing?

During your Social Security hearing, you will be asked questions from primarily two (2) individuals: the administrative law judge (ALJ) and your attorney. The ALJ will ask initial questions to verify your identity, including your name, Social Security Number, and address. Then, some ALJs prefer to ask questions before giving your attorney the chance to ask questions, while other ALJs provide your attorney the first opportunity to question you, then the ALJ will make follow-up inquiries. Regardless of who asks questions first, the same information is requested: How far did you go in school? Are you working right now? When did you last work? What did that job end? Were you fired because you were too sick to attend every workday? Were you laid off? What were your job duties? What other jobs have  you had? Then, you will be asked about your health issues, how those issues make you feel, and what you have done to try to get better. What doctors have you seen for your health problems? Have those doctors, and any treatment they provided, made you better at all? What is a typical day like for you? Basically, anything is fair game at your Social Security hearing. Please keep in mind that you, too, have the opportunity to ask questions. If you don't understand something, please ask your attorney or the ALJ. It is literally your day in court and it is important for you to know what is happening with your case at your hearing.

Kentucky Laws and Regulations You Need to Know Before Filing a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit

If you operate a motorcycle in the state of Kentucky, you should be aware that a failure to obey Kentucky motorcycle laws could severely affect the outcome of a lawsuit if you are involved in an accident. Even if you are not technically at fault in a motorcycle accident, being in violation of Kentucky motorcycle laws or regulations could prevent you from collecting the maximum compensation available to you for your injuries or property damages--or even make you fully liable. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it is essential that you retain the services of a qualified and experienced motorcycle accident attorney. Some of the laws and regulations governing the operation of motorcycles in Kentucky are better known than others, and they are susceptible to being changed or amended. It is important to keep up-to-date with current Kentucky motorcycle laws and to understand how they might affect you in case you are involved in a motorcycle accident that leads to a lawsuit:

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