Practice Groups

Workers' Compensation

Backed by 50 years of successfully defending the largest insurance companies in the country, the Workers’ Compensation Group at Wallace Saunders prides itself on personal service – when you hire a partner in the group, you get that partner. And you get a no-nonsense approach to defending employers in the area of workers’ compensation.

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Personal

Anyone who knows Tom knows he tries to find humor in most situations unless it involves his clients. He has had premature white hair for nearly 30 years – and he’s finally “aging” into it. Tom is always prepared, as he always carries at least two pocket knives and two handkerchiefs.

Knowledgeable Loyal Humorous

Education

  • The University of Kansas School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • The University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism, B.S., Journalism

Professional Practice

  • 1985-present: Wallace Saunders
    • 1991-present: Partner
    • Chairman of Workers' Compensation Practice Group
  • United Press International
    • Reporter and Editor for the wire service, 1976-1982

Professional Licensure

  • Trial and appellate courts of Kansas and Missouri

Professional Accomplishments

  • Has successfully defended and represented his clients through taking the depositions of the claimant and claimant’s expert and proceeding to trial if needed.
  • Frequent presenter at seminar and client events on a wide range of topics dealing with workers' compensation law in Kansas and Missouri.

Civic Activities

  • Active member and volunteer at Church of the Ascension in Overland Park, Kan.
  • Has helped construct multiple houses in Wyandotte and Johnson Counties for Habitat for Humanity.

News + Events + Alerts

Arising out of Employment Simplified: Atkins v. Webcon

On Friday, June 8, 2018, the Kansas Supreme Court decided Atkins v. Webcon and signaled an important change for determining whether accidents that occur while workers are out of town for employment-related purposes are compensable.

The relevant facts of the case are that the claimant and others were required to travel and stay in Enid, Oklahoma on a construction project. They took a company vehicle and their accommodations were provided by the employer. The hotel in which claimant and other co-workers were staying, though, was without a hotel bar. Claimant ventured across the street and went to a hotel that did have a hotel bar. He stayed until past two in the morning before attempting to cross the street to his hotel. Unfortunately, he was struck by a car driven by an intoxicated driver and sustained severe injuries.

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AMA Guides, 6th Edition Found to be Unconstitutional as Applied to Pardo

Kansas Court of Appeals Rules the 6th Edition of The AMA Guides is Unconstitutional as to Francisco Pardo

On Friday, June 1, 2018, the Kansas Court of Appeals published its decision in Francisco Pardo v. UPS. This case had been the subject of great scrutiny, as the issues raised challenged the very constitutionality of the Kansas Workers Compensation Act.

Mr. Pardo suffered a rotator cuff injury in 2013 in a work-related accident. In March 2015, he injured the same shoulder in a separate work-related accident. The second injury was not related to the first injury and involved a different part of the rotator cuff than was previously injured.

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Locations

Overland Park, KS

10111 West 87th Street
Overland Park, KS 66212

P: 913.888.1000

F: 913.888.1065

Wichita, KS

200 West Douglas Suite 400
Wichita, KS 67202

P: 316.269.2100

F: 316.269.2479

Springfield, MO

844 E. Primrose Street
Springfield, MO 65807

P: 417.866.2300

F: 417.866.2444

Lee's Summit, MO

By Appointment Only
200 NE Missouri Road Suite 224
Lee's Summit, MO 64086

P: 816.251.4544

F: 913.888.1065