Oklahoma City Injury Law Blog

Receiving noneconomic damages for your loved one's death

Your family suffers a devastating loss after your loved one dies due to a drunk driver in Oklahoma City. You know that no amount of economic or noneconomic damages could ever remedy your grief, but you feel that you deserve some compensation for your loved one's death. Assuming a court finds the driver negligent, which may not prove difficult if the driver was under the influence of alcohol, your family can receive maximum damages.

When trying to obtain significant compensation for the expenses related to your family member's death, you want to contact an experienced wrongful death attorney. Wrongful death attorneys can significantly increase your chances of receiving the most generous damages related to your devastating loss. Further, when you need noneconomic, emotional loss damages from the individual that ended your family member's life, you may wish to seek the advice of an attorney to better determine your rights to exact benefits. Do not attempt to retrieve compensation from insurance companies or individuals alone.

How to file a workers' compensation claim

Oklahoma residents who have suffered injuries while on the job may not know what they need to do to seek medical and financial care from their employers. Workers' compensation benefits are offered to most employed individuals and filing claims is actually fairly easy. The problem comes with achieving insurance approval and full benefits for losses suffered.

How does one go about filing a workers' compensation claim? It starts with reporting the injury to one's employer and filling out the proper workers' comp forms. When reporting the injury, one's employer and workers' comp provider will want all the details, including:

  • Date of injury
  • Witnesses names
  • Parties involved
  • How the injury occurred
  • Medical treatment information

Oklahoma car accidents: 2 severely injured in crash

The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office was called to investigate the cause of a two-vehicle collision in Harrah back in September. At least two people suffered injuries in the wreck. An update to the news story suggests that someone died as a result of the event. In severe or fatal car accidents, victims or their surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses.

According to a news report, on Sept. 20, a pickup truck and a van collided near East Britton Road and North Peebly Road. The driver of the truck is said to have ignored a stop sign and T-boned the van. A passenger in the truck and the driver of the van were severely injured and transported to a hospital by air for treatment. It is unclear if the driver of the truck or any of the other passengers suffered injuries in the wreck.

How desk job workers can improve their health

Many people start out having active jobs that require plenty of standing and constant movement. Depending on your circumstances, you might find yourself working a desk job at some point in your life. It can be jarring whenever you transition into a full-time sitting job where you are primarily stagnant the entire workday.

Not everyone adjusts well to this type of change. However, good health is always a possibility in any type of work environment. Sitting jobs have been shown to increase the risk of weight gain, high blood pressure, and other factors linked to cancer and premature death.

Do victims of car accidents need an attorney?

If you were recently injured in an auto accident or lost a loved one in such an incident, you may be thinking that insurance will have your back. That would be nice if that were the case, but many Oklahoma residents find that they are left far from whole with the settlements offered them after car accidents. What can you and they do when dealing with insurance providers who are being less than fair?

Many people in the state are not what you would call sue-happy people. Most people want to avoid having to get an attorney and go to court. They want to believe that they can achieve fair settlements on their own. Unfortunately, it does not always work out as well as they would like.

Road rage-related car accidents are a state and national problem

It is hard to go a day without seeing overly aggressive drivers on Oklahoma roads. Sadly, numerous car accidents occur in the state and across the country because drivers fail to control their emotions when behind the wheel. Road rage is a real thing and a real problem.

How many accidents happen as a result of road rage? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that approximately 94 percent of all auto accidents occur because of human error. Road rage is said to contribute to around one-third of these collisions every year.

Obtaining compensation from an uninsured driver

Driving through Oklahoma City, another driver struck your vehicle and injured you. You exchanged information, but you discovered that the driver does not hold car insurance. You worry as to how you will pay for your medical costs, your car damage and how you will sustain yourself if you cannot work.

Although it is illegal to not hold motor vehicle insurance in Oklahoma, millions of uninsured motorists across the United States travel every day, risking the lives of law-abiding drivers. If you face injury due to the negligence of an uninsured driver, seek medical attention immediately. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to help you obtain the proper compensation. Know that in Oklahoma, if you face injury or property damage due to an underinsured or uninsured motorist, you may have the ability to obtain compensation from another driver through alternative means.

Oklahoma workers' compensation: 1 injured at Goodyear plant

An incident at the Goodyear plant in Comanche County that left one employee injured is currently being investigated. The event occurred Thursday, Aug. 30. As employers in Oklahoma are required to have workers' compensation insurance, the injured worker may file the claims necessary to have his or her losses covered.

Little was reported about this particular accident. According to the news, an employee at the Goodyear plant near Lawton suffered a significant finger injury. He or she was flown to a medical facility for care. The victim's injuries were considered non life-threatening. His or her current condition is unknown.

Oklahoma car accidents: 1 injured North Oklahoma City crash

Oklahoma City police are in the process of investigating a wreck that left one person critically injured. This event happened the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 31. The victim of this incident may be entitled to seek compensation for his or her losses if negligence can be established against the other driver or anyone else deemed responsible for the crash. As the damages associated with car accidents can be quite extensive, seeking relief is certainly worth the victim's and his or her family members time.

According to a recent news report, the drivers of a sedan and SUV were both traveling in the same direction on the Broadway Extension in North Oklahoma City when they collided. At this time it is unclear if one or both drivers swerved to avoid hitting a cooler that was left in the road. Authorities do believe that the attempt to avoid striking the cooler is what led to this crash. The driver of the sedan was severely hurt and transported to a hospital for care. This individual's current condition is unknown.

The most common causes of commercial truck accidents

Commercial truck drivers are the reason the rest of us can enjoy many modern conveniences. Without the trucking professionals on the roadways, modern conveniences like readily available goods in stores and overnight shipping would simply not be feasible.

The massive vehicles these drivers operate also cause some of the most devastating accidents on the road. The pure inertia of a tractor trailer can tear through cars and anything else in the way when a driver loses control. These types of accidents are more common than most people like to consider.

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