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Oklahoma workers' compensation: 2 hurt in recent crash

What started out as a normal day for two Oklahoma Department of Transportation workers ended with both of them in the hospital. While on the job, the vehicle these two individuals were in was hit by a semitrailer. Due to the circumstances of this event, the victims may utilize workers' compensation benefits and possibly be able to file third-party claims against the trucker and his employer.

According to a recent news report, on May 1, the ODOT workers were out on Highway 75 in Okmulgee County to repair a sign. While sitting in their flatbed truck, a passing semi struck their vehicle. Both workers were ejected from their truck and suffered injuries that required immediate medical attention. One of the victims -- a 45-year-old male -- was transported to the hospital via helicopter, while the other victim -- a 19-year-old male -- was taken via ambulance. Their current conditions are unknown.

The difference between workers' comp and a work injury lawsuit

Full compliance with the safety regulations prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Department will help you to avoid workplace injuries. However, the negligent acts of others or malfunctioning equipment can cause life-changing injuries. Although Oklahoma workers' compensation will provide benefits to cover your medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages, there might be other options that will provide more comprehensive coverage.

The first things to do after suffering a workplace injury is to get the necessary medical care and then report the injury to your employer. However, before you file a workers' compensation claim or before you sign any documents presented by your employer, you might be better off to discuss your case with an experienced work injury attorney.

Following car accidents, what damages are recoverable?

Each year, many Oklahoma residents are involved in automobile collisions -- some of whom experience numerous losses. When it happens, one may not be sure what damages are actually recoverable. Financial losses seem pretty obvious, but what about everything else? Following car accidents, there are a lot more losses sustained by victims than those that just affect their pocket books.

Physical pain, suffering and emotional distress are all common following auto collisions. All of these cause a person to miss out on life and may slow his or her recovery. Medical and sometimes psychiatric treatment is needed to help one move forward. All of this comes at a significant cost.

Oklahoma car accidents: Hit by a driver who was texting?

You'd think, with all the don't text and drive campaigns out there and the knowledge that texting and driving is dangerous, no one would do it. Unfortunately, people in Oklahoma and all across the country do still text while driving every single day. They believe nothing will really happen to them; they won't get in car accidents. Then you entered the picture.

You were going about your day like you normally do, then it happened. You were in an accident with someone who was more focused on his or her phone than the road. You were hurt. You spent time in the hospital and are still trying to recover physically, financially and emotionally. You were the victim of someone else's carelessness and are paying the price in a big way.

Which of these damages will be recoverable after your accident?

Victims of automobile, motorcycle, pedestrian or other road accidents in Oklahoma might have grounds to pursue financial recovery of damages. If you are in such a situation, you might have many questions about the damages that you could claim. This is a complicated field of the law, and navigating a personal injury lawsuit might be challenging.

The damages that you could claim in a personal injury lawsuit will depend on state laws and on the types and severity of your injuries. Sometimes, a loved one who was not even in the vehicle might have grounds to claim damages. It is possible to recover both economic and noneconomic damages, and learning about the different types of damages might help when you consider your options.

Oklahoma car accidents: Several hurt in recent crash

Police in Oklahoma are investigating the cause of a recent crash that left several people injured. This incident occurred in Oklahoma City and involved an SUV and a school bus. Victims of car accidents such as this may be entitled to pursue damages in court. 

According to a recent news report, at approximately 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, a special needs school bus stopped on S.W. 44th in order to pick up a passenger. While stopped, an SUV struck the bus from behind. According to a video that accompanied the written report, it appeared that the driver of the SUV made no attempt to stop or slow down. 

What does age have to do with workers' compensation claims?

Many people in Oklahoma and all across the country are choosing to work well into their retirement years. This may be out of want or financial need. Studies are showing, though, that older workers are filing more workers' compensation claims than ever before. What does age have to do with it?

The simple truth of the matter is, age affects injuries. With age, people experience health issue that may contribute to work-related injuries. For example, older workers may experience muscle loss, range of motion issues, arthritis and decrease in strength. All of these orthopedic problems could contribute to injuries that may occur while lifting, pushing, pulling, squatting and various other repetitive motions one may perform every day while at work. 

Oklahoma car accidents: commercial drivers with sleep apnea

Every day, commercial trucks can be seen on roads all over the state of Oklahoma. Good as that may be for a number of reasons, sharing the road with these vehicles can be quite intimidating. Those individuals involved in car accidents with these massive machines are likely to suffer significant injury or worse. If that happens and the truck driver or his or her employer are deemed liable, victims or their surviving family members may have legal recourse. 

Truck accidents occur for many reasons, but this week's column would like to focus on one in particular -- sleep apnea. Numerous truck drivers suffer from this medical disorder, which causes them to stop breathing while they sleep. This means that, if left untreated, they experience a significant lack of oxygen and restless sleep every single night, which can have significant consequences. 

Don't let an ambulance be the vehicle in the loading dock

Not all employers and employees in Oklahoma recognize the hazards posed by open loading docks. It will take very little for you to slip on a wet spot or trip over a damaged pallet and tumble headfirst over the edge of a four-foot high loading dock. Those who are unfamiliar with these busy areas might think that keeping unoccupied docks closed will eliminate such accidents, but that is not always practical.

Factories and warehouses without climate control can be unbearable during the summer months, and leaving dock doors open can provide ventilation. Also, trucks come and go continuously at busy loading docks, and closing the doors only to reopen them within five or 10 minutes is impractical. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes the use of barriers on the edges of loading docks higher than four feet, it only provides some level of protection.

Oklahoma car accidents: Crash leaves 3 injured

Police in Oklahoma City are looking into a crash that left three people injured. This incident occurred the afternoon of March 28. The victims of car accidents may, according to state laws, have legal recourse.

According to a local news report, the driver of a truck is said to have struck a bridge, causing his vehicle to fall over to the street below. A car traveling on that street then collided with the truck. The force of impact sent the truck driver flying out of the vehicle. The two passengers in the car were trapped inside and had to be cut out by a rescue team. All three individuals were transported to a medical facility for treatment.

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