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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.

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.

Drunk driving can have life-changing consequences

Are you or a loved one a victim of a drunk driving accident? A significant percentage of traffic accidents in Oklahoma every year involve drunk drivers -- many of them are fatal. DUI crashes can bring about injuries that result in lifetime handicaps, and in many cases, the drunk drivers walk away unscathed.

Noise at work affects your health

If you have ever attended a preschool birthday party at a kid-themed pizza restaurant in Oklahoma, you know the meaning of noise. There may have been several parties going on at once, and as the children consumed more sugar, the decibels rose. With the excitement of children's voices, the volume of the videos and music, and the relentless clamor of the arcade games, it is no surprise if you went home with a headache wondering how anyone could work in such an environment.

Help your kids avoid distracted driving accidents

Like many Oklahoma parents, if you are currently teaching someone how to drive, you may have already experienced a few urgent situations on the road where you were at risk for collision. Inexperienced drivers often make mistakes, sometimes minor ones, such as forgetting to use a turn signal when exiting a parking spot or pulling away from a curb; other times, new drivers may become distracted at the wheel or misjudge the distance between their vehicles and others, thus placing themselves and their passengers (or instructors) at risk for injury.

Did your employer's negligence cause your injuries?

Employers in Oklahoma are responsible for the health and safety of their employees. However, in some cases, the negligence of employers can be the indirect causes of on-the-job injuries for workers. If a co-worker's actions caused your injuries, you might be able to show that your employer was negligent.

If negligence caused your injuries, you may claim damages

If you are suffering the consequences of an injury that resulted from another person's negligence, you might have questions about your rights to seek financial relief for the losses you sustained. You may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit in an Oklahoma civil court. Regardless of whether it was a car crash, slip-and-fall or another type of accident, if you can establish negligence, you have a good chance of recovering compensatory damages.

When is traveling covered by workers' compensation?

If you are a member of the Oklahoma workforce, you will likely find comfort in knowing that your employer has workers' compensation insurance that will cover your medical expenses and lost wages in the event of an on-the-job accident. You might qualify for compensation even if your injury occurs away from your work site. As long as your activities are work-related, you can claim benefits. This means that even while on a team-building exercise or a company-sponsored afternoon at the bowling alley, any injury you suffer will be compensable.

The risks truckers face are much more than road accident hazards

Commercial truck drivers are classified as those who transport freight between specified destinations in trucks with load capacities exceeding three tons. If you earn your living in the transporting or trucking industry, you are likely aware of the hazards you face whenever you are on duty. Along with the typical risks of navigating your way along the busy highways of Oklahoma and other states, truckers have to deal with loading, offloading, and keeping their trucks clean and in proper working order while away from the depot.

How to prepare for a lawsuit after a trucking accident

Are you suffering the consequences of a truck accident that resulted from the negligence of a big rig driver? If you were in a passenger vehicle when the crash happened, you might be fortunate to be alive, and your injuries will likely cause long-term health problems. Semitrailers are massive when compared to sedans, and even the most attentive car drivers can fall victim to distracted or reckless truckers.

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