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Oklahoma Wrongful Death Lawsuit Seeks $75,000 in Damages

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When someone is killed as the result of another person’s negligence or mistake, the family of the victim may have a legal right to seek compensation for their loss from the liable party; however, proving such a case can be difficult and medical records are often used as evidence.

Take the Oklahoma wrongful death lawsuit that was filed against a former police officer. The family of the victim claims the officer used excessive force in subduing their loved one and medical records show his actions were directly related to the victim’s death.

According to Color Lines, the officer responded to a call on May 1, 2013, of a 39-year-old mentally ill man who needed medical assistance. The man refused to be taken to the hospital in the police officer’s cruiser, so the officer and three others forcefully subdued the man by tying his hands and feet behind his back in the “hogtie” position.

The man soon collapsed and was taken to a local hospital where he was declared dead. Medical records from an autopsy showed the contact that was made with police officers was an aggravating factor in his death.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we know how difficult the loss of a loved one can be. That’s why our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers are hopeful a decision in this case will bring a sense of closure to the family of the victim.

Oklahoma Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Connection to Police-Involved Shooting

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When an individual is killed as the result of another person’s mistake or negligence, the family of the victim may seek compensation for their loss from the responsible party through civil litigation. One Oklahoma family has begun the process of filing such an Oklahoma wrongful death lawsuit after accusing the Custer County Sheriff’s Department of using excessive force when they shot and killed an 18-year-old man during a struggle to subdue him.

Reports from Oklahoma’s 9 News explain the victim suffered from a mental condition that caused him to have sporadic behavioral outbursts. When the family called police to their home to help calm the teen down though, officers allegedly rushed the home with weapons drawn and shot the victim seven times, claiming his life at the scene.

The family claims deadly force was not necessary in the situation, despite a local District Attorney having found officers at the scene did no wrong. The dispute has led to the family filing the wrongful death lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Department, claiming they are directly responsible for the loss of the young man’s life.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers know how difficult losing a loved one to an unforeseen accident can be and are hopeful a decision in the case brings a sense of closure to the family of the victim.

Oklahoma Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Connection to Man’s Death

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Prison staff, by law, have a responsibility to ensure prisoners are given the medications they are prescribed by doctors. Any failure to do so can result in the jail or prison and its staff being held civilly liable for any damages their mistake may cause.

The Oklahoma Wrongful Death Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain the family of an inmate at a Lawton, Oklahoma, correctional facility have filed suit against the jail and its staff for the death of their loved one. Reports indicate the incident occurred a little more than a year ago.

According to an article from Oklahoma’s 9 News, the prisoner was prescribed medication to treat his high blood pressure; however, prison staff made a mistake when dispensing the medication to the victim, causing him to overdose. The 39-year-old man died on November 12 of last year as a result of the mistake.

Now, his family has filed suit against the company that runs the facility, the warden, and a prison guard who dispensed the medications, alleging their negligence was directly responsible for their loss. The family is seeking more than $10,000 in damages for their loss.

J. Colbert and his team of Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers recognize how devastating the loss of a loved one due to another person’s negligence can be and hope a decision in the case brings a sense of closure to the incident for the family of the victim.

Families File Tulsa Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against County Jail

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The families of four inmates who died while in the custody of the Tulsa County Jail have filed a Tulsa Wrongful Death Lawsuit against the facility and its staff. The lawsuit claims the staff’s negligence in failing to provide proper medical care to inmates was directly responsible for the deaths of three of the inmates and the near-death of another.

According to a story from Oklahoma’s News 9, the lawsuit alleges one of the victims was taken to the hospital to have her heart rhythm examined before she was deemed medically fit by doctors to be booked into jail. During that examination, the victim informed medical staff of the medications she was taking for numerous conditions she suffered, including diabetes, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, and pancreatitis.

Once in jail though, the victim began to complain of chest and stomach pain. When staff checked the woman four to six hours later, she was dead; however, staff at the facility falsified her medical records to show she died after paramedics had arrived to treat and transport her.

Each of the other three cases involved similar incidents of medical records being falsified to shift responsibility for the death away from the jail.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers recognize how difficult losing a loved one to another person’s negligence can be. The firm hopes a decision in the case will bring closure to the families of the victims.

Motion to Dismiss Overruled in Oklahoma Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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The Oklahoma Wrongful Death lawsuit filed on behalf of a 66-year-old woman who died at Oklahoma State University’s Boone Pickens Stadium is continuing to move through the court system. According to the Stillwater News-Press, an Oklahoma judge overruled a motion filed by the university’s attorneys asking that the suit be dismissed.

On Dec. 9, 2011, the victim was at the stadium to watch her grandson play football. As she was climbing the stairs to her seat, she slipped and fell, sending her tumbling down the concrete steps. Paramedics rushed the woman to a nearby hospital, but she died a short time later. The medical examiner determined the victim died as a result of head injuries sustained in the fall.

The woman’s husband filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that the stadium’s steep, inadequately marked and supported steps were the direct cause of the woman’s injuries.

The school filed for dismissal of the suit, maintaining it had sovereign immunity from responsibility for injuries suffered by participants of sporting events at the stadium. However, the judge questioned the victim’s participation in the game because she was attending the game as a spectator.

The Oklahoma City Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers are hopeful a decision in the case will bring a sense of closure to the the family of the victim.

Oklahoma Wrongful Death Lawsuits Filed against Rehabilitation Facility

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Three Oklahoma Wrongful Death lawsuits have been filed against a drug rehabilitation facility after several patients died under mysterious circumstances. A story published by Tulsa World stated the suits allege the facility’s negligent care of the patients directly lead to their deaths.

Records show that a 32-year-old male patient died at the facility on Oct. 26, 2011, after complaining numerous times of headaches, illness, and vomiting while under the center’s care. A letter from a former patient alluded to the fact that he may have suffered a drug overdose. An autopsy of the body was unable to determine a conclusive cause of death.

Since the letter was written, two more patients have died at the facility. On April 11, a 21-year-old woman died at the facility and on July 19, a 20-year-old woman died of a drug overdose.

The facility has had defended itself against numerous wrongful death lawsuits, which have alleged unorthodox treatment methods, including dangerous five-hour “cleansing sessions” in a hot sauna.

The most recent wrongful death lawsuit, filed by the mother of the 32-year-old male victim, is seeking more than $75,000 in damages for the loss of her son.

The Oklahoma City Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers understand the pain of losing a loved one and hope the lawsuits will help bring closure to the friends and families of the victims.

Oklahoma University Student Suffers A Fatal Accident

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The death of a 22-year-old senior at the University of Oklahoma has been ruled accidental by the state’s medical examiner. According to reports from News On 6, the accident happened near Evans Hall on the university’s campus just before 3 a.m.

The victim’s best friend stated that she had been drinking at a bar near campus when she decided to climb onto the roof at Evans Hall. The victim had just graduated and was seeking a second degree from the University. Her friend stated that climbing onto the roof of Evans Hall is “like a rite of passage” for graduating seniors.

Upon climbing onto the roof, the victim made a phone call to a friend moments before the accident happened. It is believed that the victim may have thought she heard police officers arriving at the scene and decided to attempt fleeing the roof by climbing down a fire escape. The girl then slipped and fell.

Rescue crews were called to the scene, but they were unable to revive the girl. The medical examiner ruled that the victim died due to blunt force trauma to the body and head resulting from the accident.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers know how difficult the Wrongful Death of a loved one can be. The firm would like to send their deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of the victim who tragically died in this accident.

Oklahoma City Oil Rig Worker Killed By Falling Pipe

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that while oil and gas extrication is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States today, the nature of the job also makes it one of the most dangerous industries to work in. Over a three-year period, 404 oil and gas workers died in occupational accidents, and the number continues to grow.

Take, for instance, the case of an Oklahoma City oil rig worker who died in an accident Monday night. Reports from KOCO News indicate that the incident occurred at approximately 10:45 p.m. on Southeast 59th Street.

Officers who responded to the scene say that the worker was standing underneath the rig’s hydraulic line when it broke and a large piece of pipe came free. It fell on top of him and the worker was pinned beneath the pipe. Luckily, several co-workers witnessed the accident and were able to lift the hunk of metal and free the man. The victim’s heart had stopped, and although a co-worker attempted in vain to revive the man, a medical examiner declared him dead at the scene.

The Department of Health and Safety says it will continue to investigate the accident to determine its cause.

The Oklahoma Wrongful Death Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers would like to send their thoughts and condolences to the family of the man who was tragically killed in this horrible accident.

Remington Park Worker Killed In Tragic Pre-Race Accident

by jcl

A 24-year-old worker at the Remington Park horse race track in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was killed Sunday night in a tragic pre-race accident. According to reports from KOCO News, the man had been employed as a member of the maintenance department at the facility for just over a year.

Scott Wells, president and general manager of Remington Park, stated that the worker was approximately 300 yards from the starting gate when one of the horses in the upcoming race, Jimi Jive, crashed through the starting gate and sprinted for another gate at a track exit that led back to the barn area.

The victim attempted to prevent the horse from escaping the track by holding the gate shut, but the horse crashed through and crushed the worker against the gate. The injured employee was taken to Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center for treatment, but died just several hours after his arrival due to internal injuries he suffered in the accident.

Wells added that Global Gaming Solutions, the parent company of Remington Park, intends to establish an education fund for the victim’s nine-year-old daughter and will also provide insurance provisions for the family

The Oklahoma City Wrongful Death Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers understand how difficult this sudden loss must be and would like to send out their deepest sympathies to the family of the young worker who tragically died as a result of this terrible accident.

Oklahoma City Truck Accident Along I-35 Leaves One Dead

by jcl

A 54-year-old truck driver was killed after being involved in an accident with another tractor-trailer and a car on I-35 in Oklahoma City last Friday. According to News Channel 4, the accident occurred in the northbound lanes of the highway, near the on ramp from NE 122nd Street.

Spokeswoman for the Oklahoma highway patrol, Trooper Betsy Randolph, said that a tractor-trailer was attempting to come onto the highway when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The driver who was hit and killed was in the northbound lanes of the highway and tried to avoid colliding with the out-of-control truck, but couldn’t. Debris from the collision flew back on the highway, causing another car to wreck as well.

Accidents involving commercial tractor-trailers can be very complicated due to the numerous laws that regulate the trucking industry. Drivers have strict limits on every aspect of how they do their job, and failure to maintain standards could be grounds for a case of fault if involved in an accident similar to the one described above.

That is why the Oklahoma truck accident attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers encourage anyone who has been involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer to contact a lawyer immediately. They will be able to help you better understand your rights and what information should be examined to ensure the truck driver was in full compliance with the law.