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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.

Family Awarded $503,000 in Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Benefits

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When an employee in Oklahoma is injured or killed while performing their job duties, they or their family may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits; however, proving such a case can often be a difficult process—especially if the employer denies responsibility.

Take the Oklahoma workers’ compensation case that was filed by the family of a man who was killed in an accident that occurred during firefighter training. Reports indicate the Chief of the fire department the victim worked for claimed in court that he never met the victim, despite having written a letter of recommendation for him.

According to an article from The Republic, the victim was training with the Barnsdall Fire Department in 2008 when he was killed. The family filed for Oklahoma workers’ compensation benefits, but the claim was denied after the Barnsdall Fire Department’s Chief denied knowing, hiring, or working with the victim.

The family took the claim to court and provided a letter of recommendation that was written on the victim’s behalf by the Chief and his wife for a position within another city’s fire department.

The court sided with the family, saying the Chief’s actions could be considered fraudulent, and awarded the family $503,000 in benefits.

The Oklahoma personal injury lawyers with Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys are hopeful the decision brings closure to the loss of the family of the victim.

Oklahoma City Social Security Office Moving to New Location

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Getting what you need from the Social Security Administration can be difficult enough without the added obstacles associated with navigating to the office’s location. That’s why our team of Oklahoma City personal injury lawyers at Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys want to make you aware that the Oklahoma City Social Security office has moved.

According to KOCO News, the new office is located at 12301 N. Kelley Avenue, on the east side of U.S. 77, and will be open beginning on September 15. The new facility will feature free public parking and will also be handicap accessible.

The move means operations will be limited for several days. Beginning September 11, new claims processing will be halted and transactions will be limited until September 14.

If you wish to find a more efficient way to handle your Social Security needs, there are several options available. One solution is to hire a Social Security Disability attorney if you are considering applying for benefits or for an appeal of a decision that was reached in your case. Doing so will not only help to streamline the processes and documentation for you, but will also help to ensure all of your legal questions and concerns are addressed. You can also utilize online services to obtain information and submit documents to the SSA during the time of the move.

We at Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys hope this information helps you in your quest for benefits.

Three Common Types of Oklahoma Construction Accidents

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Construction is one of the most vital industries in Oklahoma. It’s also one of the most dangerous.

Numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show high rates for both fatalities and injuries among employees in the construction industry. In 2012, a total of 806 construction workers lost their lives, compared to the 781 who died the year before. Furthermore, 4 out of every 100,000 workers suffer an injury that prevents them from immediately returning to work.

These numbers leave many workers and citizens wondering, “What are the most common types of Oklahoma construction accidents today?”

Research from the BLS shows three major causes for such incidents, including:

  • Slip and Fall Accidents- More than one-third of all construction workers killed in 2012 lost their lives to a slip, trip, or fall.
  • Contact With Objects or Equipment- More than 11 percent of workers lost their lives after being struck or pinned between machinery or equipment on the job site.
  • Electrocutions- A total of 66 workers died after coming in contact with a live source of electricity.

If you’ve suffered an on-the-job injury that was no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation for losses such as medical expenses or unpaid wages. The processes of filing for such compensation can be complex, and having an Oklahoma personal injury attorney by your side may prove beneficial.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, years of experience have given us the knowledge to answer any questions you may have regarding a construction accident you were involved in. So call us anytime at (877) 579-6800 to discuss your legal rights.

Study Shows Law Enforcement Has No Connection to Preventing Oklahoma Car Accidents

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The idea that stiffer penalties for traffic violations and more law enforcement on the road should reduce the number of Oklahoma car accidents that occur each year is a fairly simple deduction to make; however, a recent study shows there is no connection between Oklahoma law enforcement’s actions and the number of crashes that are recorded in the state.

A report from Tulsa World explains the Oklahoma Highway Patrol issued 45,000 more tickets in 2013 compared to the previous year—the most tickets ever issued in a single year. The strange thing is, the number of Oklahoma car accidents recorded in 2013 also went up.

On the other hand, Tulsa law enforcement recorded issuing 9 percent fewer tickets in 2013, yet saw a 7 percent decline in motor vehicle collisions.

So if law enforcement isn’t the answer to preventing Oklahoma car accidents, what is? Most experts tend to agree that better public education and a change in driving culture is the only way to prevent accidents from occurring. One researcher pointed out a graduated penalty system for offenders may also be an effective means of addressing the problem.

The Oklahoma City auto accident attorneys with Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys recognize the answers to how to prevent car accidents aren’t easy, but encourage citizens to consider safety each time they get in the car. Furthermore, we urge you to discuss the importance of highway safety with those who are closest to you.

New Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation System Facing Heavy Scrutiny

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There have been some major changes made to the Oklahoma workers’ compensation system recently. One of those reforms is the implementation of an administrative panel to oversee the handling of work-related injury claims in the state, but the individuals who have been placed on the panel have already been accused of wrongdoings that could lead to employees not getting the benefits they deserve.

A story from the Insurance Journal explains the members of a new state agency overseeing workers’ compensation claims took votes on topics in closed sessions; however, the state’s Open Meeting Act requires some of these discussions and votes to be held in a public forum.

So far, one member of the agency has been relieved of duties and investigators are looking into any possible violations that may have been committed by other members.

The investigation was sparked by the firing of sixteen employees of the former Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Court, who allege the termination of their positions was in violation of the Open Meeting Act. They say the agency violated the law when the decision to end their employment was not made during a public meeting.

The scandal has led to other meetings regarding the transparency of the new agency to be postponed until a later date.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we know the laws overseeing the state’s workers’ compensation system are complex. That’s why our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers are here to answer any questions you may have regarding your claim.

New Ways To Put An End To Distracted Driving Car Accidents

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Texting and driving is a serious hazard when traveling on the roadways of the United States today. In fact, the National Safety Council estimates that 1.6 million car accidents per year are the direct result of texting and driving.

To help reduce the annual number of Oklahoma car accidents that are caused by drivers who are distracted by cellphones, several organizations recently partnered to create and show a new and innovative public service announcement. Reports indicate the PSA was shown to a theatre full of unsuspecting individuals who were preparing to watch a movie.

An article from OKC FOX News explains that as the lights dropped for the movie to begin, spectators saw the first person view from a vehicle traveling down the road. A text message was then sent to each cellphone in the theatre using GPS technology. When viewers went to check their phones, an accident occurred. Officials from Volkswagen, the company behind the new PSA, said the interactive video helps drive home the message of how quickly and easily a distracted driving accident can happen.

The news station is also working to prevent Oklahoma distracted driving accidents by asking motorists to sign a NO TXT ZONE pledge promising not to drive distracted. Those who participate are entered into a monthly drawing for prizes.

At J. Colbert Injury Lawyers, our team of Oklahoma personal injury attorneys have seen the devastating results of distracted driving and encourage all motorists to consider signing up for the pledge against distracted driving.

 

Former NFL Players Suing The League Over Drug Injuries

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The medications created through modern chemistry are widely used by athletes to overcome injuries and stay on the field, but new allegations are arising that the National Football League (NFL) may have improperly given medications to players. The individuals now claim these treatments caused them to suffer a serious drug injury.

Richard Dent was a defensive end for the Chicago Bears for years. During his tenure though, he suffered a broken bone in his foot. Rather than treating the injury through rest, doctors injected the injured foot with a mixture of painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications so that he could continue to play. Now Dent is claiming to have suffered permanent nerve damage in the foot as a result of continuing to play on the injured limb.

An article from the Insurance Journal explains similar allegations were made by seven other players, one of whom claims to have developed dependence on painkillers after doctors prescribed him drugs without warning of the risks that are involved with taking them.

The lawsuits come in the wake of another series of allegations, in which the NFL was accused of failing to warn players about the dangers associated with repeat traumatic brain injuries.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, our team of Oklahoma personal injury lawyers has seen the effects drug injuries can have on patients. That’s why we are hopeful a decision in the case brings some closure to the players who were allegedly harmed by the actions of the NFL.

3 Steps to Take After an Oklahoma Construction Accident

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There has been a significant increase in the number of construction accidents that occur in the United States during recent years. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the number of construction-related fatalities rose by one percent during the time between 2011 and 2012.

Large portions of these incidents involve workers coming into contact with objects or equipment at the job site. One such Oklahoma construction accident happened this past Thursday in Norman, Oklahoma, when a worker was hurt while repairing the roof of a church.

Reports from Oklahoma’s 9 News say a lift was being used by employees to access the roof of the building when the equipment tipped and pinned the injured worker. He was rushed to a local medical facility where he was treated for a broken arm.

These types of accidents can leave workers wondering what actions they should take if they are ever harmed as a result of an accident that occurs while on the job.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, our team of Oklahoma personal injury lawyers suggest following these three steps if you are ever harmed as the result of a work-related incident:

  • Seek Medical Attention- Getting to a doctor or hospital immediately and taking care of any injuries or illnesses that could result from the accident should be your top priority.
  • Document the Incident- Keep all copies of doctor’s reports, medical records, and receipts from expenses incurred as a result of the accident.
  • Talk to a Lawyer- Having legal representation by your side is the best way to ensure you are compensated for your losses if you are hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault.

We are available anytime to discuss your legal needs by calling (877) 579-6800 or by filling out our free consultation form on our website.

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.