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Injured by a defective product? Here's a product liability primer

As a consumer, when you buy a product, you expect it will work as advertised. The refrigerator will keep things cold. That toy will entertain your child for hours. The over-the-counter medicine you buy will stop that nasty cold from developing.

But what happens when faulty wiring on the fridge leads to a fire and injury to someone in your home? How about when a small part comes dislodged from the toy and your toddler nearly chokes on it? Or what if that medicine has side effects that actually harm — and not help — you?

Don't give up if your workers' compensation claim is denied

When you're injured on the job and will miss time at work – and a paycheck – you have an expectation that your medical bills will be covered, and you'll receive at least partial pay through workers' compensation.

But you could file all the required paperwork and still find your claim is denied. Why would that occur?

When truck drivers are at fault

A motor vehicle accident is a scary experience for anyone, and even scarier when a truck is involved. Across the United States, crashes with trucks cause thousands of fatalities every year, and many of those are the occupants in the passenger cars. Colliding with a big rig on the highway can have catastrophic consequences and as a result, crashes involving trucks have a higher fatality rate than those involving only passenger vehicles. Because of their massive size and weight, cars don’t stand a chance when they collide with a truck.

According to IIHSHLDI (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; Highway Loss Data Institute), there’s been a 20% increase in crashes involving commercial trucks in the past ten years across the country, and many of those are due to truck driver error. 

What to look for when determining a senior's fitness to drive

As we watch our parents get older, we notice how much they enjoy their independence and their ability to care for themselves without relying on anyone else. They like to get up and go, do their own shopping, eat out with friends or visit their family members.

But what do you do when you start to sense that maybe your elderly parents shouldn't be behind the wheel anymore? It's important to monitor their driving abilities and watch for signs that it is time for them to stop driving.

5 workers injured in Oklahoma elevator collapse

Five workers were injured when a construction elevator collapsed and crashed to the ground on a job site in Tulsa, Oklahoma, recently. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as well as the Oklahoma labor department, are investigating to determine just what happened.

In the incident, the construction elevator and scaffolding that surrounds it toppled over, which occurred as the elevator supports were in the process of being removed.

Watch for warning signs of nursing home abuse or neglect

When your parents can't take care of themselves any longer and require care that you can't provide, it may be time to consider a nursing home.

Maybe you found one in Oklahoma that you thought was ideal for Mom or Dad. However, after they've been there for a few months, you're not so sure. They just aren't themselves anymore, and you're starting to wonder why.

Filing for workers' compensation? An attorney can help

Oklahomans who are injured on the job have a right to workers' compensation but receiving it isn't as easy as just filling out a piece of paper and getting a check in the mail.

There can be denials and delays when you seek workers' compensation. And when you're laid up with a work-related injury and can't work, you still need to pay the bills.

Oklahoma motorcyclist killed on highway in Edmond

A 31-year-old Oklahoma motorcyclist was killed when police say he was struck by a 2013 Mercedes Benz traveling more than 100 miles per hour.

The driver, an Oklahoma City cardiologist, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the crash, which occurred on Interstate 35 in Edmond.

New survey finds one in three teens text while driving

We’ve all seen it, we pull up to a stoplight and the motorist in the next car is on their phone, eyes down, distracted. It’s widely known to be dangerous and yet, it still occurs. In the United States, distracted driving is a leading cause of traffic fatalities and injuries each year. Distractions while driving can be anything that takes your attention from the roadway including cell phone use, eating or adjusting the radio.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the use of electronic devices is the leading cause of distracted driving crashes. The CDC states that texting while driving is especially alarming as it combines the three dangerous factors of distraction: it takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel and your mind off driving. Sending or reading a text for a full five seconds is equivalent to covering the span of a football field if you’re traveling at 55 MPH.

Oklahoma poultry workers take great risks on the job

As you and your family sit down to enjoy that turkey this holiday season, say a little thanks to the poultry workers who helped to put that bird on your table.

Poultry workers, including those who process turkeys in Oklahoma and elsewhere, are 60 percent more likely than the average American worker to suffer work-related illnesses or injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Amputation is one of the greatest risks they face.

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