Date posted: September 30, 2013
While some injuries are obvious at the time they are incurred, others are harder to detect. Car accidents can cause any number of serious injuries, including severe head injuries. Some head injuries may be more concerning than they appear as more and more studies show the long-term impact even minor concussions can have on the victim.
Anything from a minor concussion to a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can go undetected. If your head has been impacted or jarred in a car accident, it is crucial to your well-being to seek medical treatment. Immediate treatment of a TBI can make a difference in your ability to recover and live life to the fullest.
Symptoms to Monitor for Head Injuries
You should go to an emergency room or seek a physician’s treatment if you have any of the following conditions:
- Stiff neck
- Erratic behavior
- Severe headache
- Brief loss of consciousness
More severe head injuries are indicated by:
- Impaired hearing
- Impaired smell or taste
- Impaired vision
- Loss of consciousness
- Severe drowsiness
- Change in pupil size
- Skull fracture
- Lack of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Increased irritability
- Sudden and severe headache
Car accidents occur every day in Tulsa, throughout our state and across the country. Concussions and head injuries may seem minor, but your brain needs proper treatment in order to heal completely.
Tulsa Personal Injury Lawyer
The personal injury lawyers at Impact Law Firm in Tulsa want to assist you and your family in recovering the financial damages you are owed if you or a family member has suffered a head injury or other severe injury due to a negligent car accident. Contact our office today for a free consultation.
Date posted: September 23, 2013
In March of this year, an Arkansas man was awarded $1.3 million from Wal-Mart for a slip and fall injury claim after suffering a torn tendon in his right bicep. The injury resulted in a deformity that causes his tendon to bulge. This man’s injury lawyer was able to prove that a display in the store had been improperly set up by a Wal-Mart employee, and that the display caused the man to fall and suffer a critical injury.
Disability and Pain from a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall injuries can cause a life-time of disability and pain. Some may even result in debilitating brain injuries or death. Media and critics are often quick to minimize the effects of a slip and fall injury, but an accident attorney can ensure your rights are protected.
Recent studies have shown that slip and fall injury claims are filed by hundreds of victims every day. If you have suffered a severe or catastrophic injury in Tulsa, Oklahoma from a slip and fall due to someone’s negligence, you need to contact the lawyers at Impact Law Firm. We will investigate the circumstances of your case, advise you on the best plan of action and develop a comprehensive claim for you to recover the damages you are owed.
Help from a Tulsa Injury Lawyer
Do not allow a big corporation or their insurance representatives to intimidate you into accepting an offer for less than you deserve. All damages and sufferings should be covered by your claim, including any future needs relating to your injury. An experienced attorney will handle all aspects of your claim.
Contact Impact Law Firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma today for a free consultation.
Date posted: September 16, 2013
Personal injury law can be complex, and many people have questions regarding this area of law. Following are frequently asked questions about Tulsa personal injury:
- What is the definition of negligence?
Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care either by doing something or not doing something that a reasonable person would do in order to avoid an accident or injury.
2. What can be included as damages in a personal injury claim?
Tulsa personal injury victims, under Oklahoma law, can seek damages for medical bills, rehabilitation bills, future damages resulting from the injury, pain and suffering, lost wages reduction of earning capacity, loss of lifestyle, loss of companionship and loss of inheritance.
3. What is the difference between economic, non-economic damages and punitive damages?
Monetary losses such as medical bills, lost wages and rehabilitation therapy bills are economic damages and are easily assessed with a dollar figure. Non-economic damages include subjective areas such as pain and suffering or loss of companionship. It is much more difficult to assign a dollar amount to this type of damages. Tulsa attorneys at Keith & Associates are experts at placing a dollar figure on these abstract areas. Punitive damages are assessed in order to punish the negligent party or parties and prevent future negligence.
4. How are legal fees determined and paid for personal injury cases?
At Keith & Associates, our attorneys accept personal injury cases on a contingency basis. We do not get paid unless we are able to recover damages for you. Payment will be made based upon a previously agreed-upon percentage of the settlement you receive.
Keith & Associates provides quality legal representation coupled with innovative case development to our personal injury clients. Contact our personal injury lawyers for a free consultation.
Date posted: September 9, 2013
While it takes a split second for an accident to happen, the resulting injuries and pain can last for months, years or even a lifetime. At the University of Aberdeen School of Medicine and Dentistry in Scotland, a study showed that victims of injuries resulting from a car accident are more likely to develop chronic, long-term pain that is resistant to medical treatment than individuals who are injured in other ways.
This study followed 2,069 individuals who provided musculoskeletal pain information at three set times over a four-year time period. The participants were also asked which one of six types of traumatic events caused their injuries: car accident, childbirth, hospitalization, workplace injury, surgery or broken bones. Car accident victims showed an 84% increased risk of developing chronic pain over the other five types of trauma.
Personal Injury Sustained in a Tulsa Car Accident
Car accidents present forces to the body that are not intended to be handled by the human body. Even for victims who may suffer very little pain immediately following a crash, chronic pain can develop at a later date. This type of late-developing injury is the most difficult to diagnose and the most difficult to receive compensation for through a personal injury claim. Tulsa Accident Lawyers at Keith & Associates know the necessary steps you need to take to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve from your personal injuries.
While it is difficult to successfully treat chronic pain, both traditional and non-traditional treatments can offer relief. Your symptoms can be minimized through pain medicine, physical therapy and massage.
If you or a family member has been involved in a car accident, contact Keith & Associates’ Tulsa Accident Lawyers to guide you through the necessary steps you need to take to increase your ability to recover compensation for your chronic pain treatments.
Date posted: September 2, 2013
Federal and State law mandates that Oklahoma employers must provide coverage for their employees in the form of workers’ compensation. Workers’ comp provides payments to workers if they suffer injuries while on the job. Tulsa employees are entitled to a safe work environment with properly maintained equipment. Oklahoma laws are in place to regulate workplace safety to help prevent accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, accidents occur daily and severe injuries can result from product defects, negligence or simple human oversight.
On-the-Job Injury Coverage
The majority of workers in Tulsa and throughout Oklahoma have some knowledge of workers’ compensation benefits in that, if injured, their medical bills will be covered by workers’ comp. Oklahoma workers’ compensation will usually pay without consideration of who is at fault, even if the employee has some part in causing the accident. Furthermore, some circumstances of certain cases warrant compensation in other than or in addition to workers’ compensation. Examples include:
- Workers’ comp is intended for unintentional accidents; so if you feel that your injury was caused by an intentional act, you can bring a civil claim against your employer even if you have collected workers’ compensation.
- If your injury on the job occurred in full or partially due to negligence of a third party other than your employer or co-worker, you may file a separate civil suit against that third party.
- If your employer failed to maintain workers’ compensation coverage, you can file a civil action against the employer.
- If you find that there is an exclusion preventing you from collecting workers’ compensation, you may be eligible to file a civil suit against your employer if your employer showed negligence that caused your injury.
Fighting for Coverage if Injured on the Job
Due to insurance fraud and profit concerns, some Tulsa employees who face injuries on the job find it difficult to recover needed monies from workers’ compensation insurance providers. If compensation is granted, it is often not enough to cover medical bills, lost wages and other finances.
A qualified workers’ compensation lawyer can help you receive the benefits you are owed. Contact Keith Swift today for a free consultation.