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Tulsa Transit and Bus Accidents

Date posted: January 30, 2014

Tulsa transit accidents can cause debilitating injuries that leave individuals with enormous hospital bills, doctors’ bills and loss of work.

Mass transit is a great way to save money on gasoline and car repairs, and can often give you a new perspective on human beings in general; however, there are precautions that should be taken if you choose to travel to and from work, or simply around the city using this mode of transportation.

Tips for Safe Travel and Avoiding Tulsa Transit and Bus Accidents:

  • Always be observant of other people and their behavior
  • Remain alert as to what the bus driver is doing and his/her driving skills
  • Be prepared to brace yourself in the event that the bus driver must stop suddenly and without warning
  • When moving up or down the aisle, be aware of packages or other people’s feet and/or legs blocking the aisle and possibly causing you to trip
  • Pay attention when stepping onto the bus to make sure your feet are firmly planted on each step to avoid tripping and falling
  • When exiting the bus do not jump off, but step off cautiously being careful to avoid tripping
  • Be courteous of others by assisting in helping to steady their balance if they are walking up the aisle while the bus is still in motion.
  • Hold tightly to all handrails and never assume the bus driver is aware of where you are on the bus if he/she should make a sudden stop.

Bus and Transit Accident Advocacy in Tulsa

If you have suffered injuries in a Tulsa transit accident, contact a bus accident attorney at Impact Law Firm today for an appointment to discuss your legal options.

One Text Can End Your Life, Have You Stopped?

Date posted: January 27, 2014

Regardless of how often we hear about the dangers of texting and driving; many of us continue with this negligent behavior.

How heartbreaking to be involved in a serious or fatal accident and have to look back to the minutes before it occurred only to realize that a text message we thought could not wait changed our lives forever, and cost the life of someone else.

Not only is it true that one text can end your life, it can, and all too often does, end someone else’s life.  Many statistics prove that texting is just as dangerous and deadly as driving drunk, yet the behavior continues.

Negligent Driving Increases Risk of Death

Negligent driving cases are increasing at a rapid rate nationwide due to our ever-increasing technology that allows us to stay in touch with friends and family.  The price we pay is not worth the convenience if someone loses his or her life.

Many individuals fail to consider that they will not be able to hide the fact that their texting was responsible for an accident.  If the court has any reason to suspect that cell phone usage was at fault in an accident, their cell phone can and will be confiscated, and there is no way to hide what occurred.  Even if they dispose of the phone, their cell phone carrier can be ordered by the court to release copies of their information.

Technology Offers Solutions to Texting and Driving

There are apps available that will respond to both texts and telephone calls stating that you are currently driving and will respond to the call or read the text messages being sent when you reach a safe place enabling you to do so.  Taking advantage of these applications may be the best gift you can give to yourself and those you love.

Car Accident Representation in Tulsa

Contact Impact Law, Tulsa’s car accident attorney, if you have been involved in a text-related car accident.

Nursing Home Health and Life Expectancies

Date posted: January 20, 2014

While there appears to be compelling evidence that there is a correlation between nursing home health and life expectancies, many factors are involved in determining the life expectancy of nursing home residents.

  • Nursing home residents admitted with dementia are more likely to die within a short time after leaving their own home.
  • Research shows that 50-60 percent of individuals die within a two-year time frame after being admitted to a nursing home, and are more likely to die within the first six months.

Some of the factors contributing to high death rates after being admitted to a nursing home include:

  • Male residents are at higher risk
  • Advanced age
  • Cancer diagnosis
  • Physical disabilities limiting functions
  • Being undernourished
  • Respiratory illnesses such as chronic bronchitis, COPD, asthma, etc.
  • Bed sores/pressure sores
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s
  • Being single

Some research also indicates that being Caucasian male or female lends itself to a higher mortality rate in nursing homes, and that individuals of a minority racial or ethnic group are more likely to have a higher survival rate.

A study based upon statistics from 1,817 nursing homes and published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society by the University of California San Francisco, revealed that during the 17 year timeframe of 1992 – 2006, 80 percent of individuals admitted to nursing homes died within one year.

Choosing a nursing home with care, and close to relatives willing to visit often, will add to the longevity of your loved one.

Tulsa Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse Representation

Contact Impact Law, Tulsa nursing home lawyer, for concerns you have regarding the care your loved one is receiving in a nursing home.

New Year’s Eve Drunk Driving Accidents

Date posted: January 6, 2014

Nationwide statistics indicate that New Year’s Eve is the most dangerous night of the year due to drunk driving accidents.

Sadly, the very night most people are celebrating the beginning of a new year, and what should be new and exciting opportunities; many end up injured or killed when their celebration involves too much alcohol consumed by themselves or someone else.

Even though drunk driving deaths for our young people under the age of 21 have declined by 33 percent over the past 10 years, every day we still lose four young people, ages 16 to 21, due to alcohol-related accidents.  One out of every three car accident deaths involving our young people is alcohol-related, and car accidents, in general, continue to be the number one cause of death for those under the age of twenty-one.

There are other statistics that should be sobering, but still fail to prevent people from driving drunk:

  • Approximately 11,000 (one every hour) people across the U.S. will die this year as a result of someone driving drunk.
  • Statistics show that one out of every three people will be involved in an alcohol-related accident during their lifetime.
  • One out of every three people involved in a car accident and an alcohol-related death has a conviction for driving drunk within the previous three years.
  • More alcohol-related deaths occur on the weekend, or during a holiday, then during an average weekday.
  • Serious injuries occur every two minutes due to someone driving drunk.

Tulsa Personal Injury Representation

Contact Impact Law, Tulsa personal injury lawyer, today for a free consultation to discuss personal injuries you or someone you loved received in a drunk driving accident.

Positive Effects Social Media Can Have on Personal Injury Cases

Date posted: December 30, 2013

As social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram gain popularity, more and more lawyers are turning to posts on these sites to find supporting evidence to build their client’s personal injury claims. If a person has acted in a negligent manner that caused injury to you, and then turns to social media to brag about their behavior, the negligent person’s post can be used to demonstrate the liability he or she has in your injury.

Negative Effects Social Media Can Have on Personal Injury Cases

On the other side of how social media can affect personal injury cases, insurance investigators are turning to social media posts as well to build their defense to pay out the smallest settlement possible on personal injury claims.

Guidance from a Personal Injury Attorney in Tulsa, OK

Injuries resulting from car accidents, defective products, pedestrian mishaps and other incidents often make their way on to the web in the form of pictures with comments that can either help or hinder your claim. If you have suffered a personal injury, it is imperative to consider the consequences a post could have on your settlement if it provides evidence against your case.

Rulings on the Admission of Social Media Evidence

The admissibility of evidence from social media is a relatively new question. At this time, most judges have ruled that information posted on social media sites is admissible as evidence in personal injury claims and criminal claims.

Always seek representation from a reputable personal injury attorney to help build the best case for your injuries. Impact Law Firm will not leave any stone unturned when it comes to building the best claim for your damages. Call our Tulsa office today or fill out our contact form for consultation.

Unplug Space Heaters to Prevent Fires in Tulsa, OK

Date posted: December 23, 2013

Our tight economy has caused many people to take shortcuts in heating their homes, and many do so by using space heaters to avoid high gas and electric bills throughout the winter months across the U.S.  Many fire marshals will testify to this method of heating as being one of their worst nightmares for causing house fires and the loss of human life.

Before you decide to use a space heater to lower your fuel costs, visit your local fire department and discuss their recommendations for the type of space heater you should purchase and which ones have the best safety records.

Space Heaters Safety

Caution in using a space heater will save your life and the lives of the ones you love.  Consider the following safety precautions when using a space heater:

  • Never purchase a space heater unless it has the “UL” mark which simply proves it has been safety tested and meets the required standards of safety.
  • ALWAYS read and abide by the operating guide steps provided by the manufacturer.
  • Purchase space heaters that have sensors to automatically turn the heater off if someone or something is too close, and if the heater is accidentally over-turned.
  • Consider purchasing propane heaters as opposed to kerosene heaters because propane is cleaner and heats better.  Do not substitute the type of fuel recommended by the manufacturer’s guide.
  • Always make sure there is adequate ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning when using any type of heater requiring fuel.
  • Install at least one carbon monoxide poisoning alarm near the sleeping areas.
  • ALWAYS unplug space heaters to prevent fires if you are leaving the area or house for which the heat is being provided.

Burn Injuries from Faulty Space Heaters

Contact a burn injury lawyer at Impact Law Firm to discuss burn injuries you or a loved one received due to a faulty space heater.

Steps in Filing a Wrongful Death Case in Tulsa, OK

Date posted: December 16, 2013

A loved one’s death is almost always difficult to reconcile when we are dealing with our grief over their loss, but when his or her life is cut short due to reckless or negligent behavior by another person, the grief can be unbearable.  It’s imperative to discuss your legal options with an attorney that has many years of experience, and success in winning these types of claims for their clients.  Impact Law Firm has filed and won hundreds of wrongful death cases for their clients in Tulsa, OK.

Oklahoma law mandates a two-year statute of limitation for filing a wrongful death claim, thus, if you believe carelessness or negligence brought about the death of your loved one, it’s vitally important to discuss your options for filing your claim as soon as possible with your attorney.

Wrongful Death Claims

There are several steps in filing a wrongful death case, and it is a lengthy process.  You can assist your attorney to ensure the best outcome by:

  • Meet with your attorney to determine if your case is eligible for a wrongful death filing.
  • Provide your attorney with the death certificate listing the cause of death
  • Prepare a list of witnesses willing to testify on your behalf
  • Provide your attorney with evidence that your loved one died as a result of carelessness or negligence by an identifiable individual or company, etc.
  • Discuss your financial losses resulting from your loved one’s death

Damages in Wrongful Death Cases

In most wrongful death cases, your attorney’s goal will be to ensure that you are compensated in the following areas:

  • Hospital bills
  • Physician bills
  • Funeral expenses, including burial expenses
  • Current and future loss of income
  • Emotional trauma
  • Punitive damages

The steps in filing a wrongful death case vary depending upon how your loved one died, but filing a case quickly is important to ensure the statute of limitations does not end.  Contact Impact Law Firm in Tulsa, OK today for a free consultation.

Stay Safe on Icy Roads in Tulsa

Date posted: December 9, 2013

Icy roads are a well-known hazard for Tulsa drivers virtually every winter as we have already seen in 2013. Many accidents and injuries could be avoided, and many lives could be saved by simply taking the proper precautions to stay safe on icy roads. At Impact Law Firm, we take great pride in offering insight to help our clients and their families remain safe.

Following some of the following safety tips will assist you in remaining injury free during icy road conditions:

  • When the temperatures drop, check your local weather reports for road conditions.
  • Adequate tread on your tires will help prevent sliding; using tire chains may sound outdated, but many people have learned this is one fail-proof way to avoid an accident during icy conditions.
  • Always assume wet spots are slick spots when the temperatures hover around freezing.
  • Approach stop lights and stop signs slowly giving yourself plenty of time to stop and avoid sliding into an intersection with on-coming traffic, or to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of you.
  • Keep your distance from other vehicles.
  • Take your time.  Better to arrive safely; than not to arrive at all.
  • Carry a bag of sand or cat litter in your trunk to sprinkle around tires that start spinning and become stuck due to icy conditions.
  • Always clean off ALL car windows and side mirrors to ensure you can see the vehicles around you.
  • Try to maintain your momentum when driving up a hill, but do so without driving recklessly.

Tulsa Car Accident Representation

If you have been injured in a car accident as a result of icy roads in Tulsa, OK, contact the car accident lawyer at Impact Law Firm today. We always offer a free consultation.

Learn the Correct Way to Lift Heavy Objects

Date posted: December 2, 2013

Severe back pain is a well-known cause of employees missing work, and workmen’s compensation claims. Back injuries resulting from lifting heavy objects incorrectly can lead to a lifetime of serious back pain.  Learn the correct way to lift heavy objects and avoid permanent damage to vertebrae that can lead to multiple surgeries, and sometimes permanent disability.

Correct Steps to Lift Heavy Objects

By practicing the following steps, you can often avoid damaging the muscles in your back and help prevent lifelong pain:

  • Carefully examine the object you are moving to determine if it is even feasible to move it without assistance.
  • Place your body close to the object/load, tighten your stomach muscles with your feet spread shoulder length apart and lift one corner of larger objects to determine if they are too large or heavy to lift without additional help either from another person, or mechanical help such as a forklift.
  • Before lifting any heavy object, always ensure they are properly balanced to avoid shifting while being carried from one place to another.
  • When lifting a heavy object, always bend your knees while keeping your back straight and lower yourself to lift the load.
  • Lift the object slowly by using your leg muscles and arms while maintaining close proximity to the object with your body.
  • When placing the heavy object in a different spot, always lower your body slowly by again bending your knees and keeping your back straight and setting down the object.

Even with the best safety practices in place, back injuries still occur, and often require extensive medical intervention, and physical therapy.

Impact Law Firm Representation in Tulsa

If you have serious back pain resulting from injuries you received while working for your employer, you need to contact Impact Law Firm in Tulsa, OK today for a free consultation.

The Dangers of Bed Bugs

Date posted: November 30, 2013

In recent years, we have begun to hear more about bed bug infestations in hotels and motels, and how these ugly little creatures are carried into our homes.

We are beginning to understand the dangers of bed bugs and the health threats they pose.  Ugly rashes occur from bed bug bites due to a chemical like substance they inject that acts much like an anesthetic which actually numbs the bite areas temporarily.  This numbing substance allows bed bugs to bite you multiple times without your sleep being disturbed, and you only become of aware you’ve been bitten after you wake up and see a rash on your face, or other areas of your body.

As with most chemical substances, various reactions can occur based upon your individual sensitivity.  These bites are normally not considered dangerous; however, it is important to avoid scratching them, and to use topical creams to relieve the itch symptoms.  Scratching the areas will only exacerbate the rash, and may cause an infection that could lead to scarring.

Bedbugs are more prevalent in Southeast Asia, but travelers in the U.S. encounter them too.  As a matter of prevention when traveling, it’s always wise to check your bedding immediately upon checking into your hotel or motel room.  Carefully check the sheets and pillow cases for tiny red spots, and also check the mattress along the seams, and any other hiding place such as tags, etc.  Bedbugs love to hide in tiny crevices.  If you observe signs of bedbugs, contact the hotel management immediately to request a room change.

When you arrive home, always leave your bags in the garage or trunk of your car until you have a chance to wash and dry all clothing and vacuum your luggage.  Effectively eradicating bedbug infestation from your clothing requires drying them at a temperature of 115 Fahrenheit.

Impact Law Firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma

If you discover a bedbug infestation after traveling, contact Impact Law in Tulsa, OK to discuss your legal options.