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Hiring a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident is critical.  I had a client who waited to hire a lawyer thinking he could deal with the at-fault person’s insurance company on his own.  He agreed to be recorded by the insurance adjuster. While anwering the adjuster’s questions about the accident, the questions quickly turned to ones that implied the client was somehow at fault.  The client called me immediately after talking to the adjuster.  I was able to take control of his matter and avoid further damage to his claim and case.

Can you safely text or use your cell phone while driving?

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Only when the consequences of inattentive driving (like wrongful death or serious personal injury) become a reality do people understand why it is so dangerous.

Most people think other drivers are idiots for using a cell phone while driving, yet those same people think they can use a cell phone safely while behind the wheel.

The heartbreaking video below brings many of the participants to tears.  Short of being personally affected by a collision involving inattentive driving by cell phone use, it is as close as it comes to understanding that the risks of using a cell phone while driving are simply not worth it.  It can wait.

Nursing Home and Assisted Living | The Dangers of Wandering and Elopement

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Nursing homes or assisted living centers in Oklahoma, and throughout the country, must provide care and supervision to residents who wander or elope to prevent and protect residents from injury or death.

“Wandering” and “elopement” are health care industry terms used by assisted living or nursing homes to describe residents who aimlessly wander the facility without purpose or leave the facility without knowledge of the facility’s staff. Continue Reading »

Black Diamond Carabiner Recall: Rock Climbers Beware

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A carabiner is the coupling link that has a safety closure used with rope by rock climbers to keep them safe from falling while climbing. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall on Black Diamond brand carabiners, which can unexpectedly open and allow the rope to become detached, posing a risk of injury or death to climbers from a fall. Continue Reading »

How To Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer

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Finding and hiring a lawyer can be stressful and intimidating. There are more lawyers per person in the United States than in any other country in the world. Finding a lawyer is easy. Finding the best lawyer for your legal issue is not so easy. This is especially true when it comes to finding a personal injury lawyer. A person can use Google and find a long list of personal injury lawyers. But a first page listing on Google does not mean that a particular lawyer or law firm is the best, most qualified, or reputable choice to handle a personal injury or death case. To find the best lawyer for your case requires an understanding of how a personal injury claim works.  Continue Reading »

What to Expect When You Call or Meet a Personal Injury Lawyer About Your Case

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To meet with or even talk to a lawyer by telephone about a legal problem should not be intimidating, but it is for a lot of people. In fact, I have had clients explain the reason for waiting so long to hire a lawyer was at least partly caused by the fear or dread of speaking to a lawyer. Lawyers are just people who happen to know basic aspects of law and how to apply that law to certain situations. Any lawyer who acts in a way that causes potential a client to feel that talking to them is a privilege is not a good lawyer to hire. Continue Reading »

The Truth Behind Bed Sores in Nursing Homes

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Many families struggle with the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home. When a loved one is unable to be out of bed without assistance or is unable to sufficiently move or shift themselves when in bed, the care needed to prevent bed sores requires more attention than most families can provide. Continue Reading »

How to Protect Yourself From Hit-and-Run or Uninsured Drivers

car crash collision accident on an city roadLike in most other States, Oklahoma requires vehicle owners to carry liability insurance to pay for harms and losses when the owner or driver of the vehicle causes a collision. The minimum amount of insurance required in Oklahoma is $25,000 per injured person, $50,000 total split among all injured persons, and $25,000 for damage to other vehicles or property. This is often expressed as “minimum liability limits” and by the acronym of 25/50/25. Continue Reading »

You Are at Fault: What Do You Do About the Damage to Your Car?

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If a wreck was your fault, you have no choice but to make a claim with your own insurance company under the collision coverage part of your policy. If you did not purchase collision coverage, you are on your own. To find out if you have collision coverage, you can contact your insurance agent or simply call the claims department for your insurance company. Most have a telephone hotline or internet claim process. If you financed your car, the bank or lender requires you have collision coverage. Continue Reading »

5 Key Actions To Take If You’ve Been In a Car Accident

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If the police come to the scene to investigation the collision, the officer will usually obtain the critical information needed by you to file an insurance claim. The information will ultimately end up on the official collision report. However, if the police do not come to the scene, there are several pieces of critical information needed before you and the other driver leave the scene.   Continue Reading »

What To Look For When Choosing A Lawyer To Handle Your Case

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Finding the right lawyer is the most important step in obtaining a reasonable settlement of a personal injury or death claim. Insurance companies (and lawyers who defend them) know the personal injury lawyers who are inexperienced and unwilling to file a lawsuit and take a case to trial. Based upon that information, insurance companies offer those lawyers less money to settle cases hoping that the lawyer will simply convince the client to accept the low offer so the lawyer will not have to file suit. Continue Reading »

Old People Fall, Nursing Home Injuries & The Law

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Federal regulations require nursing homes to supervise residents to prevent accidents such as falls.

“Old people fall.” That is often the excuse given by nursing homes after a family’s loved-one suffers a fall and serious injury. The truth is that nursing homes must determine which residents are at high risk for falling and take steps to reduce that risk, such as increased supervision, anticipating a residents needs to use the restroom, or provide the resident assistance devices to help keep them safe. Continue Reading »

Working In Oil Fields Is Dangerous Work

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Oklahoma oil field workers know their jobs are dangerous. They take the steps necessary to protect themselves from harm. However, an untrained or unsafe worker employed by the rig operator or rig/field service contractor can create a serious risk of injury to all of the other safety conscious workers on or the near the rig or in the field. Continue Reading »

Child Care Abuse Prevention

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One of our worst fears as parents is leaving a child at a daycare or other child care setting where a child abuser or sexual predator is working or has access to children. Parents and family have every right to trust that the child care setting has workers who have no history that might indicate they will abuse a child. It is the facility’s responsibility to make sure its workers are properly trained and safe to be around children. Continue Reading »

Drunk Drivers Are Liable For Your Injuries

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Drunk drivers who cause injuries or death are responsible for the paying their victims for their harms and losses. However, because they chose to put other drivers at risk by drinking and driving, drunk drivers can also be punished by having to pay extra money to the victims.  Insurance companies for drunk drivers keep that fact hidden when discussing settlement with victims who don’t have a lawyer. We have handled countless drunk driving cases and know how to deal with the insurance companies to get our client’s the extra money they deserve. Continue Reading »

Hiring The Right Attorney

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Knowing which attorney is right for you can be difficult and time consuming. At a large firm, clients are often just numbers where client phone calls and email about their case are not returned promptly. Many solo practitioners often handle cases other than personal injury, so they lack the knowledge, experience, and reputation needed to get full value in an injury case. Continue Reading »

Trucking Accidents

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Trucking companies are under no obligation to keep accident-related records past a certain time period.  If you were injured by a semi truck, call the GT Firm as soon as possible so we can make sure critical trucking company records are not destroyed. Continue Reading »

Nursing Home Injuries and Death

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When a loved one is seriously injured or dies from neglect or due to bad care in a nursing home, the thoughts of what to do can be overwhelming.  The GT Firm has 20 years of experience helping families in these situations.  We can take action immediately, following a simple phone call to our office, so you can focus on getting help for your loved one while we start getting answers to what happened. Continue Reading »

Wrongful Death

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There is no greater anguish suffered than the death of a family member, especially when it was caused by another person’s conduct. As hard as it may seem, the family must act quickly in order get the accountability they will want after the funeral is over and the initial grief subsides. Continue Reading »

Car Wrecks – Do’s and Don’ts

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A simple car wreck may not turn out to be so simple. Insurance companies are always looking for ways to blame the innocent victim so they can pay less than full value of car damage or for injuries. Also, seemingly minor injuries or soreness can progress to a more serious condition that might even lead to surgery. Continue Reading »