The Legal Dos and Don’ts of Getting a Divorce in Oklahoma

 It goes without saying that getting a divorce can be both physically and emotionally taxing to all parties involved.  As a result, it is easy to make mistakes that can end up creating huge legal headaches and expose you to costly legal claims by your spouse.  For example, some people decide to represent themselves in order to save money, while others decide to engage in revengeful behavior towards a spouse, which can all create serious and permanent legal consequences.  As a result, it is essential to consider the following advice when contemplating a divorce, such as:

  1. No matter what, don’t represent yourself.  We have all heard of the old saying “those who represent themselves have a fool for a client.”  There is a reason why this saying exists.  Specifically, if you decide not to hire an experienced Oklahoma divorce attorney, you can expose yourself to all sorts of claims, such as those for maintenance and child support.  You can also potentially lose out on property that you would otherwise be entitled to during the property division phase of your divorce case.  Had you hired an attorney, you would have been able to understand what your legal rights and obligations are in this regard and how to best protect yourself and your interests.
  2. Don’t respond to your spouse’s invitations for conflict.  Despite how tempting it may be to respond to your spouse’s nasty text messages or emails, it is critical to keep your cool and either a) not respond, or b) answer the communication in a positive and non-threatening matter.  In Oklahoma, your spouse can use text messages, emails or other written communications (that were made during the marriage) against you in court, which, among other things, could potentially lead to an inequitable distribution of property in your spouse’s favor.  Courts in Oklahoma are entitled to consider several factors in separating marital property – such as the conduct of the parties during the marriage – and in order to preserve your rights to same, it is crucial to keep yourself out of conflict with your spouse and remain civil, despite how hard it may be.
  3. Keep your kids out of the conflict.  There is nothing worse than dealing with a custody battle between warring spouses that have dragged their children into the middle of the conflict.  This does nothing but create hostility, resentment and potentially serious and irreversible relationship issues with both your spouse and children moving forward.  While divorce legally ends your marriage, it does not entitle you to avoid your spouse in the future, especially when children are involved.  You must remember that once your divorce is finalized, you will still have to deal with your former spouse in coordinating visitation schedules and also, in making critical decisions involving your children’s educational, medical and other important needs.
  4. Remain informed and always be prepared.  It is always important to listen to what your attorney advises you and also, to review all paperwork that you receive from your attorney and the court.  Specifically, being prepared for court hearings and other matters is crucial to your case and often has a positive effect on its outcome.

If you are seeking a divorce in Oklahoma or are facing some other domestic law matter, contact The Handley Law Center for a free confidential consultation.  You can also contact us during normal business hours at 405-295-1924 to schedule an appointment.  We look forward to providing you with excellent representation.

Sustaining DUI Related Injuries in Oklahoma

It can certainly be a nightmare to lose a loved one or become injured due to the negligence of a drunk driver.  In a split second, a person’s life can drastically change due to the choices of others to drink and drive – despite the well-known and severely impairing effects of alcohol.  While drunk driving in the State of Oklahoma is considered a crime –  and comes with it certain penalties depending upon the nature of the accident and amount of prior DUI charges that the offender may have – sometimes a DUI charge is simply not enough.

For DUI victims, it is not surprising that they face enormous medical expenses, lost income and future wages, and other expenses associated with being injured by a drunk driver.  In addition, for those that face long term or permanent disabilities, a DUI conviction – no matter how harsh – can never undo the damage caused by the careless and inexcusable choices of a person who caused an accident while intoxicated.

At our firm, we aggressively pursue personal injury cases against intoxicated drivers given our first hand understanding as to how devastating DUI-related injuries can be for people involved in these types of accidents.  Despite whether criminal charges are pending or not against the offender, there are ways of holding drunk drivers as well as third parties responsible for having caused and/or contributed to our clients’ injuries, such as:

  1. Pursuing claims against businesses that serve a person despite being visibly intoxicated;
  2. Filing a lawsuit against your insurance carrier for its refusal to honor its own policies by paying the full value of your car accident claim; and
  3. Going after other liable third parties, such as other responsible drivers.

If you or someone you love has been injured by an intoxicated driver, it is crucial to speak to an attorney who has the experience necessary to effectively handle these types of complex personal injury cases.  Only a skilled Oklahoma attorney can assist you in learning more about your legal options, the nature and extent of your rights and responsibilities, and how to maximize your chances of monetary recovery.   For more information about our personal injury services, contact The Handley Law Center for a free confidential consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.   You can also contact us during normal business hours at 405-295-1924 to schedule an appointment.

 

Serious Hip Dislocation Injuries in Oklahoma

Car accidents commonly cause hip dislocations and are the leading cause of these types of injuries in Oklahoma and across the country as a whole.   A dislocated hip normally arises when the tip of the thighbone, or femur, slips, or dislocates, out of its socket.  Just like with a dislocated shoulder, the bone is left in an unnatural position, causing severe and debilitating pain for its victims.  Moreover, people who experience hip dislocations often sustain nerve damage in the leg and feet due to the severe and traumatic nature of this type of injury.  Oftentimes, the only way to repair the dislocation and associated injuries is through orthopedic surgery.

Undoubtedly, a dislocated hip is a serious form of trauma, and must immediately be treated in order for its victims to avoid the long term effects of this type of injury.  A physician can usually diagnose the condition simply by viewing the person’s leg and hip area however, x-rays will confirm whether there are additional complications, such as bone fractures.   In the event that the victim suffers no added complications, the physician will typically administer an anesthetic before trying to manipulate the bone back into place, a process called “reduction”.  In some cases, the reduction must be done in the operating room in order to repair the extent of damage caused by the hip dislocation.

Given the serious nature of hip dislocations, it normally takes a significant amount of time for these types of injuries to heal.  The rehabilitative process can take even longer, and depends upon the age and physical condition of the patient as well as the extent of the dislocation.  Despite treatment, hip dislocations can be extremely disruptive to nerves and blood vessels, which may lead to permanent numbness and even bone death.  It can also cause the cartilage in the hip area to become severely damaged, increasing the likelihood of arthritis to form in the foreseeable future.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident and a result, sustained a hip dislocation injury, it is crucial for you to contact an attorney capable of handling the numerous complexities associated with these types of serious injuries.  Only a skilled attorney can assist you in learning more about your legal options, the nature and extent of your rights and responsibilities, and how to prove your case and maximize your chances of recovery.  For more information about our personal injury services, contact The Handley Law Center for a free confidential consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.   You can also contact us during normal business hours at 405-295-1924 to schedule an appointment.

 

Recovering From Rotator Cuff Injuries in Oklahoma

It is not surprising that insurance companies will do whatever it takes to deny your rotator cuff tear claims – an injury that commonly arises as a result of being involved in a car or trucking accident.  Oftentimes, insurance carriers employ various ways of avoiding having to render payments to compensate an individual for this very severe and painful type of injury.  One such way in which an insurance carrier denies rotator cuff injury claims is by arguing that the cause of same is due not to the underlying accident, but to the repetitive motion of the injured party.   Specifically, insurance carriers are adept at pointing to and relying upon medical treatises and other relevant literature that assert the cause of rotator cuff injuries to be due to people engaging in the same motion over and over again.

Regardless of what insurance carriers try to argue, rotator cuff tears and associated injuries are often the result of traumatic force, such as a collision between two vehicles.   As experienced Oklahoma car accident attorneys, we regularly see rotator cuff injuries arising from automobile and trucking accidents, especially when at high speeds.  To illustrate, people who keep their arms outstretched while driving – as many truck drivers do – are vulnerable to rotator cuff tears due to the fact that your arm can become subject to an unusual twisting movement during an accident.  This often gives rise to rotator cuff injuries, which are extremely painful, debilitating and typically require surgery to fix.

Accordingly, it is important to understand that proving rotator cuff injuries arising out of a car accident can be extremely challenging.  As such, if you or someone you love has suffered from a rotator cuff related injury due to a vehicle collision, it is critical to speak with a skilled Oklahoma attorney who is capable of handling these complex types of claims.  If you are suffering from a rotator cuff related injury as a result of being in a car or trucking accident, you should not have to go about filing a lawsuit on your own.

Only an Oklahoma car accident attorney can assist you in learning more about your legal options, the nature and extent of your rights and responsibilities, how best to prove your case, the ways of successfully dealing with your insurance carrier, and how to optimize your chances of recovery.  For more information about our personal injury services, contact The Handley Law Center for a free confidential consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.   You can also contact us during normal business hours at 405-295-1924 to schedule an appointment.