Litigating a Mesothelioma or Asbestos Lawsuit in Oklahoma

Attorneys who successfully litigate cases involving mesothelioma cancer have spent many years becoming experts on asbestos-exposures from both legal and medical standpoints. The litigation is complex, involving state and federal laws and regulations. The cases often involve military or industrial exposures that occurred on-the-job – although mesothelioma can also be the result of having handling a loved one’s laundry that contained asbestos fibers. A reliable mesothelioma lawyer also fully understands the disease itself, and engages medical experts to expedite your case toward settlement or trial. Our mesothelioma and asbestos attorneys have a proven track record of bringing these legal and medical issues together, and bringing just compensation to unwitting victims who suffer due to asbestos exposure.

There are three primary types of mesothelioma:

  • Pleural mesothelioma – The chest and lung cavity linings are affected. This is the most common type of mesothelioma, because asbestos fibers are easily inhaled.
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma – The abdominal cavity or stomach linings are affected. Fibers can also be ingested, causing mesothelioma.
  • Pericardial mesothelioma – The heart is surrounded by a thin lining that is affected. This is the rarest form of mesothelioma.

Asbestos-exposure can also cause:

  • Asbestosis – Lung tissue becomes scarred, causing inflammation, diminishing the lung’s ability to remove carbon dioxide and deliver oxygen to the blood.
  • Asbestos lung cancer – Tumors develop in lung tissue affected by asbestos. Smoking greatly increases the likelihood of asbestos lung cancer.

Once you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, contact an attorney specializing in mesothelioma and asbestos litigation as quickly as possible. Request the attorney’s win-loss record in these types of cases, before making a final hiring decision. Each state has a statute of limitations for filing a mesothelioma lawsuit, generally between 3-5 years. Although it can take 10-50-years after asbestos-exposure for mesothelioma symptoms to manifest, the statute begins running the day diagnosis is made.

Our lawyers guide you through each step of the mesothelioma or asbestos litigation process:

  • Determine the parties who are responsible exposing you to asbestos.
  • Research and investigate asbestos products and locate witnesses specific to your case.
  • File your lawsuit, requesting a trial setting.
  • Discovery phase where records (medical, employment, etc.), interrogatories, and other information is exchanged between you and the parties you are suing.
  • Settlement conferences and settlement offers.
  • If the case hasn’t settled after three months, depositions commence.
  • Cases that don’t settle go to trial.

Everyone Needs an Experienced Attorney

When you need legal advocacy combined with personal attention, contact our law firm to speak with one of our attorneys. Call us during normal business hours, at 405-295-1924, to schedule an appointment.

Tips for Sharing the Roadways with Large Commercial Trucks

With the holidays in full swing America’s roadways are busy with folks trying to get grandma’s house. Of course, holiday travelers are not the only ones attempting to get from point A to point B on a tight schedule. Commercial semi-tractor trailers are on the roadways as well. It is important for motorists to be aware of these large commercial vehicles as accidents involving a truck and a car are particularly dangerous. Nearly 80% of fatal car-truck crashes result in the occupants of the car being killed. Close to 7 of out every 10 fatal multi-vehicle accidents involving a car and a tractor-trailer, are estimated to have been caused by the driver of the car. Motorists can reduce their likelihood of being involved in a serious accident by educating themselves on how to share the roadways with large trucks. To ensure that you are safely sharing the roadways, keep in mind these facts about large commercial trucks:

  • Trucks require more space: Large trucks, like 18 wheelers, have a greater turning radius than a normal sized vehicle. To be able to successfully navigate a turn, a truck will swing wide in the direction opposite of the turn before actually making the turn. Therefore, it is important that a motorist allow a truck extra space to maneuver. When a truck signals that it is about to make a turn a motorist should never try to position itself between a truck and the curb as the vehicle is likely to be pushed into the curb or hit. Large trucks also require more space when they are merging onto or exiting from the highway.
  • Trucks require a greater breaking distance: Did you know that it takes a fully loaded semi-truck traveling at 55 mph around 300 feet to come to a complete stop, even under dry weather conditions? That is the equivalent distance of a football field minus the two end zones. This is why it is imperative to allow extra space when passing a large truck. Too often motorists make the mistake of cutting back in front of a truck too soon after passing and then slowing down. When a motorist passes a truck in this manner, it can interfere with the truck driver’s ability to see the car in time and not being able to slow down in time—which can result in the truck rear ending the car.
  • Trucks have more and larger blind spots: Although large commercial trucks have mirrors, much like passenger vehicles, a truck still has large blind spots. A truck’s largest blind spot, and therefore, the most dangerous place for a motorist to be, is along the truck’s right side. Motorists should try to pass a truck on the left side whenever possible.
  • A truck may be carrying hazardous materials: Commercials trucks alert other motorists if the truck is carrying hazardous contents by posting a sign on the rear of the truck. The trucks may be carrying flammable liquids such as gasoline, explosives such as dynamite or fireworks, or some other toxic substance. Although drivers who haul hazardous materials have received special training, it is a good idea to allow these driver’s even more space than you would a normal load-carrying truck.
  • More susceptible to rollovers: Due to its higher center of gravity, a truck is more likely to rollover. A rollover of a large truck can be made even more dangerous if the truck is carrying hazardous materials.

If you or a loved one was injured or killed in an accident involving a truck, please contact The Handley Law Center at 405-295-1924.  Our seasoned personal injury attorneys offer a free and completely confidential consultation.  We also take the time you need to answer all of your questions and advise you of your legal options. You can trust the seasoned attorneys at the Handley Law Center to provide you with exceptional legal services.

Commonly Asked Questions about Oklahoma Protective Orders

It is a sad fact that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Abusive relationships generally do not begin with physical violence. However, once a relationship becomes physically violent, the violence is likely to continue and increase in frequency. If you or someone you know is an abusive relationship or needs protection from a former dating partner, a protective order may provide a solution. The following are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding protective orders:

What is a protective order?

A protective order is a civil order that is designed to stop the abuser (respondent) from coming into contact with the petitioner (person requesting the protective order) and the petitioner’s children (collectively known as the “protected parties”). A protective order can remove a spouse or intimate partner from a shared home or apartment, so that the petitioner can reside in the dwelling without risk of harassment or abuse.

Who can obtain a protective order?

In Oklahoma a person, 16 years of age or older, can obtain a protective order against a “family or household member” who has abused and/or harassed him or her. The definition of who is considered to be a “family or household member” is fairly broad, and includes the following individuals: current or former spouse; any person related to the victim by blood or marriage; someone the victim is dating or has dated in the past; any person with whom the victim had a child with. A protective order can also be obtained by an adult on behalf of minor children.

What are the limitations of a protective order?

Although a protective order prohibits an abuser from coming into physical contact with the petitioner or contacting the petitioner in any way, a protective order is only a piece of paper. In order to enforce the protective order, in the event the abuser violates the terms of the order, the petitioner needs to contact the police. A protective order cannot divide personal property or require the abuser to provide financial support or child support. These remedies may be available to the petitioner, but not through a protective order.

How long does a protective order last?

When the petitioner applies for a protective order, the Judge hears the case on an emergency basis, without the abuser present (ex-parte).  If the order is granted, this “emergency ex-parte order” lasts up to three weeks long or, until a hearing is scheduled. At the hearing both the abuser and the petitioner have the opportunity to testify. If the Judge grants the final order, it can stay in effect for a period of up to three years, and thereafter can be extended upon the request of the petitioner.

Do I need to hire an attorney to obtain a protective order?

In Oklahoma, a person can obtain a protective order without having to hire an attorney. There is also no cost to the petitioner to file for a protective order. However, that does not mean that a victim should file for a protective order on his or her own. A skilled attorney can make sure that the petition for a protective order is completed properly and that the petitioner is well prepared to present his or her case to the court. It is also a good idea to hire an attorney, especially if the petitioner believes that the abuser will hire an attorney to defend him or herself.

If you are or have been the victim of domestic violence, contact The Handley Law Center at 405-295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation.  Our team of experienced and compassionate attorneys will take the time to listen to your case and make sure that you understand all of your options. You are not alone. We are here to help protect you and your family.  Call us now to learn more.