Tips for Preventing Swimming Pool Tragedies in Oklahoma

Summer in Oklahoma can be hot. So, for many Oklahoman’s, what better place to escape the sun’s rays than to hit the cool waters of the local pool. Swimming pools can be a great way to find a little relief on those skin scorching days. However, unfortunately each year children die at private and public swimming pools from accidents that could have been prevented. In late June of this year, a thirteen-year-old boy drowned while swimming at a Kentucky pool where he was attending a summer camp. A 7-year-old also drowned this summer at a North Carolina pool where he was attending a pool party. These tragic incidents serve as a stark reminder that swimming pool accidents can happen at any pool.

When searching for a pool, it is important to seek out a facility that is properly maintained and has the necessary safety measures in place. Take a few moments upon arriving at a new pool to thoroughly check out the pool before deciding to swim at the facility. Make sure your check list includes reviewing the pool for the following things:

  • Lifeguards on duty: When visiting a new pool take note if there is a lifeguard on duty. Certain pools, like those located in hotels, often will not have a lifeguard present. If you do not feel comfortable swimming without a lifeguard on duty, then it is best to select to swim at another pool.
  • Depth of pool is marked: Look to make sure that the depth of the pool is clearly marked. This information can help guide swimmers to stay in the area of the pool that is most suited to their swimming abilities. Also, do not dive in a pool unless it is clearly posted that diving is permitted and only dive in areas of the pool designated for diving.
  • Clean, clear water: The idea of swimming in cloudy, dirty water should not only sound unappealing, but it can also be dangerous. A swimmer that slips under the surface of the water is more easily seen by a lifeguard if the water is clean and clear.
  • Not overcrowded: On a hot day it can seem that everyone in town had the same idea to hit the pool all at the same time. However, there is a difference between a busy pool and an overcrowded pool. Too many people in the pool at the same time can lead to people bumping into each other. This can become dangerous since people may have a difficult time staying above the surface of the water with all the commotion. An overcrowded pool can also makes it more difficult for a lifeguard to do their job properly.
  • Life-saving equipment within reach: If you notice a person drowning or struggling in the water, the best way to help him or her is to offer the person something to hold onto, like a reaching pole, or to throw them a flotation device. This is often much safer than swimming to the person, because in the person’s struggle he or she may inadvertently pull the person trying to save him or her underwater. A pool should have reaching poles and flotation devices within easy reach.

If someone you love suffered serious injuries or died as the result of a swimming pool accident, you need compassionate Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys who can help you understand your rights. Only a skilled Oklahoma Injury Attorney can help you determine whether you can hold the wrongdoers accountable through filing a personal injury or wrongful death action. The experienced injury and accident attorneys at The Handley Law Center have helped countless accident victims obtain compensation for their injuries. To schedule your free and completely confidential consultation with one of our seasoned injury law attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924. You can trust the attorneys at The Handley Law Center to provide you with quality and aggressive representation.

How Hiring an Experienced Oklahoma Family Law Attorney Can Save You Money

You and your spouse have had marital problems for a while now and you have recently come to terms with the fact that nothing more can be done to try to save the marriage. Even though you may be okay with filing for divorce, you may be afraid of the financial costs associated with the divorce process. You may have even considered not hiring an attorney in an effort to save some cash. However, the notion that representing yourself, or being “pro se”, is a financially smart idea is not quite true. In many circumstances, an experienced divorce attorney can actually save a client money. The following are just a few examples of how hiring a skilled Oklahoma family law attorney can make more than just common sense, but also bring you financial peace of mind:

  1. Save time: People that choose to represent themselves in a divorce often do not factor how much time is involved. The court will hold a pro se litigant to the same standard as an attorney. Therefore, a pro se litigant will need to spend a considerable amount of time learning not only the relevant law, but also general civil procedure. Persons who represent themselves will also need to attend each and every court appearance, which can mean taking a significant amount of time off of work. If your job is not flexible, you can lose time and money by exhausting vacation time and/or unpaid leave. A spouse who is represented can save time and money by only attending those court appearances where he or she is needed to testify.
  2. Discovery of assets: As part of the divorce process, each spouse has the opportunity to request documents and information from the other spouse. Often as part of this ‘discovery’ process, a spouse may learn about the existence of accounts that he or she was not previously aware existed. Missing a ‘hidden’ asset could be result in the loss of hundreds or even thousands of dollars for the unknowing spouse. An attorney will help you discover all assets and make sure that you receive your fair share.
  3. Correctly calculate support: One area where pro se litigants often make costly errors is in calculating child support. While child support is one of the few things that can be modified after the divorce is finalized, the change cannot be made retroactive, even if the original support amount was based on an innocent error. Obviously, a spouse needs to support his or her children, a significant under or over payment can be an expensive mistake.
  4. Avoidance costly mistakes: The best way to make sure that your divorce is handled right is to hire a skilled family attorney. When you represent yourself, it is easy to make a mistake that could cost you thousands of dollars or even worse, custody of your children. If you agree to sole custody and do not fully understand the implications of this decision until after the divorce is finalized, it is generally not possible to have this mistake modified without a substantial change in circumstances or the passage of a significant amount of time. Courts will not change custody for just any reason.

If you considering filing for divorce you owe it to yourself, your family and your future to hire an experienced Oklahoma Family Law Attorney. Only seasoned Oklahoma Family Law Attorneys can properly advise you of your rights and review your legal options with you. At The Handley Law Center, we understand that divorce can be a difficult and sometimes costly process, but it does not have to be. To see how our team of family law attorneys can help you during this difficult time in your life, contact The Handley Law Center at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation today.

Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss The Hazards of Summer Driving

When asked, most people think that winter driving is the most dangerous time of the year to be on the roadways. While snow and ice covered roads can make for treacherous winter driving conditions, other seasons present their own driving challenges. For example, driving in the summer may sound like a picnic compared to a day in mid-January, but the fact of the matter is that summer driving has its own obstacles. People tend to overlook the perils of summer driving since these obstacles are usually less apparent. However, while these dangers may be a bit more obscure, they are every bit as hazardous. To make sure that you and your family are safe this summer, it is important to be aware of these often overlooked summer driving hazards:

  • Sun’s glare: You would think that a clear, sunny day would make for great weather conditions to hit the open road. However, the sun’s rays can cause a glare which can greatly impair your ability to see the road. So before you set out, be sure to grab a pair of shades. The glare from the sun is usually the worst at dawn and again at dusk. A clean windshield that is free of smudges can also help with glare.
  • Road Congestion: Summer is the time of year that most people take vacations and the preferred method of travel for many families is to drive. With more people deciding to take road trips, roadways are often congested. The best advice to deal with congestion, is to try to relax. Do not let road congestions lead to a case of road rage.
  • Farm Vehicles: Summer travelers are not the only reason why the roadways are more hectic in the summer. Farm vehicles, such as tractors, also need to be on the roads. These large vehicles are wider than a car, often taking up more space than the traditional width of the lane. These vehicles pose a danger not only due to their large size, but also due to their slow moving speed. Always exercise caution when passing farm vehicles.
  • Construction: In many parts of the country, there are only two seasons that matter to drivers, winter and road construction. The effects of road construction are often exacerbated in the summer due to the increased number of drivers on the roadways. Take extra caution when driving in construction zones, including leaving the appropriate distance between you and the vehicle you are following and to drive.
  • Bikes: Unlike winter, the summer driving season also sees a dramatic increase in the number of bicycles and motorcycles on the roads. These smaller vehicles can be more difficult for a driver of a truck or a car to see, especially if the driver is not actively on the lookout for these two-wheelers. An accident between an automobile and a bicycle or motorcycle can result in serious injuries. To ensure a safe trip for all, be sure to share the roadways.
  • Tire blowouts and engine overheating: The summer’s heat can also lead to tire blowouts and engine overheating. Take a few minutes to check your car’s tire pressure and engine fluid levels before leaving on a long trip. If your engine does overheat, pullover to the side of the road to allow the engine to cool.

If you or someone you love was injured or killed in an automobile accident you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and most importantly the pain and suffering you have experienced. The best way to find out if you have a case is to contact an experienced team of Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys. At The Handley Law Center, our team of seasoned Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys will do whatever is takes to obtain justice for you. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924. We look forward to providing you with superb legal services.

Tips for Saving Money on Your Divorce

If you are considering filing for divorce and are in a tight financial situation, you may be tempted to forgo hiring an experienced family law attorney in an attempt to save some cash. However, there are other ways to save money on your divorce while still having quality legal representation. The following are some of the best ways to cut costs on your divorce without sacrificing a thing:

  1. Select an experienced family law attorney: In your search for an attorney to represent you in your divorce, you narrowed it down to just two attorneys. The first attorney does not regularly practice family law, but she was recommended to you by a relative and has a low hourly rate. The other attorney handles a substantial number of family law cases, has a great reputation, but has a higher hourly rate. The first thing to remember is that a lower hourly rate does not mean that the divorce will cost you less. An experienced family law attorney may charge a slighter hourly rate—but it may also take him or her less time to accomplish the same tasks than an attorney who is not familiar with family law. Keep in mind when it comes to the law, time is money!
  2. Organize your documents: A contested divorce can be very document intensive. You may be required to provide your attorney with copies all of your financial records, including but not limited to bank statements, retirement account statements, credit card statements and tax returns. To save yourself some green, take some time to carefully organize these documents. This way your attorney and his or her staff do not have to spend copious amounts of time trying to make heads or tails of these documents.
  3. Consider attending mediation: Mediation is a tool used by attorneys and family law courts to help the parties resolve some or even all of their divorce related issues with the help of a trained facilitator. Mediation can be especially useful when parties have small children and need to work out issues related to custody and visitation. A person can save money with mediation, by resolving a large number of issues in a rather small amount of time. If you think mediation could work for you, talk to your attorney about this option.
  4. Understand when to compromise: It can be tempting for a person going through a divorce to try to stick to his or her guns as to what he or she thinks is fair and just. However, a great way to cut costs in a divorce is to not engage in unnecessary litigation. This can be done by knowing when to compromise. If you are not sure which battles are worth your time and money, listen to your attorney’s advice. Remember that the reason why you hired a skilled family law attorney in the first place. Your attorney not only understands the relevant law, but he or she also has experience handling similar cases, and can use that knowledge to anticipate how a judge may rule in certain situations. Save money by only fighting the important battles, not all the battles.

If you are considering filing for divorce, your first step should be to meet with experienced Oklahoma Family Law Attorneys. With more than 30 years of experience handling family law related matters, The Handley Law Center is the team of attorneys you need to help you through this transition. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our skilled family law attorneys, call The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924.  Fletcher Handley and The Handley Law Center will make sure you understand all of your legal options while providing you with quality representation.