Oklahoma Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys Discuss Abuse Warning Signs

Making the decision to turn over the day to day care of your elderly or ill parent or grandparent is quite possibly one of the most difficult decisions a person can make. Although you know your loved one is not fully capable of taking care of all of his or her needs, it is difficult to find a place that you can trust to treat him or her with the love and respect he or she deserves. Often, the search to find a quality nursing home can be painstaking and even then, is never done with complete certainty.

Putting a loved one in a nursing home often requires a leap of faith. That is why when you begin to suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected it can be quite traumatic. Not only are you pained at the thought of your loved one’s suffering, there is also the pain that comes from the gross abuse of the trust that you placed with that care provider.

The most important thing to remember is that if you suspect abuse or neglect you need to act immediately. Signs that your loved one is not receiving the proper care and may be the victim of abuse or neglect, include:

  • He or she develops bed sores. Bed sores, also known as pressure ulcers, develop when a person is not being moved sufficiently enough to ensure proper blood circulation. These sores are not only extremely painful, but if left untreated, can lead to a serious infection and even possibly amputation or death.
  • Complaints by your loved one. The transition to a nursing home is not always easy for an ill or elderly person. If you notice that your loved one is complaining about his or her care, you need to take these complaints seriously. However, on the flip side, do not take a lack of complaints to mean that your loved one is okay. Sometimes loved ones are not able to properly vocalize their complaints or may be too frightened to speak, for fear of retaliation by nursing home staff.
  • He or she appears to be dehydrated or malnourished. Elderly or ill patients are often not able to indicate to others the fact that they are thirsty or even hungry. A good care provider will have a system in place to make sure your loved one’s most basic needs are met. Symptoms of dehydration include skin infections and an altered mental state.
  • Changes in staff. A common red flag of problems at a nursing facility is changes in staff. Having less staff present now than on previous visits or having a high turnover of staff, are often indicators of a potential problem. Like they saying goes, where there is smoke there is often fire. Shortages in experienced staff can lead to your loved one receiving less attention and poorer quality of care.
  • Over quality of facility seems to be declining. When a facility is having problems, a visitor to the facility may start to notice small changes. Maybe the quality of food or food choices have decreased. Or there is a decrease in number or quality of activities available for residents. Even something as simple as the premises not being as clean are all signs that the facility may be cutting back.

If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home it is important that you contact The Handley Law Center as soon as possible. The Oklahoma Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys  at The Handley Law Center are experienced in handling nurse home neglect and abuse cases. We will evaluate your loved one’s case to determine if any wrongdoing has occurred. Our goal at The Handley Law Center is to meet our clients’ needs in the best way possible. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of skilled injury attorneys contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924. You can trust our team of injury attorneys to hold the negligent parties accountable for their misconduct and obtain fair compensation for your loved ones injuries and suffering.

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Answer Frequently Asked Questions about Whiplash

If you have been involved in an auto accident, there is a good chance that you have been in a rear-end collision. Rear-end collisions are quite common. It is estimated that in the U.S. a driver is hit from behind every 17 seconds. In fact, 1 in 3 car accidents is a rear-end collision. People often refer to a rear-end collision as a “minor fender bender.” However, minor usually refers to the damage to each vehicle, not the injuries to the people in the vehicles. Sometimes even though the damage to the vehicles is minimal the injuries sustained can be quite serious. Whiplash is one common injury that can result after a person is involved in a rear-end collision. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions that clients ask about whiplash injuries:

What is whiplash?

When a person says that he or she has suffered from “whiplash”, he or she usually means that he or she has suffered a neck sprain. “Whiplash” is a term that is commonly used to refer to a neck injury that results after a person is involved in a rear-end collision or other type of motor-vehicle car accident where a person’s head is suddenly and forcibly jerked back and forward—much like the lashing action of a whip. A person who has suffered whiplash can experience various symptoms including neck pain, restricted neck mobility and/or headaches.

What should I do if I suspect I have suffered whiplash after an accident?

Unlike broken bones or lacerations, whiplash is not always felt immediately after an accident. In fact, a person may not start to feel neck pain or other symptoms for hours or even days after the accident. But just like any other injury, it is important that a person who suspects whiplash seek immediate medical care. It is also possible that he or she may have also suffered a concussion.

How long does it take to recover from whiplash?

The length of time it takes for an individual to fully recover from an injury like whiplash varies. Some individuals recover quite quickly while others experience symptoms for years after the date of injury. However, for most people whiplash is a treatable injury.

Is whiplash a recoverable injury?

When a person is injured in a car accident, he or she has the right to seek compensation for the injuries he or she sustained. Medical expenses incurred for diagnosis and treatment of whiplash, just like any other accident related injuries are recoverable. Unfortunately, whiplash is a condition that is not always taken seriously by the general public. The main reason is that sometimes a very serious case of whiplash can result after what appeared to be a very minor accident. While it is true that in this day and age there are folks that try to fake or prolong an injury for their own gains, whiplash is a very real and very painful injury. In fact, if whiplash is left it can lead to other serious life threatening ailments.

If you were in a rear-end collision or other incident that caused a whiplash injury, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. You will also want to contact an experienced Oklahoma Injury Attorney as you may be able to hold another person liable for your injuries. The Oklahoma Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center are seasoned injury attorneys who have helped countless accident victims obtain proper compensation for their injuries. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our skilled injury attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924. You can trust our attorneys to fight for your rights.

 

 

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Urge Oklahomans to Drive Sober this Holiday Season

For some girls and boys, the month of December means going to bed with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads. What could be more exhilarating for a wee one, than the anticipation of Christmas Day—waiting for the jolly man in the red suit to slide down the chimney and deliver presents underneath the Christmas tree? That is pretty tough to beat. But, for the other not so little boys and girls, this December has been a month of anticipation as well. This slightly older crowd has been counting down the days for the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Whether you are a fan or a fanatic of the Star Wars movies, one thing is probably true, it is just a matter of when you see the movie, not if.

This is a fact not lost on Hollywood or the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Yes, the NHTSA is hoping Star Wars is the one movie everyone checks out over the holidays. Why? As part of its ongoing campaign to make sure no one drives drunk this holiday season, the NHTSA announced on December 17th that two new ads will play before the Star Wars movie. The new ads for Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over are entitled “Man in the Mirror” and “Woman in the Mirror.” In both ads, a person’s reflection in the mirror tries to convince him or herself that they are okay to drive. The message of the ad is that a person who has been drinking cannot trust his or her judgment to know if he or she is sober enough to drive.

The goal of the NHTSA’s holiday crackdown campaign is to get out the message, that if a person drinks, he or she should not drive. Or in other words, if you do drive, drive sober, or do not drive at all. Do not have a few drinks and then try to drive home. As a wise creature named Yoda once said “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” So if you plan to venture out this holiday be smart and do not put yourself in the situation where you will need to make a decision about whether or not you are okay to drive home. To avoid this sort of situation heed the following:

  • Leave the car at home. If your plans are to go to a holiday party, take public transportation or a cab to the event. Or have your designated drive pick you up. This way you cannot change your mind later on in the evening and decide that you are “okay” to drive after having a few drinks.
  • Be a Host. The best part about hosting is at the end of the night you do not have to try to make it home. If you do choose to host, require guests to have a designated driver or take their keys and spend the night.
  • Do not drink. Remember that you can choose not to drink. If you make this choice, you could also give the gift of a sober ride home to someone in need.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured after being involved in an accident with a drunk driver, it is important to contact a skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible. Only an experienced Injury Attorney can examine the facts of your case and determine whether you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. The Oklahoma Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center are compassionate advocates who understand the devastating impact a serious car crash can have on the victim and his or her family. Trust our team of attorneys to help you get your life back. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our seasoned injury attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924.

 

Oklahoma Divorce Attorneys Ask: Are You Starting to Research Your Options?

January has earned a reputation to be the month to divorce. One reason why January has become synonymous with divorce has to do with the media coverage of celebrity relationships. What could make for a juicier January magazine cover than a photo, taken over the holidays or better yet on New Year’s Eve, depicting a couple looking much in love, with a headline announcing the “shocking revelation” that the couple has filed for divorce.

But like any reputation, there is more than a hint of truth behind January being “divorce month.” January is often a contender for the month with the highest number of divorces filed. But even though divorce filings usually rise in January, there are months with higher or even higher rates of filing. However, January is the month where people contemplating divorce truly start to research their options. But why January you ask? There are two main reasons why the “spike in splitting” strikes in January. First, the start of a new year is a time when people examine the past year and set goals for the new year. If a person is unhappy in his or her marriage, the question often contemplated, Is divorce the next step? The other reason that divorce filings increase in January, is that people do not want to be seen as the The Grinch that filed for divorce during the holidays. So once the holiday trifecta (Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukah, and New Year’s Eve) is over, what better time to start anew than January.

But if you talk with veteran family law attorneys, there are practical reasons to file for divorce in January. These reasons include:

  1. Taxes. If parties wait until January 1st to file for divorce it can make tax preparation easier knowing that they were married on December 31st. The other convenient aspect of after December 31st, is that it gives the parties 12 months to complete the divorce, which often is enough time so that the following year each party can file separate returns.
  1. Less emotional: Obviously if your spouse is not expecting the divorce, there is no “good” time to file. A surprise is a surprise. That being said, filing for divorce just before or in the middle of the holiday season can make matters a whole lot of worse. A spouse that may be willing to be reasonable and be willing to enter into a settlement agreement, may be too agitated or emotional to think clearly. This can prolong the divorce and be much more costly. After the holidays, when life is a bit calmer, is usually an easier time to let him or her know of your intentions.
  1. Money. Many companies give employee bonuses at year end. If your spouse is to receive such a bonus, it is often better to wait until he or she receives the bonus before filing for divorce. Bonuses or even tax returns are often used in part as retainer fees.

Remember, that even though January may be a popular month to file for divorce month it does not mean it the best month to file. People file for divorce in every month of the year, so pick the time that meets your needs. If you are contemplating filing for divorce, there is no rush so to speak to file in January.

If you are contemplating divorce, it is important that you obtain all the information possible before making a final decision. The best way to start researching your options is to speak with experienced Oklahoma Family Law Attorneys. He or she can answer your questions and provide you with valuable insight into the divorce process. At The Handley Law Center, our attorneys understand that making the decision to file for divorce is one of the most consequential decisions a person can make. To schedule a meeting with a one of our compassionate family law attorneys contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924.