Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Warn – Don’t Get Burned This Holiday Season

The holiday season is the time of year when across the country, temperatures drop and a step outside in the evening is often met with a cool silence. However, step inside any home and the atmosphere instantly changes. You are greeted with warmth and usually a sea of commotion. Homes are filled with the hustle and bustle of the season; everyone is up to some task. Whether it be hanging holiday decorations, doing some last minute online shopping, or cooking and baking in preparation for holiday guests who may stay into the New Year. With so many people doing so many things all at once, the holidays can often be a time where despite the chill in the outdoor air, people get burned. No, not burned out (but yes, sadly that does happen too) but a burn injury.

In fact, around this time of year, there are four major types of burn injuries that are most common, which are:

  1. Kitchen-related Burns: During the holidays it is not uncommon for every burner on the stove and the oven to be in use all at the same time. However, all it takes is one pot handle to be sticking out the wrong way, and a person could receive a dangerous burn. Kitchen burns can also be caused by splattering grease or other hot liquids. It is important to make sure that there is always someone in the kitchen who can monitor the stove at all times. Do not let cooking food unattended!
  1. Burns from Hot Liquids: The holidays would not be the same without a cup of cheer. Whether you are drinking hot coffee, hot chocolate or a hot toddy to stay warm, it is important to make sure you prepare your drinks to be hot but not scalding. Burns from hot liquids can lead to second and even third-degree burns. So for safety, keep your glass half-full and your elbows in!
  1. Electrical Burns: Year after year, people head to the basement or attic, wherever the holiday decorations are stored, and dig up the box of holiday lights that have been used for what seems like generations. While lights are expensive and it makes sense to use them year after year, the problem is that over time lights become worn and the wires could become exposed. To avoid an electrical burn or prevent an electrical fire, make sure that your holiday lights are in good condition. Also never overload an outlet and do not string more light sets together than what is recommended by the manufacturer.
  1. Heat or Thermal Burns: Nothing is better than coming in from the cold and snuggling up by the fireplace. However, each year people receive painful heat burns from getting too close to a fireplace, space heater, or another heat source. If children are around, take special precautions to keep them from touching these hot items.

Lastly, keep in mind to always seek immediate medical attention in case of a burn injury.

If you have suffered a burn injury after being involved in an accident while on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At The Handley Law Center, our team of seasoned Oklahoma Injury Attorneys can help you determine the best approach to take to obtain full compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys will fight to make sure that your rights are protected, and that justice is served. Trust only a skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney to properly evaluate your case. To find out how The Handley Law Center can help you, contact us today at (405) 295-1924, to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation.

 

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Answer Questions Regarding Catastrophic Injury Cases

You are driving down the highway, cruising right along and then all of a sudden traffic comes to a complete stop. For miles and miles, all you can see is red brake lights, and your car does not budge. You sit baffled wondering what is going on up ahead. Finally, after what feels like an eternity, traffic begins to crawl at a snail’s pace. Then, after another eternity, you come alongside a horrific scene—a multi-car crash. As you creep by the wreck, you wonder how anyone could survive such an accident.

Sometimes, victims of terrible car crashes are able to walk away with relatively minor injuries. Other times, victims suffer severe injuries that will forever impact their lives. These severe injuries are what are referred to as “catastrophic injuries.” If you are not familiar with catastrophic injury cases, the following is what you need to know:

  1. What qualifies as a catastrophic injury?

A catastrophic injury is an injury that is so severe that the victim is left with a permanent impairment. Catastrophic injuries prevent the victim from returning to his or her previous form of employment due to disability and often result in a shortened life expectancy. Most catastrophic injuries result from trauma to the victim’s brain or spinal cord. Injuries that are considered catastrophic in nature impact a person both in the short and long-term.

  1. How do catastrophic injuries occur?

While car accidents are a major cause of catastrophic injuries, they are not the only cause. A person can suffer from a catastrophic injury after being involved in a workplace accident, a sports-related incident, fire or explosion, violent crime, or even medical malpractice or a birth injury.

  1. What makes catastrophic injury cases different from other types of injury cases?

Catastrophic injury cases are very different from other types of injury cases. Due to the very nature of their injuries, catastrophic injury victims have extensive long-term needs. In calculating an appropriate compensation award, it is important for an attorney to take into consideration future expenses and losses that have not yet been incurred. For example, a victim who was severely injured as a child may need treatments well into adulthood and the full extent of his or her injuries may not be known for years to come.

  1. What should one consider before hiring an attorney to represent them in a catastrophic injury case?

It is important for an attorney representing a catastrophic injury victim to be able to anticipate future problems so to ensure that the victim is fully compensated. The attorney must also understand and know how to reach every possible source of recovery for the victim. Because too often the wrongdoer has little to no insurance and the amount of the victim’s underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage, which often will not come close to matching the losses sustained by the victim. For these reasons and others, it is critical to select an injury attorney who is experienced in handling catastrophic injury cases.

If you or a loved one was severely injured after being involved in a car accident, it is important to contact an Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney who has extensive experience handling catastrophic injury cases. At The Handley Law Center, our team of seasoned Oklahoma Injury Attorneys can review your case and give you a determination of what your case may be worth. Trust only a skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney to evaluate your case and provide you with compassionate advocacy. To learn how The Handley Law Center can help you, contact our office today at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation.

 

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Share Tips for Bringing in the New Year with a Bang Not a Burn

Do you know where you are you going to be when the clock strikes midnight on the 31st day of December? Ringing in the New Year is cause for celebration, which most of us partake in—only the venue differs. While some people prefer a large gala, others prefer a smaller and more intimate setting, perhaps at home with friends and family, or even curled up in front of the television. Regardless of the style of celebration one selects, the key event of any New Year’s Eve event is the same –the final countdown to greet the new year. Fireworks are often one way that people choose to add to the festivity of the night. However, while fireworks are often a people pleaser, they are not without hazards.

Improper use of fireworks can lead to serious injuries and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve are the two biggest days of the year for firework related injuries.

For these reasons, it is often best to let fireworks to the professionals. However, should you choose to make fireworks part of your celebration, it is vital to take precautions. To make sure that you greet the New Year with a bang and not a burn, keep in mind these important safety tips:

  1. Sobriety is important. Do not mix fireworks and drugs or alcohol. A person who is under the influence of drugs has impaired judgment and coordination. Make sure that the person in charge of fireworks this holiday will remain sober.
  2. Keep children away. Never let a child handle or play with fireworks. While some fireworks, like sparklers, seem less dangerous, they are a major cause of injury. Most people are unaware of how hot a sparkler can become—reaching a temperature of 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit or hot enough to melt gold.
  3. Buy and use legal fireworks only. Any fireworks used should be legal and have a proper label. Illegal, homemade and fireworks intended for professional use only, account for a substantial number of injuries each year.
  4. Have a safe zone to light fireworks. Never point a firework in the direction of a building, person or anything flammable.
  5. Understand lighting basics. Before lighting a firework, make sure that the firework is properly placed on the ground. Do not hold a firework when attempting to light it. Always wear eye protection and never attempt to relight a “dud” firework.
  6. Be prepared for an emergency.  Just in case something does go wrong, make sure that you have water or a fire extinguisher handy. It is also a good idea to have a phone nearby in the event you need to call for help.

Lastly, while the sale of most fireworks is permitted in the state of Oklahoma, it is important to check with your city or town first before setting off any fireworks. Local ordinances which regulate the specifics regarding the sale and display of fireworks can vary greatly. In some locations, permits are required to display fireworks.

If you have suffered a severe injury after being involved in an accident while on someone else’s property or due to the fault of another, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At The Handley Law Center our team of seasoned Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys can help you determine the best approach to take to obtain the compensation to which you may be entitled. Trust only skilled Oklahoma Injury Attorneys to review your case. The Handley Law Center will fight to make sure that your rights are protected and that justice is served. To find out how our team of attorneys can help you, contact us today at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation.

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Caution Motorists of the Dangers of Driving Close to Home

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year, especially for motorists. With so many things to do and people to see, it seems like there is always need to jump in the car and go. Most of these trips do not take us but a few miles from home. However, if you count the number of trips, it can add up. There are the daily trips to the grocery store for must need and forgotten items; frequent shopping trips to buy last minute presents and teacher gifts; running of children to dress rehearsals and recitals; not to mention the parties, church events, trips to the post office, and the list goes on and on. It is not surprising that most people feel like they put more miles on their vehicle during the holidays than Santa puts on his sleigh in one night!

The good part about most of these trips is that they do not lead us far from home. We are just going a few miles in either direction. However, while shorter trips may save on gas, these trips are not necessarily safer than a long distance trip. In fact, studies have shown that more than half of all reported crashes occur less than 5 miles from a person’s home and more than 70 percent happen less than 15 miles from home. These statistics often surprise people who most often assume that longer trips are inherently less safe. For example, when you tell someone you are driving out of state on a trip, you often hear “drive safe!”, however, you do not hear that same sentiment when you tell someone you are headed to work or to run an errand.

What makes driving so close to home so dangerous? Part of the reason is that when we drive close to home, we feel comfortable since these are the roads we drive every day. This comfortableness often leads us to drive in a more relaxed state where our brains go on auto-pilot. You know you have driven on auto-pilot when you arrive in your driveway and realize that you cannot recall the last few miles of your drive. When people drive on “autopilot” they are often unaware of the obstacles and objects in front of them. The scariest part is that most people have at one time driven on autopilot.

What can motorists do to prevent driving on autopilot? The key to being safe behind the wheel whether you are 1, 15 or 500 miles from home is the same— always be alert. It is important not to fall into a comfort zone despite the fact you know the roads like the back of your hand. Accidents happen not necessarily because a motorist is unfamiliar with the roads, but when something out of the ordinary happens—an animal jumps out into the road, a driver fails to come to a complete stop or a vehicle has equipment failure.

This holiday season, make sure that you and your passengers wear your safety belts each and every time you are in the car, regardless of the length of the trip—and continue this habit well into the New Year!

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in an auto accident this holiday season, please seek the advice of a seasoned Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney. Only a highly experienced Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney, like those at The Handley Law Center, can properly advocate and protect the rights of accident victims. Our veteran injury attorneys have fought for the rights of countless injury victims. The Oklahoma Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center will work diligently to make sure that you receive full compensation for your injuries. Call The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation. You can trust our team of compassionate injury attorneys to fight for you!