Oklahoma Divorce Attorneys Say Finding a Good Attorney Takes More than Just Luck

All too often people select the wrong attorney to represent them in a divorce. The difference between hiring the wrong attorney and the right attorney is not insignificant. Not only can the difference have a dramatic impact on the outcome of one’s case— but it can also make a big difference along the way. Think of it like this—if you had to take a cross-country journey would you rather travel in a luxurious RV or squashed in the back seat of a compact car? Both options will get you where you need to go, but most would admit that the RV would make the ride a lot more comfortable. The same can be true when it comes to selecting a divorce attorney. Hiring the right attorney can make the divorce process go much smoother and with less delay, less stress and surprisingly, costing one less money.

When it comes to hiring a divorce or family law attorney, you owe it to yourself to rely on more than just the luck of the draw. The following are a few tips to help you find the right divorce attorney for you:

  1. Do not procrastinate. They are very few people who are completely caught off guard when the need to hire a divorce attorney arises. Most people have known for quite some time that their marriage is not working. Do not wait until your spouse has you served with divorce papers to start the search for a divorce attorney. The chances are that if you wait too long, your spouse may have snagged the attorney you wanted, or he or she may have met with several in his or her search. What this means is that now none of the attorneys your spouse met with will meet with you, due to the potential for a conflict of interest. Waiting too long to hire an attorney can also cause you to make a selection based on not skill or fit but based on who has the availability to meet with you.
  1. Do your research. Talk with friends, family members, and even co-workers to find out what they liked and maybe even disliked about his or her divorce attorney. You may be surprised that he or she may give a strong recommendation for the attorney that represented his or her spouse. However, do not stop your search there. Talk with your financial advisor, CPA or even the attorney you used for your will to give you a recommendation. Then after you have a few names, begin researching not only the attorney but also the law firm. Make sure that the attorneys you are considering have significant experience in handling divorce cases.
  1. Schedule a consultation. Before you consider hiring an attorney, you will want to meet with him or her. Come prepared with questions and be sure to listen to his or her responses to your questions. Ask yourself, if you feel comfortable talking with this attorney and do you trust in him or her to handle your case? If the answer to either of these questions is no, then the fit is wrong. Remember to trust your gut.

A divorce is important life event. With so much at stake including your children and your financial future, do not rely on luck to find a qualified Oklahoma Divorce Attorney. It is important to seek out an experienced Oklahoma Family Law Attorney who will be by your side throughout the process. At the Handley Law Center, our trusted team of Oklahoma Divorce Attorneys will take the time to answer your questions and educate you on your legal options, so that you can you make the best possible decisions for your family. To discover how The Handley Law Center can assist you with your divorce or other family law matter contact us at (405) 295-1924. We offer completely confidential consultations.

Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Wrong-Way Collisions

When someone hears that a friend or a loved one has been involved in an accident, the first question that pops out of his or her mouth is one of concern—asking if the person is okay. This is a natural response, as accidents can often lead to quite serious injuries. In some cases, after an accident the vehicle the person was in, is unrecognizable, but the driver can walk away with only scratches, cuts, and bruises. In other cases, the vehicle suffers minor accident damage, but the driver suffers life-threatening or disabling injuries. Certain types of accidents are more likely to cause serious injuries than others. One of the most dangerous types of accidents for a driver is a wrong-way collision.

Wrong-way collisions, or when two cars headed in opposite directions collide, happen when one vehicle enters a lane of oncoming traffic. Due to the very nature of this type of accident, neither driver has much if any time to react in an attempt to avoid the accident, since both drivers are headed unknowingly towards each other. Also to make things even more dangerous, wrong-way collisions usually occur at moderate to high rates of speed. For these reasons, wrong-way collisions most often result in head-on impact. While vehicle safety devices, such as driver side airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners, are designed to protect a driver in case of a head-on collision are helpful, they are often not enough to absorb the significant impact of this type of collision.

There are two main causes of wrong-way collisions. The most obvious cause is some error made by the driver that causes him or her to head into oncoming traffic. Sometimes, this is the result of an innocent mistake like a driver from out-of-town who is unfamiliar with a particular road and makes a wrong turn, maybe mistaking an off ramp as an entrance. However, more often when the driver is the cause, it is due to poor decision making on the driver. The driver is either distracted by his or her use of a cell phone, driving drowsy, or is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. For example, a driver who is “buzzed” or “tipsy” may not being paying attention and may miss a sign that direct motorists of a change in traffic pattern. In other cases, the driver is so intoxicated that he or she veers across the center line on an undivided highway.

However, the wrong-way driver is not the only cause of wrong-way collisions. The following problems can also lead to wrong-way collisions:

  • Weather that interferes with the driver’s visibility such as heavy rain or snow and fog.
  • Missing or inadequate signage to alert a driver as to how he or she needs to proceed.
  • Heavy vegetation or some other obstacle that prevents a driver from seeing needed signage.
  • Road construction that is poorly marked or that creates an unnatural traffic pattern.
  • Poor lighting that prohibits a driver from being able to see the necessary signage.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a wrong-way auto accident, please take the time to meet with an experienced Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney. Only seasoned Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys, like those at The Handley Law Center, can properly evaluate your case and determine the best way to protect your rights. Our experienced injury attorneys have fought for the rights of countless injury victims throughout Oklahoma. The 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 veteran injury attorneys to fight for you!

 

Oklahoma Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys Offer Ways to Make Sure Your Grandparent is Safe in a Nursing Facility

Grandparents are special people in our lives. When we were little, they took care of us and now it may be our turn to look out after them. Nursing facilities are often the best places to meet our elderly relative’s needs. However, how can one be certain that his or her grandparent is receiving the necessary care? The following are five ways you can help make sure your grandparent is properly cared for:

  1. Drop in. The most important thing you can do to help your loved one to drop by and say hello. Unannounced visits will help you see the real conditions of the facility. If the staff discourages unannounced visits or seems upset when you arrive unplanned, take this is a big red flag.
  1. Keep the conversation going. A great way to spend time with a grandparent is simply to engage in conversation. He or she will want to hear what is new with you, but also you may have lots you want to know about them. Grandparents often are excited to share childhood memories and family history. Older adults are also great at giving advice. Even if your loved one suffers from memory loss or dementia, try to keep the conversation going. Remember, have patience and discuss one topic at a time. Non-verbal communication like eye and smiling are important too! Pay special attention if he or she brings up the nursing staff or his or her experiences at the facility.
  1. Continue to make memories. Some of our best childhood memories are often the times we spent with our grandparents. Maybe it was fishing trips with grandpa or Sunday family dinner cooked by grandma. Now that a grandparent resides in a nursing facility does not mean the memory making should not stop. Help your loved one stay involved in your life by taking them on outings or if that is not possible, bring in photos of your recent adventures. You can also bring something for the two of you to do together like a puzzle, craft or a game. If your loved one enjoys reading bring a book or magazine.
  1. Watch out for signs of neglect and abuse. Signs of neglect and abuse can include the following: missing valuables, dirty or unkempt room, injuries or accidents, bruising, bedsores, improper hygiene, dehydration, weight loss, unappetizing meals, isolation, and being dressed inappropriately.
  1. Talk to staff. When you visit your loved one, make sure that you take the time to talk to the staff and ask questions. If you notice something that seems odd or amiss, ask. If the staff dodge your questions or give you unsatisfactory responses, that again should be a red flag. Also, keep your eye out to see how the staff interacts with your loved one and other residents. Ask yourself, does my loved one seem comfortable around the staff? Does the staff interact with my loved one appropriately? Do I recognize the staff from my last visit or does it seem like the facility have a high staff turnover rate?

If your loved is a nursing facility resident and has suffered from neglect or abuse, it is important to contact our Oklahoma Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys as soon as possible. At The Handley Law Center, we understand how devastating it can be to discover that your loved one has been mistreated or harmed in any way. At The Handley Law Center, we make it our goal to obtain justice for our clients and their families. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of skilled nursing home neglect attorneys contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924.

 

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Offer Tips to Prevent Winter Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are one of most common ways people are injured while on another person’s property. This type of accident can happen indoors or outside and at any time of the year. While many people think of slip and fall accidents as something that happens when a person takes a tumble after walking on to a wet section flooring, slip and fall accidents happen outdoors as well.

Winter weather often makes traveling outdoors dicey. Snow and ice often create havoc on the roadways and are a major cause of car accidents. However, snow and ice can also make travel quite treacherous for those traveling by foot as well. For example, ice covered walkways can lead to someone losing their footing and hitting their head or back. People are frequently injured trying to prevent a slip and fall accident. In those precious milliseconds that happen after a person starts to slip, but before they fall, people often reach out to grab on to something that could lessen their fall. However, sometimes the act of grabbing a railing can cause serious shoulder injuries.

Most people think of slip and fall injuries as being quite minor like a bruised buttock or ego. However, that is not the case. In fact, serious and even life threatening injuries can occur as a result of what seems to a quite simple slip and fall. Slip and fall accidents can lead to spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and permanent disabilities.

Despite the fact that winter is almost over, does not mean the risk of slip and fall accidents is gone. While daytime highs may feel like spring, the evening lows often drop below freezing, causing moisture on the sidewalks or walkways to freeze. Water dripping from gutters or roofs can also cause patches of ice to form on the ground below—which can be quite the surprise for the unwary pedestrian.

The good news is that there are things one can do to prevent a winter slip and fall accident. The following are some of our best safety tips:

  • Wear boots or other slip-resistant footwear when walking outdoors. Opt to take and change into dressier or more fashionable footwear once you reach your destination.
  • Hold on to the railing if one is provided.
  • Avoid carrying items in your hands while trying to maneuver. Instead, opt for a backpack or over the arm bag to carry items.
  • Use caution when exiting and entering a vehicle.
  • While keeping one’s hands in their coat pockets is a good way to keep them warm in winter weather, it is better to wear mittens or gloves and have one’s hands out and available in case they are needed to help break a fall.
  • Avoid distractions and pay attention to your surroundings. Do not try to text or talk and walk. If it is dusk or evening, carry a flashlight or walk in well-lit areas only.
  • Take small, careful steps. Avoid changing direction abruptly or walking too fast.

If you have suffered a serious injury after being involved in a slip and fall 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 Personal 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 our skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys 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.