Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss How Parents and Caregivers Can Prevent Hot Car Deaths

Pretty soon, the cool spring rains will be behind us and the days will once again be dominated by the summer sun. While summer is often a welcome season for adults and children alike, the warmer weather does pose a risk to youngsters. Children in particular need to be protected from the sun’s rays. Of course, sunscreen is a must to protect a child’s more sensitive skin from a burn. However, children also need to be protected from the summer heat as well. Even though most adults think that it could not happen to them, even the most loving of parents can forget and leave a child in a hot car. In fact, more than 700 children have died from heatstroke after being forgotten in a hot car since 1998 or approximately 37 children per year.

Heatstroke, a medical condition which occurs when a person is exposed to a prolonged period of high temperatures, causing the body’s internal temperature to rise to 104 degrees or higher, can cause serious injury and even death. According to the Mayo Clinic, young children are especially susceptible to the risks of heatstroke, a leading cause of death. In 80 degree temperatures, it takes only 10 minutes for the inside of a vehicle to increase in temperature by 20 degrees. In other words, in less than it takes to brew a pot of coffee or make a box of macaroni and cheese, your child could be dead, if left inside a car.

The most tragic part about hot car deaths is that they are 100 percent preventable. Parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers especially, need to learn to take steps now to make sure that this tragedy does not happen to them. The following are some of the tricks that adults can use to make sure they do not forget a child in the car:

  1. Leave something in the backseat. When traveling with a child, always leave something in the backseat that forces you to check the backseat before you lock up. The item could be your cell phone, purse, briefcase, or even your left shoe!`
  2. Stuffed animal trick. Put a large stuffed animal in each of your children’s car seats. When the child is riding with you, move the stuffed animal to the front passenger seat to serve as a reminder that the child is in the car with you.
  3. Always lock your car. Children also die after playing in an unlocked car and become trapped inside. It is best to keep your car locked and the keys or key fob out of the reach of children.
  4. Look before you lock. Make it a habit that each time you lock your car that you check the backseat.
  5. Have a plan with caregivers. Parents, often out of routine, have forgotten to drop off a quiet sleeping child at daycare. Make sure that your daycare provider knows to call you promptly if your child does not arrive at the designated drop off time.

At The Handley Law Center, we hope that you and your family have a safe and enjoyable summer. However, if someone you love is seriously injured in an accident this summer, it is important to know that he or she may be entitled to compensation. At The Handley Law Center, our team of seasoned Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys will review your case and give you a determination of what your case may be worth. Trust only skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys to evaluate your case. 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 Dispel Four Biggest Hot Car Death Related Myths

Parents and caregivers are always looking for ways to keep their children safe and out of harm’s way. With the unofficial kick-off to summer just around the corner, it is important to make sure that you and those individuals that you entrust to watch your children are aware of the dangers of hot car deaths. There are many myths out there related to this area that are simply not true and can endanger the lives of children. Make sure you can separate fact from fiction, so you can prevent tragedy from striking your family this summer.

Myth 1: I could never forget my child in the car.

Fact: When parents hear about children who have died in hot car deaths, this is often their reaction. Parents often want to believe that the parents who have left their children in cars are cruel or at the very least, very thoughtless parents. However, this is not the case. Yes, there are people who intentionally leave their children in cars to die, however, the vast majority of hot car deaths are of loving and caring parents who are often stressed or simply out of routine.

Myth 2: Heatstroke only happens on hot summer days.

Fact: Heatstroke becomes fatal when a child’s body temperature reaches 107 degrees. However, that does not mean the temperature outside must be in the triple digits. On a day in the mid-50 is the inside temperature of a car can reach 110 degrees. While summer months do see the highest number of hot car deaths, in fact, every month except January has a recorded child death from heatstroke after being left or trapped in a car.

Myth 3: It okay to leave a child alone in a car for just a minute.

Fact. This is one mistake parents and caregivers make that can quickly become deadly. Parents often think it is safe to leave children in a car, with the window cracked or if the vehicle is parked in the shade for just a minute. On an 80 degree day, a car can reach a deadly temperature in 10 minutes. Small children are especially sensitive to the heat. Excessive heat can lead to serious injury including loss of hearing, blindness, and even permanent brain damage. Studies have also found that parking in the shade or cracking a window has little effect.

Myth 4: Heatstroke can only happen when a person forgets a child in the car.

Fact. While about half of all child car deaths related to heatstroke occur when an adult forgets a child in the car, about one-third happen as a result of a child who is playing in a car who becomes trapped. One way to prevent this type of tragedy from happening to your child or even a child in your neighborhood is always to keep your vehicle locked. Do not allow children to play in or around vehicles or with a key fab. It is also a good idea to teach older children about the dangers of playing in and around cars.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured in an accident, schedule an appointment to speak with an experienced Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney. Only skilled Oklahoma Injury Attorneys can serve as your advocate and protect your rights. At the Handley Law Center, our seasoned injury attorneys have fought on behalf 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. Remember, our attorneys will not stop fighting for you!

 

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Ask – How Safe is Your Child Inside the Car?

From the moment you are handed your precious bundle of joy, your parental instincts to protect this child from harm kick into high gear. Suddenly, the scariest thing you think of doing is driving anywhere with your child in tow. How can you share the road now that you have a child—people drive like lunatics! So you do the things any sane parent would do. You purchase the best car seat you can afford, trade in your sporty two-door car for an ultra-safe minivan, and vow to drive at least five mph under the speed limit until your child’s fortieth birthday. While these strategies may benefit your child in the event you are in an accident; there is something just as important that most parents never do and that is to declutter.

As any parent knows, children come with a ton of stuff. Any trip with a child involves tons of stuff. The stuff, is the other reason parents opt for a larger vehicle like an SUV or a minivan—because they need somewhere to put all the STUFF! A day trip to grandma’s house requires almost as much stuff as a weekend getaway. The problem with the all the stuff is that it is difficult to keep it contained in a car. Strollers, sippy cups, toys, diaper bags, are all tossed in alongside the groceries and the travel mug full of coffee. The problem with all of this clutter is that in the event of an accident or a sudden hard stop, any of these objects can become projectiles.

People often scoff at the idea of being hit by an item in their vehicle. However, if a baseball has ever hit you in the arm or leg—you can begin to appreciate the pain and damage even a small flying object can have. A baseball or even a hockey puck is only about a half of a pound—so about the same as a tablet, cell phone or book. Even a 5-pound object at 30 mph will hit with 150 pounds of force, which is pretty significant especially when you think of the object hitting your child in the head or face. A few years ago a Denver parent learned this fact the hard way when her two-year-old was practically scalped by a soft-spouted sippy cup which became a projectile during an accident.

To protect your children from projectiles in the car, follow these tips:

  • Evaluate the contents of your vehicle and remove any unnecessary items.
  • Store any heavy objects, like suitcases and strollers, in the trunk or cargo area.
  • Keep only the most needed items out and keep the rest of the stuff in a storage box in the truck or cargo area.
  • Consider trading in your metal coffee cup for a lightweight plastic cup. If you cannot part with your insulated cup, consider storing it the door storage area rather than the cup holder.
  • Children’s backpacks and coats can are best stored on the floor under their feet.
  • Move items like purses and electronic devices to the floor or in other storage compartments.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured in an auto accident, schedule an appointment to speak with an experienced Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney. Only a skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney can serve as your advocate and protect your rights. At the Handley Law Center, our seasoned injury attorneys have fought on behalf of countless injury victims throughout Oklahoma. 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. Our attorneys will not stop fighting for you!

 

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Caution Motorists to Proceed with Caution Around Large Trucks this Spring

Motorists often think that the worst driving season is behind them once the flowers start to bloom and the snow and ice melt. Just because winter is over and done, do not think that travel is suddenly smooth sailing. While the winter season is no one’s favorite season to navigate, every season has its challenges. Spring has its set of hazards, which not only impact motorists but professional truck drivers as well.

Unfortunately, motorists often forget the complexities of driving near these 18-wheeled monstrosities. Just because winter is over does not mean that you do not have to proceed with caution near these big rigs. Spring can wreak havoc of its own and the last place any motorist wants to find themselves is in an accident with an 80,000-pound truck. To stay safe and out of harm’s way this spring, watch out for these problems Mother Nature can throw your way:

Rain and standing water: We all are familiar with the saying “April showers bring May flowers,” but sometimes April and May bring more than just a few sprinkles. In fact, downpours are not uncommon and can leave roadways partial flooded or with isolated areas of standing water. Trucks, when they hit these patches of water, can kick up a large spray of water. If you happen to be following too closely behind a truck when this occurs, it can feel like you are driving in a car wash—unable to see much in front of including the brake lights of the truck. So it is always wise to increase your following distance in wet weather.

Construction zones: Construction zones in the spring are as common as dandelions. To safely navigate a construction zone, keep in mind that large trucks cannot stop on a dime. So if you need to merge because your lane is ending, do not wait until the last minute and pull in front of a semi-truck (or even a car for that matter). While a car should be able to stop, in this situation, a truck may not be able to because they simply require a much longer braking distance.

Poor road conditions: Snow and ice, freeze and thaw cycles, and the chemical agents used to the keep the roads safe to drive on in winter are all very abusive to the roadways. Spring roads are often dotted with potholes, cracks and uneven pavement. Due to large nature of semi-trucks, hitting a patch of bumpy road at a high rate of speed can cause their load to shift and the truck to become unstable. Rough roads or holes can also cause a truck to blow out a tire. For these reasons, it is important to give a truck lots of space, so that you can properly navigate around them if necessary.

Wind: Windy weather for most motorists is often seen more as an annoyance than a driving hazard. However, due to their large nature, semi-trucks are prone to catching lots of wind. If the semi-truck is empty or carrying a very light-weight load, a strong wind can cause the truck to tip. As a motorist, it is critical to never drive next to a semi-truck in windy weather. If you have to pass, do so as quickly as possible.

If you were seriously injured in a truck accident, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. Then, before you speak with anyone else including the at-fault party’s insurance company, you will want to contact an experienced Oklahoma Injury Attorney. Only experienced Oklahoma Injury Attorneys can determine if you can hold the trucking company or the truck driver liable for your injuries. The attorneys at The Handley Law Center are skilled injury attorneys who have helped countless truck accident victims obtain compensation for their injuries. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our compassionate injury attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924. You can trust our attorneys to fight for your rights!

 

 

Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys Caution Motorists on the Dangers of Night Driving

As an adult, you know certain things about yourself that you may not have known when you were just a teenager. For example, you know how you like your coffee and the way you prefer your eggs in the morning. You know if you are funny, shy, or outspoken. You also know what your most productive hours of the day—if you prefer to rise with the sun or if you are more of an up all night type. However, whether you are an early bird or a night owl, one thing remains true—driving at night is dangerous for everyone. In fact, nighttime driving is more dangerous than daytime driving, despite the fact the roadways are far less congested. Even though approximately 75 percent of all driving happens during the day, more than 50 percent of all driving deaths happen at night. What makes night time driving so dangerous? The following are the five main culprits:

  1. Impaired drivers. It is estimated that 30 people die daily in crashes involving a drunk driver according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drunk driving while a problem at any time of the day, is especially deadly at night. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in 2014, drunk driving involvement in fatal crashes was four times higher at night compared to the daytime.
  2. Driving at night is challenging because so many Americans are already sleep deprived and are now driving at a time when they are usually asleep. The times that the highest amount of crashes or near-misses occur are at times most people, even night owls, are in bed: 4 am – 6 am and midnight – 2 a.m. Alcohol usage and even some drugs can also play a factor in causing a driver to become drowsy.
  3. Cell phone usage. While cell phone usage is a big distraction for all motorists, it is also something that becomes even more dangerous when done at night. Motorists who are looking down at their illuminated screen to dial a phone number or text, need time for their eyes to adjust back to the dark road ahead.
  4. Decreased night vision. Our night vision is what allows us to see in low-light conditions. As we age, our night-vision becomes poorer. In other words, a driver in his or her 50’s may need twice as much light to see as well as a driver who is only in his or her 30’s. If you find that your night vision is too compromised, it is best to restrict driving to daytime driving only.
  5. Even with great night vision, a motorist can only see approximately 250 feet in front of them with normal headlights and about 500 feet with high beams. The lack of light also makes it difficult to see road hazards, like animals who may have wandered onto the road or a piece of debris, until it is too late to avoid a crash.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured after being involved in a night-time auto accident, you owe it to yourself to contact a skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney as early 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 Personal Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center are compassionate advocates who understand the devastating impact a serious car crash can have on a victim and his or her family. You can trust our team of qualified attorneys to help you get back on your feet fast. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our veteran injury attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924.

 

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Offer Tips to Protect Yourself After an Accident

If you were in a car accident would you know what to do? While it is common to plan for positive life events, like weddings and babies, not many of us plan for the negative ones. Since no one plans to be in an accident, it makes that few of us actually know what to do right after impact. This is unfortunate because so much can be done in the aftermath of an accident to protect one’s self. If you are involved in a car accident, do not be caught off guard. The following is a list of things you can do to protect your legal interests:

  1. Stop the car. Do not make the mistake of leaving the scene of an accident, even if the accident is minor.
  2. Clear the roadway. Unless your injuries or damage to your vehicle is severe, it best to move your vehicle to the side or shoulder of the road. Clearing the roadway prevents further accidents from motorists who come upon the scene. If it is dark and vehicles cannot be safely moved, turn on your vehicle’s flashers and set up roadside
  3. Notify the police. Once you have made sure that everyone involved in the accident is safe, you will want to notify the police. Any time there is significant damage to property or injuries you will need to contact the police so that a report can be made.
  4. Speak carefully. After an accident, emotions of all participants are running high. Since what you say to the police or others at the scene is critically important, it is best to speak carefully. Do not admit wrongdoing. If you are asked a question, do not speculate or make any guesses. Tell only the information you know and if you do not know the answer, then respond as such. For example, if you are asked if you are hurt but are to shaken up to know for sure, say you do not know.
  5. Contact your insurance company. Per your insurance policy, you will need to contact your insurance company after the accident. Do not make the mistake of speaking with the other party’s insurance company. You are not required to speak with them. Instead contact your insurance company and your attorney first.
  6. Obtain witness contact information. A witnesses’ testimony is one of the key pieces of evidence what happened to cause the accident and in determining who is at fault. Make sure to obtain contact information for each witness, especially if they cannot stick around for the police to arrive.
  7. Take photos. Put your smartphone to good use. Snap photos of the scene before cars are moved to the side of the road. It is also a good idea to take photos of any obvious injuries, like cuts and scrapes. Make sure to take photos of anything from the scene that you think may be helpful or that proves your account of what happened.
  8. Contact an attorney. One of the best things you can do if you are in an accident to protect your interests is to contact an attorney. He or she will be able to serve as your guide throughout the process and make sure that your rights are protected.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured in an auto accident, protect yourself by seeking the advice of a seasoned Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney. Only a highly experienced Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney can advocate on your behalf and safeguard your rights. At the Handley Law Center, 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 serve you well!

 

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Offer Cyclists Tips For Staying Safe this Spring

Spring is in the air, and for many of us, that means getting outside! If you are a cyclist, the fact that winter is over means it is time to hit the open road. There is no better way to revel in springtime than to hop back on your bike. However, before you do, it is a good idea to brush up on safety precautions that can help prevent you from becoming a victim in an auto accident. The following are some tips to help keep you safe this season:

  1. Check the weather. Knowing the weather conditions before you head out is key. If rain is forecasted, for example, bike brakes do not work as well in wet conditions, so you will want to proceed with caution. If there is a chance for severe weather, you may want to reschedule your trip.
  1. Plan your route, not just your destination. Sometimes we assume that the best way to reach a destination by bicycle is the same we would travel there by car. But this is often not the case. While bikes have the same rights to the roadways as cars—as a cyclist you may have a more enjoyable ride if you opt for the road less traveled.
  1. Evaluate road conditions. Although the sun may be shining when you are ready to head out in the morning, an overnight rain burst may have caused road conditions to become a little sloppy. If heavy traffic is anticipated due to the time of day or construction, you may want to consider an alternate route. Keeping your speed under 15 mph can also be beneficial to give you enough time to stop or react appropriately.
  1. Be present. Hopping on one’s bike is a gray to unplug and let go. Whether your ride is for pleasure or necessity, it is nice to feel the breeze on your face. However, too often people forget to truly “unplug” before the set off on their bike. Using electronic devices like cell phones and ear phones can be very dangerous, especially to a biker. Anything that interferes with a person’s senses and serves as a distraction.
  1. Ride like you are invisible. In an accident between a bike and a car, it is more often than not, that the cyclist is the person to fare the worst. This is why it is important to cyclists to do everything they can to protect themselves from being involved in an accident. One of the best ways to do just that is for a cyclist to pretend like that they cannot be seen by cars—that they, in fact, While this may sound a bit crazy, it makes sense. Often drivers who have been in accidents with bicyclists report afterward not having seen the cyclist. The advantage of adopting this attitude is that the cyclist will do everything do everything in their control to protect themselves, rather than to rely on the assumption that drivers can see them and will act accordingly.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured after being hit by a car while riding a bicycle, it is important to contact a skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney. Only an experienced Injury Attorney can properly examine your case and make sure that the wrongdoer is held accountable. The Oklahoma Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center are dedicated advocates who understand the devastating impact an accident can have on a victim and their family. You can trust our team of experienced injury attorneys to fight for your rights. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our qualified injury attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924.

 

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Discuss Whether Text Ban on Drivers Goes Far Enough

Walk into any restaurant, and you will see in addition to diners eating and talking, you will observe that many have their cell phones in hand. Some are using their phones to snap photos of their food, others are chatting, and others are buried reading something on the screen, despite having one or more dining companions at the table with them. People are so attached to their smartphones that some even take their phones with them on a trip to the loo. So if people cannot part with their phones during a quick trip to the potty, it makes sense that this behavior continues when people step behind the wheel.

In May of 2015, lawmakers in Oklahoma finally passed a law that bans motorists from using their cellphones to text or send emails while behind the wheel. The law went into effect on November 1, 2015. Now, with the ban in place for just over a year, the law is starting to face some criticism, and rightly so.

The intent of the law was to make the roadways safer, but it seems that it is not having the desired effect due to problems with enforcement. The chief problem is that even though the law prohibits drivers from using their cell phones while behind the wheel, it is a challenge for law enforcement to prove that a motorist is breaking the law since the officer must see the driver using their phone. When a driver is texting and driving, the phone is often held out of the sight lines of law enforcement officers.

As of November of last year, Oklahoma City police have issued less than 200 citations to drivers found breaking the text ban law. Police officers in Norman Oklahoma have issued only 14 text-related warnings and 47 citations since the law took effect. But Oklahoma is not alone in its enforcement woes. Other states have reported similar problems enforcing local bans on texting while driving. In fact, officers in some states have had to adopt creatives methods in an attempt to catch motorists in the act. According to an article by the Associated Press, officers in areas of Tennessee have taken to the use of tractor-trailers while patrolling so that they are at a better vantage point to spot drivers breaking the law.

However, creative policing is not the solution. For many critics, the obvious solution to the problem is to broaden the law to ban the use of any handheld device behind the wheel. Currently, 14 states have such laws. The Oklahoma Legislature may need to consider strongly adopting such a ban, as the number of deaths due to cell phone usage and distraction continue to rise. In 2015, an estimated 3,500 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers according to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured after being involved in an auto accident with a driver was texting or otherwise distracted, you owe it to yourself to contact an experienced Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible. Only a skilled Injury Attorney can properly examine the facts of your case and determine whether you are entitled to 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 a victim. Trust our team of qualified attorneys to help you obtain the justice you deserve. 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 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.