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The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

The dangers of drunk driving are well known. People are also starting to recognize the dangers associated with distracted driving, which often involves drivers texting or talking on their phones. One type of danger, however, that doesn’t get the public recognition that it deserves is drowsy driving, also called fatigued driving. It can be just… Read More »

How Does the Social Security Administration Decide Whether I’m Disabled?

When you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), one of the primary factors determining whether you will be able to collect benefits is the determination of whether or not you are considered disabled. Answering that question requires an evaluation by a state agency called Disability Determination Services (DDS). DDS determines disability by asking a… Read More »

When Can Oklahoma Workers Bring a Third-Party Lawsuit?

Under Oklahoma’s statutory workers’ compensation scheme, employees are barred from bringing personal injury claims against their own employer. This means that, even when your employer’s negligence led directly to your injuries, you are limited to seeking benefits through the workers’ compensation system. This restriction on bringing personal injury lawsuits, however, doesn’t stop workers from bringing… Read More »

The Dangers of Override and Underride Truck Accidents

Any time a large truck collides with a smaller passenger vehicle, there is likely to be severe damage. To avoid dangerous situations, it is important to understand some of the unique dangers posed by semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles. Two similar types of accidents involving large trucks, called override and underride, create potentially fatal situations…. Read More »

Making Sense of SSDI Payroll Work Credits

To successfully apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you must meet a variety of requirements: you must be disabled, your income must fall below a certain level to qualify, and you must have the proper number of “payroll work credits.” While there are many complexities involved with the application process, this one in particular… Read More »

Hearing Loss and Workers’ Compensation

Many work injuries are the result of a sudden accident such as a fall or a collision. However, workers’ compensation insurance also pays benefits to workers whose injuries occurred over time, through repetitive stress or long-term exposure. Repetitive stress ailments include carpal tunnel syndrome and back problems that develop over years due to repeated motions… Read More »

When Can You Recover Damages for a Dog Bite?

Some states make it very difficult for those who have been bitten or attacked by a dog to get justice. They have laws that give dogs and their owners one “free bite” before the dog will be considered dangerous. Victims in these states may have little recourse against the owner of a dog that had… Read More »

What Behaviors Can Prevent the Award of Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Under Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation laws, nearly any accident that occurs at work entitles the injured worker to benefits such as partial wages and medical expenses. This is because workers’ compensation insurance is intended to be a compromise between workers and employers. Workers do not need to prove that their employer was negligent or even directly… Read More »

Understanding Your Chances in an SSDI Appeal

An application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) must demonstrate three factors. First, you must show that you have accumulated enough payroll work credits to qualify. These credits are earned by working and paying taxes. Most workers earn four credits per year. Depending on your age, you will need to have a certain number of… Read More »

What Are My Rights if I Slip on a Wet or Icy Sidewalk?

Ice, snow and other substances can create slippery conditions on sidewalks, driveways, walkways and stairs. Most property owners have a duty to clear their premises, including stores, parking lots and buildings, of these hazards. If you have slipped or fallen on a wet surface and suffered an injury, you may be able to bring a… Read More »

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