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Does the Possession of Cannabis Oil and Marijuana Carry Different Charges in Oklahoma?

Despite the numerous touted medical benefits of medical marijuana, the drug is still illegal in any form and any amount in Oklahoma, save for in select few circumstances. If a police officer catches you with the drug, the state may charge you with misdemeanor possession.

What Happens if You Refuse a DUI Test in Oklahoma?

Oklahoma, like all other states, has what are known as "implied consent" laws. Per these laws, any person who operates a vehicle in the state is considered to have given consent to a blood alcohol concentration test, or breath test, if requested of him or her.

Numerous Pedestrian Accidents Involving Distracted Drivers

It is no secret that distracted driving has become more than just a nuisance – it has become a downright danger. That said, most campaigns geared toward putting a stop to distracted driving show vehicle occupants and drivers as the victims.

Assigning Fault for a Rear-End Collision

In any Oklahoma car accident claims case, the goal is to figure out who is at fault, or who was careless. In some cases, fault is not so obvious, and it takes a thorough investigation and a lot of back and forth to determine liability. In other cases, however, fault is obvious. One such case is a rear-end collision.

What is the Difference Between a Workers’ Comp and Personal Injury Claim?

If you sustain an injury at your Oklahoma place of work, you may wonder if you should file a workers' compensation claim or a personal injury claim. You may also wonder what the difference is between the two.

Should I Take Pictures After a Car Accident?

Because Oklahoma is an at-fault insurance state, the insurer of a party who caused a car accident is financially responsible for damages. While this is great in that it holds the liable party accountable for his or her reckless behavior, it can pose some complications for the victim.

When it Comes to SSD Benefits, What Constitutes a Disability?

YIf you or a loved one is unable to work because of a disabling injury or condition, you may wish to find a financial assistance program so that you can pay your bills, put food on your table, and live in comfort regardless of your inability to work.

Can You Get Unemployment if You Quit Because of a Hostile Work Environment?

Generally speaking, you can not collect unemployment if your unemployment is the result of your own doing. "Quitting" would be considered the result of your own doing, in most cases.

Can I Get Fired While on Workers’ Compensation?

You slipped and fell on the floor at work, breaking your arm. You informed your employer and filed a workers’ compensation claim. You thought everything was fine until you received a notice from your employer a month later stating that you had been laid off.

What Happens if I Refuse a Breathalyzer in OK?

If you were injured on the job, you may assume that you are automatically entitled to workers' compensation. This is not necessarily true. While most on-the-job injuries are eligible for workers' comp, there are some—such as those caused by your own negligence, or those caused by unrelated third parties

Do I Have a Workers' Comp Claim?

If you were injured on the job, you may assume that you are automatically entitled to workers' compensation. This is not necessarily true. While most on-the-job injuries are eligible for workers' comp, there are some—such as those caused by your own negligence, or those caused by unrelated third parties

Researchers reveal a link between brain injury and gut damage

Medical professionals and researchers have known for some time that TBI (traumatic brain injury) affects the gastrointestinal tract. However, it is only recently that these professionals have discovered that the link between brain injury and gut damage goes both ways.

A recent study involving mice with an "experimental TBI" revealed that the injured animals experienced long-term changes in the colon over a month-long period following the injury. Interestingly, the study also found that the gastrointestinal dysfunction experienced by these mice increased "posttraumatic brain inflammation and associated tissue loss."

Take action to seek justice for your loved one's untimely death

Losing a loved one is emotionally draining during any part of the year, but it seems like the impact is greater when the holidays are near. For the men and women who have lost someone they love during this part of the year, it might be very painful to think about having to navigate these special days so close to the death.

We understand that you might feel hurt and angry that your loved one died. You might not be able to handle the stress that has come into your life because of the unexpected death. We are here to help you determine what types of legal actions you can take to seek justice for your loved one's death.

Grief can make the holiday season unbearable

Losing a loved one during the holiday season is difficult. When the death is unexpected, the grief that you experience might be enhanced. You will need to try to find ways to work through the grief so that you can move along with the holiday traditions.

One thing that people usually do that can make the holidays more difficult is trying to forget their loved one. This isn't going to help you at all because it forces you try to keep your emotions hidden. This can cause them to bubble up and come out when you don't want them to.

Stay safe while driving around to get holiday errands done

As you are moving around to get your holiday shopping done, you might realize that some drivers are being aggressive and aren't paying much attention to what is going on in traffic. This is something that can lead to car crashes that cause injuries or deaths. Trying to stay safe should be a priority of the season, but many people are too focused on rushing to run their errands.

When a driver does drive in an unsafe manner, he or she should be held liable for the damages that he or she causes. One way that innocent victims of these crashes might do this is by seeking compensation. We can help you learn about the ins and outs of filing your claim.

Post-traumatic stress disorder might occur after a bad car crash

You might associate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with military service during a time of war or similar events. Did you know that PTSD can also occur after a car crash? If you've never considered that possibility, you should understand that this is a very big concern for some victims.

Several points impact the likelihood that someone will suffer from PTSD after a car crash. The severity of the crash, the type of injuries and the time it takes the person to heal after the crash are all on the list. A serious crash or one that involved a fatality is more likely to lead to PTSD than a crash that resulted in only property damage.

Finances and independence are impacted by a spinal cord injury

Throughout each day, you count on your back to help you do tasks. Without your back functioning properly, you probably couldn't do all the things you do now. Many people don't think about how much of an impact any sort of back injury can have on their lives, but there are some real limitations that you will face if your back is injured.

Your spinal cord runs down your back. If this is injured, you might be facing permanent effects. Your way of life could be forever altered. In some cases, this will cause paralysis or other impacts that leave you dependent on other people for the rest of your life. This is a troubling thought for people who have always been very independent.

Spinal shock can make a spinal cord injury seem worse than it is

Any spinal cord injury is a frightening experience for the victim. Just the thought of having to live with paralysis or other serious symptoms is enough to instill fear in your heart and mind.

One thing that might make you worried immediately after the injury occurs is spinal shock. This is a medical issue that causes a temporary, yet scary, paralysis in the area below the injury. In most cases, spinal shock will abate in the days after the injury. You might also experience a loss of sensation in the area when this occurs.

Teens are often greatly impacted by traumatic brain injuries

As we recently discussed, brain injuries can occur when a teen is involved in a car crash. The effects of these injuries can be devastating for a teenager. When you think about it, you can see why someone in this age group might feel like his or her life is ruined by this type of injury.

We know that parents of teens are also troubled about the thought that one accident can impact their teen in such a considerable way. This is a thought that parents shouldn't ever have to have, but you can't always control accidents.

Teen drivers must be carefully monitored

Teens who are involved in a car crash might suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This is something that isn't guaranteed; however, it is a good possibility. A TBI occurs when the brain is moved in unnatural ways by the force of the crash.

The impacts of TBIs can be serious. In fact, there are some instances in which the effects of the injury aren't ever able to be overcome. This would mean that a teen who suffers from this type of injury might not ever fully recover. The rest of the teen's life could be filled with hardships because of one single accident.

Semitruck crashes are often horrific with long lasting impacts

Semitruck crashes are that can especially horrific. These very large and heavy trucks slamming into a much smaller and lighter vehicle can lead to damage and injuries that are catastrophic. For the people who are victims of these crashes, the horrors of the accident aren't going to go anywhere fast.

We understand the trauma that you went through. We want you to know that you can take action to hold the liable party accountable for his or her actions that led to the accident. What you might not think about right away is that the liable party might not be the trucker who slammed into you.