Can I Negotiate My Own Personal Injury Settlement?

can i negotiate my own settlement

According to the National Center for State Courts, people involved in injury lawsuits are increasingly going “pro se” — trying to represent themselves and navigate the litigation process on their own instead of hiring an attorney. While it’s possible to save money by representing yourself, pro se representation comes with risks you should seriously consider. … Read moreCan I Negotiate My Own Personal Injury Settlement?

Our Highways Aren’t Safe, and Trucking Companies Are to Blame

truck accident

For decades, trucking companies have successfully lobbied against regulations and reforms that could make the trucking industry safer. Now, the most recent Commercial Vehicle Safety Report from Wards Intelligence shows that the trucking industry is failing to make safety improvements and is even causing more truck accidents over time. Keep reading to learn more about … Read moreOur Highways Aren’t Safe, and Trucking Companies Are to Blame

Ikea Furniture Continues to Put Young Children in Danger

Defective Ikea Furniture

In the United States, television and furniture tip-overs result in dozens of child injuries every day and nearly 40 deaths each year. Many consumer safety advocates feel companies are doing little to prevent these horrible accidents — most notably those caused by Ikea’s “Malm” line of dressers, which have already crushed and killed at least … Read moreIkea Furniture Continues to Put Young Children in Danger

Electric Scooters Are Convenient and Fun. They’re Also Dangerous.

Electric Scooters

Across the United States, people are embracing the latest trend in personal transportation: electric scooters. While riding these scooters can offer a lot of fun as well as an eco-friendly alternative to motor vehicles and public transit, e-scooters can also be extremely dangerous, and the accidents and injuries are already beginning to pile up. Every … Read moreElectric Scooters Are Convenient and Fun. They’re Also Dangerous.

Understanding At-Fault vs. No-Fault Car Insurance

Oklahoma uses an at-fault system for auto insurance coverage. In our state, the negligent driver who causes a car wreck (or, more likely, their insurance company) must pay for all damages that occur as a result. These damages may include property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more. Therefore, determining negligence often involves a hard-fought … Read moreUnderstanding At-Fault vs. No-Fault Car Insurance

Who Pays for Dog Bite Injuries in Oklahoma? 

Dog Bite Injuries Oklahoma

Anyone who’s been attacked and bitten by an animal will tell you that it’s a serious, scarring event, especially when the bite occurs during childhood. If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog or other domestic animal, you should seek medical attention right away. Once the victim is safe and stable, your next step should be to contact a skilled personal injury attorney with experience litigating dog bite claims. 

Keep reading to learn more about animal bite laws in Oklahoma and find out how to pursue legal action if you or a loved one has suffered injuries because of a dog bite.  

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How Electronic Logs Can Help Your Truck Accident Case 

Electronic Trucking Logs

Trucking companies frequently ask their employees to drive long distances and work long hours. Some companies even pressure their drivers to break federal regulations and drive unreasonably long shifts, threatening the drivers with punishment or even termination if they refuse. As a result, many truckers drive in a constant state of fatigue, and this widespread fatigue remains one of the leading causes of deadly truck crashes in the United States. 

Thankfully, emerging technologies can provide a clearer, more reliable picture of how long and how far a trucker was driving prior to a crash. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) requires all commercial truckers to maintain a written log of their hours and document rest periods for all trips, and companies must preserve these records for at least six months. In addition, as part of the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21) bill, the law now requires all commercial trucking vehicles to carry a functional electronic logging device (ELD). 

Read on to learn more about how an experienced attorney can use the data from an ELD to build a powerful truck accident claim. 

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Should I Settle My Car Accident Case?

Car Accident Settlement

Individuals who have suffered injuries in a car accident because of another person’s negligence often don’t know where to turn. In many cases, their injuries require extensive and costly medical treatment. If their injuries are severe, they may not be able to work or enjoy life the way they had before the crash.

Thankfully, many victims can find some recourse by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party and their insurance company. However, insurance companies like to offer victims small or moderate settlements so they can avoid a lengthy legal process and a potentially larger payout.

In some cases, accepting the insurance company’s settlement offer might be the right move for you. In other cases, you’ll need to push back with the help of a lawyer and potentially even take your claim to trial.

If you’ve been hurt in a car accident at the hands of a negligent driver, keep reading to learn about some factors that should influence your decision about any settlement offer as well as how an attorney can help you make this critical choice.

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5 Good Reasons to Sue a Nursing Home 

Nursing Home Lawsuit

Nursing home abuse and neglect are more common than most people realize. According to the Nursing Home Abuse Center, between 1 million and 2 million U.S. citizens aged 65 and older have suffered some form of abuse at the hands of a caregiver. Research also suggests that less than 10% of physical elder abuse incidents in domestic settings and fewer than 5% of financial exploitation claims are reported to the proper authorities. 

As people are living longer, fuller lives, they deserve to be treated with respect and cared for in a comfortable environment with compassionate caregivers. Unfortunately, as the statistics above show, this isn’t the case for many seniors. If you or someone you know has experienced or is currently experiencing any form of abuse from a professional caregiver, you should report it to the authorities immediately. And if you’re considering filing suit against a nursing home for abuse or neglect, please contact Atkins and Markoff for a free consultation.  

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Watch Out for Defective Products When Shopping for Holiday Gifts 

Defective Products

Finding the perfect gifts for your friends, family, and coworkers is one of the holiday season’s biggest challenges — so much so that people often overlook the potential hazards those gifts pose when standing in the check-out line or filling their online shopping cart.  

Before you swipe your credit card for another gift this year, read on and learn more about the dangers of defective products as well as how to check for recalls or other safety issues before making your purchase.  

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