What Medical Malpractice Victims Need to Know About Oklahoma’s Tort Reform Law

Oklahoma Tort Reform

When you’ve been injured by a medical professional’s negligence, the emotional toll can be overwhelming. When doctors make life-changing mistakes, it can take months and years not only to recover (if you ever recover at all), but to regain your sense of self, enjoyment, and purpose in the world. Individuals who have been harmed by … Read moreWhat Medical Malpractice Victims Need to Know About Oklahoma’s Tort Reform Law

What Are the Basics of Boating Liability in Oklahoma?

Oklahoma Boating Law

Summer is right around the bend and like all of you, we’re looking forward to enjoying Oklahoma’s many lakes and waterways. What many people don’t realize, however, is that boating can be extremely dangerous. Crashes, defective boat parts, and negligence all put boat enthusiasts at risk on the water. Keep reading to learn how to protect yourself and your family — and how an … Read moreWhat Are the Basics of Boating Liability in Oklahoma?

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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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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Can I Sue a Restaurant if I Get Food Poisoning? 

Food Poisoning Lawsuit

Food poisoning, also known as foodborne illness, happens when victims eat foods contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites, and hazardous substances. Symptoms can begin within hours of ingesting the food and may include nausea, fever, cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and bloody stool. Extreme cases of food poisoning can require hospitalization, but most cases usually resolve without treatment in a day or two. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you should seek medical treatment immediately.  

If you’ve experienced severe food poisoning and you believe it was caused by eating food from a particular restaurant, supermarket, farm, or other source, you should contact Atkins & Markoff to learn more about your legal options. If you’d like more information, keep reading to learn about how attorneys prove negligence, determine the level of harm inflicted, and assess the potential damages in a foodborne illness case. 

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Common Excuses for Dog Bites and Why They Don’t Hold Up in Court

Common Excuses for Dog Bites and Why They Don’t Hold Up in Court

If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog in Oklahoma, you deserve to know your rights, get justice, and seek compensation for your injuries. Being attacked by a dog can leave physical and emotional scars that last a lifetime, especially when the victim is a child.

No matter how clear a case might seem to you as the victim, the dog owner — and their insurance company — can still try to deny you the compensation you deserve. Below, we’ll discuss common arguments used against victims of dog bites and explain why they often don’t fail to hold up in court. 

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