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A Few Reasons to Visit Oklahoma

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Car accidents, Motor vehicle accident attorney, Motor vehicle accidents | 0 comments

What is there to love about Oklahoma? I’ve gotten that question a few times recently, and I always tell the person asking that they need to rephrase. Because the truth is, what is there NOT to love about Oklahoma?

Most people not from around here end up with a really vague idea of what Oklahoma actually is. There’s a little of Oklahoma the Musical (O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A!), mixed together with the Oklahoma City bombing, mixed together with fans for the Thunder. And that’s about it.

People think this place is empty and boring. And that’s because, if they’ve been here at all, they’ve just driven the interstate across as fast as they could go.

But here’s the thing, people, Oklahoma is awesome.

There’s beautiful nature all around you. There are lakes and waterfalls and all sorts of incredible scenery. That emptiness in parts leads to some incredible views where you can feel like you’re the only person in the world. I dare anyone to check out the Talimena Scenic Drive and tell me there’s nothing worth seeing in Oklahoma.

We also manage to still get all the seasons, which if you’re from Texas, you ought to envy us for.

We’ve also got great food. I’ll never understand why Oklahoma doesn’t get the same kind of credit for barbecue that other places in the country get, but we certainly could compete with the best of them.

Our cities really ought to be listed among the best as well. Oklahoma City manages to feel both like the big city and like a friendly little town. You get the best of both worlds there. You feel safe on every street, but there’s also all the benefits of city life all around you: there’s art and culture, nice looking buildings, some history, and of course, great food everywhere you look.

And it’s cheap here! I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people complain about how much it costs to live in Houston or Dallas when they could be living in OKC for so much less.

And then there are the people. I’ve traveled a bit—not as much as I’d like to, but a bit—and I’ve never found a place where people are so friendly. Even in the cities. It’s not like New York or something where people are always frowning and no one makes eye contact. You genuinely feel like everyone here is already a friend. You can stop anyone on the street and ask a question, and you’ll get a smile and a good answer in return. Guaranteed.

I’m not saying we don’t have our problems. We haven’t been spared from the prescription drug abuse crisis. And there are more car accidents that you’d expect from a somewhat sparsely populated state.

But even with that taken into consideration, I’d still say Oklahoma is among the best places in the country to live. So why not at least visit?

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How to Deal with Truck Accidents

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Everybody has bad days but it cannot be denied that some days are incomparably worse than others. A bad day can be a stubbed toe, a lost $20, or even accidentally mixing your laundry in the washing machine. These days are nothing compared to one when you suffer due to a truck accident.

If you can imagine that a car accident is going to be bad, multiply that dread by 1000%—and that is the possible damage that a truck accident can cause… quite literally, in fact. A regular vehicle can weigh around 8,000 pounds more or less while a truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. If something of that size and weight were to be driving recklessly, it can only mean suffering for all involved.

What can you do about it, though?

The aftermath of an accident so devastating is that it can be incredible stressful and complicated that thinking about the documentations and logistics is often the farthest thing from a survivor’s mind. There are some cases wherein insurance companies can offer quick settlements to survivors just for the sake of getting everything over and done with. Little do people know that the deal they’re offered may not be enough to get them through in the long-term and that they were denied the opportunity to receive what they were owed—and it is only too often that it happens that they are actually owed better.

The one thing you have to know when you have to deal with truck accidents is that you do not have to deal with it alone.

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Basic Lawyer Tips Anyone Can Use Today

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Legal Issues | 2 comments

A lot of people think that you don’t need a lawyer when you’re preparing to sign a contract. However, that is not the case. The reason that lawyers are so expensive is that they can protect you from entering into a contract that could end up cheating you. They are there to safeguard your interests.

It is important that you stay in contact with your lawyer. Lots of attorneys work for clients without speaking to them for a while. These problems can be taken care of with a schedule. Lawyers offer many ways to get in touch with them on their websites, like this one does www.abelinjurylawyers.com.

Do not pick a lawyer because you saw their ad on television or on a billboard. Many big firms that can afford this type of advertising use lawyers that are fresh out of school for most of their cases, but charge you for the experience held by its highest lawyers.

Keep track of all of the interactions you and your attorney have. Take note of dates, times, subjects of discussion and any mentions of billing issues. This will help you if there are any billing or other issues later.

Most attorneys charge for their services by the hour, but hiring one with a lower hourly rates does not mean your total cost will be less. If your lawyer needs two hours to complete a job that some other lawyer can complete in an hour, you will pay more in the long run.

There are services online that can help you locate competent attorneys. Do background checks on the lawyers listed online then meet them to talk about your situation before you hire them.

The purpose of a lawyer is to keep your interests safe. This is why you should have one look over a contract before you sign it. If you do not, then you won’t have any protections if the other parties to your contract decide to cheat you. The language in your contract lets them.

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California Divorce, Nullity and Legal Separation

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Divorce | 3 comments

Divorce is not the only way to end a marriage, although it is the cleanest and legally best way to call it quits. Under California law, which is on par with most states, there are also the options of annulment and legal separation.

Under a divorce decree, the state recognizes that a legal marriage had taken place, and that the concerned parties now wish to end the contract, divide the spoils and be on their way. An annulment, on the other hand, is a nullity of the marriage. This means that no legal marriage had taken place. This could be for a number of reasons, including a bigamous or incestuous marriage, or if one of the spouses was not of a legal age to get married. Other grounds may include fraud, married under duress, and mental illness. To qualify for an annulment, one has to go before a judge who will decide if there are grounds for it. In California, there is no residency requirement to apply for annulment, such as there is for divorce.

Also unlike divorce, the courts have no jurisdiction over child custody, property division, or spousal support in an annulment because the marriage was not valid in the first place. The parties involved will have to figure out and agree to a division of any property. The children of such a partnership are illegitimate, and the father has no obligation to provide child support. However, if the husband can prove paternity, there may be grounds for suing for custody of the child or children.

In a divorce or annulment, the marriage is ended and both parties are free to marry again. In legal separation, the marriage is not ended and the parties cannot remarry, but all the other aspects of divorce may apply such as property division, child custody and separation of residence. In any of these three options for ending a marriage a lawyer conversant with the laws governing them will be of invaluable assistance in protecting the rights of the client.

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Yaz and Yasmin Side Effects: Blood Clots

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Defective Pharmaceuticals, Yaz Lawsuits | 0 comments

Birth control pills have long been known to have side effects but they are mostly benign. These include weight gain, breast soreness, some spotting, moodiness and lighter periods. Most birth control pills have small amounts of estrogen and progestin which inhibit ovulation. New-generation formulations such as Yaz and Yasmin contain a synthetic progesterone called drospirenone, and when Yasmin was first introduced in 2001 followed by Yaz in 2006, it was very popular. That is, until disturbing reports of unusually high incidence of blood clot formation was observed and reported for those using Yaz and Yasmin.

Blood clots are not necessarily bad. If the body lost the ability to clot, it can lead to death. However, when blood clots abnormally, it can also kill.

Under normal circumstances, when bleeding occurs for whatever reason, it comes into contact with thrombogenic substances which are normally separated from the blood. This signals the platelets to trigger the clotting mechanism to stop the bleeding. A chemical chain reaction in the blood’s dissolved protein makes the initial clot stronger and then another chemical reaction stops the clot from growing beyond a functional size. After the rift has healed, plasmin dissolves the clot and the body reabsorbs it.

However, a blood clot can be dangerous when it forms suddenly and lodges in a major blood vessel, keeping the blood from flowing. This is what happens in a stroke or heart attack. In the case of Yaz and Yasmin, the likelihood of abnormal blood clot formation is significantly increased. A user can form several blood clots at any time. In several cases, a blood clot formed in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) and travelled to a main artery in the lungs, triggering a pulmonary embolism which led to serious injury and sudden death. In one case, the 24-year-old patient had been on Yasmin for three weeks when she suffered a pulmonary embolism. She went into a coma, revived after two weeks, but she was left blind. While not all women who use Yaz and Yasmin suffer similar side effects, the number of those who do is high enough to cause alarm.

If you are on Yaz or Yasmin, consult your doctor about any risk factors that may contraindicate your continued usage, such as circulation problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, and liver disease. Many women are filing defective pharmaceutical lawsuits in light of the dangerous, undisclosed side effects they have experienced.

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5 Steps to a Healthier Dog

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in All Natural Dog Foods | 4 comments

The decision to have a dog as a pet is a lot of responsibility and should not be taken lightly. You should only keep as many dogs as you can afford to in terms of time and money because they require quite a bit of upkeep if you want them to lead happy and healthy lives. Here are 5 steps that you should follow for a healthier dog.

Provide good nutrition

Knowing the best food for your dog requires research and a keen power of observation. Each dog has a unique set of nutritional needs, and what works with one will not necessarily work with another. As much as possible, keep your dog on an all natural diet that is high in protein and has an adequate supply of good fats. If you suspect food allergies, find out what is the source of the allergen. Avoid dog food that is high in grain products such as corn, wheat and soy as they are known allergens. A dog that is nutritionally deficient will develop lots of physical and emotional problems.

Maintain vaccinations

Dogs are susceptible to diseases, so it is important to maintain a regular schedule of vaccinations. This includes vaccination against rabies, parvovirus, distemper, influenza and leptospirosis which are all contagious and potentially deadly. Investing in proper vaccination will prevent costlier problems in the future.

Prevent parasite infestations

There are a variety of parasites that plague the life of dogs in both warm and cold climates, and some are hidden from sight. Hook worms, round worms and tapeworms are just some of the parasites that can lodge inside a dog’s body, but they can be easily eliminated if they are detected early. Regular fecal tests will help you do this, and monthly applications of a heartworm preventative will kill off most other parasites as well.

Fleas and ticks are also major concerns for dog owners, but they can be easily treated with topical medications.

Groom regularly

Just keeping your dog bathed and clean will eliminate many potential problems, including diseases and surface irritants such as ticks. Regular brushing will eliminate dirt and debris as well as clumping and tangling of hair that may otherwise serve as ideal homes for pests. Check your dog regularly for scabs and bumps on the skin which is a red flag indicating fleas or ticks. Check between toes and in ears for colonies of disease-carrying ticks.

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What is a Green Card?

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Legal Issues | 0 comments

One of the terms most frequently used in immigration debates is the “green card.” This is a colloquial term which refers to the identification card demonstrating that an individual has achieved lawful permanent resident status in the United States. The United States Permanent Resident Card, or USCIS Form I-551, grants an immigrant the right to live and work in the country permanently.

Obtaining a green card is an essential part of the process of eventually becoming a naturalized United States citizen. A green card holder must first live and work in the country for a set number of years before becoming eligible to undergo the naturalization process.

Green cards can be obtained in a number of different ways. The most common method is to apply directly to the USCIS, which may grant a potential immigrant’s request based on a number of different factors, including availability of job positions or family members currently residing in the country. Another common method for obtaining a green card is through the lottery, known as the Diversity Visa program, which annually distributes approximately 50,000 green cards to randomly selected applicants throughout the world. Individuals who claim these cards can then lawfully enter and live in the United States. If you are looking to obtain a green card, contact the green card lawyers of William Jang, PLLC, today.

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Injury Risks from Slip and Fall Accidents

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Personal Injury | 5 comments

Slip and fall accidents, as trivial as they may seem, are actually among the most common causes of injury in the United States, and they even result in a surprisingly substantial number of deaths each year. In many cases, those who suffer the most serious injuries as a result of slip and falls are the elderly, whose bodies may be less able to absorb the impact of a hard fall. However, even younger individuals are at risk of suffering serious physical damage in a slip and fall accident.

There are many different ways that slip and fall accidents can cause injuries. Most of these injuries are relatively minor, while some are more worrisome. Some of the most common injury risks associated with slip and fall accidents include the following:

  • Ÿ  Broken bones
  • Ÿ  Contusions
  • Ÿ  Scars
  • Ÿ  Traumatic brain injury
  • Ÿ  Hip displacement
  • Ÿ  Spinal cord injury

These and other potential injury risks resulting from slip and fall accidents can have serious consequences for injured patients. In particular, they may require costly medical treatment which the injured individual cannot afford, as well as potentially costing them time away from work. In light of these risks, therefore, it is important to be alert to avoid slip and fall accidents.

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AlloDerm and Hernia Repair

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Legal Issues, Personal Injury | 2 comments

A hernia is a painful medical condition that occurs when an organ bursts through the wall of the body cavity which normally holds it in. Hernias typically occur in the abdomen, where strain and pressure is the most likely to cause a tear in the abdominal wall, allowing the protrusion of different types of organs to occur. While not typically life-threatening, hernias do need to be treated in a timely manner in order to ensure that blood flow to the organ is not cut off, which can result in much more serious medical consequences.

While a number of different hernia treatment options exist, one which has become popular in recent years is the use of AlloDerm hernia patches to repair broken organ walls and prevent further damage. AlloDerm, a human skin tissue that can be effectively grafted onto a recipient, actually integrates into the body to ensure that the problem does not recur.

Unfortunately, there are also a range of side effects that have been associated with the use of this product, including tissue perforation, insufficient tissue binding, and cellular rejection. While most patients who have undergone hernia repair with the use of AlloDerm have been largely free from problems, those who do experience these side effects may have to cope with significant consequences.

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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Exemptions

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Financial, Legal Issues | 2 comments

http://www.beustring.com/When a person’s debt loads become too much for their financial situation to support, it may be necessary for that individual to seek bankruptcy protection in order to return to financial solvency. However, there are several different forms of bankruptcy which an individual may pursue, depending on their financial situation and the state in which they live.

One popular form of bankruptcy, Chapter 7, involves the liquidation of an individual’s assets in order to completely erase all but a few forms of debts. While this option may sound intimidating, many debtors ultimately find it to be the best route. This is particularly true because of the considerable exemptions that individuals pursuing Chapter 7 bankruptcy may enjoy.

The following are some of the various types of property exemptions that individuals undergoing Chapter 7 bankruptcy may be able to use to protect their most important assets, depending on the state in which they live:

  • Ÿ  Homestead exemptions, which allow debtors to exempt certain levels of equity in their homes from bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Ÿ  Vehicle exemptions, which allow debtors to exempt certain levels of equity in their vehicles.
  • Ÿ  Work equipment exemptions
  • Ÿ  Family heirloom exemptions

These and other property exemptions can help to make Chapter 7 bankruptcy a manageable choice for many debtors.

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