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What Should I Do If I Am Injured On the Job?

If you suffer an injury on the job, our Oklahoma City workers’ compensation attorneys at Chiaf Law advise you to do three things:

1. Seek immediate medical attention and begin treatment.

Your health and well-being is ultimately the most important factor, and you should seek the attention of a qualified medical professional as soon as possible and notify said doctor that you were injured at work.

Under Oklahoma law, your employer has the right to choose the initial treating physician. However, you are entitled to pursue a change of physician, and if you wish to do so, our attorneys can help you obtain court approval.

Beginning medical treatment quickly is also part of proving your case, should your employer deny you got hurt.

2. Notify your employer of your injury.

According to Oklahoma law, you must report a single-event injury to your employer (or obtain medical treatment) within 30 days. A workplace injury that has been caused by cumulative or repetitive trauma should be reported within 90 days of your separation from employment. If you fail to report your injury to your employer in a timely manner, you may lose out on valuable workers’ compensation benefits.

In general, it’s best to complete an Incident Report on the date of the injury, or the date on which you become aware of an injury you suspect is the result of repetitive or cumulative trauma.

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Bicycle Accident FAQs

Are bicycle accidents in Oklahoma City common?

Bicycling is quickly gaining popularity as a fun and environmentally-friendly mode of transportation, leisure and sport. According to the Oklahoma Bicycle Society, 32 percent of Oklahomans enjoy riding a bicycle, at least occasionally, and this number continues to grow as more resources are poured into creating bike trails and other facilities for cyclists.

Unfortunately, the increase in cyclists on the road has contributed to a rise in bicycle accidents. Our Oklahoma City personal injury attorneys at Chiaf Law hear about many accidents caused by car or truck drivers who act carelessly or negligently and threaten the safety of cyclists.

What are the most common types of bicycle accident injuries?

Bicyclists wear very little protection and, in the event of a collision, are vulnerable to a range of injuries. Scrapes, broken bones and lacerations are common, while other injuries are more severe in nature. Our bicycle accident attorneys work with victims of open or closed head injuries, which can have a lasting impact on the victim’s quality of life.

If I was injured in a bike accident, can I seek financial compensation?

You certainly can. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you can pursue compensation from the motorist who caused your accident, the city or state responsible for road design and maintenance or the bike manufacturer or retailer who sold you a defective bike.

What type of compensation am I eligible for?

You may receive compensation to help pay for medical expenses, your pain and suffering and loss of income during the time you were injured and couldn’t work.

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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Riding down the open road on a motorcycle is exhilarating. It’s also quite dangerous. According to a study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle accidents more than doubled between 2000 and 2010. Our Oklahoma City personal injury attorneys have seen many motorcyclists seriously injured in accidents caused by the carelessness of other drivers.

Understanding the factors of a motorcycle accident — including the most common causes — enables victims and their families to pursue fair financial compensation; this money can help pay for medical bills or other costs incurred if the victim is unable to work after an accident. Let’s look at the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in more detail.

Distracted Drivers

Car and truck drivers who are distracted behind the wheel are dangerous. Looking down at a cell phone or in the glove compartment for even a second takes their eyes and attention off the road.

Drunk Drivers

Drunk drivers are less likely to notice a nearby motorcyclist and more likely to disregard traffic laws and road markings (e.g., lane dividers). Drunk drivers are also prone to drift out of their lane and into a motorcyclist.

Speeding

Drivers who speed often misjudge how far away an object (like a motorcycle) really is. Motorcyclists take up a small portion of the traffic landscape, so their visual recognition is naturally reduced and it is easy for other motorists to not see them, especially if the car or truck driver is traveling at high speeds.

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The Most Common Types of Auto Accident Injuries

Chiaf Law represents a number of individuals who have been injured in auto accidents caused by a negligent driver. While we are not medical professionals, it’s important for our Oklahoma City personal injury attorneys to understand factors like the diagnosis and prognosis of serious auto accident injuries, the optimal treatment approach and the extent of recovery. These pieces of information help us to pursue a fair amount of compensation on behalf of our clients who have experienced life-changing injuries.

Let’s take a closer look at the most common car accident injuries.

Neck Injuries

Neck Injuries, which most often occur from a rear-end collision, is a soft tissue injury that affects the muscles, ligaments and nerves, usually in the neck or mid-back. Common symptoms include pain and aching in the neck, back and shoulders and a “pins and needles” feeling in the arms and legs. Neck injuries are not always immediately apparent; the pain can appear or worsen in the days following an auto accident. Neck injuries can be temporary or permanent, and require physical therapy, attention from a chiropractor and/or medication.

Back Injuries

Common back injuries include sprains, strains, fractured vertebrae and herniated disks, all of which can cause pain and limit movement. Back injuries can require medication to manage pain/swelling, therapy with heat or ice, physical therapy, chiropractic care, steroid injections and even surgery. Certain back injuries involve significant recovery time and prolonged bed rest.

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