OSHA: Over 10,000 people suffered serious workplace injuries in 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stated that 10,388 workers sustained severe injuries in their workplace last year, thousands of which resulted in amputations, a March 19 article of KOCO reported.

According to the March 17 OSHA report, 2,644 of the overall recorded workplace injuries in 2015 resulted in amputations. It was also revealed that 7,636 of injured workers required hospitalization. Though OSHA identified the manufacturing industry as the workplace with the “highest proportion of accidents”, they also found that accidents are frequent in transportation, construction, oil and gas extraction, and warehousing industries. OSHA last year implemented a mandatory system for employers to report incidents of serious injuries occurring in the workplace. However, OSHA estimated that nearly half of recorded injuries in 26 states went unreported.

Financial loss often is the result when workers suffer from injuries in their workplace. However, if you are in such a situation, a lawyer of the Abel Law Firm in Oklahoma may possibly work on your behalf if negligent parties are liable for your injuries. Call our office today at (405) 239-7046 to learn more about your legal options.


Millions of defective power cords recalled by Microsoft

Microsoft recently decided to recall approximately 2.25 million Surface Pro power cords in the U.S. and Canada after receiving dozens of complaints related to overheating, fires, and electric shock. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission released details regarding the recall on February 2.

Reports said the power cords included in the packaging of the Surface Pro 2 and 3 models may overheat during use and catch fire. Microsoft said there were 56 incidents of overheating and/or fire, five of which involved consumers suffering electric shock injuries.

The Surface Pro is a portable device similar to a laptop computer that may function like a tablet. The recall also covers power cords for the devices that were sold separately. Microsoft has asked consumers to stop using the power cords and call them immediately for a free replacement.

If you have suffered harm caused by a defective product in Oklahoma, contact the legal team of personal injury and product liability attorneys at the Abel Law Firm today by calling us at (405) 239-7046 to learn more about how we may be able to help.


Three hurt in Oklahoma City collision

At least three people, including a police deputy, sustained injuries in a recent three-vehicle accident in Oklahoma City, a News Channel 4 article reported on January 6.

According to reports, at about 11:00 a.m. an accident involving three vehicles took place at the intersection of Hiwassee and N.E. 50th. Information coming from investigators revealed that the accident happened after one vehicle failed to yield to oncoming traffic and collided with a second vehicle. The vehicle that caused the collision reportedly flipped after the initial impact and landed on top of the third vehicle, which was occupied by an officer. All three drivers sustained minor injuries during the collision. Authorities said that an investigation is underway and citations have not been issued yet.

If you have sustained an injury in a car accident that you had no part in causing, the legal team at the Abel Law Firm is prepared to help you identify the responsible party and hold them financially accountable for your suffering. Call us today at (405) 239-7046 to learn more about your legal options.


Six people hurt in Oklahoma bus accident

At least six people aboard a bus in northwest Oklahoma City sustained injuries in a recent accident, according to reports. Information coming from responding fire personnel revealed that a collision between a bus and another vehicle took place in the vicinity of 5200 N. Classen.

Authorities confirmed that only six of the thirteen bus passengers sustained minor injuries from the mishap. No occupants in the other vehicle were injured, officials stated. Traffic flow in the southbound lanes of Classen was temporarily rerouted.

Far too many innocent individuals become the victims of negligent drivers in Oklahoma, and our legal team at the Abel Law Firm understands completely how these accidents can devastate families. Between the cost of medical treatment and repairs for damaged vehicles, car accidents can quickly become a heavy financial burden on those involved. That’s why our personal injury attorneys represent clients in pursuit of compensation from the responsible parties to help make these payments. Call us at (405) 239-7046 to learn more about your legal options.


CPSC investigates hoverboards due to fire risks

Experts from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are conducting an investigation after being notified of several incidents of hoverboards catching fire in some parts of the U.S.

Reports said CPSC engineers are currently investigating brand new and damaged hoverboards in their Maryland testing facility in order to determine the exact cause of these fires. A statement from CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye assured consumers that their teams are working to find the answer quickly. “We know this is a popular product during this holiday season, and we are doing everything possible to determine if consumers are at risk,” Kaye said.

Kaye also mentioned the high rate of fall-related injuries associates with these devices in his statement and warned consumers to be wary of those dangers as well. The CPSC recommends taking several precautions, including wearing proper safety gear and avoiding heavy vehicle traffic, while operating hoverboards. Consumers are urged to notify CPSC about any accidents that are caused by hoverboards. See the CPSC website for a list of safety tips and precautions.

At the Abel Law Firm, our product liability attorneys represent families and individuals who have suffered serious injuries or property damage as a result of defective products. To speak to a member of our team about your case today, call (405) 239-7046 now.


Family sues Caitlyn Jenner after fatal crash

The family who was injured in February’s deadly car accident involving former Olympian and current television personality Caitlyn Jenner recently filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the star.

According to the lawsuit filed by the Wolf-Milesi family, at least four of their family members suffered various injuries after they collided with the SUV which Jenner’s car had pushed into their path on the Pacific Coast Highway. According to reports, Jenner rear-ended a vehicle driven by Kim Howe, forcing her into oncoming traffic. The collision between Howe’s vehicle and that of the Wolf-Milesi family resulted in Howe’s death and the Wolf-Milesi family sustaining injuries of varying severity. The lawsuit also said the family is still suffering from emotional issues caused by their traumatic experience.

At the time of the accident, investigators initially found that Jenner was operating at a high rate of speed; however, prosecutors later declined to pursue vehicular manslaughter charges.


Boy injured in Arpelar pedestrian accident

Information coming from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol stated that before 11:00 on the morning of Thursday, November 19, a boy, whose identity was not released, was struck by a Haywood Public School bus. The accident reportedly happened after the northbound school bus driver failed to notice the boy as he darted in front of the vehicle. The boy was run over with the rear portion of the bus and his parents transported him to a local hospital. He was later taken to a hospital in Tulsa to seek treatment for several injuries, including internal blunt force injuries. The bus operator was identified as 39-year-old Della Avona Cooper.

At the Abel Law Firm, our Oklahoma personal injury attorneys represent clients whose loved ones have suffered serious injuries associated with pedestrian accidents. We understand that you may now be facing significant medical costs due to treatment, and we will help you pursue compensation to help offset those costs. Call our offices today at (405) 239-7046 to learn more.


Millions of blenders recalled after complaints of injuries

A product recall was recently issued by a SharkNinja Operating LLC in Massachusetts of approximately 1.1 million blenders after the company was notified of 53 injuries, a November 12 report on cpsc.gov stated.

SharkNinja Operating reportedly recalled twelve models of their professional blenders in order to revise their warning labels and instruction manuals. Consumers who own the affected products may sustain lacerations from the blade assembly if they tilt the pitcher to empty its contents without the lid. To avoid injuries, consumers are advised to empty the pitcher’s contents through the spout of the lid or by detaching the blade unit and the lid before pouring. Consumers may also call the company or visit their website to obtain a revised copy of the instruction manual.

The lawyers of the Abel Law Firm in Oklahoma strongly believe that people should be entitled to compensation for treatment after suffering injuries caused by defective products. If you are in such situation, call our office today at (405) 239-7046 to learn more about your legal options.


Man succumbed to dog bite injuries in OKC

A man who was recently hospitalized in Oklahoma City due to dog bite injuries inflicted by five pit bulls has died

Reports said Edgar Brown, 60, died on October 16 at OU Medical Center due to several complications after being attacked by his friend’s pit bulls. According to Edgar’s brother, Dexter Brown, Edgar had been asked to go to the friend’s rental property to take out the trash. While doing this favor, Edgar was attacked by five pit bulls who were living on the rental property.

A passing stranger was able to get the dogs off of Edgar and transport him to the hospital, where his condition deteriorated for two weeks. According to Brown, the victim suffered a number of complication during his stay in the hospital, including an infection that necessitated the amputation of several limbs and a heart attack that required a triple bypass operation.

While all of the dogs have been put down, Edgar’s family is attempting to have criminal charges brought against their owner for the death of their family member.


The Abel Law Firm hosts “The Sports Animal” to support Oklahoma Lawyers for Children

Earlier this week, the Abel Law Firm hosted a live radio broadcast on WWLS Radio to help promote Oklahoma Lawyers for Children (OLFC).  The three-hour live and remote broadcast of “The Sports Animal” was donated by the Abel Law Firm as a way to help educate listeners in OKC about Oklahoma Lawyers for Children’s mission, purpose, and events.

As part of the broadcast, our team interviewed Tsinena Thompson—who is the CEO of Oklahoma Lawyers for Children—about the critical non-profit work OLFC provides to the Oklahoma City community.  We closed out the broadcast with WWLS air personality Craig Humphreys and OKC Thunder play-by-play announcer Matt Pinto who both voiced their support of Oklahoma Lawyers for Children.

At the Abel Law Firm, our team proudly supports the vital role Oklahoma Lawyers for Children plays in our community.  In fact, every one of our attorneys has donated pro bono legal work and made financial contributions to this organization over the years.  To learn more about Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, please take a few moments to read more about this local non-profit organization. You can also listen to the radio broadcast below.


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