Victim of Oklahoma City fireworks accident shares story

A resident of Oklahoma City, who was the victim of a fireworks accident two years ago, recounted what had happened to her during and after the incident, an article of News9.com reported on July 2.

Reports said Rebecka Rich’s right eye was struck by a Roman Candle on July 4, 2014. The accident occurred while she and her children played with fireworks, having what she deemed a “Roman Candle fight.” Rich had her cornea and eyelid seriously damaged, and her damaged eye is now sutured shut to speed up her recovery. Although Rebecka’s eye injury continues to heal, she claims to suffer emotional hardships and avoids talking to people because of her injury. Doctor Rhea Siatowski said people can avoid such accidents by wearing safety glasses or similar eye-wear while watching fireworks displays.

The Oklahoma attorneys at the Abel Law Firm realize that aside from physical and emotional hardships, victims of traumatic accidents often have to cope with a financial loss. If you were the victim of a personal injury accident, we may be able to help you seek compensation if negligent parties are involved. Call our office today at (405) 239-7046 to learn more about your options.


Thousands of faulty laptop batteries recalled in U.S.

Approximately 41,000 units of Hewlett-Packard (HP) laptop batteries sold in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico are being recalled due to fire risks that can cause serious burn injuries to consumers, a June 23 article of cpsc.gov stated.

Reports said the batteries,which were used in at least six HP laptop models, may emit too much heat during use. If the problem occurs, consumers who have the defective laptop may suffer from burn injuries. If the batteries catch fire, they may cause consumers property damage. HP and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have received seven complaints of charring, melting, and overheating laptop batteries, four of which caused property damage worth $4,000. The CPSC has identified the eight laptop barcodes to help consumers determine if their units are affected.

The attorneys at the Abel Law Firm in Oklahoma represent families who are involved in accidents as a result of using defective products. If you were harmed by a defective product, we may be able to offer you legal assistance so you can receive compensation from negligent parties. Call our office today at (405) 239-7046 to learn more about your options.


Driver injured in Oklahoma rollover accident

A man was recently hospitalized for injuries sustained after the vehicle he was operating was involved in a single-vehicle accident, an article of Fox News 12 reported on June 10.

Alerts coming from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol revealed that on June 9 a vehicle was flipped on the southbound lane of U.S. 259 in McCurtain County. The vehicle reportedly rolled over after the driver failed to navigate a curve. The vehicle driver, identified as Paul Babineaux, 37, was extracted from his vehicle by personnel of the Idabel Fire Department. Babineaux was transported to the hospital for treatment of the several injuries he sustained.

The attorneys at the Abel Law Firm in Oklahoma know that one factor causing vehicles to roll over is poor design by auto manufacturers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rollover accident, we may be able to help you receive the compensations you need for recovery. Call us at (405) 239-7046 to find out how we may be able to work for you.


2 family members injured after TV caught fire in OKC

At least two family members in southwest Oklahoma City sustained minor injuries while in their home after their television set suddenly caught fire, an article of News Channel 4 reported on June 2.

According to reports, at about 4:00 a.m. authorities responded to a residential fire in the vicinity of Villa and S.W. 52nd. Mother of five Tina Luna reportedly alerted fire crews after waking up to see that their television was on fire. Luna pulled the burning TV out of the house while her son Jose, 14, helped to put out the fire. Tina and Jose only sustained minimal injuries from containing the fire. Responding fire crews realized that the TV emitted excessive heat and caught fire due to covered vents. Though the family can still occupy their home, the estimated cost of the damage was $5,000.

Although no one was seriously injured in the recent residential fire in Oklahoma, the lawyers at the Abel Law Firm understand that many families have to deal with great financial loss after such an incident. If you have been the victim of an unexpected fire accident, we may be able to help you receive compensation if a defective product was the cause. Begin taking your legal action against negligent manufacturers by calling (405) 239-7046.


2 Oklahoma homes damaged by garbage truck accident

At least two houses and a mailbox faced significant damage when a garbage truck crashed into them in northwest Oklahoma City on April 25.

Oklahoma City officials revealed that shortly after 11:50 a.m. a garbage truck owned by the city crashed into the two houses in the 18300 block of Allora Road near May Avenue and North Pennsylvania Avenue. Video footage of the accident showed the extensive damage caused by the garbage truck as homeowners described their disbelief at the incident. Responding authorities believe that the truck driver may have suffered a medical condition at the time of the accident.

The experienced lawyers at the Abel Law Firm are often able to help those who suffer serious injuries and financial loss in truck accidents. If you or someone you know was the victim of such an accident, call our office at (405) 239-7046 to learn more about your options. We may be able to offer you legal assistance and help you receive compensation from negligent parties.


Abel Law Firm Helping Victim of Residential Explosion

Multiple suits against Oklahoma Natural Gas (ONG) have been filed because of a residential explosion that occurred on January 2 of this year. Johnathan Duggan’s home, located in the Walnut Creek neighborhood, exploded around 3 am. Firefighters on the scene determined that a gas leak was the cause of the blast. Several other homes in the neighborhood were damaged, and people in neighboring towns claim to have felt or heard the explosion.

Over 50 homes were affected by the explosion, though the extent of the damage varies. Some families were temporarily displaced while waiting for repairs, while others have been forced to rebuild completely. Duggan’s home was completely destroyed in the blast, and construction has yet to begin as he is recovering from his injuries.

Duggan experienced severe burns to his arms and legs and intense scarring has already begun to occur, unfortunately. A neighboring couple was also taken to a local hospital after the blast due to smoke inhalation, and along with Duggan, are also suing ONG. Families on the street say that their children have been especially traumatized and have experienced trouble sleeping due to fears of another gas leak.

Duggan’s attorney, Luke Abel of the Abel Law Firm, explains that the damage to homes and injuries were preventable on the grounds that ONG was aware of the gas leak before the explosion occurred. His clients explain that they are not looking to gain riches from the suit, but simply want to regain a sense of normalcy. Numerous families have expressed anger at ONG, claiming that they did not do enough to help the neighborhood in the wake of this disaster. ONG spokespersons say that they offered a claims hotline and paid for hotels for those displaced.


Debby Ryan busted for drunken driving in LA

Disney Channel multi-talented star Debby Ryan was recently charged with driving a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants (DUI) in Los Angeles after she was involved in an accident, an article of Huffpost Entertainment stated on April 13.

Reports revealed the 22-year-old celebrity struck a vehicle that caused injury to one person. After completing a field sobriety test, police took Ryan into custody. Ryan had a blood alcohol content of .11, higher than the legal limit. Authorities initially filed a felony charge against Ryan, however, they later reduced it to a misdemeanor charge. Ryan was released from custody after posting a $100,000 bail.

Too often car accidents caused by drunken drivers are catastrophic, leaving many families suffering great financial losses. If you think you or a family member have been injured by a negligent driver in Oklahoma, a lawyer of the Abel Law Firm may work for you. Find out how a personal injury lawyer may possibly help you recover your losses today by calling (405) 239-7046.


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.


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