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Parents file suit over teens’ injuries in grain elevator

The parents of two teenage boys who were seriously injured while working for Zaloudek Grain Co. in Kremlin, Oklahoma have filed lawsuits against the boys’ employer. The business’s shareholders and executives are also named as defendants in the suits. The families are seeking damages of more than $75,000.

In August, the two teens were injured while operating a grain auger for Zaloudek. One of the boys’ legs became stuck in the machine, and the other boy became stuck, too, when he tried to help his friend. Paramedics flew the teenagers to a hospital in Oklahoma City, where they both needed to have a leg amputated.

The lawsuit accuses the defendants of negligent training and supervision, failure to provide workers’ compensation insurance, and assigning the 17-year-olds to perform work that violated labor laws at both the state and federal law levels.

If you or a loved one has been injured because of another person’s negligent behavior or actions, contact the Oklahoma personal injury attorneys of the Abel Law Firm at 405-239-7046 to learn more about how we can help you.

MLK Day parade in Tulsa attracts big turnout

Warm weather in Oklahoma yesterday made this year’s Martin Luther King Day parade in Tulsa bigger than usual.  Temperatures stayed in the low 70’s, attracting one of the largest crowds the parade has ever seen.

More than 200 groups and organizations signed up to be in the parade, which travels along a 1-mile route in downtown Tulsa, starting at the Oklahoma State University Tulsa campus.  The parade featured floats, marching bands, and other performers, and lasted for 2 and a half hours.

The parade’s path this year was shorter than usual in order for police to be able to keep an eye on participants and minimize fighting.  Only one fight broke out yesterday, but no arrests were made.

The Oklahoma personal injury lawyers of the Abel Law Firm are proud to support the community in successful events like yesterday’s Martin Luther King Day parade in Tulsa.  Read more about the parade here.

Man Killed in Oklahoma Motorcycle Accident

A man was killed in an Oklahoma motorcycle accident Tuesday.

According to officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, 59 year-old Allic Carlos Lack was killed in a motorcycle accident on Interstate 35, northeast of Wynnewood in Garvin County. The accident occurred shortly before 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

According to the accident report, Lack was riding a motorcycle south on Interstate 35 when he lost control of his bike and crashed on the shoulder of the highway. Lack was then struck when the driver of a tractor-trailer swerved to avoid the motorcycle in the road.

Lack was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. His passenger, 45 year-old Pauls Valley resident Harriet Ann Lack refused medical treatment. Neither biker was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

The truck’s driver was not injured, troopers said.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Lawsuit Filed Over CA Dollar Tree Slip and Fall Accident

A woman in California has filed a slip and fall lawsuit against her local Dollar Tree.

According to Harris County District Court documents, Natasha Pipes filed a lawsuit on July 26 against Dollar Tree Stores, citing negligence. Pipes says that on May 5, 2010, she slipped and fell on glue that had been carelessly left on the floor of the Pasadena Dollar Tree store, located at 6800 Spencer Highway.

According to the lawsuit, Pipes was shopping at the store when the incident occurred. She claims she suffered injuries to her leg, foot, and lower back in the fall. The lawsuit contends that store employees knew of the spilled glue and failed to mark off the area or clean up the spill in a timely fashion.

Pipes is seeking damages of at least $50,000, plus attorneys fees and court costs.

Dollar Tree Stores officials declined to comment on the case.

If you have been injured on a neglected property, please contact the Oklahoma Slip and Fall Lawyers of the Abel Law Firm by calling 1-800-739-ABEL.

Fatal Oklahoma Trucking Accident

One person was killed in an Oklahoma trucking accident Wednesday morning.

According to officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the accident occurred shortly after 7:00 a.m. on U.S. Highway 169 in Nowata County. Trooper Eric Pitner of the Washington County detachment said the accident happened when an APAC Construction Company flagman stopped southbound U.S. 169 traffic. The road is being resurfaced and traffic is down to one lane.

Two vehicles stopped for the flagman, but a third could not, according to Pitner.

“The third vehicle was pretty much running at full speed and tried to stop at the last minute and locked his brakes for a distance and rear-ended the over vehicle and caught fire,” Pitner said.

The tractor-tailer that collided with the front two vehicles was driven by 57 year-old Arthur Vann Jr., of Duquoin. He was killed in the resulting fire which, Pitner said, was likely caused by a ruptured fuel tank.

None of the other drivers were injured in the crash.

The accident remains under investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over UCF Football Player’s Death

The family of a University of Central Florida football player who died during team practice has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the school.

Accoridng to court documents, the parents of Ereck Plancher claim the UCF Athletics Association is responsible for their son’s death. They are attempting to prove that coaches pushed Plancher excessively at his final practice despite knowing that he had a sickle cell trait. A former UCF wide receiver testified Monday that Plancher gasped for breath, fell to his knees, and struggled before collapsing during his final workout.

Anthony Davis also testified that UCF coach George O’Leary ordered all water and trainers out of the indoor field house during the practice on March 18, 2008. Davis said the coach was yelling obscenities at Plancher as the player’s eyes rolled back into his head and he collapsed during an obstacle course drill.

Attorneys of the UCF Athletics Association claim Plancher died from a congenital heart defect, not as a result of the workout.

If you need assistance with a wrongful death lawsuit, please contact the Oklahoma Wrongful Death Attorney of the Abel Law Firm by calling 1-800-739-ABEL.

$35M Verdict in Slip and Fall Lawsuit

A woman who suffered was injured in a slip and fall accident onboard a Carnival cruise ship in 2009 has been awarded $35 million in damages.

Denise Kaba filed a slip and fall lawsuit against Carnival Cruises last year in the District Court for the Southern District of Florida. According to the lawsuit, Kaba was injured when she slipped on the pool deck of the Carnival Pride cruise ship on August 22, 2009. The lawsuit claims the use of a resin surface on the pool deck caused Kaba to fall.

Kaba alleged that Carnival was aware of numerous prior slip and fall injuries on Carnival Pride pool deck.
Kaba sustained a fractured knee cap in the accident and required six surgeries.

She was awarded $2,998,155.70 in damages for past medical expenses, future medical expenses, and loss of earning capacity.

If you need assistance with a similar premises liability lawsuit, please contact the Oklahoma Slip and Fall Attorneys of the Abel Law Firm at 1-800-739-ABEL.

Widow Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Tobacco Company Over Husband’s Death

Jury selection began Tuesday for the trial arising from a wrongful death lawsuit filed against tobacco company Philip Morris Inc. by a woman whose husband died of lung cancer.

According to Worcester Superior Court documents, Massachusetts-resident Brenda L. Haglund filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Phillip Morris over the death of her 51 year-old husband Stephen C. Haglund. Testimony is expected to begin next week.

The lawsuit alleges that when Mr. Haglund began smoking cigarettes in the 1970s, Phillip Morris had access to technology that extracted addictive nicotine from the tobacco. Attorneys for the tobacco giant claim this technology does not totally remove the nicotine and that the company’s efforts to market lower-nicotine cigarettes were not successful.

The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount of monetary damages.

If you need assistance with a wrongful death lawsuit, please contact an Oklahoma wrongful death lawyer of the Abel Law Firm by calling 1-800-739-ABEL.

Oklahoma Car Accident Injures Four

Four people were injured Tuesday night in an Oklahoma car accident.

According to officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the accident occurred shortly after 10:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the Broken Arrow Expressway near U.S. Highway 169. Police say two vehicles collided in the westbound lanes. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

According to the accident report, all four people involved – a 20 year-old male, a 22 year-old male, a 49 year-old male, and a 27 year-old female – were transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment. All four victims were listed in fair condition.

The westbound lanes of the expressway were closed for around an hour while crews worked to clear the scene of the accident.

If you have been injured in a car accident, please contact the Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys of the Abel Law Firm by calling 1-800-739-ABEL.

$5M Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Train Accident

The family of a girl who was killed by a train in California last September has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Mission Viejo.

According to court documents, the family of 17 year-old Anastasia Bolton has filed a $5 million wrongful death claim against Mission Viejo. Bolton was struck and killed by a Metrolink train in September after apparently falling asleep on the train tracks. The accident, which occurred on the tracks underneath the Alicia Parkway overcrossing in Mission Viejo, claimed the lives of Bolton, and 22 year-old Daniel Akins.

Bolton’s mother, Stephanie, filed the wrongful death lawsuit against the city, claiming her daughter’s death was preventable. The lawsuit cites premises liability and sates “no fencing or other warning existed in the area where Anastasia accessed the tracks.” The lawsuit claims the city failed “to maintain proper restriction and/or warning to area of high traffic and inherent danger.”

The claim requests $5 million in damages and an unknown amount of future costs, calculated based on “wrongful death, costs, and life expectancy.”

If you need assistance with a wrongful death lawsuit, please contact an Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyer of the Abel Law Firm by calling 1-800-739-ABEL.

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