If you are a woman and trying to avoid pregnancy, then you may take a daily birth control pill or have an implanted device that is meant to prevent pregnancy. Before you began taking your birth control pill or received your device, you likely trusted that the medication or device had been thoroughly tested to make sure it was safe to use. However, more and more medications and health care devices are being rushed to the market without being properly tested for their long-term dangers, and that includes birth control products. [Read More]
What Should You Know About Confidentiality Provisions In Personal Injury Settlements?
If you've recently been injured in an auto accident or other incident in which another party was clearly negligent and you have filed a lawsuit to recover financial damages, you may be entering the early stages of settlement negotiations with the other party or their insurance company. As a condition of settlement, many defendants and their insurance companies will require you to sign a confidentiality agreement that prevents you from openly discussing the amount of any settlement or even the fact that a settlement exists. [Read More]
What Changes Were Recently Made To Oklahoma's Workers' Compensation Laws?
Even if you've never had the need to file a workers' compensation claim with your employer, you may have heard about the recent Oklahoma Supreme Court decision holding that the "opt-out" provision of the state's workers' compensation law was an unconstitutional violation of the equal protection rights and guarantees available to all state residents. This decision makes Oklahoma the 49th state to eliminate opt-out provisions in workers' compensation law, leaving only its southern neighbor – Texas – with the potential for private or self-insured workers' comp coverage. [Read More]
Adult Child A First-Time Criminal Offender & Drug Addict? Pretrial Diversion May Be An Option
If your adult son or daughter is addicted to drugs and has been arrested for theft as a first-time offender, it's obvious that you are concerned about their future. They may be facing jail time as a drug addict, which obviously isn't a good scenario. Fortunately, a pretrial diversion may be an option, which is an alternative to traditional court proceedings and is offered in at least 44 states. Of course, since your adult child is in jail, he or she may ask you for help in locating and hiring an attorney for them. [Read More]