Entries by Jim Buxton

Precautionary Measures

Make sure you have proper insurance. Sewer backups are not automatically covered by all homeowner’s insurance policies. Check your policy to make sure you are covered for damages due to sewer backups. Remember, the City is not an insurer. The City can only pay for damages under extremely limited circumstances set out by law. Don’t […]

Department of Environmental Quality – DEQ

The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is to enhance the quality of life in Oklahoma and protect the health of its citizens by protecting, preserving and restoring the water, land and air of the state, thus fostering a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1677 Oklahoma City, OK 73101-1677 […]

Effects of Sewage Pollution on Humans

Oral – drinking contaminated water or eating contaminated seafood Dermal – getting contaminated water on your skin and in open cuts or rashes Aerosol – inhaling water droplets such as those from breaking waves. When toxic substances enter a body of water, they will be dissolved, become suspended in water or get deposited on the […]

Health Effects of Breathing in Raw Sewage

“Raw sewage can be a serious health risk particularly if it enters drinking water or even water that is used for fishing and swimming. The pathogens related to untreated sewage are bacteria, parasites and viruses that are most commonly associated with acute illnesses like diarrhea. However, there is one virus that can cause an acute […]

Client Testimonial | Marcia D. Hamilton

Never in my life did I ever think I would need an attorney for anything, but circumstances that were beyond my control changed that for me, so then I knew that I really did need someone. An acquaintance recommended Jim Buxton, and I am so thankful that I moved forward and contacted him. I was […]

What Rights Do I Have?

Many “Sewer Back-up” claims are covered by the OGTCA which has time limits that forever bar your claim if not filed timely. Cities and Municipalities will generally provide you with a form to complete and submit for the “investigation”. You are not required to use any particular form and you should contact an experienced lawyer […]

(Continued) Chapter 5 The Governmental Tort Claims Act

Section 162 – Constitutional or Statutory Rights, Privileges or Immunities – Violation by Employee – Defending – Indemnification – Right of Recovery – Punitive or Exemplary Damages   A. The state or any political subdivision, subject to procedural requirements imposed by this section, other applicable statute, ordinance, resolution, or written policy, shall: 1. Provide a […]

Chapter 5 The Governmental Tort Claims Act

Section 151 – Short Title This act shall be known and may be cited as “The Governmental Tort Claims Act”. Section 152 – Definitions As used in The Governmental Tort Claims Act: 1. “Action” means a proceeding in a court of competent jurisdiction by which one party brings a suit against another; 2. “Agency” means […]