If you’ve been severely injured in a traumatic accident and you know that someone else’s negligence was the cause for your injuries, contact a personal injury attorney in Oklahoma to hold the liable parties accountable for their actions and seek financial compensation.
Being injured in an accident can take a toll both physically and emotionally on your well-being. Not only are you left feeling helpless and unsure of when your life will return to normal, but with a possible lack of income from being out of work, the financial burden of your medical expenses can be increasingly overwhelming.
You’ll need time to recover from the damages you’ve suffered, but when you know someone else caused the accident that contributed to your injuries, the healing process can seem impossible. At Talley Turner Bertman, an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer can help you pick up the pieces of your life by investigating the accident and determining all parties that were at fault.
Once fault is determined, your attorney can help you fight for the compensation you rightfully deserve. You should be able to focus on a full recovery without financial stress. We’ll be here to support you through the legal process every step of the way.
The first step in filing a personal injury claim is to name a defendant in your case by determining who’s at fault for the accident and your injuries. The court will need tangible proof of negligence in order to award you with compensation, and your personal injury lawyer will find proof by investigating the accident and gathering all evidence, such as witness testimonies, medical records, and photographs.
Oftentimes, more than one party can be held liable in a personal injury lawsuit, and it’s important to identify all of them in order to maximize your claim. Some of the possible parties that can be at fault in a personal injury claim include:
A common question many people in Oklahoma have when filing a personal injury claim is whether they can receive compensation if they were partially at fault for causing the accident. In many cases, both people involved in an accident play a role, even if one party is significantly more at fault than the other. Thankfully, the state of Oklahoma has a modified comparative negligence law in place.
Modified comparative negligence laws allow anyone who was partially at fault to file for compensation against the other liable party in an accident. Once the percentage of fault is determined, that amount of fault will be subtracted from the overall settlement amount. For example, if you’re found to be 10 percent liable and your settlement is $100,000, you’ll receive $90,000.
Modified comparative negligence can play a significant role in the end result of a personal injury case; however, these laws are put in place to protect all parties involved. If you’re injured in an accident but partially at fault, you can still receive compensation for your damages. It also protects those who are partially liable, but not fully liable, from bearing the entire financial burden of the accident.
When filing a personal injury claim in Oklahoma, knowing the reason why your injury occurred will be helpful in determining who’s at fault for the injury. For example, if you suffered from a severe dog bite, it’s likely that the dog’s owner was at fault. If you suffered from a complication from surgery, the doctor may be at fault due to medical malpractice.
Some of the most common types of personal injury lawsuits include:
There are numerous personal injuries that can result from catastrophic accidents, and assessing the damages you’ve suffered is essential when calculating your overall claim value. Your personal injury lawyer in Oklahoma will speak with your doctor to discuss your injuries in detail, as well as the side effects and long-term expenses you may accumulate as a result of these impairments.
Aside from the medical expenses you’ll incur immediately after your accident, your lawyer will calculate your overall claim value by examining other compensatory damages, including both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages may include ways in which the accident has financially affected your life, such as medical bills, property damages, and loss of future income.
Non-economic damages include ways in which the accident has affected your lifestyle, such as loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and scarring and disfigurement.
You may have concerns about filing a personal injury claim, and this is understandable because the legal process is foreign to most. For this reason, below we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about filing a personal injury claim.
If you have any specific questions regarding your claim, you’re welcome to reach out to us for a free consultation. We can go over any of your questions or concerns in more detail.
The statute of limitations in the state of Oklahoma for personal injury cases is two years. This means you’ll need to file your claim within two years of when your accident occurred or else the Oklahoma court system won’t hear your case and you won’t receive compensation for any of the damages you’ve suffered.
You won’t have to go to court for your lawsuit unless the liable party and their insurance company don’t accept the settlement offer you serve them with; however, it’s likely that they won’t be willing to pay the initial offer. In the event that you have to go to court, your lawyer will support you through the legal process and negotiate on your behalf to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
The length of the settlement process can vary based on a variety of different factors, such as how many parties are liable for your accident, how fast the defending insurance company accepts your demand letter, how willing the liable party is to compensate you, and more. Patience is the key in receiving the ultimate settlement you deserve, and your attorney can help you every step of the way.
It’s understandable to have a lot of questions and concerns when filing a personal injury claim. No one deserves to be injured in an accident because of someone else’s negligence. At Talley Turner Bertman, our lawyers have a deep understanding of the Oklahoma civil claims process, and you can rest assured that we’ll fight on your behalf to get you the settlement you deserve.
Recovering from an injury is physically and emotionally exhausting, and we want to make sure your finances are taken care of as you focus on getting your life back to normal. If you’re ready to speak with an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer about your case in greater detail, reach out today for a free consultation by calling us at 405-254-8548 or filling out the contact form below.
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