If you suffered a personal injury because of another person's carelessness, you need representation from an experienced Oklahoma City personal injury lawyer you can trust to advocate for your best interests.
The attorneys at Stephens, Anderson & Cummings have a reputation of dependability and a passion for helping people. We have more than 60 years of combined experience and a proven track record of recovering fair compensation for our clients. This includes a $9.3 million settlement in a brain injury case and a $5.6 million settlement in a car accident case.
We are prepared to manage every aspect of your case, including investigating your accident, negotiating with insurance companies and lawyers for the other side, collecting evidence to determine the full value of your case, and applying our detailed knowledge of state laws as we pursue the justice and compensation you deserve.
Contact us today to find out how we can help with your case. Your initial consultation is free and confidential. If we take your case, we will only collect legal fees if you receive compensation. Our Oklahoma City office is just off the Northwest Expressway and minutes from the Baptist Medical Center.
Call us at (877) 920-9009 to discuss the merits of your claim.
Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?
The fact that you suffered an injury does not automatically mean you have grounds for filing a personal injury claim to obtain compensation. Through a free consultation, our Oklahoma City personal injury lawyers can help you determine if you have a case by determining if the four elements of negligence are present in your claim:
- Duty of care – This is a legal duty to act the way a reasonable person would to prevent injuries to others. Our Oklahoma City personal injury attorneys must establish that the at-fault party owed you a duty of care at the time of the accident.
- Breach of duty of care - This means the at-fault party did not fulfill his or her duty of care. For example, a motorist who failed to follow traffic laws by speeding or running a red light may have breached his or her duty of care.
- Link between breach of duty of care and injuries –We must be able to establish that you would not have been injured if it were not for the other party's breach of duty of care. This means there must be a causal link between your injuries and the other party’s actions. If we pursue a case, we may have to counter the other side's claims that your injury was caused by a preexisting medical issue or something else besides the other party’s actions.
- Damages – In your free consultation, we will determine the damages you may have suffered, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact us right away to find out if you have a case. Fill out a Free Case Evaluation form.
Types of Compensation for a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If our personal injury lawyers in Oklahoma City determine that you have a case, we will immediately get to work investigating your injuries and other damages you have suffered to determine the compensation you may be entitled. This could include compensation for:
Medical care for a personal injury is often much more expensive than people realize. Your personal injury attorney in Oklahoma City will pursue fair compensation for all current and future medical expenses from the treatment of your injuries. This could include the cost of:
- Staying at the hospital
- Long-term care
- All doctors’ appointments related to your injury
- Physical therapy
- Prescriptions for pain and other injury symptoms
- CT scans
- Blood tests
- Ambulance transportation to the emergency room
- In-home health care
- Mobility aids, like walkers, crutches or wheelchairs
Compensation for these and other medical expenses allows you to get the care you need to make the best recovery possible without the added worry of how you are going to pay for it. Without this compensation, your medical care could put you deep in debt.
If you miss work because of your injuries, we may be able to obtain compensation for the wages you lost for the times you were unable to work. This could include compensation for full days where your injury prevented you from working or when you were advised not to work by your doctor, along with hours you missed receiving treatment or being evaluated by doctors.
Lost Earning Potential
We have taken many cases where the victim has permanent or long-term physical limitations that prevent him or her from working in the same capacity that he or she did before the accident.
This includes situations where the victim had to change careers because he or she cannot perform a job in the same field he or she used to work. In other cases, the victim can continue in the same field but is forced to work fewer hours or manage fewer tasks or responsibilities.
If this happens to you, it can have a disastrous effect on your ability to earn the money you need to pay your bills and support your family.
Fortunately, an Oklahoma City personal injury lawyer at our firm may be able to recover compensation to help you deal with your lost earning capacity.
Pain and Suffering
Your physical pain from your injuries may also be compensable in a personal injury claim, along with the emotional effects of your injuries, including:
- Trouble sleeping
- Posttraumatic stress
- Mental anguish
Loss of Companionship
Personal injuries not only affect the victims, but also their loved ones. For instance, the injury could damage your relationship with your spouse. You may not be able to have the same sexual relationship that you had before the accident.
Our Oklahoma City personal injury attorneys want you to have all forms of compensation you are entitled to help you recover from your injuries and move forward with your life.
Contact an attorney today by calling (877) 920-9009.
Laws Affecting Your Compensation
Our experienced lawyers will work to build a case to try to recover fair compensation for all of the damages you have suffered. However, Oklahoma has two laws that may lower the value of your personal injury claim, no matter how strong your case.
The first is a cap on non-economic forms of compensation, such as pain and suffering and loss of companionship. These damages are capped at $350,000, no matter how many parties are involved in the case, according to Section 61.2 of Oklahoma statutes.
The only exception to this cap is if the judge or jury is able to find clear and convincing evidence that the at-fault party's actions were:
- Grossly negligent
- Done intentionally or with malice
- Done with reckless disregard for the rights of others
If the judge or jury finds clear or convincing evidence of these things, there is no cap on non-economic damages. This is why our Oklahoma City personal injury lawyers will launch a comprehensive investigation to determine the cause of your injury and whether it fits one of these exceptions to the damages cap.
Fortunately, this cap does not apply to economic forms of compensation, such as medical expenses and lost wages. This means we can pursue compensation for the full value of these forms of compensation.
Modified Comparative Fault Law
Oklahoma is one of many states with a comparative fault law that governs situations where the victim is partially at fault for his or her injuries.
Oklahoma applies a modified comparative fault law that says you cannot recover compensation if you are 50 percent or more at fault for your injury. If your percentage of fault is below 50 percent, your total compensation award will be reduced by your percentage of fault. This means your award will be reduced by 40 percent if you are 40 percent at fault for what happened.
Courts must apply this law but insurance companies often apply it as well, particularly in car accident cases.
Our Oklahoma City personal injury attorneys have detailed knowledge of this law and are committed to building a strong case to help prevent you from being assigned more fault than you deserve.
Schedule a free legal consultation today to learn more about how we may be able to help you.
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help Me?
There is no requirement that you hire a personal injury attorney to represent you. However, there are many benefits to having an attorney at your side throughout the legal process:
We Will Thoroughly Investigate Your Claim
One of the most important parts of your case is the investigation, because it allows us to collect evidence to help prove that someone else is at fault for your injury. The investigation also gives us a chance to collect evidence and documentation about your injury and the damages you suffered. This allows us to determine an accurate value of your claim so we can try to pursue fair compensation.
Our personal injury lawyers in Oklahoma City have decades of combined experience investigating a variety of personal injury claims. We know where to look for the evidence we need. We also know what it takes to prove to insurers or juries that someone else is at fault for your injury.
When investigating your case, we will:
- Photograph the scene of the accident and your injuries
- Recover any video footage of the crash
- Collect police/accident reports because they are official records of what happened
- Contact statements from any witnesses who were at the scene when your accident occurred
- Help you collect medical records to determine the severity of your injuries
- Talk to medical experts to find out all of the ways your injury can affects you
- Reconstruct the accident to determine exactly what happened
We Will Handle All Settlement Negotiations
Another crucial part of a personal injury case is negotiating fair compensation. While some personal injury cases are resolved with a jury verdict, many others end with a settlement between both parties. In some cases, a settlement is reached during or before trial, and in others the claim is resolved through an insurance settlement.
Our Oklahoma City personal injury lawyers have negotiated many settlements for our clients. We are well-versed in the negotiating process and what it will take to be successful.
We will thoroughly evaluate every aspect of your case to determine a fair valuation. This way we know what a fair settlement offer is. If we do not receive a fair offer, we are prepared to go to trial to achieve justice.
We Take Cases on a Contingency Fee Basis
Another advantage of working with our personal injury attorneys in Oklahoma City is that we take cases on a contingency fee basis. Under this system, your first consultation with our experienced lawyers is 100 percent free.
If we determine you have grounds for a case, and you choose to move forward, we will not charge for our services unless you obtain compensation. If your case is successful, we will keep a small percentage of your recovery to cover our costs.
Contact our personal injury lawyers in Oklahoma City today to learn if you have a case. Call (877) 920-9009.
How Long Do I Have to Contact an Attorney?
Even if you have a viable case, we cannot pursue compensation unless we do so within the state's statute of limitations. This is a law that sets a deadline for filing a lawsuit. If we miss the deadline, we will not be able to file a claim and you may lose your only opportunity to obtain compensation.
Oklahoma's statute of limitations for most personal injury claim is two years from the date your cause of action accrues. This is usually the date of your accident or injury. This applies to most personal injury cases, including motor vehicle accidents, catastrophic injuries, and dog bites.
Our attorneys know how to determine when the statute of limitations began for your claim and when it will run out. This helps us ensure we file your claim on time so you do not miss your chance to pursue compensation.
This is why you should always contact a personal injury attorney in Oklahoma City as soon as possible. The faster you contact us, the faster we can go to work for you. This gives us the time we need to thoroughly investigate and build your case.
Call an attorney right now at (877) 920-9009.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Many of the cases our Oklahoma City personal injury lawyers handle involve traffic accidents, such as auto accidents and truck accidents. We also take on wrongful death lawsuits and cases involving oil and gas well accidents and dog bites/attacks.
Our experienced attorneys are well-versed in the many aspects of these cases, including state laws, deadlines for filing claims, how to prove negligence and the types of compensation that are available.
When you contact us, we will carefully review the details of your accident and injuries to determine your legal options and the types of compensation you may be entitled. We will only recommend pursuing a case if we think it is in your best interest to do so.
Complete a Free Case Evaluation form today to find out if we can help you.
Contact an Oklahoma City Personal Injury Lawyer Right Now
It is often difficult to know what to do after suffering a personal injury. You are in physical pain and may be struggling to work, which hurts your monthly income and makes it more difficult to support yourself and your family.
We understand that you may feel frustrated with your situation and confused about what to do next. Stephens, Anderson & Cummings always provides a free case evaluation to potential clients. Because we work on a contingency fee basis, you will owe us nothing unless we obtain a recovery on your case.