Workers’ Compensation Injuries

In simple terms, a “personal injury” occurs when you get hurt because someone else made a mistake. For example, if you’re crossing the street and get hit by a car, if the neighbor’s dog bites you, or if you slip and fall on a convenience store’s unmarked wet floor, you may be able to get payment from the person or business that caused the accident.

Determining Fault in Oklahoma

Before you go filing a claim, let’s first clarify what does and doesn’t constitute a legitimate personal injury case. You see, every state has its own set of rules — rules designed to help real victims get the help they need while preventing unfair accusations from those who simply want to collect payment because they’re hurt.

In Oklahoma, it all comes down to one simple question: Whose fault was it, really?

Scenario 1: “Their” Fault

Sometimes, the answer to this question is obvious. If you’re using a crosswalk and a car comes screeching around the corner and hits you, everyone will probably agree that the resulting accident was the reckless driver’s fault. In this scenario, let’s say that you are granted a $100,000 settlement to pay for your medical bills and other accident-related expenses.

Scenario 2: Shared Fault

Now let’s change the circumstances. Let’s say that you were crossing the street about 10 feet away from the crosswalk because you were in a hurry, and despite the driver slamming on his brakes, he still hit you hard enough to break your leg. After reviewing the evidence, the court decides that you are 30% responsible for the accident. As a result, you are only entitled to 70% of that $100,000 settlement, or $70,000.

In Oklahoma, Scenario 2 is a prime example of what we call “modified comparative fault.” Now, if you hear this term being thrown around by the insurance company, you’ll know exactly what it means.

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Deciding If You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer

Even if you go into a personal injury claim armed with knowledge about Oklahoma law, there is still a good chance that you will want an experienced lawyer in your corner. You see, insurance companies are notorious for offering up as little money as possible, even if your injuries are severe. Having a lawyer there to represent you is an incredibly good idea for three main reasons:

  • It costs you nothing. Any personal injury lawyer worth having will work on contingency, meaning you don’t pay a dime unless they win your case. Instead, they simply collect a small portion of your settlement.
  • Insurance companies respond to lawyers. When it’s just you sitting on the other side of a negotiation table, insurance adjusters tend to assume they can get away with lowballing you. When there’s a well-respected attorney at your side, those low numbers are much harder to get away with.
  • We know what we’re doing. We can’t speak for all personal injury lawyers, but at Farrar & Farrar, P.C., we are not afraid to tell the truth; we know Oklahoma injury law inside and out. We’ve been at this since 1979. The local courts know us, and we know how to get you the most bang for your buck.

Case Types We Handle

Our firm isn’t limited to any certain set of injuries or accident types. Essentially, if you have been hurt in an accident that was mostly or completely someone else’s fault, we’re here to help. That being said, these are among the most common case types we see in our practice:

  • Wrongful Death
  • Truck Accidents
  • Car Accidents
  • Hit and Runs
  • Slip and Falls (also known as “Premises Liability”)
  • Retaliatory Discharge (this is when you get hurt on the job and your employer retaliates because you hired a lawyer and/or filed a claim. Our workers’ compensation lawyer, Eric Quandt, is especially adept at resolving these cases)
  • Dog bites

Again, this is not a comprehensive list. Feel free to call us with questions even if your particular case type isn’t mentioned. We will be happy to set up a free consultation or at least point you in the direction of another trusted law firm who can help.

Tulsa, Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers

After an injury, the insurance company may try to convince you that you don’t deserve fair payment to cover the costs of your recovery. Don’t listen, and don’t suffer in silence. Call us today for a free consultation. We aren’t afraid to push for the settlement your case truly deserves. And if it comes down to it, we are more than ready to fight for you in a court of law.