Are you concerned that your insurance company or the other driver’s insurance company might be taking advantage of you? If a doctor refers you for a type of treatment that makes you uncomfortable, let the doctor know how you feel and discuss alternatives. In situations like this, I urge the injured person to try to work things out with his original lawyer. We call it the Client Bill of Rights: Your social media accounts can be used against you in multiple ways.Read More
Oklahoma Catastrophic Injuries
The term catastrophic, from a personal point of view, is subjected to the person’s opinion. For example, you may think that a collarbone fracture is a catastrophic injury, while another person could consider amputation as catastrophic. Like all opinions, this one will change according to the person’s criteria.
Not only the victim’s working ability gets affected, but the concept of “normal life”, for him, is completely changed. For example, a survivor of a pedestrian accident gets one of his legs amputated. He used to go walking to work, he liked to go for a jog or a hike, and he likes to travel. Now, he has to learn either how to use crutches or a prosthetic leg to walk. Also, is less likely that he will continue to jog and hike as often as before. This is just a simple example of how the victim’s life is affected by catastrophic injuries.
In some states, like Maryland, to achieve compensation for the accident, you must prove that the event was 100% responsibility of the defendant. This is known, in the law niche, as pure contributory negligence. It means that you have to show that there was nothing you can do to avoid the event. For these kinds of scenarios, you must hire an experienced personal injury attorney. With his help, you will have higher chances to get the coverage from your expenses.
Most of the injuries that affect the body’s nervous system and restrain the mobility fall under this category. Some of the most common are:
- Spinal cord injuries: Even the slightest harm to this nerve could cause great damage. Your mobility can be seriously affected, to the point that you might need continuous supervision.
- Amputation: Is the common outcome of traffic-related accidents.
- Burns: When large body parts are affected, the victim could develop mobility problems. Also, the chances of getting disfigured are very high.
- Brain injuries: Like spinal cord injuries, this has a life-changing impact on the victim’s life. TBI directly affects the victim’s cognitive capacities. It is caused when the person gets hard blows to the head.
- Several Fractures: When you have several bones cracked, the healing time takes longer than usual. Depending on the fracture level, the victim could need physical therapy,
- Organ damage: Severe blows to certain body parts, can induce the malfunction of certain organs.
Don’t wait too long before making the claim! Start talking with our injury law firm today and let us help you in this process.
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Top Lawyers Pick
- Jacob Diesselhorst
- James E. Frasier
- A. Laurie Koller
- Aaron D. Bundy
- Spencer B. Housley
- Jordan Klingler
- Noble K. McIntyre
- Fletcher Dal Handley, Jr.
- T. Luke Abel
- Michael Hill
- Brent L. Neighbors
- L. Ray Maples, II
One of the most aggressive and well-thought-of young trial attorneys in Oklahoma litigation today, Jacob Diesselhorst has gained the trust, respect and admiration of not only his clients, but opposing counsel, judges and colleagues alike. He takes great pride in helping the victims and families of those who have suffered serious injuries or death due to the negligence of another person or a corporations improper conduct. He aggressively represents clients and successfully obtains justice and compensation on their behalf.Mr. Diesselhorst received his law degree from University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2002 and has focused his legal practice in the areas of medical malpractice, birth injuries, trucking accidents, brain and spinal cord injury, and catastrophic injury or death as a result of motor vehicle or on-the-job accidents. He is licensed to practice within the states of Oklahoma and New Jersey.
James E. Frasier
Attorney James E. Frasier is the managing partner of Frasier, Frasier & Hickman LLP in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mr. Frasier practices criminal defense, employment law, family law, probate, estate planning, Social Security Disability and personal injury law. He represents clients in Tulsa and throughout Oklahoma in matters involving car accidents, truck accidents, products liability, union plus and workers compensation.Mr. Frasier has been licensed to practice law since 1965 and has more than five decades of experience. He is licensed in all Oklahoma state courts and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois and the Supreme Court of the United States.Over the course of his career, Mr. Frasier has represented many significant clients, including the American Postal Workers Union, Communications Workers of America, the Oklahoma State AFL-CIO and United Steelworkers. In addition to his law practice, he owns the Ring-F Ranch in Talala, Oklahoma.As an active member of his legal community, Mr. Frasier is a member of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group and the American Association for Justice. He also belongs to the Oklahoma Association for Justice and is a former president of the organization.Mr. Frasier has always been involved in community service and activities. He is a former chairman and board member of the Grand River Dam Authority and has served on the executive committee for the Democratic National Committee and as a Democratic National Committeeman for the state of Oklahoma.
A. Laurie Koller
A. Laurie Koller is an attorney at Koller Trial Law in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ms. Koller dedicates her practice exclusively to representing plaintiffs who are the victims of sex crimes. She serves clients in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and throughout the state.Ms. Koller has more than 25 years of experience and provides compassionate, yet aggressive representation to each client with the goal of achieving justice. She is devoted to fighting for the rights of sex crime victims, particularly victims of sex crimes committed by institutions such as churches, employers or the government. Over the course of her career, she has counseled and helped many individuals through a traumatic time in their lives.Active in her legal community and various civic organizations, Ms. Koller sits on the board of advisers of the National Crime Victim Bar Association. She is a member of the Oklahoma Association for Justice and a former vice president and treasurer of the association. She also belongs to the Tulsa County Bar Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates.Ms. Koller serves as an instructor and co-dean at the Keenan Trial Institute, teaching on topics, including depositions and voir dire. She is a graduate of programs, including Leadership Tulsa and the Oklahoma Working Group of the Trial Lawyers College.Born and raised in West Virginia, Ms. Koller earned a bachelors degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She received her law degree from Duke University School of Law and obtained her license to practice law in 1991. She holds a license to practice law before all Oklahoma state courts.
Aaron D. Bundy
Attorney Aaron D. Bundy is the founder of the Law Office of Aaron D. Bundy, PLC, with offices in Tulsa and Sapulpa, Oklahoma. A top-rated, award-winning trial attorney with more than 13 years of legal experience, Mr. Bundy represents the rights, interests and liberties of a diverse range of clients throughout the greater Tulsa metro region and surrounding areas who have legal needs involving any of the following:,Family law and divorce,Child custody and support,Alimony,Criminal defense,Catastrophic personal injury,Juvenile law,Appeals,In all cases, Mr. Bundy provides the personalized counsel and dedicated support his clients deserve during some of the most stressful and uncertain times in their lives. Focusing primarily on family law and divorce, he has helped numerous clients resolve their conflicts and reach agreements with regard to their property division, contentious child custody matters and much more. He has also helped secure favorable outcomes for those accused of serious criminal offenses, such as sexual crimes, as well as personal injury claims arising from someone elses negligence or wrongdoing.Recognized for his impeccable professionalism and exceptional legal abilities, Mr. Bundy holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and he received the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award in 2013. He also received the Earl Sneed Award for his outstanding contributions to continuing legal education. Moreover, Mr. Bundy has earned top ratings from his peers as well as many positive reviews and referrals from his satisfied clients. He is a ,fellow, of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.A 2002 graduate of The University of Tulsa, Mr. Bundy returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor from The University of Tulsa College of Law in 2006. The Oklahoma Bar Association admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.A leader in his field, Mr. Bundy has numerous publications to his credit, and he has conducted many lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics. He has also held leadership positions with several professional legal organizations, including co-chair of the Tulsa County Bar Associations Litigation Section and Family Law Section.AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
Spencer B. Housley
Mr. Housley specializes in medical malpractice and personal injury. He began his legal career defending physicians and hospitals in high profile medical malpractice cases across the state. In 2013 Mr Housley opted to start his own law firm and represent patients that are injured as a result of medical negligence. In doing so, he is able to utilize the knowledge he learned of insurance companys tactics to deny patient claims, and instead to help the injured patients obtain the full recovery they deserve. He is recognized by his peers as an Oklahoma Top Lawyer in the field of medical malpractice. Mr. Housley has tried multiple trials to successful verdict in state and federal courts. His accomplishments include over $5 million dollars in settlements in the past 5 years, a $2,500,000.00 plaintiffs verdict in a Cleveland County wrongful death action, as well as multiple large confidential settlements.
Attorney Jordan Klingler is a partner with McIntyre Law, P.C. in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Nationally recognized as one of the leading trial advocates in her area as well as the entire country, Ms. Klingler devotes her practice to personal injury law. She has achieved notable success fighting for the rights and entitlements of auto accident victims and others who suffered an injury or loss as the result of someone elses negligence or wrongdoing.Having started her legal career as an insurance defense attorney, Ms. Klingler possesses a unique insight into the tactics insurance companies use to reduce or deny claims, which enables her to devise the most effective strategies possible to help her plaintiff clients recover the full amount of compensation they deserve. Passionate about seeing justice served, she has secured numerous substantial settlements and awards for her clients. She has also earned recognition from her peers for her exemplary professionalism and exceptional legal abilities.Of note, Ms. Klingler recently received recognition as a Lawyer of Distinction in 2019, and the Oklahoma Association for Justice voted her an Outstanding New Lawyer in 2018. She was also named among the Top Young Professionals Under the Age of 40 in 2019, and she has received many positive reviews and referrals from her satisfied clients.A graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Business Administration, Ms. Klingler obtained her Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2012. The Oklahoma Bar Association admitted her to practice that same year, and she maintains active involvement in several legal organizations, including the Oklahoma County Bar Association and the American Bar Association, among her other professional affiliations.
Noble K. McIntyre
Noble K. McIntyre is the founding partner of McIntyre Law, P.C. in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and the immediate past President of the Oklahoma Association for Justice. Mr. McIntyre is an astute and experienced litigator who represents clients in cases involving all forms of personal injury, including mass torts, nursing home injury and neglect. His past cases have included car and truck accidents, product liability, drug liability and medical malpractice. He is currently a diligent and formidable advocate for individuals injured in cases involving defective hip implants, transvaginal mesh implants, Paxil birth defects, IVC filter litigation, Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) and Physio Mesh cases.Mr. McIntyre was born in North Dakota, but he moved to Oklahoma with his family when he was one year old. He earned his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1992, and he graduated with his Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1995.After law school, Mr. McIntyre worked as an attorney and then as a partner with an Oklahoma City law firm for several years before leaving to start his own firm. He and the attorneys at McIntyre Law, P.C. strive to improve their clients lives through dedicated representation and finding full and fair resolutions to challenging situations.Mr. McIntyre is licensed to practice before the state courts of Oklahoma. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. Outside of the courtroom, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters and, along with other employees at the firm, participating in and sponsoring a broad variety of community events and programs in the Oklahoma City area. Mr. McIntyre and the firm have most recently hosted a blood drive and distributed Easter hams and other food items to needy families in the community. His firm recently completed the 8th Annual Day of Kindness where over 6500 turkeys were handed out to needy Oklahomans.
Fletcher Dal Handley, Jr.
FLETCHER D. HANDLEY, JR. practices plaintiffs personal injury, including asbestos exposue law throughout Oklahoma. He is a former member of the Council of the American Bar Associations Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), and has also served as Chair of the Auto Law Committee. He most recently serrved as Chair of the Plaintiffs Policy Task Force. In 1999, he testified on behalf of the ABA before the US Senate Commerce Committee regarding no-fault insurance. He is a former member of the ABA Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law, and the ABA Working Group on Protecting the Rights of Service Members. Handley began his military career as an Air Force ROTC Cadet in 1966, and served on active duty with U.S. Navy Patrol Squadron 11 as a P-3 Orion aircrew member from 1969-1972. He enlisted in the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 1981 and was commissioned into the JAG Corps in 1983. He retired as the Assistant State Judge Advocate for Oklahoma and Military Judge in January, 2008. He was selected as Oklahomas Outstanding Young Lawyer of 1983 and was appointed to a temporary division of the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals in 1991. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and is an Oklahoma Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a Top 100 Trial Lawyer of the National Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Oklahoma Association for Justice, currently serving as President. He was selected as the OAJ Outstanding Trial Lawyer of 2018. He is a Charter Member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, and currently serves on the Primerus Accreditation Board. He serves on the Membership Committee of the Public Justice Foundation and is also a member of the ABA Task Force of the American Association for Justice. He is an Oklahoma State Delegate to the AAJ Board of Governors and a member of the AAJ Council of Presidents. He is licensed to practice in all Oklahoma state and federal courts, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
T. Luke Abel
T. Luke Abel is an attorney with the Abel Law Firm in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Nationally recognized as one of the top trial advocates in the country, Mr. Abel has more than 13 years of experience representing plaintiff clients throughout the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:,· Personal injury,· Products liability,· Insurance litigation,· Medical malpractice,· Nursing home negligence,· Car and truck accidents,· Wrongful death,Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Abel has gained considerable success fighting for the rights and entitlements of innocent accident victims and their families. A veteran of dozens of trials in state and federal courts across his region and widely regarded for his exceptional negotiation abilities, he has secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients, including many multimillion-dollar awards.Whether inside or outside of the courtroom, Mr. Abel is fully devoted to helping his clients secure the maximum amount of the damages they incurred, and he has earned praise for his exemplary professionalism and outstanding service to those in need. Among his most notable accolades, Mr. Abel holds an AV-Preeminent peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and The National Trial Lawyers voted him a Top 40 Under 40. He has also earned Superb client ratings on Avvo, and he has received many positive testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.A 2003 graduate of The University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Mr. Abel studied at Brasenose College in Oxford, England, before obtaining his Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2006. The Oklahoma Bar Association admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.A leader in his field, Mr. Abel has served as vice chairman of the Oklahoma Bar Associations Legislative Monitoring Committee. He is also a member of the board of director of the Oklahoma County Bar Association and the Oklahoma Association for Justice. In addition, he is a member of the American Bar Associations Young Lawyers Division and Litigation Committee as well as the organizations Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section.Dedicated to helping those less fortunate in his community, Mr. Abel also volunteers with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma and assists in the organizations fundraising efforts.AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
Representing the people of Oklahoma with offices in Tulsa, Walters and Oklahoma City, Michael Hill is attorney and counselor at law for the Burton Law Group. His focus is on workers compensation and personal injury including wrongful death and car accidents.In 2014, Mr. Hill was listed in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40. That same year, the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys named him in the Top 10 Under 40. Mr. Hill is actively involved in professional organizations with memberships in the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Oklahoma Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, the Choctaw Nation Bar Association, the Chickasaw Bar Association and the Oklahoma Bar Association.Mr. Hill is admitted to practice in the state of Oklahoma and in the Choctaw Nation and Chickasaw Nation courts, as well as before federal courts including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Hill earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 2002. He then attended Oklahoma City University where he obtained a Juris Doctor in May of 2005. Since then, he has represented the rights of workers in Oklahoma and those who have been injured at the hands of another. With a goal to obtain the compensation his clients deserve, Mr. Hill focuses on comfort, security and dignity as they navigate life after an injury. Clients can rely on him to handle the concerns and burdens of the legal process as they work on healing and recovery.
Brent L. Neighbors
Brent L. Neighbors has provided dedicated and zealous representation of his clients throughout the state of Oklahoma, for over 20 years. From the firms office in Norman, he focuses his practice on plaintiffs personal injury, medical malpractice, and general business litigation matters.Prior to attending law school, Mr. Neighbors first completed his Bachelor of Arts at Baylor University, from which he graduated in 1990. He then went on to attend Oklahoma City University School of Law, from which he graduated with his Juris Doctor in 1994.Mr. Neighbors is admitted to practice law before all of the state courts of Oklahoma as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma. A passionate believer in obtaining justice for ordinary people in their battles against major companies, hospitals and corporations, he has garnered many successful results for his clients. In addition to his practice in medical malpractice and plaintiffs personal injury cases, Mr. Neighbors also has passionately advocated for his clients recovery in insurance bad faith litigation, wrongful death matters and products liability matters. Mr. Neighbors spends time to work closely with each client in order to gain a thorough understanding of the facts of his or her case and how his or her injuries have affected his or her life so that he can maximize recovery.A strong believer in the need for continued learning, Mr. Neighbors is an active member of both the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Oklahoma Association for Justice. He has received an AV peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, and he additionally has taught others about medical malpractice by leading a course called Medical Malpractice From A-Z at the National Business Institute.AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.
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L. Ray Maples, II
Ray Maples is the founder of Maples Law Firm an AV rated law firm. The firm originated in 2002 after Ray had been working in a large firm in Atlanta handling personal injury litigation matters on behalf of large corporations and insurance companies. In 2002, he devoted his entire practice to helping individuals who are helpless against the corporate giants whose only objective appears to be the bottom line. In essence, he calls it profits over people. Now, Ray devotes 100% of his practice to helping the injured person and focuses his practice primarily in the fields of catastrophic injuries, defective products, trucking accidents, personal injury and nursing home neglect across the country. In 2015, Maples Law Firm merged with Nix Law Group to become Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst, PLLC. Born in 1971 in Albany, Georgia, Ray obtained his undergraduate degree in marketing from Valdosta State University in 1993. He attended Law School at Oklahoma City University, where he obtained his Juris Doctorate degree. Ray is married and has two wonderful children. Ray is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, American Bar Association and has been admitted to practice in all Oklahoma courts. He has also been recognized by several peer organizations for his advocacy skills.