The most important things you can do to protect yourself and your family from the consequences of such an accident take place before the accident ever happens. If bruising or other injuries become apparent later, you should photograph those as well. When doctors refuse to provide treatment on a lien, there are a few specialized companies that will pay the doctors now and carry the balance for future payment from your recovery. But I cannot tell you what kind of treatment you should be getting for your injuries.Read More
Oklahoma Premises Liability
I bet once in life you got caught into a situation where you slipped and fell over a sidewalk, and that you wondered: Can I sue someone because of this? And who would be liable? Now, if you are already looking for a guilty one, stop right there! Because you must think about what happened twice after making assumptions.
How can I prove liability in a sidewalk slip and falling case? This is the last step! Now that you know when and where you can make sue in a sidewalk slip and fall case, you must collect all the evidence and prepare a clear testimony.
If you want to win your slip and fall case, you will have to be able to prove that the sidewalk’s property owner did something that made you fell into it (as an example, you can point out that he did not place the respective sign indicating that the ground was wet.) And of course, how would you know that?
Other useful evidence to support the municipality negligence could be a testimony of residents complaining about the poor conditions of the sidewalks and they did nothing to fix it earlier.
If you decide to hire a lawyer, he will be able to survey through this list and add the items that fit with your case. This will aid in the personal injury calculation and setting the right amount of money. Getting most of these awful experiences will save you a lot of financial problems.
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If you describe all of your injuries, the medical professionals will document them in their records. If this happens to you, I encourage you to seek immediate medical attention. Whenever they go to a doctor’s office for the first time, we ask them to grab a business card from that doctor and immediately send it to us. Proximate Cause: Once we prove the other driver was negligent, then we must show that the negligence was the proximate cause of your injuries.Read More
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Top Lawyers Pick
- Frank W. Frasier, III
- James F. Self, Jr.
- Patrick W. Wandres
- C. Scott Loftis
- A. Laurie Koller
- Nicholas G. Farha
- T. Luke Abel
- Andrew M. Casey
- David Bernstein
- Joe E. White, Jr.
- James A. Belote
- Cory Hicks
Frank W. Frasier, III
Attorney Frank W Frasier, III, is a partner at Frasier, Frasier & Hickman LLP, a personal injury law firm located in in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mr. Frasier practices personal injury and employment law and handles other general civil litigation matters while serving individuals and claimants in Tulsa and throughout the state of Oklahoma.Licensed to practice law in Oklahoma since 1998, Mr. Frasier has two decades of experience. He is admitted before the U.S. Supreme Court and all Oklahoma state courts, federal courts in Oklahoma and Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.Mr. Frasier earned a bachelors degree from The George Washington University and received his law degree from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. While attending law school, he gained legal experience by working for the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs and for a private law firm that focused on representing professional athletes.Following law school, Mr. Frasier worked for a former congressman, providing advice on national security topics, public works and transportation. He later returned to Oklahoma and joined Frasier, Frasier & Hickman LLP, which was founded by his uncle.An active member of his local legal community, Mr. Frasier is a member of various local and statewide professional organizations. He belongs to the Tulsa County Bar Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Oklahoma Association for Justice and is one of Oklahomas Governors (Board) of the American Association for Justice. He belongs to national organizations such as the Attorneys Information Exchange Group and the American Council of Young Political Leaders.
James F. Self, Jr.
The founder of Self and Associates Inc. located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, James F. Self, Jr. is one of the most successful personal injury lawyers in the state. With 35 years of experience and numerous multimillion-dollar recoveries for his clients, James Self is who you want to call if you have been injured in any kind of accident anywhere in Oklahoma City or the surrounding areas. Representative matters include truck and auto accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, products liability, aviation accidents, slip-and-fall accidents and dog bites. Mr. Self also represents workers who have been injured on the job and who are fighting to obtain the workers compensation benefits that they deserve.Mr. Self pursued his undergraduate studies at Arizona State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science. He then went on to attend the University of Tulsa College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1981. Admitted to practice in Oklahoma, Mr. Self is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of Oklahoma, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.Mr. Self is highly respected by his clients and peers alike. He has taken many cases through jury trial to verdict, and he has also obtained numerous successful settlements for his clients. Many of his cases have received national notice.Dedicated to the furtherance of his profession, Mr. Self constantly strives to keep abreast of changes in the law as they occur. To that end, he is an active participant in several legal organizations, including the American Association for Justice, the Oklahoma Association for Justice and the Oklahoma Bar Association.
Patrick W. Wandres
Patrick Wandres earned his Bachelor of Arts in Letters at the University of Oklahoma, and his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He also holds a French language Certificate from the Université de Nice – Sophia Antipolis in France. While attending law school, Patrick served as Justice of the international legal fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta. He was also a Stephenson scholar, and a Member of the American Indian Law Review. His article, Indian Land Claims: Sherrill and the Impending Legacy of the Doctrine of Laches,was published in the American Indian Law Review in 2006.An Eagle Scout and native Tulsan, Patrick returned to Tulsa after graduating law school and practiced with several law firms before forming Wandres Law. Patrick and his wife Brandy have three sons.Patrick is admitted to practice before all trial courts, and all federal district courts in the State of Oklahoma. Patrick handles all types of litigation, but focuses the majority of his practice to representing plaintiffs with claims of catastrophic personal injury, wrongful termination, discrimination, complex business litigation, and estate planning.
C. Scott Loftis
C. Scott Loftis focuses his Oklahoma practice on representing clients in their cases involving personal injury and wrongful death, insurance disputes and bad faith, criminal defense, divorce and child custody. An honors graduate of the Oklahoma City University School of Law, Mr. Loftis offers individualized, personal attention for legal representation throughout the states of Oklahoma and Kansas.Mr. Loftis is admitted to practice within the states of Oklahoma and Kansas as well as before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court of Kansas, and the Northern, Eastern and Western U.S. District Courts of Oklahoma. He is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Oklahoma Association for Justice, Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Oklahoma and Kansas Bar Associations.
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.
Nicholas G. Farha
Nicholas Farha was recently named a Rising Starby Top Lawyers, the industrys rating service recognizing outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. In 2016 and 2017, Nicholas Farha was selected as Top 10 Under 40 years of age by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys. In 2016, 2017 and 2018 Nicholas Farha was selected as Top 10 Under 40 years of age by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. His career began in the legal department of a Fortune 500 company. He has since shifted his focus to representing individuals and entities in his community. He is well regarded for his tenacious advocacy in his representation of personal injury clients. Mr. Farhas versatile client base enables him to further focus on providing superior estate and business planning services. Mr. Farhas motivation is to allow his clients to live for today while he plans for tomorrow. He is involved in several community and professional groups, including the Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma County Bar Association, Oklahoma Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, Robert J. Turner Inn of Court and Rotary Club 29. He is admitted to practice law in state and federal court in Oklahoma, as well as numerous federal courts throughout the United States.
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.
Andrew M. Casey
With a varied practice that includes criminal defense, personal injury and wrongful death litigation, and civil rights, Andrew M. Casey is an attorney at Foshee & Yaffe. Based in Oklahoma City, he provides representation to clients throughout the greater metropolitan area and other parts of the state. Admitted to practice before all Oklahoma state courts, Mr. Casey is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. In addition, he is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the Chickasaw Nation and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Supreme Court.Mr. Casey has been selected in two consecutive years to Top Lawyers, Rising Stars. Since his first selection, Mr. Casey won an appeal before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and successfully obtained a verdict of Not Guilty with a complete dismissal for a client accused of First Degree Murder. In addition, Mr. Casey has obtained dismissals for falsely accused clients in numerous felonies in the last year including sex crime accusations and white collar criminal allegations. In addition, Mr. Casey has represented the interests of numerous businesses including construction companies and jewelery retailers.Mr. Caseys criminal defense experience has included both trials and appeals, and the cases that he has worked on during his distinguished career have been based on charges of sex crimes, homicide, assault and battery, drug possession and distribution, weapons violations, and driving under the influence of alcohol. His personal injury background has centered on the representation of people who have been harmed by the negligence of other parties in cases involving motor vehicle crashes, premises liability, defective products and auto-pedestrian accidents. Mr. Casey has also assisted clients whose civil rights have been infringed upon by government employees.Mr. Casey is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he majored in political science and received a Bachelor of Arts in 2009. After being a debate teacher and coach at the University of North Texas, he decided to pursue legal education, and he enrolled at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. While he was there, Mr. Casey was an editor of the American Indian Law Review and served several internships before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 2015.
What separates David Bernstein from most other trial lawyers is that David Bernstein also runs Focus Group Oklahoma, which has state-of-the-art focus group facilities with professional quality video and audio equipment at the Bernstein Law Building. Focus Group Oklahoma does focus groups usually once or twice a week. If a focus group determines a potential case is without merit, the case is declined. If a focus group identifies issues that need to be overcome, this information is utilized when presenting the case for trial. This focus-group-first mentality allows David Bernstein to have the confidence to spend whatever is necessary, even over $100,000 in expenses if required, to advocate on his clients behalf.If you have a case that needs assistance, consider contacting David Bernstein. Besides moderating over 250 focus groups at Focus Group Oklahoma, Bernstein also provides litigation assistance to other lawyers across Oklahoma. In addition, Bernstein teaches legal seminars every year to other lawyers on topics including personal injury, bad faith insurance, focus groups and trial practice. Bernstein has practiced law for over 35 years; has tried over 100 jury trials; has secured numerous six- and seven-figure jury verdicts and settlements; has been recognized as a Top Lawyer (which is restricted to the top 5% of all attorneys) in Oklahoma every year since this prestigious program began in 2006; and is the Dean of the Advanced Focus Group College at the Keenan Trial Institute. The initial consultation is always ,confidential, and ,free,.If you want to help the underprivileged that go hungry in Oklahoma, please consider making a tax deductible donation to Lawyers Fighting Hunger, a nonprofit charity started in 2011 by Noble McIntyre, Hugh Robert and David Bernstein, by visiting ,www.lawyersfightinghunger.org,. Please call ,405.329.1484, or ,800.235.0529, to set up a free initial, confidential consultation. In the alternative, you can send an e-mail to ,[email protected], and describe your legal issue. The main office has plenty of free parking and is located in downtown Norman at 104 W. Gray Street. If you are unable to travel, David Bernstein can come to your location. Please visit ,www.USASafetyLawyer.com, ,for more information
Joe E. White, Jr.
Attorney Joe E. White Jr. is the managing partner of the Oklahoma City law firm of White & Weddle, P.C. Serving a diverse range of clients throughout Oklahoma, Mr. White has achieved considerable success representing the rights and interests of those who have legal needs involving any of the following:,· Personal injury and wrongful death,· Bad faith insurance,· Traumatic brain injuries,· Dangerous products,· Class actions,· Business litigation,· General civil litigation,· Education law,Throughout his more than 31 years of practicing law, Mr. White has earned a reputation as a formidable opponent in court who always aggressively pursues the most favorable outcomes possible for those he serves. A staunch advocate for justice, he provides a voice to those who are suffering needlessly through no fault of their own, and he finds great reward in being able to help so many in his community during some of the most difficult and uncertain times in their lives.Regarded as an authority in education law, Mr. White helped to establish the Personal Legal Services Program (PLSP) for the Oklahoma Education Association, and his law firm continues to manage the program. Through this service, Mr. White has become an indispensable ally for teachers and educators who need assistance with financial matters, family issues, simple wills, legal planning, administrative actions and criminal defense.A 1985 graduate of Central State University, Mr. White obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1988. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of Oklahoma, the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas, the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, and the District of Colorado.Committed to his practice, Mr. White is an active member of the Oklahoma County and Oklahoma Bar Association, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Litigation Counsel of America, and the Outstanding Lawyers of America. He is also a fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America, and he has served as trustee of the Oklahoma Student Loan Authority and the University of Central Oklahoma Foundation.Mr. White holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell along with numerous other accolades from his peers. He has also earned many five-star reviews and positive referrals from his satisfied clients.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.
James A. Belote
A partner with the Law Offices of Stipe & Belote, James A. Belote has significant experience providing representation to clients in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and throughout the State. He focuses his practice primarily on plaintiffs personal injury litigation, with cases that involve motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, defective products, medical malpractice and nursing home negligence. Mr. Belote also assists people in pursuing their insurance bad faith claims.A 1985 recipient of a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Belote stayed in Norman and pursued his legal education at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1988 and joined his current firm in 1990. Admitted to practice in both Oklahoma and Texas, Mr. Belote is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.Mr. Belote is highly regarded as a dedicated and compassionate lawyer by both his clients and his fellow professionals. He has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell as well as a 10.0 Superb peer review rating through Avvo. Mr. Belote has also been selected for membership in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, an invitation-only group made up of the leading plaintiffs personal injury and criminal defense trial lawyers from each state. A former president of the Oklahoma Association for Justice, Mr. Belote is an active participant in a variety of other legal organizations. His memberships include the Oklahoma and Oklahoma County bar associations, the State Bar of Texas and the American Association for Justice.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.
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