You don’t have any idea how to find the right lawyer. Whom should you speak to and whom should you never speak to? During this phase, an extensive exchange of information occurs between you and the insurance company lawyers. If you ever need it, you’ll be glad you did. Enrique really didn’t care who was found to be responsible as long as he was compensated for his loss.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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Top Lawyers Pick
- Patrick W. Wandres
- James E. Frasier
- Duke Halley
- Spencer B. Housley
- Jordan Klingler
- M. Eric Bayat
- Kevin E. Hill
- David Bernstein
- Maurice G. Woods, II
- L. Ray Maples, II
- David Burrage
- Cory Hicks
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.
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.
Duke Halley ,graduated from Sharon High School in 1966 and Southwestern Oklahoma State University. This was followed by admission to the Oklahoma University School of Law and graduation in 1973. He has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court as well as other Federal courts and the Oklahoma Bar Association. He has extensive trial experience and has participated in litigation in Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas as well as Oklahoma. ,Mr. Halley has been admitted to numerous professional groups and has served as an officer of many. For example he has been inducted into prestigous groups such as the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has also served in many capacities dedicated to fair and meaningful access to justice by all members of society. He has been appointed to many duties. These include being appointed to a selection committee for appointment of Federal District Judges, a member of the Professional Responsibility Tribunal assigned the responsibility of conducting trials in disciplinary proceedings involving members of the legal profession, and election to the Judicial Nominating Committee which recommends judicial appointments to the Governor. ,He has served as the President of the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association (now the Oklahoma Association of Justice), an association dedicated to the preservation of rights for hurt people and the right to trial by jury. ,Mr. Halley was born in 1948, in Vici, Oklahoma, a small community in Northwestern Oklahoma. His father took a job with an oil company when he was 2 years old. This required many moves over the next few years. He went to 15 schools his first three years of public education. Those schools ranged from Pensacola, Florida to Devils Lake, North Dakota. The family moved back to Northwest Oklahoma when Duke was in the 4th grade and remained there. The roots grew deep. He owns land that his great grandfather claimed in the land run and one of his favorite ways to spend his leisure time is working with his cattle herd and farming. ,Upon graduating from law school Mr. Halley moved back to Northwestern Oklahoma and joined a law firm in Woodward. His early years involved the general practice of law. His passion became trying lawsuits and preparing them for trial or settlement. After 9 years he opened his own office in order to concentrate more on this type of practice. As that practice grew he found himself in Oklahoma City on a regular basis and an office was opened there in 2004. ,Mr. Halley has been involved in various types of cases. For example, in one case iodine producers were extracting natural gas from its product and not paying the mineral owners for it. Mr. Halley sued the companies on behalf of a group of mineral owners. The case was tried , and after being appealed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court resulted in a settlement which returned Millions of dollars to the mineral owners. He also successfully obtained a ruling from Oklahoma Supreme Court that establishments who negligently or knowingly sell alcoholic beverages to minors are legally responsible when persons are injured as a result. He then helped obtain a $2,500,000.00 verdict against a large convenience store chain for the family of a minor killed in an automobile collision after he and some other minors were sold beer by the store manager. In another case State Farm Insurance Company unreasonably refused to pay $10,000.00 underinsured motorist benefits. The case was tried resulting in a verdict of $50,000.00 for actual damages and $400,000.00 punitive damages. ,There have been many seven figure settlements reached involving oil field accidents, medical malpractice and truck/auto collisions. ,Despite his success in larger cases, Mr. Halley continues to handle cases of all sizes. He is firmly dedicated to providing legal assistance to anyone who has not been treated fairly.
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.
M. Eric Bayat
Founder of the Bayat Law Firm, M. Eric Bayat handles cases of criminal defense, family law and personal injury. He represents individuals in the following counties in Oklahoma: Canadian, Logan, Garfield, Cleveland, Kingfisher, Alfalfa, Grady, Jackson, Greer, Caddo, Kiowa, Custer, Carter, McClain, Garvin, Lincoln, Seminole, Pottawatomie, Pittsburg, Sequoyah, Love, Coal and Payne. Although his practice is focused in the metropolitan area, he is admitted to practice throughout the state of Oklahoma and in the Federal Western District of Oklahoma.At the University of Central Oklahoma, Mr. Bayat earned a bachelors degree in geography. He then went on to law school on a scholarship to Oklahoma City University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor. During his time in law school, he gained experience in criminal law as an intern at one of the top criminal defense firms in the metropolitan area.Mr. Bayat founded his law firm on the belief that clients deserve the undivided attention of their attorneys. With a focus on personalized service and accessibility, he has handled cases in the following municipal courts: Edmond, Bethany, Oklahoma City, Warr Acres, Choctaw, Valley Brook, Mustang, Yukon, Forest Park and Moore.Mr. Bayats areas of practice include arrest and arraignment, assault, assault and battery, child support, criminal domestic violence, criminal fraud, criminal law, custody and visitation, dissolution of marriage, divorce, domestic violence, dramshop laws, drug and alcohol violations, expungement, failure to pay child support, felony, juvenile law, marital property, misdemeanor, motor vehicle accidents, murder, name change, personal injury, probation, sex offenses, theft, and wrongful death.
830 NW 10th St, Oklahoma City OK 73106
Kevin E. Hill
People in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, may experience a number of challenges after being injured in an accident. Kevin E. Hill, an attorney with Colbert Cooper Hill, is dedicated to serving clients throughout the Oklahoma City area. Focusing his practice on personal injury, Mr. Hill passionately advocates on behalf of those who have been injured by the negligence of others.Whether they were injured in a motor vehicle accident, work accident, slip or fall incident, or due to a dangerous product or drug, Mr. Hill knows his clients concerns may extend beyond the damages to property. Instead of focusing on their recoveries, they may be worrying about lost wages and mounting medical expenses. With each case he handles, Mr. Hill works closely with his clients to understand their situations and needs. He offers his clients personalized attention and guidance tailored to help them obtain maximum compensation. Standing by his clients throughout the legal process, Mr. Hill communicates frequently with them regarding what is going on and what their options may be, so that they are able to make informed decisions about their futures.Mr. Hill is actively involved in the legal community. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, the American Inns of Court, the Oklahoma Association for Justice, the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Oklahoma County Bar Association.In 1987, Mr. Hill earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Central State University. He went on to attend the Oklahoma City University School of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctor in 1992.
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
Maurice G. Woods, II
Maurice G Woods, II has been a trial lawyer for 23 years, and founded McAtee and Woods, P.C. in 2001. McAtee & Woods is established within the industry for its thorough, effective and aggressive litigators. The attorneys at McAtee & Woods successfully represent and counsel clients throughout the State of Oklahoma. With nearly fifty years of combined trial experience Mike McAtee and Maurice Woods, II have earned Martindale-Hubbells AV rating and the firm has received a listing in the prestigious Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Our reputation has been built by obtaining results in the courtroom. Many of our clients are insurance companies that look to us for our trial expertise, but that experience also makes our lawyers equally adept at representing Plaintiffs. We have won several seven-figure settlements in the areas of trucking negligence, products liability, and automobile negligence. As problem solvers the firm routinely counsels clients on how to avoid situations or claim practices which could result in litigation. Our near-paperless office system and use of cutting-edge litigation management software allows for unmatched efficiency in handling cases locally or remotely. McAtee & Woods is uniquely positioned to meet its clients needs with a proven edge over the competition.
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.
David Burrage is a founder of the Burrage Law Firm PLLC, located in Durant, Oklahoma. Focusing his practice primarily on plaintiffs personal injury and wrongful death litigation, he represents clients throughout the state who have been harmed by another partys negligence in cases involving automobile and commercial truck accidents, nursing home abuse, traumatic brain injuries and paralysis. Mr. Burrage also has experience representing policy holders in insurance bad faith cases, and he handles property disputes and other real estate litigation.Mr. Burrage is a native of Oklahoma. As an undergraduate, he attended The University of Oklahoma, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration in international business in 1999. Remaining in Norman, Mr. Burrage enrolled at The University of Oklahoma College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2002. Admitted to practice before all Oklahoma state courts, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of Oklahoma.Active in his community and state, Mr. Burrage has been appointed by two successive governors to the board of directors of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, and he currently serves as its vice chairman. He also volunteers for numerous community activities and events, and he coaches his sons soccer and football teams. Mr. Burrage is actively involved in several professional organizations as well. He is the vice president of the Bryan County Bar Association, and he has served as an assistant bar examiner for The Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners. Mr. Burrage is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a federally recognized Native American Tribe.
The mission statement on our website Serving all your probate, real estate, estate planning, business law, and litigation needs from the heart of the Oklahoma Panhandle summarizes well the core of what our office does. However, we practice in other areas and work with accountants, other attorneys, appraisers, surveyors, realtors, financial planners and other experts to help our clients achieve their goals. Please contact us if you have any questions about whether we can help you.