The fact is that multiple factors are lined up against victims of car accidents and other personal injuries. Rude and aggressive claims adjusters and attorneys may need to be dealt with. Usually, nothing devastating is said in those statements, but sometimes, a misunderstanding needs to be corrected right away. I prefer to call this the “insurance medical examination” because there is really nothing “independent” about it. On the way out of the courtroom that afternoon, the attorney for the hospital approached my boss and invited him to resume settlement negotiations, indicating there was more money that could be made available.Read More
Oklahoma Retail Store Injury Claim
When you get out to the local store you expect to have a nice and pleasant day, you want to want to find everything you need for your everyday routine. But sometimes the journey turns sideways, making you wish you never left the house. Sadly, accidents on retail stores are fairly common, being the classic slip and fall the most frequent accident.
But when the retail store accident caused serious injuries, it is time to hire a champion to defend you. Most insurance companies will try to pay just a tiny part of what you deserve. On some occasions, they will even try to put the blame on you or deny your claim. Hiring a personal injury lawyer will help you to avoid this frustrating situation.
If either the manager or the store owner failed to correct and hazardous situation, and as a result, someone gets injured, they can be at-fault for the accident. In other words, if the owner’s (or manager’s) negligent actions cause the accident, they must answer for any damages made to the visitor. The word negligence is used when someone fails to act with the due level of care and responsibility that is needed. In this case, when the owner knowing that the elevator is damaged, let the people use it without repairing it.
The accident could or could be serious enough to press charges, either way, is recommended to have a lawyer’s advice. He will explain your options and how you should proceed.
Don’t forget to make the claim quickly. All store injury claims follow the statute of limitations. Meaning that you have a fixed window to make your claim. After it ends, you are not allowed to sue the other party. But if you have a great lawyer, he could be able to extend that window, giving you more time to make the claim and achieve compensation.
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Top Lawyers Pick
- Frank W. Frasier, III
- Duke Halley
- Nicholas G. Farha
- Fletcher Dal Handley, Jr.
- T. Luke Abel
- Andrew M. Casey
- Charles C. Weddle, III
- Brent L. Neighbors
- David Bernstein
- L. Ray Maples, II
- Gregg W. Luther
- David Burrage
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Charles C. Weddle, III
Attorney Charles C. Weddle, III, is a partner with the White & Weddle, P.C. law firm in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. A top-rated trial attorney with more than 19 years of experience, Mr. Weddle represents the rights and interests of a diverse range of clients across the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:,· Personal injury and wrongful death,· Bad faith insurance,· Products liability,· Class actions,· Traumatic brain injuries,· Workplace deaths and injuries,· Business litigation,Widely regarded as one of the states leading trial advocates, Mr. Weddle has achieved notable success fighting on behalf of his plaintiff clients and helping them secure the maximum amount of compensation for the damages and losses they suffered. Known for his calm demeanor and compassion, he provides much-needed support to innocent accident victims and their families during some of the most traumatic times in their lives, and he finds great reward in being able to assist them with obtaining the justice they deserve.Creative and pragmatic, he devises innovative strategies aimed at resolving his clients matters efficiently, and he always aggressively pursues the most favorable outcome for his clients whether in court or through negotiations. Recognized for his success, he has earned numerous accolades from his peers along with many positive testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.A 1997 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Weddle obtained his Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2000. He received his license to practice that same year. Throughout his career, he has maintained active involvement with the Oklahoma County Bar Association and Oklahoma Bar Association, and the Oklahoma Association for Justice and American Association for Justice. He is also a member of the prestigious Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society.
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.
4217 28th Ave NW, Suite 101,, Norman OK 73069
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
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.
Gregg W. Luther
The founder of Gregg W. Luther, pllc, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Gregg W. Luther has aggressively litigated on behalf of his clients in the surrounding areas for over 20 years. From the start, his practice of law has been focused on medical malpractice law and the complex litigation involved in the representation of plaintiffs in cases involving birth injuries, surgical mistakes, medication errors and similar matters.Mr. Luther attended law school at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, graduating in 1992 with his Juris Doctor. While he was in law school, he served as an editor of the Oklahoma Law Review. Upon his graduation, Mr. Luther went to work for some of the largest medical malpractice defense firms in the state, where he honed his skills in litigating tough cases. After learning how these cases are defended, he then switched his focus, believing that injured patients need a voice advocating on their behalf. Mr. Luthers track record and superb ethical standards have led to his recognition by his clients, peers and the judiciary. He has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating an attorney may receive. In addition, his law firm has been listed as a Tier 1 law firm by U.S. News & World Report.Mr. Luther works alongside medical malpractice attorneys of national prominence. Dedicated to his profession as well as to his community, he is an advisory board member of the Oklahoma Association for Justice, a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, The American Board of Trial Advocates, and The American Association for Justice. Mr. Luther is also a faculty member of the Keenan Ball Trial College.AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. used 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 confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.
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.