Before you can know what it’s worth, you need to know how the injuries affect your life, how long your treatment lasts, and how much your bills are. For organizational purposes, I’ll divide these steps into two categories: what to do at the scene, and what not to do at the scene. Leave the car where the incident occurred unless it is unsafe to do so. In 2004, my lawyer negotiated a policy limits settlement with the insurance company for the Volvo that hit me, and shortly after, I agreed to an additional settlement from my own underinsured motorist coverage (UIM).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.
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Top Lawyers Pick
- Jacob Diesselhorst
- Monty L. Cain
- Aaron D. Bundy
- Duke Halley
- Spencer B. Housley
- Nicholas G. Farha
- Jordan Klingler
- M. Eric Bayat
- T. Luke Abel
- Michael Hill
- James A. Belote
- David Burrage
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.
Monty L. Cain
Monty L. Cain is an attorney at Cain Law Office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mr. Cain focuses his practice on personal injury law, representing clients in matters involving car accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, Social Security Disability, truck accidents and workers compensation. He serves clients throughout the Oklahoma City metropolitan region.Mr. Cain has more than 20 years of experience and provides personalized and dedicated representation to injured victims. Over his career, he has recovered millions of dollars in successful verdicts and settlements for his clients. He is passionate about helping Oklahoma residents who have been injured or lost a loved one due to a catastrophic injury receive just compensation.Active in his legal community, Mr. Cain belongs to the Oklahoma County Bar Association, the South Oklahoma City Lawyers Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Oklahoma Association for Justice and the American Bar Association. His success has resulted in recognition from the National Trial Lawyers, who selected his name among the top trial lawyers.Born and raised in Oklahoma, Mr. Cain earned a bachelors degree in petroleum land management from the University of Oklahoma and subsequently spent many years working in the petroleum industry. He received his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law.Following law school, Mr. Cain developed his legal skills by working for a private Oklahoma based firm. He founded Cain Law Office in 2011. He holds an active law license before all Oklahoma state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
9400 Broadway Extension, Suite 420,, Oklahoma City OK 73114
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.