Negotiations can continue after you file, and often filing will be what it takes to prompt the insurance company to make a reasonable offer. By following a few basic steps, you can make sure you give yourself the best possible chance to make a recovery for your injuries. He certainly wouldn’t have obtained a fair recovery from the insurance company, even though it was clear that the driver was responsible. From the campers’ point of view, it was simple.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
- James F. Self, Jr.
- James E. Frasier
- A. Laurie Koller
- Duke Halley
- Nicholas G. Farha
- Jordan Klingler
- Fletcher Dal Handley, Jr.
- T. Luke Abel
- Charles C. Weddle, III
- Michael Hill
- L. Ray Maples, II
- Emily Kitch
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.
James E. Frasier
Attorney James E. Frasier is the managing partner of Frasier, Frasier & Hickman LLP in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mr. Frasier practices criminal defense, employment law, family law, probate, estate planning, Social Security Disability and personal injury law. He represents clients in Tulsa and throughout Oklahoma in matters involving car accidents, truck accidents, products liability, union plus and workers compensation.Mr. Frasier has been licensed to practice law since 1965 and has more than five decades of experience. He is licensed in all Oklahoma state courts and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois and the Supreme Court of the United States.Over the course of his career, Mr. Frasier has represented many significant clients, including the American Postal Workers Union, Communications Workers of America, the Oklahoma State AFL-CIO and United Steelworkers. In addition to his law practice, he owns the Ring-F Ranch in Talala, Oklahoma.As an active member of his legal community, Mr. Frasier is a member of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group and the American Association for Justice. He also belongs to the Oklahoma Association for Justice and is a former president of the organization.Mr. Frasier has always been involved in community service and activities. He is a former chairman and board member of the Grand River Dam Authority and has served on the executive committee for the Democratic National Committee and as a Democratic National Committeeman for the state of Oklahoma.
A. Laurie Koller
A. Laurie Koller is an attorney at Koller Trial Law in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ms. Koller dedicates her practice exclusively to representing plaintiffs who are the victims of sex crimes. She serves clients in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and throughout the state.Ms. Koller has more than 25 years of experience and provides compassionate, yet aggressive representation to each client with the goal of achieving justice. She is devoted to fighting for the rights of sex crime victims, particularly victims of sex crimes committed by institutions such as churches, employers or the government. Over the course of her career, she has counseled and helped many individuals through a traumatic time in their lives.Active in her legal community and various civic organizations, Ms. Koller sits on the board of advisers of the National Crime Victim Bar Association. She is a member of the Oklahoma Association for Justice and a former vice president and treasurer of the association. She also belongs to the Tulsa County Bar Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates.Ms. Koller serves as an instructor and co-dean at the Keenan Trial Institute, teaching on topics, including depositions and voir dire. She is a graduate of programs, including Leadership Tulsa and the Oklahoma Working Group of the Trial Lawyers College.Born and raised in West Virginia, Ms. Koller earned a bachelors degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She received her law degree from Duke University School of Law and obtained her license to practice law in 1991. She holds a license to practice law before all Oklahoma state courts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emily Kitch has dedicated her legal practice to protecting the rights of Oklahomans in oil and gas litigation and personal injury. A veteran of many trials and hundreds of courtroom appearances, Emily understands that victory doesnt happen by accident and because of this, she is a passionate advocate for each and every client she represents.