Even if the driver who hit you produces an insurance card, it may have lapsed or expired. Ultimately, it will be up to you and your doctors to decide which type of treatment is the best fit for you. If your lawyer can persuade the insurance company that the risks and expenses of litigation outweigh the cost of making a reasonable settlement, the insurance company will relent. Your case may appear simple to you and me, but insurance companies have a different agenda, and they view your claim differently.Read More
Wrongful Deaths: What to Do and What to Expect
Dealing with death is always a troubling and painful process. Especially if the person didn’t die by natural causes. This includes any kind of death ranging from murder to wrongful death. For the last case, you’ll need help from a specialist accident lawyer to deal with all the procedures. Besides, it will be easier to find some kind of retribution from the disaster if you have the right attorney.
Initially the “Common law” didn’t allow to bring a wrongful death case. This is because the person who is directly affected is dead. But in the US certain laws allow the victim’s relatives to bring up this kind of claim.
Who can be held responsible for a Wrongful Death? As was said before, wrongful death can be caused by either an accident or negligence. So the claim can be brought against an individual, companies, institutions and, in some cases, even the government. In conclusion, whoever is responsible for the accidental death can be subject to this claim. Some common scenarios are:
- A government employee that failed to provide proper warnings regarding road hazard
- Manufacturers, distributors or installers of a faulty part that causes a malfunction of a car
- Designer of a faulty building, road or industrial plant
- A driver or employee involved in a car accident. If the driver is from a company, both the driver and the company can be held accountable for the tragedy
The type of relatives that can file a wrongful death claim varies from State to State, for example
- In all the States: Immediate family members like parents, legal partner, and children (including adopted ones)
- In some States: Life partners, financial dependents and distant family members
If you find yourself in a situation where you lost a loved one, is essential to contact the best available lawyer. This way you’ll have all the help that you need to file a claim in the right way. It may seem like an easy job but is better if you leave it to professionals. Remember that there is a law firm for every kind of wrongful death scenario. Most of them offer free consultation and guidance for the very first steps.
Finally, remember not to let the time pass by, the sooner you address the situation the better. you’ll get the best deal possible and the most important thing is that you’ll be able to get out of the tragedy by the fast lane.
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Top Lawyers Pick
- Jacob Diesselhorst
- A. Laurie Koller
- Duke Halley
- Spencer B. Housley
- Jordan Klingler
- Gary J. James
- Kevin E. Hill
- Maurice G. Woods, II
- L. Ray Maples, II
- Gregg W. Luther
- David Burrage
- Cory Hicks
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.
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.
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.
Gary J. James
Gary J. James is an experienced attorney who has helped clients throughout Oklahoma with a wide range of legal matters, including criminal defense in some of the most high-profile cases in the states history. As managing partner of Gary J. James & Associates, P.C. in Oklahoma City, Mr. James defends clients against allegations involving murder, white collar crimes, federal criminal defense, violent crimes, drug offenses, and other criminal matters.As a result of his numerous criminal defense acquittals, Mr. James is currently retained by Law Enforcement Associations and Law Enforcement Agencies to defend Troopers, police officers, and other Law Enforcement personnel. Mr. James devotes a vast majority of his practice to defending Law Enforcement officers in use of force investigations, shootings and defending civil rights lawsuits.A native of Oklahoma, Mr. James received his law degree from the Oklahoma City University School of Law and quickly began building a reputation in the State for his legal abilities and professionalism.After successfully securing an acquittal for his client in a high-profile murder trial, Mr. James received the 1996 Presidential Award for Outstanding Criminal Advocacy from the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Three years later, Mr. James was selected by the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System to defend Timothy McVeighs criminal charges, including 161 Murder Charges, stemming from the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.Among other honors, Mr. James has received an AV Preeminent rating for over 20 years from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible designation from the peer review service. He has and is included in lists such as the Best Lawyers in America, Outstanding Lawyers of America, Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, and US News and World Report; Best Lawyers in America.”Mr. James is engaged in many professional organizations, including the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Association for Justice.A former high school and college football player, Mr. James continues to participate in organizations dedicated to promoting sports and athletics in the state and at the University of Oklahoma.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.,The Best Lawyers in America,® 2013. Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc. Aiken, SC.
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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.
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.
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.
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