You’re already dealing with an injury on top of your job and your family. Although there’s no way to know those things until your treatment is finished, the liability insurer (the defendant’s insurance company) will want to speak to you right away, and it will possibly offer you a settlement, before your treatment has concluded. The damage to the cars may not seem like a big deal. If your accident was a year ago—or even six months ago—and you have not seen a doctor, there’s probably not much a lawyer can do for you.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
- Monty L. Cain
- C. Scott Loftis
- Aaron D. Bundy
- Nicholas G. Farha
- Fletcher Dal Handley, Jr.
- Kevin E. Hill
- Charles C. Weddle, III
- Michael Hill
- Brent L. Neighbors
- David Bernstein
- Emily Kitch
- David Burrage
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.
C. Scott Loftis
C. Scott Loftis focuses his Oklahoma practice on representing clients in their cases involving personal injury and wrongful death, insurance disputes and bad faith, criminal defense, divorce and child custody. An honors graduate of the Oklahoma City University School of Law, Mr. Loftis offers individualized, personal attention for legal representation throughout the states of Oklahoma and Kansas.Mr. Loftis is admitted to practice within the states of Oklahoma and Kansas as well as before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court of Kansas, and the Northern, Eastern and Western U.S. District Courts of Oklahoma. He is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Oklahoma Association for Justice, Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Oklahoma and Kansas Bar Associations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.