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Do I even need a lawyer?

Seldom, if ever, would you expect an insurance company to look at your case with your best interest in mind. Adjusters and Lawyers are paid by the insurance company and are ONLY looking out for their best interest, not yours.

How much will it cost me to hire you?

I work for you strictly on a contingency fee basis. This means if I am not successful in resolving your case (either by trial or settlement), you owe me NOTHING. Not only do you not owe me a fee, if I am unsuccessful in resolving your case, you do not have to reimburse me the money I have spent in pursuing your case (unlike you would have to pay with other lawyers).

Will I have to go to trial or will my case settle?

That is strictly up to you. You are the ONLY one who can authorize your case to settle. I can only give you my best legal advice. If I suggest you reject an insurance company's offer, you have the right to reject that advice and I must settle your case.

Do you charge any money to look at and evaluate whether I have a case?

No. All consultations are free of charge, and, if necessary, I will pay experts (whether it be medical doctors, an accident reconstructionist or engineers). You will only reimburse me in the event of a successful recovery.

What if I live in Oklahoma but I was injured out of state? Can you still help me?

Yes. I have handled cases in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, California, Michigan, New Mexico and several other jurisdictions

If I am injured, what elements of damages are recoverable?

Damages include, but are not limited to: medical bills, lost wages, physical pain and suffering (past and future), mental pain and suffering (past and future) and disfigurement.

My insurance company has not been fair with me. What should I do?

HIRE A LAWYER! Insurance companies have an affirmative duty to deal fairly and in good faith with their insureds. If they do not, they are exposed to damages (recoverable by their insureds) that they would not ordinarily be required to pay.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit after I have been injured?

The answer is: "it depends". Some cases require a lawsuit be filed within one (1) year from the date of injury (the time frame may even be shorter); others allow up to five (5) years from the date of injury. While yet others (involving minors) will allow up to one (1) year from the date of his/her 18th birthday. However, many cases have been forever lost by not bringing a lawsuit within the time frame prescribed by law. DO NOT WAIT!! You are encouraged to consult a lawyer to make sure your case is not forever barred.

The insurance company for the person who injured me is wanting to settle for its policy limits. Why can't I just take this without hiring a lawyer?

You can, BUT, you could be destroying your rights to collect from other parties or insurance companies for this injury or death! For example, suppose you are injured by a drunk driver and his insurance company is willing to pay his policy limits of $25,000.00. But on your own insurance policy, you have $50,000.00 of Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists coverage. The moment you accept the offer from the drunk driver's insurance company, you have lost your right to collect the additional $50,000.00 from your own insurance company. There are even more complicated legal matters to consider when you are injured. Always consult a qualified attorney to know your rights.

I was injured in an auto accident while on the job through no fault of my own. My employer is paying me through Workers' Comp and also paying my medical bills. Is this all the compensation I am entitled to?

NO!! There are many other sources of recovery that must be explored. Contact a qualified attorney to seek advice!

My spouse was seriously injured in an accident. Is it ok to wait and see what the insurance company offers me to settle before I hire a lawyer?

As a general rule, this is a huge mistake. The insurance company will immediately send its investigators and experts to the accident scene and begin to gather evidence. They aren't sending these folks out there to help you, they are doing it to protect themselves. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be for your lawyer and experts to properly represent you as evidence will disappear and witnesses' memories start to fade. A common mistake injured parties make is assuming the insurance company will investigate and determine you were not at fault. To the contrary, in almost ALL cases, they will attempt to blame YOU! Don't let this happen!

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