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Oklahoma City Personal Injury Attorneys Fight for Full Compensation

Skilled representation for plaintiffs throughout Oklahoma

Personal injury is the area of the law that holds wrongdoers accountable in civil court for the injuries they inflict on others. The injured party, the plaintiff, petitions the court to force a defendant to pay money, called damages, as compensation for the plaintiff’s losses. Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons in Oklahoma City only represents plaintiffs. We are passionate about justice for injured parties, and we have the experience and resources to pursue even the most complex injury cases to a successful conclusion.

Helping plaintiffs prove fault and recover damages

Although injured parties can file a civil lawsuit against someone who deliberately harms them, most personal injury actions allege that a defendant was negligent, or careless, when there was a duty to act with care. Major categories of personal injury cases include:

  • Vehicle accidents — Injured motorists, passengers and pedestrians versus negligent drivers
  • Medical malpractice — Injured patients versus negligent healthcare providers
  • Premises liability — Injured visitors versus negligent landlords
  • Products liability — Injured consumers versus producers of consumer products

In personal injury cases, such as car accidents and medical malpractice, the injured plaintiff must prove that the defendant was at fault by showing:

  • The defendant had a duty to be careful.
  • The defendant acted carelessly, recklessly or deliberately to cause an event.
  • The event caused injury to the plaintiff.

In products liability cases, the plaintiff usually does not have to prove fault, because the manufacturer is strictly liable for a defective product.

If the plaintiff proves these elements by a preponderance of the evidence — meaning they are more likely true than not — the defendant must pay monetary damages to compensate the injured party for:

  • Medical bills
  • Future cost of care related to the injury
  • Loss of income, present and future, related to the injury
  • Pain and suffering

Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons is always committed to seeking the maximum compensation possible according to the facts of the case.

Restrictions on plaintiffs’ rights in Oklahoma

Personal injury claims are subject to Oklahoma’s statute of limitations. In most cases, a victim has two years to file a lawsuit. After that, the person loses the right to recover damages forever. Another limiting factor is comparative negligence. Under this principle, a court can reduce a plaintiff’s recovery if the person was partly responsible for the event that caused the injury or an intervening event that worsened the injuries. In Oklahoma, plaintiffs may recover damages as long as they are not more than 50 percent at fault. Workers’ compensation also has limits. Since it is a no-fault insurance system, it limits an injured worker’s right to file a civil lawsuit and an employer’s liability for injured employees.

Contact our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers for assistance

Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons accepts personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. There’s never a charge to consult with us, and if you retain our services, we advance the costs of your litigation. You only pay us when we recover a damage award. To schedule your free consultation at our office in Oklahoma City, call us today at 405.528.4567 or contact us online.

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