Personal Injury Lawyer in Oklahoma City, OK

Hiring a personal injury lawyer in Oklahoma City allows an individual harmed by the negligence, recklessness, or intentional acts of another to seek compensation for their losses. The injured victim may obtain “damages” for medical expenses, property damage, lost income due to their injuries, pain, and suffering, and more.

The dedicated and experienced personal injury attorneys of Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons in Oklahoma City represent everyday people who were seriously hurt and need to recover full and fair compensation to move forward with their lives. We only represent injured individuals, never deep-pocketed corporations or insurance companies, which are the source of damages in almost all personal injury claims.

Our seasoned legal team fights fiercely for our deserving clients, and we’ve built a long track record of success based on our:

  • Skilled and respected trial attorneys. With extensive experience in the courtroom and in settlement negotiations, our attorneys have earned a stellar reputation among our legal community peers and adversaries. Defense attorneys and insurance carriers know that a Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons personal injury case will be thoroughly prepared to establish the validity of our clients’ claims and demonstrate what’s necessary for a just outcome.
  • Deep compassion toward the clients we serve. As a client of Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons, you’ll work directly with an Oklahoma City personal injury lawyer who has handled thousands of personal injury cases like yours. We understand that there is far more to recover from a serious accident than a successful insurance claim. You’ll get to know your attorney as he or she takes the time to answer your questions and works to quickly address your most immediate concerns and needs.
  • Commitment to maximum compensation. Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons is dedicated to fighting for the best interests of our clients. Insurance companies know we never back down. We have the experience, resources, and dedication to pursue even the most complex injury claims. We rigorously investigate accidents to determine cause and responsibility, provide a full accounting of our clients’ current and future losses, and fight relentlessly for appropriate compensation.

How Does Oklahoma Define Personal Injury?

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Oklahoma law allows a plaintiff to obtain compensation in a personal injury case if he or she can show the defendant was at fault because:

  • The defendant had a duty of safety to the plaintiff;
  • The defendant breached that duty by acting carelessly, recklessly, or deliberately;
  • The defendant’s breach of duty caused an event that injured the plaintiff;
  • The plaintiff’s injury resulted in monetary loss.

As a society, we all typically have a duty of safety to each other. At a minimum, we are required to refrain from causing harm to one another, whether through (recklessness or intentional) acts or the failure to act (negligence).

Businesses and manufacturers are held to a higher standard of safety because they solicit customers to enter their premises and/or use their products or services. For example, in product liability cases, a manufacturer is considered “strictly liable” for a defective product, and the plaintiff does not have to prove fault.

Types of Personal Injury Cases our Lawyers Handle

The experienced Oklahoma City personal injury attorneys at Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons handle a wide range of cases, but they all have one thing in common: We always side with those who were seriously injured.

Some of the common types of personal injury claims we handle involve:

 

Car Accidents. Our skilled car accident attorneys hold negligent drivers accountable, including those causing drunk driving accidents, distracted driving accidents, and other avoidable crashes that lead to injury and wrongful death. We also help victims in cases involving uninsured and underinsured motorists.

Truck Accidents. Collisions involving large commercial trucks often lead to more serious injuries and are more complex legally than those involving only passenger cars. We understand the technical aspects of truck accidents, as well as how to hold accountable the multiple parties that may be responsible for a crash.

Motorcycle Accidents. Motorcyclists often suffer severe injuries in accidents caused by negligent motorists. We stand by injured motorcycle riders, who often have to battle stereotypes and finger-pointing from at-fault drivers.

Premises Liability. Property owners can be held accountable for injuries on their premises that are caused by neglected hazards or security needs. Our knowledgeable premises liability attorneys handle cases involving slip-and-fall accidents, swimming pool accidents, negligent security, etc.

Dog Bites. Oklahoma has strict dog bite laws that do not allow one “free bite” as other states do. We hold dog owners accountable for their negligence when their animals cause harm.

Construction Site Accidents. If you have been injured in a construction accident caused by unsafe conditions or hazardous equipment, you can sometimes obtain damages through a personal injury claim in addition to workers’ compensation benefits.

Defective and Dangerous Products. Manufacturers, sellers, and/or distributors are strictly liable for injuries caused by defective consumer products, even if reasonable care was used in the preparation and sale of the product. We protect the rights of consumers who have been injured by “unreasonably dangerous” products.

Nursing Home Negligence. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury resulting from nursing home abuse or neglect, our compassionate attorneys can demand compensation for medical bills as well as pain and suffering.

Medical Malpractice. Physicians, nurses, hospitals, medical technicians, and other medical professionals and institutions can be held accountable for preventable medical errors and/or their failure to provide a proper standard of care. Our medical malpractice lawyers have the skills, experience, and resources necessary to pursue these complex cases.

 

Wrongful Death. Although no amount of money can erase the pain of losing a loved one, a wrongful death claim can help a family recover badly needed compensation after an unexpected loss. It can also help you find a sense of justice for the individual who was killed.

Insurance companies rarely make full, comprehensive personal injury payouts on their own. Frequently, they must be compelled to do what’s right by facing solid evidence and an unyielding effort from a knowledgeable Oklahoma personal injury attorney.

If you were seriously injured in an accident, it is crucial that you discuss your case with a qualified personal injury attorney just as soon as possible.Insurance adjusters know what they want to pay for claims like yours (as little as possible); their primary obligation is to their company’s bottom line — not to you.

Before accepting any personal injury settlement or signing any statement offered by an insurance company, contact Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons. Our respected Oklahoma City personal injury law firm will provide a free initial consultation, including reviewing any settlement offer you have received.

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Compensation in Oklahoma Personal Injury Claims

If someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional act has left you injured, a personal injury attorney can help you recover compensation for the following damages:

  • Out-of-pocket payments (known as economic damages) for:
    • Medical expenses (now and in the future)
    • Personal property damage (motor vehicle repair or replacement, etc.)
    • Lost wages / income (now and in the future)
  • Intangible losses (known as noneconomic damages) such as:
    • Physical pain
    • Emotional distress (suffering)
    • Loss of consortium (for a spouse’s disability or death)

Economic damages may be awarded based on past, current, and future costs related to your accident and injuries. For example, burn injury victims may require future cosmetic or reconstructive surgery. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims or individuals paralyzed by spinal cord injury may be compensated for the ongoing care and personal assistance they require.

Noneconomic damages (generally referred to as pain and suffering) are calculated according to how the accident adversely affected the victim’s enjoyment of life and/or has changed their lifestyle for the worse. A jury determines and awards noneconomic damages, though payment may be part of a negotiated settlement as well. The State of Oklahoma limits (caps) noneconomic damages at $350,000 in most personal injury cases. However, the cap is not applicable to wrongful death cases or in cases where it can be established that the responsible party acted in “reckless disregard” for the rights of another, was grossly negligent, acted intentionally, or acted maliciously. Therefore, it is essential to obtain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney to determine if the damages cap applies to your case.

Additionally, if the at-fault party has acted with reckless disregard for others or has acted intentionally and with malice toward others, a jury may award punitive damages in addition to an award that exceeds the cap on noneconomic damages.

However, in some cases, the injured party’s (plaintiff’s) actions may limit the amount of damages awarded. Under the principle of “comparative negligence,” a court (or jury) can reduce the amount a plaintiff recovers if he or she was partly responsible for the accident that caused the injury or an intervening event that made injuries worse.

For example, if a jury decides you are 10 percent at fault for an accident, the total amount of damages awarded for your injury will be reduced by 10 percent. If a jury decides you are more than 50 percent at fault for the accident, you will not be eligible to receive any damages.

The skilled accident attorneys at Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons will thoroughly review the facts of your case and calculate what full and fair compensation should be in your claim. We will fight aggressively for your rights. Schedule a free consultation today to get started on your claim.

Protect Your Right to Compensation After an Accident

There are steps you can take to protect your rights after an accident that leaves you with a significant injury and a potential personal injury claim. If you or an injured companion are able to, you should:

  • Seek immediate medical treatment. Get medical care as soon as possible. If you need emergency care, call 911. If you do not need emergency care but are experiencing symptoms, see a doctor within 24 hours. In addition to obtaining necessary medical treatment, seeing a doctor will begin to establish evidence of your injury and the medical care required due to your injury. Follow all of your doctors’ orders, including attending appointments. Failing to do so allows an insurance company to argue that you are not seriously injured.
  • Report the accident. As soon as possible, contact police and/or management or security at an establishment where you were injured. A responding law enforcement officer will file an incident report that can serve as evidence in your claim. In other situations, let whoever is in charge know what happened and that you want to file a formal report. Get a copy of any report you or police make at the scene (at a minimum ask the police officer for an accident report number). If an organization does not provide a method for reporting your accident, get an email or physical mailing address and send a notice and explanation of your accident and injury as soon as possible.
  • Collect witness contact information. Ask anyone who saw your accident for their name, address, phone number, and email address. In a car accident, get the other driver’s name, insurance information, and phone number. Get contact information for friends and family who were there, too. Don’t rely on memory later.
  • Document the accident scene. If possible, take photos of the accident (such as vehicles in a car accident or a hazard that caused you to trip and fall, etc.), your injuries, and anything else that may help to show what happened. Within the next 24 hours, write down what happened, including what you were doing before the accident.
  • Save everything. Establish a file for material connected to your accident, injury, and recovery. Save everything, especially receipts and correspondence. If you damaged clothing or accessories in your accident, save them (and take photos).
  • Do not give a recorded statement to the other party’s insurance company. You may hear from an insurance adjuster who asks to take your recorded statement. Be polite and brief, but decline to record a statement. Do not proceed with a phone call after an adjuster suggests recording your statement. Hang up! Do not sign anything offered by an insurance adjuster without knowing exactly what you are signing.
  • Stay off social media. Keep details of your accident, injury, and medical care between you, your doctor(s), and your attorney(s). When investigating an injury claim, an insurance company will often monitor your social media accounts or contact friends, colleagues, or family to keep tabs on you. Anything you post or say may be used against you.
  • Get qualified legal help. Don’t try to handle a personal injury claim on your own. You should consult an experienced personal injury lawyer before giving any statements or accepting any payment from an insurance company.

Don’t risk your financial future by failing to seek help for a personal injury claim. Contact our dedicated legal team today.

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