FAQ: Personal Injury
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EXPERIENCED PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS SERVING EDMOND AND OKLAHOMA CITY
The CANNON & ASSOCIATES works with individuals injured in a wide range of accidents across Oklahoma. You need experienced and effective legal representation to Fight for Your Rights, if you have been injured in Oklahoma. Contact Cannon & Associates to protect your rights and fight for compensation in your car accident case in Oklahoma. Complete the CONTACT FORM ON THIS PAGE NOW or CALL at 1(405) 657-2323 for a free confidential case evaluation.
CHOOSING THE FIRM PERSONAL INJURY FIRM
PERSONAL INJURY CONSULTATION
Immediately following a personal injury accident, you should follow these steps for your safety, the safety of others, and protect your personal injury claim:
- Call Police and obtain an accident report;
- Take Photographs of your injuries, your vehicle, other vehicles, and the accident scene;
- Collect Information: names, addresses, phone number, driver’s license number and insurance information for all parties involved in the accident.
- Seek Medical Attention
- If you have seen a medical provider – follow your care plan and attend all follow-up appointments;
- Journal – write down everything you can remember from immediately before, during, and after your accident. No detail is too much! You should write down everything, while it is fresh in your mind;
- Identify Witnesses – write down the names and contact information for everyone at the scene of your accident
- Contact and hire an experienced Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney
LITIGATING A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM
Although each personal injury case is unique, the following procedure applies in most personal injury lawsuits:
- File personal injury lawsuit
- Serve the Defendants with your lawsuit and other paperwork
- Wait for a Reply to be filed by the Defendant(s)
- Build your case: witnesses, medical records, and evidence from the other parties
- Motions before the Court
- Mediation may occur
- Resolution or settlement may be reached, in which case you will receive payment
- Trial, if your case proceeds to trial the personal injury attorneys at Cannon & Associates will use Fierce Advocacy to fight for you
PERSONAL INJURY 101
There are many types of personal injury cases, including the following: car accidents, semitruck accidents, motorcycle accidents,
- Attentive driving
- Driving at or below the speed limit
- Not driving excessively slow in normal road conditions
- Not Texting while driving
- Proper use of turn signals
- Safe distance between other vehicles, i.e. not “tailgating”
- Obeying stop signs and stop lights
- Proper Yielding
- Not driving while intoxicated
You may still be able to recover even if you played a role in your causing the accident that resulting in your injury. In Oklahoma, as long as you are less than 50% at-fault for the accident you can recover a proportionate share of the recovery you would receive if you were not at fault at all. This system is called comparative negligence and if necessary a jury will decide how to assign fault in your case.
What is the Oklahoma 50-Percent Rule?
The Oklahoma comparative negligence statute includes a “50 Percent Rule”, which means you are barred from seeking damages from the other party, if you are 50 percent or more liable for the accident. Therefore, in Oklahoma you may only seek damages under our comparative negligence standard, if you are 49 percent at-fault / liable or less.
SETTLEMENT IN A PERSONAL INJURY CASE
After totaling these types of losses you can apply a multiplier of up to five for claims to account for your pain and suffering. The determination of the value of a personal injury claim is very complex and you should work with your chosen personal injury
Yes, you can help maximize your recovery after a personal injury accident by building a strong case to support multiple forms of damages. Medical records and medical bills can support the amount and severity of your injuries. Future expected medical bills or treatment needed can support your claim on the impact your case has on your life. Lost wages or employment can support your compensation for damages. Other negative impacts on your life can support your claim for pain and suffering. Additionally, hiring an experienced personal injury attorney will help you preserve and present your damages. The Fierce Advocates at Cannon & Associates will help ensure you abide by court rules and deadlines in filing response to pleadings filed by insurance defense attorneys. Experienced personal injury lawyers can help you maximize your injury settlement.
Can I recover damages if I was not hurt, but my car was totaled?
Yes, if your car was damaged by an at-fault negligent driver you may be able to recover damages for your property loss. You must report the accident or your vehicle being damaged to your insurance company. You may be entitled to repairs, diminished value, or total loss, if you have collision coverage. The other driver’s insurance company should cover your property damages; however, if that driver is not insured or under insured your policy should protect you, if you have Uninsured Motorist coverage (“UIM”).
COMPENSATION FOR SPECIFIC CASES
HIRING AN OKLAHOMA PERSONAL INJURY FIRM
The answer is likely yes, if you have gone so far to research personal injury attorneys. Insurance companies are a business with a bottom line and the goal of making a profit. Therefore, insurance companies are motivated to settle personal injury car accident claims for low amounts. An experienced and skilled personal injury attorney can help you obtain the compensation you deserve and need.
You can file a civil lawsuit without an attorney; however, you are required to follow the formalities that personal injury attorneys are required to follow. Some mistakes in a personal injury case can result in denial of your claims or seriously reducing the strength of your personal injury case.
The likelihood of success in any personal injury case depends on the facts and your ability to present them in the light most favorable to your case. An experienced personal injury attorney can give insight into every aspect of your personal injury case and the likely outcomes at each point in the process.
Most importantly, an experienced personal injury attorney will be with you every step of the way to guide your case and make the best arguments to increase your chances for a favorable settlement. Each step of your case that you make the right calculated decision will increase your likelihood of success.
Finally, if you must litigate your personal injury claim, you would be held to the same standards as an attorney if you presented your personal injury case without an attorney. Experience matters when you are facing experienced insurance defense firms.
Our personal injury attorneys handle cases on a contingency fee basis. We understand the financial stress you may be facing, if you have been seriously injured and you are out from work. It is difficult to afford competent counsel when work and your finances are in a good place; however, it is very difficult to come up with the money to hire an attorney when you are in a difficult place in life. Recognizing this issue, Cannon & Associates handles all personal injury cases on a contingency basis; we receiving nothing unless you recovery damages.
If our firm agrees to handle your case, you will be presented with a written fee agreement showing you the contingency fee that will be charged, if we are successful in fighting your personal injury case. You will not be charged anything for our team to begin work on your case. We only get paid, if you receive an award or a settlement. We are compensated by a portion of the award to cover our expenses in fighting your case and legal fees. Basically, our fee is a percentage of the settlement amount recovered by an insurance settlement or an award from a jury.
How much will an experienced Personal Injury Attorney charge to handle my car accident injury case?
If you are seriously injured in an Oklahoma car accident due to another driver’s careless driving, negligence, or that driver’s fault; you need to consult with an experienced Oklahoma personal injury lawyer. Cannon & Associates will review your case at no charge and explain your legal options in your personal injury claim. You will not owe our firm a legal fee, unless we win a settlement or judgement for you.
How much does it cost to take a personal injury case to trial?
The majority of car accident injury claims are resolved without going to trial in Oklahoma. However, the attorneys at Cannon & Associates are Fierce Advocates with years of trial experience at the ready, if needed in your case. It is our goal to reach the best outcome for every client as quickly as possible to address your financial and medical needs. However, if the insurance company or insurance adjuster refuses to settle your personal injury claim for fair compensation, we will take them to court to seek justice for you.
Taking a case to court or trial costs more than an out of court settlement. There are a wide variety of expenses related to taking a personal injury case to court or trial, which typically include some or all of the following:
- Filing Fee
- Depositions of witnesses
- Investigation costs
- Expert witnesses, i.e. accident reconstructionist or medical experts
- Travel expenses
- Trial preparation
- Exhibit and technology expenses
Cannon & Associates will advance every cost in your case and the costs will be documented in detail and expensed at the conclusion of your case after your reach a settlement or a jury award.
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Experience matters when you or a loved one has been injured or died as a result of the negligence of someone in a vehicle accident in Oklahoma. It is important to know the Oklahoma personal injury lawyer you hire is dedicated to your cause and versed in all aspects of car accident and personal injury law in Oklahoma. Cannon & Associates is dedicated to Fierce Advocacy for accident victims and will fight for you. Founder John Cannon has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Top 40 under 40. Contact Cannon & Associates to protect your rights and fight for compensation in your car accident case in Oklahoma. Complete the CONTACT FORM ON THIS PAGE NOW or CALL at 1(405) 657-2323 for a free confidential case evaluation.