This book was written to hopefully help people better understand the personal injury process. I’ve been practicing personal injury law in the state of Oklahoma for 18 years. Through assisting a multitude of clients and litigating a large number of cases, I have come to realize that most Oklahomans don’t understand their rights when faced with a personal injury incident. Furthermore, I have discovered that the majority of clients don’t realize the personal injury claim process is often long, tedious, and difficult. Many clients aren’t aware of the numerous factors that contribute to successful claim resolution and the unexpected pitfalls that can occur along the way as we move toward that goal.
Wouldn’t it be great if an attorney could simply file a claim and receive money almost immediately upon filing? That would be ideal for everyone. Unfortunately, that is not the way it works.
After explaining the process to each and every client over the years, I have come to the conclusion that every Oklahoman should know what goes into a personal injury claim and what their rights are under Oklahoma law should they ever be faced with this situation.
Things unfortunately happen. Terrible things. Tragic things. Unexpected things. I don’t wish any of what has happened to my clients on anyone. And most of what my clients face have long-term results that can permanently alter their lives. There is also the emotional aspect of an injury. To clients, a personal injury is, well, personal. And it should be. Although these types of cases can be emotional, at some point in your case you will be forced to make very hard decisions about what you have experienced. One of the hardest jobs I do is to explain the problem objectively to help the client make a decision without relying on emotion. My hope is this book sheds light on the importance of putting your emotions aside when dealing with your personal injury case.
While the health of my clients is my top priority, I am also here to ensure they are compensated for all of their economic, and non-economic, damages and to walk with them through the process.
This handbook does just that. It is a walk-through, breaking down the stages of a personal injury claim in a generalized manner. Consider it an overview of some of the principals that may affect your claim put forth in a way that is easy to follow and understand. My hope is that it will answer questions, clear up confusion, and shed light on the overall process.