What is a personal injury claim?
A personal injury claim is a legal action taken by an individual who has suffered harm (physical or psychological) due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of another person or entity. A personal injury claim aims to seek compensation for damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses resulting from the injury.
Do I need a personal injury attorney?
While handling a personal injury claim without an attorney is possible, having a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer on your side can significantly increase your chances of receiving fair compensation. A personal injury attorney can help you navigate the complex legal process, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent you in court if necessary.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?
The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim varies by state. In Oklahoma, you generally have two years from the date of the injury to file a claim. However, there are exceptions to this rule, so it's essential to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure you do not lose your right to pursue compensation.
What types of compensation can I recover in a personal injury claim?
In a personal injury claim, you may be eligible to recover various types of damages, including:
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium (for spouses)
The specific amount of compensation you can recover will depend on the details of your case and the extent of your injuries.
How much does it cost to hire a personal injury attorney?
Many personal injury attorneys, including those at the Law Offices of Stipe & Belote, work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you don't pay any upfront fees, and your attorney only receives payment if they successfully recover compensation on your behalf. The fee is usually a percentage of the total recovery amount.
What should I do if I've been injured in an accident?
If you've been injured in an accident, it's essential to take the following steps:
- Seek medical attention immediately, even if you think your injuries are minor.
- Report the accident to the appropriate authorities, such as the police or your employer.
- Collect evidence, including photographs of the accident scene, witness contact information, and any relevant documents.
- Keep detailed records of your medical treatment, expenses, and lost wages.
- Contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options.
Why choose us?
At the Law Offices of Stipe & Belote, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional legal representation for personal injury cases. Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to pursuing full compensation for your losses, including lost wages, earning capacity, permanent injuries, and mental and physical pain and suffering. We have a proven track record of achieving extraordinary results, both in negotiating fair settlements and winning cases in court. We live by our motto: Care, Communicate, Get Results. This approach reflects how we treat every client and has earned us various recognitions, including listings in Super Lawyers, an AV Preeminent rating, a 5-star AVVO rating, and leadership roles in the Oklahoma Association of Justice.