At Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker, we can help explain immunity laws that protect individuals, business owners, and government officials against liability.
Immunity offers protection against liability for personal injuries and criminal charges. Immunity laws in Oklahoma apply in various situations and to certain individuals. They can be used to protect your reputation, your financial security, and your personal freedom. At Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker, our attorneys work with clients in Tulsa, Ponca City, and the surrounding areas to determine if immunity laws apply in your case. You can count on us to use these laws to your advantage if you are the target of a lawsuit or have been charged with a crime.
Immunity of State and Local Government Officials
In the State of Oklahoma, the doctrine of sovereign immunity applies. This means that the state, its political divisions, and any employees acting within the scope of their jobs are immune from tort actions. Government immunity laws extend to local governments, as well. They help to protect vital employees, such as city administrators, managers, public workers employees, law enforcement officials, and other emergency service providers against lawsuits filed against them by citizens. However, there are situations in which immunity is waived. Common examples include:
- Accidents involving state or local government employees;
- Incidents that occur on state or local government property;
- Altercations involving state or local officials;
- Injuries or property damages due to failure to properly perform services or when products or materials used prove defective.
When any type of situation arises in which you or your employees could be held liable in a claim, it is important to reach out to our attorneys at Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker right away. In some cases, immunity is limited to certain circumstances and can only be used once. In others, it applies during the entire time an individual holds a position.
Other Situations in Which Oklahoma Immunity Laws May Apply
In addition to employees of government agencies, the Oklahoma Statutes grant immunity to individuals in a variety of other situations. For example:
- Property owners may be able to claim immunity from premises liability lawsuits filed by those who suffer injuries while trespassing on their property;
- Immunity is granted for those who stop and assist others suffering from accidental injuries, even if their help does more harm than good;
- Immunity may be offered in both civil and criminal cases where an at-fault party has important information pertaining to the situation or can offer testimony implicating others involved.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, liability has become a major issue among business owners. Oklahoma’s Governor signed Senate Bill 1946 in May 2020. It provides immunity for certain businesses and individuals against lawsuits concerning the coronavirus.
Get Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker on Your Side
With more than 65 years of experience, our attorneys at Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker act as a strong legal advocate on your side. If you are facing criminal charges or liability in a lawsuit, call 580-762-9660 or contact our Ponca City office and request a consultation to discuss whether immunity laws apply in your case.