Tulsa Personal Injury Lawyer
Money doesn't buy happiness, but to a great extent, it can buy health. The financial setbacks associated with a serious injury can be ruinous not only for you but for the people who depend on you financially and for the family members who are still able to work but whose financial burden is increased now that they no longer have your income. Medical bills even for relatively minor problems cost hundreds of dollars, so imagine how expensive the medical bills are after a major accident, such as if a bicyclist gets hit by a car or a guest falls from an amusement park ride. It is not fair for the injured person to have to bear the financial burden alone if someone else caused the accident or was in a position to prevent it but did not exercise enough caution. The Tulsa personal injury lawyers at Boettcher Devinney Ingle & Wicker can help you get the money you need if you have suffered serious injuries in a preventable accident.
What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?
Personal injury lawyers help people who were injured because of accidents or errors get the money to reimburse them for the financial losses they incurred due to their injuries. Whether your injuries were caused by a traffic collision, a slip and fall accident at a place of business, a physician’s error, a foodborne illness, or any other cause, a Tulsa personal injury lawyer can help you.
Personal injury lawsuits are appropriate in some cases, but not others. If you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit, you will need to spend months, and sometimes even more than a year, preparing with your lawyer. Personal injury lawyers must file the right documents with the court in order for the lawsuit to proceed; your lawyer will also need to find evidence to support your claims, by examining documents and taking statements from people with credible knowledge of the situation. Most lawsuits end when the person you are suing agrees to pay you a settlement; only a small percentage go to trial to be decided by a judge. Sometimes you can solve the problem without even filing a lawsuit; your lawyer can often help you get a fair settlement from your insurance company.
What Does a Personal Injury Victim Need to Prove?
In a personal injury claim, you must show that the defendant had a responsibility to act in ways that would not endanger you and that the defendant did not fulfill that responsibility. You must also show that the defendant’s actions directly caused your injuries, and the injuries directly caused your financial losses.
What Kinds of Damages am I Due?
The three kinds of damages in a personal injury lawsuit are special damages, general damages, and punitive damages. Special damages have an easily calculable monetary value; they include medical bills, vehicle repairs, and lost income. General damages compensate you for ways that the accident negatively affected your life, even if these things do not have a price tag; these damages are sometimes called noneconomic damages or pain and suffering. Punitive damages are when the court increases the amount that the defendant should pay in order to deter the defendant from acting so dangerously in the future.
To find out more about filing a personal injury lawsuit, contact Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker in Tulsa, Oklahoma.