Tulsa Personal Injury Lawyers
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. Our firm has over 65 years of combined experience representing injured victims throughout our area, and we understand the serious impact personal injuries can have on you and your family members. 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.
Representing You When Personal Injuries Occur
Personal injuries can occur in a variety of circumstances, and even an otherwise minor ‘accident’ can leave you suffering serious harm. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), personal injuries are responsible for over 30 million hospital visits each year, and prove fatal for roughly 150,000 people.
At Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker, our Tulsa personal injury lawyers defend the rights of victims and their family members in these types of cases. We provide compassionate, professional legal representation for those who suffer serious injuries as a result of the following:
- Car Accidents ;
- Truck Accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents;
- Slip, trip, and fall injuries;
- Premises liability claims;
- Defective products;
- Nursing home abuse and neglect;
- Medical malpractice claims.
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.
Get the Compensation You Need to Recover
Personal injuries can prevent you from working or even engaging in your usual hobbies and activities. The medical expenses alone can be staggering, in addition to the long term costs of ongoing disabilities. In these situations, our experienced Tulsa personal injury lawyers provide the legal guidance you need to recover compensation in a claim.
At Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker, we have spent decades defending the rights of people in our community in these types of cases. We can guide you in negotiations with insurance company representatives, gathering evidence in your favor and making sure any settlement offers cover both your current costs and any future expenses you are likely to incur. In the event that a settlement cannot be reached, we can advise you on your rights in filing a personal injury lawsuit. Under Title 76 of the Oklahoma Statutes , damages you may be entitled to include:
- Current and future medical expenses, covering costs such as diagnostic testing and treatments, follow up visits, medications, and physical therapy;
- Lost wages, and any future losses in income and benefits that may result due to your injuries;
- Compensation for the pain, suffering, and mental anguish you and your family endure;
- Punitive damages, meant to punish those for conduct that was particularly reckless and willful.
Reach Out to Our Tulsa Personal Injury Lawyers
Before signing any documents or accepting a settlement that is likely to be less than what you deserve, speak to our Tulsa personal injury lawyers at Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker first. We can help ensure you get the maximum amount to which you are entitled. To find out more about filing a personal injury lawsuit, contact Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker in Tulsa, Oklahoma.