Nothing could be more upsetting and frustrating than suffering a serious injury because of another person’s careless actions. Depending on how the injury occurred, the person or company who harmed you might be liable for compensating you and your family for the pain, suffering, and financial loss caused by your accident. The personal injury attorneys of Hasbrook & Hasbrook can help.
At Hasbrook & Hasbrook, we believe that negligent companies and individuals should be held accountable when their conduct harms innocent people, which is why we dedicate our law firm to pursuing justice for injury victims and their loved ones. We bring more than 45 years of combined experience to every case we handle, and will be there to guide and support you throughout each step of the legal process. We focus on fighting aggressively for maximum compensation, and have obtained favorable results for numerous clients during our many years practicing law in Oklahoma.
If you’ve been hurt, you deserve to have the circumstances of your accident investigated. You could be entitled to compensation. To set up a free and completely confidential legal consultation, call the law offices of Hasbrook & Hasbrook at (405) 698-3040 today. We proudly serve residents of Oklahoma City and the surrounding area, including the communities of Automobile Alley, Bethany, Bricktown, Crown Heights, Deep Deuce, Edgemere Heights, the Paseo Arts District, and the Plaza District.
Representing Oklahoma Accident Victims: Case Types Our Attorneys Handle
Personal injury is a broad legal field which covers many different types of accidents and “torts,” or civil (non-criminal) wrongs which cause harm or loss. Some of the most common case types involve automobile accidents, workplace accidents, and premises liability, though this is by no means an exhaustive list.
Our experienced legal team handles a wide variety of accidents, including the following types of cases:
- Animal Attacks
- Automotive Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Boating Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Birth Injury
- Child Abuse/Neglect
- Dog Bites
- Medical Malpractice
- Anesthesia Errors
- Delayed Care
- Failure to Diagnose
- Hospital Malpractice
- Medication Errors
- Missed Cancer Diagnosis
- Surgery Errors
- Mesothelioma (Asbestos Exposure)
- Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect
- Financial Exploitation
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Premises Liability (Property Hazards)
- Physical Assault
- Sexual Assault
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Product Liability (Defective Products)
- Bike/Motorcycle Helmets
- Children’s Products
- Dangerous Prescription Drugs
- Electric Blankets
- GM Ignition Switches
- Recalled Vehicles
- Takata Airbags
- Workplace Accidents
- Industrial Accidents
- Transportation Accidents
- Worker’s Compensation
Our decades of experience litigating these and other types of accidents have given us nuanced insight into how and why severe injuries occur. Our attorneys work on cases involving all different types of injuries, including but not limited to:
- Birth Injuries
- Brachial Plexus Injuries (BPI)
- Cerebral Palsy
- Intracranial Hemorrhage
- Broken Bones
- Buckled Fractures
- Comminuted Fractures
- Compound Fractures
- Greenstick Fractures
- Oblique Fractures
- Simple Fractures
- Transverse Fractures
- Malpractice Injuries
- Nerve Damage
- Organ Damage
- Retention of Foreign Objects
- Wrong-Site Surgery
- Nursing Home Bedsores/Infections
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
While some of these injuries are more common than others, all of them are physically, emotionally, and financially burdensome for both the victim and his or her loved ones. Depending on the nature and severity of the injury, the victim might lose their job, need to hire a personal caregiver, have to remodel their home for better accessibility, or have to undergo risky and invasive surgical procedures. In most cases, it isn’t just the injury itself which harms the plaintiff – it’s also the string of negative consequences caused by the injury.
What Sort of Compensation is Available for My Personal Injury?
Personal injury cases occur when a person or organization causes an injury by being negligent. When a defendant is negligent, it means that he or she failed to observe or provide the normal standard of care that would be observed or provided by another person in the same profession or scenario. To provide a few examples, doctors have a duty to sterilize their instruments, drivers have a duty to obey traffic safety laws, and property owners have a duty to ensure their lands and buildings are safe for visitors, customers, and residents.
Demonstrating that negligence occurred is a crucial part of all kinds of injury cases, because the burden of proof falls on the plaintiff. Our attorneys will take every possible measure to determine fault, such as consulting with industry experts, sending for lab analyses, and obtaining medical records wherever necessary. In order to be awarded compensation, the plaintiff must establish the following elements:
- Duty of Care – The defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff. A common example is that we each owe a duty of care to others whenever we drive a car, truck, motorcycle, or other vehicle.
- Breach of Duty – The defendant failed to provide or satisfy the duty of care owed to the plaintiff – for instance, letting a known property hazard continue to exist without making the necessary repairs.
- Causation – The defendant’s actions (or lack thereof) caused the harm to the plaintiff.
- Damages – Damages to the plaintiff have occurred, such as physical injury or financial loss.
The lawyers on the opposing side of an injury case are generally representing an insurance company. Speaking frankly, insurance companies are in the insurance business to make money, and paying an injury victim’s medical bills affects a company’s bottom line. They don’t want to pay you anything, and they will make every attempt to pay you as little as possible. Our goal is to make them pay as much as possible. Our legal team will work tirelessly in the pursuit of full compensation for your injuries.
When a plaintiff prevails in court, he or she is awarded damages, or compensation. Damages fall into a few different categories, some of which have the potential to overlap. These categories include:
- Compensatory Damages – This is compensation intended strictly to compensate the plaintiff.
- Punitive Damages – This is compensation intended to punish the defendant, which means it is only awarded in cases where the defendant’s behavior was exceptionally outrageous and unacceptable.
- Economic Damages – This refers to quantifiable damages which can be objectively measured, such as medical expenses and lost earnings.
- Non-Economic Damages – This refers to damages which are not quantifiable or objectively measurable, such as emotional distress, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering.
The amount a plaintiff can receive as compensation varies. The calculation is influenced by a wide variety of factors, such as the plaintiff’s earning potential, the severity of the injury, the injury’s outlook or prognosis, and the medical expenses incurred by the plaintiff (e.g. undergoing physical therapy, hiring a live-in caregiver, remodeling a home for handicap accessibility). Our attorneys are dedicated to seeking the greatest compensation possible for every client we represent.
Is There a Deadline for Filing a Lawsuit?
After a serious injury, all you want to do is rest, relax, and recuperate with your loved ones. We completely understand, and encourage you to take the personal time you need. However, with that in mind, it’s important for you to know that if you wait too long, you will lose your opportunity to take legal action against the person or business at fault for your injuries.
This is due to a very strict law called the statute of limitations, which restricts the amount of time an injury victim has to file a lawsuit. If the accident victim fails to file a complaint before the statute of limitations runs out (“expires”), then his or her case will be prevented from proceeding through the court system.
The statute of limitations varies from state to state, and from case type to case type. The Oklahoma statute of limitations on personal injury cases is two years, counting down from the date the injury occurs. The legal clock starts ticking as soon as an accident happens.
There is an exception, known as the discovery rule, which extends the legal deadline in cases where the accident victim didn’t realize how severely he or she was injured until many months or years after the injury occurred. For instance, if a surgeon leaves an object inside of a patient’s body, like a sponge or piece of gauze, the victim may not know anything has gone wrong until he or she begins to experience pain, which might be long after undergoing surgery. That being said, accident survivors should not rely upon the discovery rule to provide a time extension, because it only applies in specific cases.
Even if it seems like there is more than enough time between now and the time the statute expires, it is always a good idea to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. If you wait until the statue is about to expire, your attorney may not have enough time to build a strong case. The sooner you contact our Oklahoma City accident lawyers for legal assistance, the sooner we can start assessing your case and helping you explore your options.
To set up a free, private legal consultation, call Hasbrook & Hasbrook at (405) 698-3040. You will not be charged any fees for your initial consultation, and we will keep your information confidential.