Negligence

What is a case worth?

Accident victims have a right to know the compensation they are entitled to, and our civil justice system is designed to compensate people financially. That means determining how to quantify damages and injuries that may not be susceptible to a precise mathematical calculation. Another consideration is a defendant’s ability to pay. A paper judgment is… read more…

Settlement offers and insurance companies: are you getting a fair deal?

Insurance companies adjust automobile accidents on a daily basis, most clients do not. So how do you know if an offer is fair following an injury accident? Simply stated, you generally don’t. Information is power, and when you work from an information disadvantage, you lose the leverage and bargaining power to level the playing field…. read more…

What to know about injuries caused by fireworks

As we wrap up another July 4th celebration, most of us are a little sluggish the next day due to fireworks continuing late into the night. For others, the long term consequences of their July 4th celebrations are far more serious with long lasting injuries. The vast majority of fireworks injuries occur where an individual inadvertently… read more…

5 Things Victims of Excessive Force Should Do

If you’re the victim of excessive force, and you want to hold the person responsible for your injuries accountable for their actions, here’s a list of five things you should do immediately afterwards:  Get immediate medical attention for your injuries Before doing anything, the victim of excessive force should have their injuries evaluated by a… read more…

What is “billed verses paid,” and why should I care?

People who seek medical treatment after an accident from a motor vehicle collision, a slip and fall, or some other misfortune causing injury, will quickly realize that insurance companies attempt to reduce their responsibility under a theory known as “Billed versus Paid.” In a nutshell, “Billed vs. Paid” boils down to the amount a medical provider accepts… read more…

Jury rules for mocked patient in defamation, medical malpractice suit

A jury in Virginia has ruled in favor of a patient who was mocked by his physician during a colonscopy. The patient recorded the incident in April 2013 using his smartphone while being prepped for the procedure.  His intent was to capture the doctor’s post-operation instructions, but he forgot to turn off the device.  The… read more…

Drivers and Obstructed View: Who’s Responsible?

We’ve all experienced that anxious moment when a sign, bush or pole has obstructed our view of oncoming traffic as we try to negotiate a turn from a business or side street. While most accidents are avoided, the obstruction is a hazard that can contribute to accidents with serious injuries. If you believe you were… read more…

Why the shooting of Eric Harris was not justified

Last Friday, the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department held a press conference to explain why the shooting of Eric Harris was justified and consistent with protocols. The department also released a video of the incident. While the video supports the claim that Harris was shot by a deputy who believed that he was using a Taser,… read more…

Is a bartender responsible for over-serving you?

Does a bartender at a commercial business have any responsibility when serving alcohol? The answer is generally, yes. Under Oklahoma’s dram shop laws– laws governing bars that serve alcohol– a bartender who over-serves a visibly intoxicated patron can be held criminally liable, but, as discussed in greater detail below, there are several factors that make proving… read more…

Rape of Sapulpa Student May Implicate Title IX Harassment

A Sapulpa assistant softball coach was found dead in an apparent suicide after Creek County officials officially charged him in the rape of a 17 year old softball player. The body of Brad Alan Evans was discovered by deputies when they entered his home to serve the charges of Second Degree Rape. The Sapulpa school… read more…