In the state of Oklahoma, personal injury is considered to have occurred when a person is injured due to the carelessness of another person. You will have to show proof that the person failed to perform a duty he or she owed you, and that this failure was the cause of your injury or the damage you suffered.
If you were careless as well, you can still receive compensation as long as you were less than 50 per cent responsible. The amount of responsibility you bear will affect how much you can recover.
If you were injured by a group of people, they are each responsible for paying some part of your costs.
Sometimes, a product manufacturer may be held legally responsible for injuries associated with use of their product. You will be required to show that the item you were using at the time of the injury was unsafe due to defects, that you were using the item in its intended manner, and that the defect was the source of your injury or the damages.
|Oklahoma Personal Injury Laws|
Statute of Limitations
|Damages Recoverable||Lost wages, future earning ability, medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, cost of household help|
|Strict Liability||Product manufacturer may be liable for injuries caused by a consumer product|
|Joint Liability||Defendants are proportionately liable for damages|
|Contributory Negligence||Modified contributed negligence: the plaintiff may not recover damages if he or she is found to be 50% or more at fault, if he or she is found to be 49% or less at fault he or she may recover damages based on proportion of fault.|
You should confer with a lawyer, preferably one who is acquainted with the personal injury laws of Oklahoma, before you make statements to your insurance representatives. You also will need to make detailed notes on the injury, including the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses, police officers, or insurance claim adjusters.
Inform the person(s) you consider responsible for your injury that you are going to file a claim against him or her. Save any evidence that you have of the injury, including personal belongings that were damaged or the clothes you were wearing at the time of the injury. You must file the claim within two years of the injury.
Under Oklahoma state law, you may file a personal injury suit that covers the loss of income resulting from the injury, damaged belongings, any time lost during which you would have been working, and permanent disability or disfigurement. You may also file for compensation for any kind of problems arising in your emotional state or between you and other family members. Medical expenses are covered, whether they are in the past, ongoing, or are expected to arise at a later date. You may file for compensation for any money spent on hiring a person to do the household chores you could not handle. The responsible party must also pay any other expenses associated with the injury.
For more specific information about your case, contact an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer.