Frequently Asked Questions

There are a wide range of dangerous prescription drugs that are on the market today. They help people recover from different types of conditions and illnesses. However, there are also different types of prescription drugs that have had dangerous or no effects on people, largely due to inadequate testing. While it is no secret that all types of prescription drugs have some risks associated with them, the risks are much higher when they are not well researched or prescribed by someone who lacks medical knowledge and authority. If you or a loved one has taken a dangerous prescription drug that caused some type of illness or personal injury, it is important for you to contact an attorney from AMA Law as soon as possible. Our team of lawyers are well-equipped to provide you with aggressive representation and help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Whether you have been prescribed a dangerous prescription drug by an unauthorized medical professional or if your doctor or pharmacy tech failed to properly prescribe your medication, you may be able to take legal action.

Most Common Types of Injuries

If you have been prescribed a drug that did not yield expected results or was prescribed by someone who lacked medical authority, please contact us as soon as possible. Some of the most common side effects associated with prescription drugs include the following:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritability
  • Lethargy
  • Fatigue
  • Death (in extreme cases)

If you or a family member has experienced any of these symptoms and has not received proper medical attention from an experienced physician, these symptoms could result in more serious internal injuries. Other serious side effects include the following:

  • Stomach ulcers
  • Liver problems
  • Heart issues

If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms while under the influence of a prescribed medication, it is important for you to contact an attorney at AMA Law immediately.

Contact AMA Law Today If You Have Been Injured By a Dangerous Prescription Drug

At AMA Law, our attorneys are experienced in representing individuals who have suffered a personal injury or illness because of a dangerous prescription drug. With more than 100 years of combined legal experience, we are well-equipped to handle your case and ensure you receive the justice you deserve. While there is always a risk associated with taking prescription drugs, dangerous drugs such as Risperdal pose an even more serious threat and legal action should be taken. Our personal injury lawyers are committed to working closely with each and every client to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve. To set up your free consultation and get started on your case today, give us a call.

Retaining an attorney from AMA Law means that you will have top-quality representation and an admirable legal team behind you. Our lawyers have successfully represented clients throughout Oklahoma on a wide variety of cases. By making us a part of your legal proceedings, you will not only have representation you can count on, but will also have obtained a highly accomplished lawyer. One of the partners at AMA Law, Jeff Atkins, has in fact been selected for inclusion on the list of Oklahoma Super Lawyers® every single year since 2008. This is a tremendous accomplishment that highlights his professional abilities as a top Oklahoma lawyer, as well as his personal commitment to offering great representation time and time again.

What the Achievement Means for Attorneys

Being selected as an Oklahoma Super Lawyer® is a highly coveted and well-respected accomplishment. As published by Super Lawyers® Magazine, being included on this list time and time again speaks volumes to Atkins’ skills as a lawyer. This publication reaches more than 13 million readers and is decided upon by peer evaluation and third-party research. In order to be included in this list, attorneys must demonstrate an extremely high standard of service and accomplishment. Being nominated by his peers and included on this list since 2008 is a testament to Attorney Atkins’ consistent legal ability. Atkins is recognized as an outstanding lawyer, especially in areas of law that involve complex matters of science, such as medical malpractice. Atkins has the ability to evaluate and clarify extremely complicated legal issues, which is one of the main reasons he is recognized as a Super Lawyer®.

Retain an Outstanding Lawyer from AMA Law

Our law firm is extremely prideful of Attorney Atkins’ accomplishment, but we believe it is only a small portion of what he and the rest of our incredible legal team strive to deliver to our clients. The compassion and excellent communication that we offer to each and every one of our clients is a true testament to the standard we hold each attorney at our law firm too. At AMA Law, we understand what a difficult decision it can be to hire an attorney that will guide you through every step of the legal process. If you would like to learn more about our legal team, what services we offer, and why going with an attorney from AMA Law is the right step for you, please contact us today.

If you have been involved in a serious car accident, chances are you want to get your case resolved and move on with your life. While in many cases an insurance company will offer you a settlement that is appealing to accept, this may not always be your best option. It is important to remember that your insurance company will not pay you a dime more than what they have to, which may mean that taking legal action with the help of an attorney from AMA Law is a better option for you. If you are trying to decide whether or not you should retain a personal injury lawyer to help you pursue legal action after a car accident, be sure to take the following into consideration:

You Have a Better Chance of Receiving Full Compensation

If you have been seriously injured in a car accident and are left with long-term repercussions, a personal injury lawyer from AMA Law will fight for you and ensure you receive 100% of the compensation you deserve. There are numerous damages that you may be entitled to. Not all of them will be covered by your insurance company, including medical costs, lost wages, emotional damages, and trauma if you have lost a loved one in an accident. Additionally, the Insurance Research Council states that those who are represented by an attorney typically net three and a half times more money than those who do not have representation.

You Will Better Understand the Legal System and Your Rights

Navigating the legal system on your own after a car accident can be extremely stressful and challenging. From the difficult-to-understand legal jargon to making sure you understand all your rights, our attorneys will help you through each step of the process. If you were injured in a car accident and the other driver was underinsured or uninsured, it can be difficult to obtain the amount of compensation you deserve. In the case you and the other driver do not agree as to who was at fault, it is in your best interest to let one of our expert attorneys handle the case. Additionally, if you are feeling pressured by a claims adjuster and are unsure of what to do, we can help. There are many different scenarios and aspects that must be taken into consideration when pursuing legal action after a car accident. Because of the complicated nature of these cases, it is helpful for you to retain an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer from AMA Law. We are committed to ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve, and will do our best to build a strong case and help you receive justice.

Contact AMA Law Today

AMA Law is an Oklahoma law firm with more than 100 years of combined legal experience. Our qualified team of attorneys have successfully handled a wide range of cases throughout the state, including those involving compensation for injuries after a car accident. We are dedicated to making sure you receive 100% of the compensation you deserve, both monetarily and emotionally. Whether you have been seriously injured in a car accident or have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another driver, our lawyers will fight for you. We offer free consultation services, which will allow us to meet with you and get to know the details of your case. If you have been injured in a car accident and would like to learn more about your legal options, please contact our law office today!

FAQs About Hospital Liens

Hospitals may file liens in a personal injury case when they believe an injury has been caused by a 3rd party. In most cases, hospital lien claims arise when someone is involved in an accident of some sort and received care at a hospital. These types of claims are particularly complicated and challenging for numerous reasons, but namely because the charges claimed are often grossly inflated above what the insurer would have paid. Another common issue is for hospital’s to file liens for what is known as “Balance Billing,” which means the hospital is trying to collect the difference between what a person’s health insurance paid on the bill vs. what the hospital’s actual bill was prior to contractual reductions for health insurance. Below you will find information on some of the most frequently asked questions regarding hospital liens. If you have any additional questions or would like to speak with a personal injury lawyer from AMA Law about a hospital lien, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What is a lien?

A lien is basically a demand for repayment that can be placed on or against things, such as your house or bank account. When a lien is placed, it means that there is now a financial liability upon property or funds for the intention of satisfying some debt or duty, such as unpaid hospital or medical bills.

Are hospitals the only ones who file liens?

No. In fact, liens can be filed by health insurance companies, worker’s compensation carriers, and the government, to name a few. When a lien is filed by your health insurance company, it is done so with the intention of recovering money that was paid for medical care under a health insurance policy.

Is there anything I should know about hospital liens?

Yes. There are actually a lot of important rules pertaining to hospital liens. Because these types of cases can be so complicated, it is recommended that you contact your Oklahoma personal injury attorney in order to help you sort through all the important details. It should be noted that hospitals can only file a lien on the money you made from a settlement if you were admitted to the hospital within 72 hours of the accident. Keep in mind there are other specific rules like this that your lawyer will be able to explain to you.

What does it mean when a hospital has statutory lien rights?

When this occurs, it means that hospitals generally do not have to reduce their lien claims to the same extent as health or medical payment insurers.

Can a hospital refuse my bill, instead filing a claim?

Yes. This is where things get even more confusing. Even if you do send in payment for your hospital bill, the hospital can refuse it and instead assert a lien. When this happens, you will be stuck negotiating with the hospital, rather than the health insurance carrier.

What happens when a hospital lien is not settled?

When this happens, the hospital will continue to seek payment from the responsible third party, whomever that may be.

To learn more about hospital liens in Oklahoma or to discuss your particular case with a knowledgeable attorney from AMA Law, please contact us today.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident of some kind and would like to file a personal injury claim, attorneys from AMA Law can help. We understand how complicated and stressful these situations can be, which is why we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions. If you would like more information on any of the points listed below, or have another question, please do not hesitate to contact our law firm today.

How is fault determined?

When an accident occurs, an insurance adjuster will most likely be assigned to your case. The adjuster will then evaluate all the evidence of your case and come up with a conclusion as to exactly what happened and who was at fault. However, it is important to note that insurance companies and adjusters are not always unbiased third parties. As the amount you recover and the compensation you receive is connected with the insurance company’s profit and losses, they do not always have your best interest in mind. It is a good idea for you to speak with one of our experienced attorneys before moving forward with an insurance agency after an accident.

What is the difference between “no fault” and “tort” states?

As we stand today, there are 12 states in the nation that abide by the “no-fault” principle, whereas the remaining 38 states are classified as tort states. Oklahoma is a tort state, which means that anyone involved in an accident can file a claim to receive monetary compensation from the individual who was at-fault in the accident. In a tort state determining who was at fault in the accident is mandatory.

When should I file an insurance claim?

It is a good idea to contact an attorney from AMA Law before you move forward with filing an insurance claim. Our legal team understands what you are going through and have years of experience representing others in similar situations. Because insurance companies often pressure claimants and do not award them all the compensation they deserve, it is in your best interest to fight for what you deserve with one of our attorney’s by your side.

What should I do if an insurance company is pressuring me to settle?

In many cases, insurance companies will pressure claimants to accept a settlement soon after an accident. This typically occurs when the other party involved knows they are at fault and are trying to get you to accept a lower offer than you deserve. If you accept a settlement, there is no turning back. Because of this, it is very important that you do not succumb to the pressures of insurance companies. By retaining a lawyer you will have a much better chance of receiving the financial compensation you deserve.

How much is my claim worth?

There is no one standard amount that people are awarded, as every case is different. We typically tell our clients that the value of their claim will most likely be based on the following factors:

  • Total cost of medical expenses
  • Total cost of property damage
  • Noneconomic damages (ex: pain and suffering)
  • Insurance limits/scope of coverage
  • Percentage of fault

What will financial damages cover?

Filing a personal injury claim because you or a loved one was injured in an accident means you will receive financial compensation to cover accident and injury-related expenses, including medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and emotional trauma.

What is the first step after I have been injured?

If you have sustained injuries in a car accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention immediately following the accident. The benefits of going to the hospital right away instead of waiting are as follows:

It will establish evidence of real injuries immediately following an accident
It will ensure that you are treated promptly to prevent worsened injuries/illnesses
When should I accept a settlement?
Knowing when you should accept a settlement from an insurance company is something you should only trust your attorney with. A personal injury lawyer from AMA Law will be able to go over your case with you and help you make a logical decision as to whether or not accepting a settlement is the right choice for you.

How much does it cost to retain an attorney?

We understand that you may be struggling financially due to a loss of wages and medical expenses from your accident. Because of this, we charge a fee based on contingency.

What do you mean by “no recovery, no fee”?

This is how personal injury lawyers at AMA Law charge for their services. What this means is that you do not have to pay us unless we make a recovery for you. At this time, our fee will be taken as a small percentage of your total financial recovery.