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If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, it’s only reasonable the liable party should compensate you.
A personal injury can lead to significant medical expenses, in addition to the potential loss of income as a result of being unable to work. Depending on the nature of the personal injury, you may also have suffered a permanent injury, which entails more compensation from the other party.
Read on to learn more about personal injury claims, and how a Tulsa personal injury lawyer can help you recover the compensation you deserve under the law.
Personal injury claims are civil cases filed by a party after suffering an injury, loss, and hardship caused by someone’s negligent or malicious actions.
They generally require proof of injury and a causal connection between the injury and the other party’s fault or negligence. To receive compensation, you also need to provide proof of the financial loss suffered in the form of medical expenses or lost income.
A recent Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling squashed the old cap for non-economic damages which was previously capped at $350,000.00.
Personal injury claims vary depending on the unique circumstances of each case, so no two personal injury cases are ever alike.
The 2014 Oklahoma Statutes, Title 12, §12-95, provides that claims for personal injury cases should be filed within two years from the date of the injury.
While two years may seem like a long time, it may take you a while to prepare yourself and gather evidence to support your claim.
Filing your case after the two-year period can result in you being barred from pursuing your personal injury claim, so it’s important to be quick about taking legal action.
What If a Personal Injury Was Caused by a Government Agent or on Government Property?
If your personal injury was due to the fault of a government agent or was caused on government property, different laws on personal injury will apply.
In these cases, the Oklahoma Governmental Tort Claims Act will apply, which can entail a more complicated legal procedure.
Going after the government to pursue your personal injury claims can be more difficult than going against a private person. For instance, going after the at-fault party’s insurance company is not an option, making recovery tedious and difficult.
Whether you are going against a private person or the Government, it is always best to pursue your personal injury claim with an experienced personal injury lawyer at your side.
Insurers are often hesitant to give out claims to injured parties, even if you can prove the injury you suffered. In some cases, they can even shift the blame elsewhere to absolve themselves of liability.
At AMA Law, our Tulsa personal injury lawyers understand how frustrating it can be if you don’t get compensation for your personal injury. Call us now at 405-708-7789 to schedule your free consultation, so we can help you pursue your claim and let you get back on your feet. You can also reach us online by filling out the contact form on this page.