The old adage says, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.”
It may be true in certain areas of life, but not when hiring an attorney.
Potential clients have many things to consider. A lawyer’s expertise should be the top factor. What a lawyer doesn’t know can hurt someone’s interests, injury claims or freedoms.
Johnson & Biscone recently served a client who was injured in a severe car accident. We made a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier. Unfortunately for our client, the at-fault driver carried only the state’s minimum liability policy – $25,000 per individual for a bodily injury claim. Given the severity of the accident, it is likely that any competent personal injury attorney could recover the full $25,000 for the client.
Our team was savvy enough to recognize that every liability insurance policy sold in Oklahoma includes an offer of additional coverage called uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM) coverage. If a policyholder elects not to purchase UM coverage, he or she must sign a waiver acknowledging the offer and confirming the rejection. If the insurance company cannot produce this signed waiver after an accident happens, the policy holder is entitled to a default award of an additional $25,000 per individual.
Our client benefitted from this law which is not known to all who claim to practice personal injury. We doubled our client’s gross recovery from $25,000 to $50,000. Why? Because our lawyers know what others do not.
Johnson & Biscone’s managing partner, Joe C. Biscone, has represented Oklahoma’s injured workers for 42 years. Attorney Bryce B. Johnson has advocated for personal injury victims for 32 years. Emily Biscone represented Oklahoma’s workforce and disabled people for 15 years. The combined experience between these three lawyers is invaluable. As the newest addition to the team, I’m fully confident our firm has the knowledge clients need to rest assured their claims will be handled correctly and thoroughly.
The law is intricate. It is complex, tedious and can provide many pitfalls for a lay person or even an attorney to navigate. Having a team on your side with decades of experience is irreplaceable. What your experienced attorneys know can make a difference between getting good results and the best results because no stone went unturned.
Johnson & Biscone’s well-rounded experience can help you and your families get some sense of closure and fair compensation after an accident.