If you’ve recently been injured in a car accident, you may be wondering whether you need to hire an attorney.
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Insurance companies are contacting injured people more quickly than ever. Sometimes, an adjuster is on the phone before an injured person has even made it home from the emergency room or left the scene of an accident.
I wish it were because the companies are genuinely concerned when someone is hurt. Sadly, that is not the case.
Adjusters want to take a statement immediately after an accident, then use it against the injured person to deny claims. Even a statement taken when someone is still shaken and hurt can lock a person into a story that they can never retract.
For example, if an injured person initially reports back pain, any neck-related treatment down the…Read Full Post
If you’ve been injured, you need an attorney who seeks justice on your behalf. You need a lawyer you can trust and who cares about your family. You also need an attorney with a deep understanding of the law, whether you were hurt in a car accident, in the workplace, or anywhere in Oklahoma.
Johnson & Biscone, P.A. is based in Oklahoma City. Our attorneys have a combined experience of almost 100 years. We are compassionate, ethical, and dedicated to serving our clients in all areas of personal injury.
Our attorneys pursue full compensation for clients in cases including:Read Full Post
On June 26, 2018, the Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission’s mandatory use of AMA Guides 6th Edition as directed by the Oklahoma Legislature.
The high court decided, 5-4, in Robert Hill v. American Medical Response, 2018 OK 57, that the mandatory use of AMA Guides 6th Edition was lawful in determining an injured workers’ impairment for all injuries involving a spine, hip, or shoulder.
The AMA Guides set impairment guidelines, which a physician must follow in assessing physical impairment. These impairment ratings are then converted to compensation rates for injured workers. However, these rates are often much lower than…Read Full Post
Paying a little extra for auto insurance can make a big difference for people who get injured.
State law requires every Oklahoma driver to have liability insurance. But that coverage won’t pay your medical bills if you are hurt in a car accident.
Johnson & Biscone recommends everyone with an auto insurance policy add medical payments coverage, often known as med pay. Med pay is like having mini health insurance that helps cover care from cleaning up minor injuries to major surgeries or ongoing rehab.
Drivers can work with their insurance agents to add med pay to their policies. The premiums are usually not very expensive, and most companies…Read Full Post
A few years ago, U. S. Sen. Harry Reid delivered a speech at the American Association for Justice’s Membership Awards Luncheon in Montreal.
“Nobody likes trial lawyers,” Reid said. He gave examples of several types of people who do not like trial lawyers – people who addict children to tobacco; people who put lead in paint; people who pump mercury into groundwater; people who manufacture faulty airbags; people who put asbestos in the environment;…Read Full Post
If you have made an injury claim, stay off of Facebook. It could cause major problems in your case.
Courts across the country have held what people post on social media can be used in a legal proceeding. Judges have held there is not a reasonable expectation of privacy, and uploaded photos may potentially be used against a person making an injury claim.
Social media is a great way to stay connected with friends and families. However, oversharing may hurt a legal case.
Lawyers hired to defend a company or a person against an injury claim will gather evidence by any means necessary. That includes searching Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for posts showing…Read Full Post
A young man recently called Johnson & Biscone to get see if he had an injury case worth pursuing.
He seemed surprised when I was the first person that he spoke to in our office.
“I figured I would just talk to a legal assistant or a secretary, not an actual attorney,” he said.
At our firm, we believe someone who needs to talk to an attorney deserves to talk to an actual attorney as soon as possible. People who call our office are often seriously injured and dealing with an insurance company or mounting medical bills. They don’t need the additional frustration of going through several people before talking to someone who can help.
Because every case is…Read Full Post
Our team recently handled a case for a young woman who was injured in a hit-and-run crash in north Oklahoma City. Another driver struck our client at a high speed then backed up and sped off. The driver got away and was never caught.
You might think having auto insurance would get you covered if another drive hits you. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
In Oklahoma, the number of drivers without insurance is worse than the national average: 1 in 4 Oklahoma drivers are uninsured compared to 1 in 8 drivers nationwide…Read Full Post
It is almost impossible for an injured worker in Oklahoma to bring an injury lawsuit against his or her employer. Even if someone loses an arm or a leg, a jury will likely never hear of the life-altering loss or the workers’ altered earning capacity, no matter how negligent the employer was.
Oklahoma, like most states, has law that prevents injured workers from suing employers in district court for on-the-job injuries.
The only option: File a workers’ compensation claim and receive the limited benefits the law allows. This is an injured worker’s “sole remedy.”
However, there is a limited exception.
If a third-party is involved in the accident – a third…Read Full Post
For many years, state legislators and executive office holders, strongly aligned with business interests, complained about the need to change Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation laws. Governor Mary Fallin has been one of the biggest proponents of workers’ comp “reform”. In February of 2014, their desires came to fruition.
Here is an overview of some of the recent changes to Oklahoma’s worker’s compensation laws:
- In 2013, Governor Fallin approved significant changes to a nearly 100-year-old law that governed the relationship between businesses and injured…