Accidents are a normal part of life. Thankfully, most accidents involve only minor injuries which may not even require a doctor’s care. At other times, however, accidents can cause more serious injuries, or even death.
When it comes to activities that involve a high risk of injury—such as driving a vehicle, undergoing surgery, engaging in construction work, or operating heavy machinery—there are usually many rules, laws, training requirements, and operating practices in place that are designed to minimize the likelihood that injuries will occur. However, no amount of precaution can prevent every injury, because people do not always exercise sufficient care in undertaking these activities. And when someone’s carelessness or neglect causes injury to another person, he may be liable in a personal injury lawsuit.When is a Defendant Liable for a Personal Injury?
Personal injury law relates to cases in which one party (the plaintiff) has been injured by another party (the defendant) through either an intentional or negligent act, such that the law holds the defendant financially liable. Personal injury law encompasses a number of different types of claims, but many personal injury lawsuits are brought under the general claim of negligence. A negligence claim, whether it deals with a vehicle accident, a product defect, or medical malpractice, follows a general formula:
- First, the plaintiff must show that the defendant owed a duty to him;
- Second, the plaintiff must show that the defendant breached that duty in one way or another;
- Third, the plaintiff must show that the breach caused him an injury; and
- Fourth, the plaintiff must demonstrate that he suffered damages.
One of the most common personal injury claims involves vehicle accidents. For example, all drivers owe a duty to other drivers, as well as to pedestrians and bicyclists, to obey all traffic laws, including laws regarding speed limits and rights-of-way and refraining from operating a vehicle while intoxicated. If a driver violates one of these laws and, as a consequence, causes an accident that results in injury, the injured party may be able to hold the at-fault driver legally liable for the damages caused.
Shelton Walkley Mackey handles a broad variety of personal injury lawsuits, including injuries resulting from:
- Car accidents;
- Bicycle accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Boat accidents;
- Product liability (product defects);
- Premises liability; and
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
If you have suffered a serious injury or lost a family member as a result of someone’s negligent conduct, Shelton Walkley Mackey is prepared to stand up for your rights. Our experienced trial lawyers are tireless, aggressive, and proven advocates in personal injury claims.We Can Help You Recover Damages for Your Losses
At Shelton Walkley Mackey, our goal is to make sure our clients obtain a remedy for all of the damages they have suffered. We work to achieve full and rightful compensation, whether it requires pursuing full litigation or intensely negotiating for a settlement. Depending upon the nature and circumstances of your injury, our personal injury attorneys may be able to recover damages for:
- Costs of medical treatment, both short- and long-term;
- Personal or real property damage;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of consortium;
- Loss of income ;
- Loss of earning potential or of future earnings; and
- Punitive damages.
Some injuries—such as brain injury or trauma, wrongful death, and spinal injuries—require special knowledge when it comes to assessing and recovering damages because of the calculations that must go into determining the costs of long-term care, lost income potential, loss of companionship, and similar considerations. At Shelton Walkley Mackey, we understand both the short-term and long-term needs of clients who must cope with the quality-of-living issues and burdens created by these injuries, not only in regard to those who suffer from them, but for their care-givers, as well.Contact Shelton Walkley Mackey for a Free Case Evaluation of Your Personal Injury Claim
Oklahoma personal injury law provides a remedy for you if you are the victim of a serious personal injury that is the fault of another person. If you have been injured or someone close to you has been killed by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, whether it is a person or a corporation, the experienced Oklahoma personal injury attorneys at Shelton Walkley Mackey can advise you on what your rights and remedies may be and, if necessary, represent you in pursuing a personal injury claim.
We pride ourselves on providing attentive, responsive, and compassionate care for clients. If you need help with a personal injury claim, contact us at (405) 605-8800 for a free case evaluation or, if you prefer, submit your inquiry online.