The Oklahoma City Law firm, Burton Law Group, P.C., was founded by the Late Lew Gravitt in 1992. Today, the firm is the people’s choice for personal injury attorneys, social security attorneys, and workers compensation attorneys. The firm serves all of Oklahoma and has offices in Oklahoma City, Walters, and Tulsa.

There are many attorneys in Oklahoma City but our firm gives every case the attention it deserves. You are not just another case in our office but rather someone we will treat like a family member. We will work tirelessly to pursue the benefits you are entitled to and we remain accessible throughout your case. Whether you have a car accident, social security disability claim, or workers compensation claim, we are here to help. People choose our law firm over others because we are extremely passionate about pursuing the rights of our clients – and about pursuing the maximum compensation possible under the law. We approach the case in a very personal manner. We talk to our clients, answer their questions and keep them updated throughout the legal process. Passion for Oklahoma City and the people who make it a great place to live.

Burton Law Group can provide services in a broad range of areas:

  • Auto Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Medical Practice
  • Personal Injury
  • Truck Accidents
  • Bankruptcy
  • Defective Product Injury
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Defective Product Injury
  • Slip and Fall Injuries
  • Workers Compensation
  • Boat Accidents
  • Employment Law
  • On the Job Injuries
  • Social Security Disability
  • Wrongful Death

We’re also passionate about our town, Oklahoma City, and the people who make Oklahoma a great place to live. Naturally, we are keen to pursue the rights of our people. We will always answer any questions you have regarding your case and utilize our resources to obtain the best outcome possible for you.

In 2016, our firm was instrumental in helping undo a great injustice passed into law at the request of a few irresponsible employers. The Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down the Opt Out Act on September 13, 2016, as an unconstitutional special law. Dillard’s department store opted out of the Oklahoma Workers Compensation Act when it became lawful to do so on February 1, 2014. Subsequently, many injured workers were denied benefits that would have otherwise been due under the Workers’ Compensation Act. Employers were allowed to deny claims and if the employee sought an appeal the appeal was decided by Dillard’s much like the fox watching the hen house.

Though there are no guarantees, with the Burton Law Group, P.C., you can be confident that you have a capable and tenacious law firm at your side. We will devote our time, dedication, and all the resources necessary to pursue the best possible outcome for you.

Phone (800) 257-5533(800) 257-5533 for a free consultation with an Oklahoma City injury lawyer from The Burton Law Group, P.C.

Fender Benders & Insurance Companies

By August 24, 2013Blog

It’s interesting to note that CNN and several other entities have done studies on minor auto accidents. They examined, among other things, how long it takes for these types of claims to be handled by insurance companies. As an injury law firm, we often get questions about “fender benders”.

What we know about minor auto accidents is this: Sometimes, you can have no or little pain after a fender bender. You may not appear to be injured. But some injuries are hard to see. Soft tissue, muscular and joint injuries are not only invisible to the eye – they are also hard to prove – and some insurance companies take advantage of this fact.

Unethical insurance companies will do their best to avoid paying claims for minor accidents. Their tactic? A claim comes in for a fender bender and they put it through an involved, drawn-out process. They are hoping that those involved in the accident pay for the damage themselves – and move on. Which many people do. But we don’t advise this. (It’s always wise to talk to an attorney before settling any claim).

The fact is, when an insurance company willfully delays payment on a valid claim or refuses to pay you for damages in a “minor accident”, they are acting in what is known as ‘bad faith’. Several reports in the past few years have exposed that when it comes to minor injuries and accidents, bad faith is absolutely present. The situation is industry-wide, not just limited to two or three insurance carriers.

Insurance companies make fighting them very costly and time-consuming. They are hoping that injured people and their attorneys will drop the case. The result of this tactic is that some injury attorneys won’t take “fender bender” cases due to the high cost of pursuing them compared to the low likelihood of receiving adequate compensation. For every accident victim that decides not to pursue a claim – or is turned down by attorneys to help them – the insurance companies save money and increase their profits.

Yet, the auto insurance you buy is supposed to be used when you have an accident – regardless of how serious your injuries may be. This is pretty bothersome, isn’t it? Now consider this, and you might get pretty angry at the insurance industry…

Let’s say you do file a claim – with or without an attorney’s assistance.  Many of the insurance companies will then offer you, the victim of the “minor” accident, an extremely low amount of money. The amount is almost always less than you deserve. Now – you can take this measly amount – or fight Big Company X in court. Court means costs. Your time plus the time and cost that the attorney is expanding – and the attorneys know how tough minor injuries and soft tissue and joint injuries are to prove. It’s doubtful the judge or a jury would be very sympathetic. They may not even believe that the victim has had any pain.

So the attorney has no choice but to cut his or her losses, and encourage the injured person to accept the low offer. In this scenario, an insurance company might pay out $1500 or $2000, when the person injured in the fender bender has incurred lost wages and medical expenses of $5800. It’s completely wrong – a total injustice – and it is happening every day.

Tell your friends and neighbors about this situation – because it will take demands from consumers and their congressmen and women to effect change. What’s really interesting is that insurance companies complain about the volume of lawsuits they are involved in. Yet – by not paying small claims and making people fight legally for just a few thousand dollars, they are bogging down the system and adding unnecessary lawsuits! Lawyers are blamed for unnecessary or petty lawsuits, yet this is what the insurance companies are forcing.

You can always contact your insurance company and question how fender benders are handled. You can research and review their payout statistics. Here we share just one website that lists auto insurance companies with poor payout percentages – but you can find others. Do your homework, read reviews.

Doing some digging on what percentage of claims is actually paid by your insurance company may cause you to switch! Watch for a future article on whether to report and file claims for fender benders.

About Burton Law Group

Our legal team brings you a wealth of experience in car accident, social security disability, workers compensation and employment cases. We can also handle bankruptcies for businesses and individuals.

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