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.

How Are Damages / Awards Determined In Injury And Wrongful Death Cases?

By December 17, 2014Blog, CASE RESULTS

Part One of Two

Quite often, a potential client will as an injury attorney, “what is the value of my case?” The injured party of their family members want to know what to expect regarding compensation. But the answer is not an easy or quick one, and an evaluation must be done. In order to explain the potential value of an injury or death case to a client, the attorney must first explain the types of damages, or monetary awards, involved in an injury lawsuit.

In the legal field of the United States, “damages” are an award, usually an amount of money, to be given to a person as compensation for injury or loss. The rules for damages vary based on the type of claim which is presented (such as breach of contract versus a tort claim) and where it is filed (the jurisdiction).

Damages are typically categorized into one of two types. The first type is Compensatory (or actual) damages and the second type is Punitive damages. Compensatory damages is the term used to identify money that is awarded to a plaintiff to compensate them for injury, physical damages, and other incurred loss. These damages are awarded in civil court. Compensatory damages are further categorized and broken down into special types of damages (economic losses), including property damages, medical expenses, and general damages (non-economic damages). General damages refer to pain, suffering or emotional distress.

And so, in a court of law, compensatory damages are awarded to a claimant for loss, injury, or harm suffered as a result of another person’s breach of duty or negligence. Punitive damages are assigned for the sole purpose of punishing the party or parties whose reckless, unlawful, or negligent act caused the injury or death to the victim (plaintiff) in the case.

Now, let’s further explain general damages. These are given to a claimant for the non-monetary aspects of the harm they have suffered, best known as “pain and suffering” that includes physical and/or emotional pain and suffering, loss of companionship, disfigurement, loss of reputation, loss or impairment of mental or physical capacity, loss of enjoyment of life, reduced quality of life, etc. This is not easily quantifiable, and depends on the individual circumstances of the claimant. As one can imagine, this is a complex area of a personal injury case and open to interpretation (and argument) by all involved in the case.

The quantification of personal injury awards is not an exact science. Lawyers tend to categorize personal injury claims as “general damages” for pain and suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA). The practice of quantifying personal injury claims typically looks to previous awards made by the courts, which are “similar” to the case at hand as references. Attorneys will look for past cases that match their current case as closely as possible. Then, in addition to these referenced cases, other factors are considered in determining damage amounts. These factors will be covered in Part Two of this article, coming soon.

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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