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? Part Two

Last month, we shared an article about the process of determining and awarding compensation in personal injury cases. Here we continue that article, sharing the factors and facts that the court and the attorneys involved will look at closely.

 

  1. The age of the claimant

The plaintiff’s age is of high importance and relevance if dealing with an accident claim regarding fatal or permanent injuries. The younger the injured party with a permanent injury is, the longer that individual has to live with the PSLA (pain, suffering, loss of amenity). As a result, the compensation payment will be greater in cases where the injuries were serious or fatal and the deceased person is considered young. When a younger person is killed under wrongful death, the greater the amount awarded to the dependents who survived the loss.

  1. The nature and extent of the injuries sustained.

Lawyers will consider “like for like” injuries with the case at hand and similar cases decided upon by the courts previously. These cases are known as precedents. Decisions made in the higher courts generally bind the lower courts to their determinations. Therefore, judgments from the Court of Appeals have greater authority than the lower courts. Mostly, it is a matter of informed opinion when determining how much an injury claim is worth, and the final outcome is greatly influenced by the skill of the lawyer charged with persuading the judge/jury, and ultimately the opinions of the judge handling the case. Good injury attorneys are careful when looking at older cases when quantifying a claim, because they need to ensure that the award is brought up to date by looking at current monetary value versus the time period of the precedent case.

  1. Gender of the client

More often than not, damages for personal injury claims made by men and women are the same. However, there can be a difference weighted in favor of females when the injury results in permanent scarring to the skin. Especially, when the scarring is clearly visible (face, legs, and arms). Each case will be decided on its own particular facts. For example, a male model who sustains scarring to his face may obtain just as much as a female.

  1. Personal attributes and fortitude of the client

We are all different, which is a point not overlooked by the courts during the compensation decision-making process. The courts will assess each claim on its own particular facts and therefore if one claimant recovers more quickly than another, the damages will be reflected accordingly. It is important to note here that “psychological injuries” may also follow from an accident, which may increase the damages awarded. An example would be someone developing a fear of driving, or having panic attacks upon seeing or hearing a certain piece of equipment that was involved in the initial accident.

When a personal injury claim is settled either in court or out of court, the most common way the compensation payment is made is by a lump sum award in full and final settlement of the claim. Once an award is accepted, there can be no further compensation at a later time (unless the claim is settled by provisional damages often found in industrial injury claims such as asbestos related injuries).

  1. Quantifying losses in practice – expert evidence

It may be useful for lawyers representing a plaintiff to hire forensic accountants or economists to provide evidence about the value of a loss. In such cases, they may be asked to provide verbal testimony of their opinion of the evidence, serving as an expert witness.

Most cases don’t end up in trial. About 95% of personal injury cases that are filed in American courts are settled prior to trial. And, there is no minimum or maximum amount to be awarded.

Every case addresses three primary issues: (1) Liability – Was someone negligent? (2) Damages – What amount will fairly and adequately compensate the injured? (3) Source of collection – Is there insurance or other asset(s) which can be used to recover the cost of damages awarded?

A good lawyer begins with one goal in mind – Obtain for clients what a reasonable jury would award as fair and adequate compensation. Injury attorneys work to fully explain and justify their client’s case

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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