Do you need a Injury Lawyer?
A injury lawyer is someone who, at the basic level, helps people, usually people who are going through the worst times of their lives. These people have been injured at no fault of their own, and their lives have been turned upside down. They often have thousands of dollars of medical bills. The severity of their injuries may mean they cannot work and, subsequently, their bills are not getting paid. These people struggle to cover the necessities of life like the rent or mortgage, and their families are not being taken care of, all because of the negligence or reckless behavior of someone else.
People are injured in the United States and specifically in Oklahoma all of the time – whether it be from, pedestrian accidents, car accidents, work injuries, slip and falls or defective products. You would need a injury lawyer if you suspect that your injury was caused by the negligence or careless behavior of someone else.
Negligence occurs when someone had a duty and failed at that duty, such as the responsibility every driver has to drive as safely and consciously as they can. In negligence cases, someone was supposed to follow some rule or condition and failed to do so. For example, imagine someone ran a red light and struck your vehicle causing an injury. They had a duty to follow the traffic laws in the state of Oklahoma but failed to do so. If that negligence caused you to be injured, then you can contact a injury attorney to secure compensation to cover the costs of that injury.
There are many types of injury claims though. The following is merely an example of some of the types of injury claims the accident lawyers at The McGuire Law Firm handles:
- Car Accident Claims: There are over 5 million people injured in auto accidents each year in the United States. Of those, there are nearly 37,000 traffic-related fatalities in America. Over 1,600 children under the age of 15 die in traffic-related crashes each year. Given these statistics, almost all of us will be involved in a car crash at some point in our lives. If you are injured in a car accident due to someone else’s fault, you may have a claim.
- Truck Accident Claims: In 2016, there were approximately 4,400 fatalities involving large truck accidents on America’s roads and highways. Being involved in a motor vehicle accident where a tractor-trailer or semi-truck was involved is very different from a regular car accident. Often the injuries are much more severe given the size and weight of the several-ton truck slamming into your car. Further, proving negligence is more complicated. In these types of cases, an experienced injury lawyer will make sure to obtain the driver’s record as well as the “sleep logs” that every driver must maintain. Also, the truck’s “black box” data should be retained and stored as evidence to determine exactly what was happening with the tractor-trailer at the time of impact.
- Premise Liability: Premise liability claims are where a property owner breaches his or her duty to provide a safe location for the people who enter that property. Often these cases deal with people slipping and falling or tripping on dangerous conditions that businesses have either created or failed to remedy. Businesses invite consumers on to their properties to make sales. The law requires that when doing so, these businesses make reasonable attempts to make the property safe. Businesses should make sure the sidewalks and entryways are even and without potholes that could cause someone to trip and fall. They should make sure that any spills or slippery substances are cleaned up in a timely manner. When most people are entering a store, their vision is focused on the shelves of products, products that the store owners want us to buy. They are not focused on what is on the floor. Therefore, store owners are required to be extra-vigilant in making sure the floors are free from slippery substances and hazards that would cause a customer to fall and be injured.
- Product Liability: Product liability claims are claims involving injuries where a defective product injured a person. These types of claims can include any number of products ranging from motor vehicles that are defective to industrial machinery that does not have the proper safety equipment to a simple coffee maker that explodes. Each year, approximately 34 million people are either injured or killed due to defective products. To be successful in this type of claim, an experienced product liability lawyer would have to prove that the product malfunctioned or that the product was initially designed in a defective manner.
If you have been injured and you suspect that it was someone else’s fault, then you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney. These phone calls and meetings are always free, and it won’t cost you anything to ask questions and receive straight answers. Furthermore, a wrongful injury lawyer will not ask for any fee for their work until they have won your case and you have received the fair compensation that you deserve. Under this type of system, the average people in our community who do not have thousands and thousands of dollars to spend on an attorney can retain talented, experienced trial lawyers to battle against big businesses and insurance companies worth billions of dollars. This type of contingency fee arrangement allows for the little guy to go to battle with Goliath and win.
The injury lawyer and staff at The McGuire Law Firm are well acquainted with battling large businesses and insurance companies on behalf of the little guy. For 30 years, we have successfully represented average people who have been injured at no fault of their own and at the hands of other people’s negligent and reckless behavior. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. The initial consultation is free, and you can have questions answered honestly and with compassion. As members of this community and experienced personal injury lawyers, we are here to help our neighbors through this difficult time in their lives. You can reach us for a free consultation at (888) 352-0624.