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Car Accident Recovery Options for Personal Injury in Tulsa, OK

If you have suffered a personal injury in a car accident in Tulsa, you may need to file a lawsuit to recover all the damages you are owed. If the at-fault driver’s insurance refuses to pay enough to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and non-economic losses, then you most likely will need to consult with a personal injury attorney to discuss your options. Non-economic factors, such as emotional distress or loss of companionship, are difficult to assign a monetary value and even harder to collect damages on from an insurance company. A lawsuit may be your only option.

Stages of a Car Accident Lawsuit

  1. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is two years. If you realize within this timeframe that you are not able to recover the damages you are owed from a car accident, you can file a petition with the court in a civil lawsuit. Of course, the sooner you file the better it will be for your case. The petition will outline the monies you, the plaintiff, are seeking from the at-fault driver, the defendant.
  2. The other driver and their insurance company have a defined time period to file a response to the petition that may include an admittance of fault, a denial of fault, a counterclaim stating you are responsible for part or all of the accident, or a cross-claim placing responsibility on a third party.
  3. Preliminary motions can be filed by the defendant that  can include:
  • Motion to dismiss
  • Motion for removal
  • Motion for a change of venue
  • Motion for change in the judge
  1. In the pre-trial practice, a date for the trial will be set by the judge. Also at this time, the judge may order mediation to try to settle the lawsuit before trial.
  2. If mediation is not successful, then the lawyers will move to the discovery phase in which both the defendant’s attorney and the plaintiff’s attorney investigate the facts surrounding the lawsuit.
  3. Once your personal injury attorney completes the discovery phase, you enter the time of post-discovery resolutions in which you may ask a judge to decide the case without a full trial. If the judge feels it is appropriate, then your case can be settled. If not, then your case will go to trial.
  4. When all other avenues have been explored without reaching an agreeable settlement, your case will go to trial where a judge, and often a jury, will hear your case.

Tulsa Personal Injury Attorney

Impact Law Firm offers the best representation for personal injuries resulting from a car accident. We are not afraid to take your lawsuit to trial if necessary. Contact us today for a free consultation.