Shawnee Personal Injury Attorneys
Upholding the rights of victims and families throughout Pottawatomie County
When you have suffered injuries and losses because of someone else’s negligence, the law allows you to hold that person accountable through a personal injury claim. The laws which govern these claims can be challenging if you don’t have experience with them, however, so working with an attorney is a smart move. At Cunningham & Mears, our personal injury lawyers have been helping Shawnee injury victims and their families seek justice since 1996. When you’re hurt, we are here to help.
Why should you work with a Shawnee personal injury lawyer?
Clients often ask us if they need to hire a personal injury attorney, or if they can just settle their claim on their own. Legally, you can settle your own claim – but we strongly suggest that you don’t, because insurance companies are notorious for offering low settlements and denying claims whenever they can. You can end up with less than you need, let alone less than what you deserve, if you attempt to handle your claim on your own.
By working with an attorney from Cunningham & Mears, you gain:
- The full resources of our firm behind your case, which allows us to work on contingency. That means you don’t pay us anything until we have won your case; even the initial consultation is free.
- A team who will be familiar with you, your case, and your goals, so that there is always someone who can answer your questions, assist you with documentation, and help you through the process.
- A customized strategy for your case, including guidance for depositions and trial preparation.
- A line of defense when it comes to dealing with insurance companies, towing companies, and creditors.
- An experienced negotiator who can handle the insurance company during settlement talks – and a fierce litigator who can make your case to a jury if negotiations fail.
Competent counsel for vehicle collision claims
When a wreck leaves you struggling to pay your bills, keep a roof over your head, and spend time with your children – all while dealing with pain from your injuries – you need someone on your side. Cunningham & Mears puts its 105 years of collective experience behind every collision case we handle. We have successfully represented clients in trials and in settlement negotiations with national insurance companies, and we want to help you, too. Contact our Shawnee accident attorneys for help with:
Whether you were injured in a head-on collision, a sideswipe or T-bone crash, a rear-end accident, or your child gets hurt while Cruising the Poo, we can help you get back on track.
Experienced representation for Shawnee injury victims
Because no one actively anticipates a personal injury, few people are truly prepared for what they could face if they get hurt. Cunningham & Mears understands what is at risk, which is why we are devoted to securing the maximum amount of compensation for our clients. By preparing every case as through we will go to trial, we are better able to negotiate fair settlements when that is what’s best for our clients – and are ready at any time to present their cases to a jury. Contact us today if you sustained injures related to:
- Unsafe premises
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Unsafe construction sites
- Dangerous and defective products
- Nursing home neglect or abuse
Cunningham & Mears also handles complex injury claims stemming from catastrophic injuries, including but not limited to:
- Brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- Loss of limb/amputation injuries
- Spinal injuries and paralysis
- Chronic pain stemming from neck, back, leg, and shoulder injuries
If your loved one has died because of someone else’s negligence, we can assist you with a wrongful death claim. No award will ever make up for the loss, but it can ensure that you and your family are supported while you focus on healing.
A special focus on helping injured oil & gas workers in and near Shawnee
Oil and gas is the lifeblood of Oklahoma, despite being one of the most dangerous industries in the country. Cunningham & Mears represents workers who were injured in the patch, as well as those who sustained injuries in incidents up and downstream, in third-party liability claims. If you were hurt in an oil or gas transportation accident – one of the leading causes of injury and death in the industry – we can assist you.
How much is my personal injury claim worth?
There is no simple way to answer this question without first reviewing your case, because damages in injury claims cover many areas. Economic damages include lost wages, medical bills, property damage, and other more-easily calculated expenses. Non-economic damages, such as those for pain and suffering or loss of companionship, must be weighed against what you have lost. A broken leg which will heal without any long-term damage will not be weighed the same as the loss of an arm or a traumatic brain injury.
In short, to determine how much your Shawnee personal injury claim is worth, we would need to review your medical records and the incident report, talk with your employer and your doctors, and put together a case that shows the full losses in your life.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Shawnee?
The statute of limitations for an injury claim in Shawnee and throughout Oklahoma is generally two years. Some cases may have longer or shorter limitations, so it is important that you seek legal counsel as soon as you know you are injured, so that you won’t be time barred from claiming compensation.
How long will my Shawnee personal injury case take?
The length of a personal injury claim depends on multiple factors, including:
- The number of victims and defendants involved
- The severity of your injuries
- The length of time it takes to treat those injuries
- Whether you choose to settle or go to trial
- Who you are suing
When you have suffered a severe injury, we need to know what your expected maximum medical improvement is to determine how much compensation you are entitled to receive. If we rush to a settlement or trial, and then you must undergo additional treatment, you will have to pay for that treatment out of your own pocket. That is why personal injury claims may take some time. We want to make sure we are thorough and accurate in our assessment, so we can claim the maximum amount of damages allowed under the law.
Will I have to go to trial for my personal injury case?
Not necessarily. At Cunningham & Mears, our clients’ goals are our goals, and if you would prefer to negotiate a settlement then that is what we will do.
However, sometimes negotiations break down because the insurance company refuses to play ball or will not offer a just compensatory award for the injuries you have sustained. In these cases, we may recommend a jury trial to secure the best possible outcome for you. This is why we prepare every case for trial, even when we seek a settlement. It shows we are willing and able to fight for you, which often allows us to negotiate from a better position.
Need a personal injury attorney near you in Shawnee? Call Cunningham & Mears today
Since 1996, Cunningham & Mears has been the injury firm you know and trust to do right by you. When you are hurt, we have the skills, resources, and experience you want on your side. To schedule a free consultation about your personal injury case in Shawnee, please call 405-232-1212 or fill out our contact form.