Civil litigation can be defined as:
“A lawsuit. Legal action, including all proceedings therein. Contest in a court of law for the purpose of enforcing a right or seeking a remedy. A judicial contest, a judicial controversy, a suit at law.”
A broad and vague definition, but also true. Civil Litigation involves many diverse controversies. Any dispute, no matter how small or large, can erupt in litigation. In the civil arena this can involve many different areas of the law from personal injury, to breach of contract, to fraudulent behavior and everything in between. The type of relief in a civil suit is also varied. One can sue for money damages, an injunction (keeping someone from doing something), and/or specific performance (forcing someone to do something), to name some examples. The type of relief one can receive is dependent on the type of case and, in some cases, limited by the other types of relief available.
The firm’s civil litigations services include the following types of claims:
Insurance DefenseWe serve insurance carriers in all aspects of disputes and claims; from simple demands for coverage, to multi-million-dollar claims for first-party and third-party bad faith. We advise clients on claims handling, insurance fraud, loss investigation, and settlement practices.
Construction LitigationMany construction claims involve multiple parties, insurance companies and typically, every company involved gets sued when something goes wrong on the project. Often times, construction disputes arise between parties when one of them breaches or does not perform to the other party’s satisfaction. When litigation becomes the most advantageous option in a construction dispute, we approach it with the same fierce advocacy as we do in construction contract negotiations.
Business LitigationIf you engage in commerce, sooner or later you are almost certain to encounter a dispute with a client, customer or partner for which you’ll need outside help to resolve. Business litigation encompasses a wide-range of actions: business torts, contract disputes, collection of consumer and commercial accounts, deceptive and unfair trade practices, and partner disputes, to name a few. Our firm has the knowledge and experience to help you in cases related a broad range of business torts.
Bad FaithOur attorneys bring many years of experience defending insurance bad faith matters. We also have extensive knowledge of insurance law, allowing us to read and interpret an insurance policy and identify the relevant legal and coverage issues . Our lawyers are able to determine the value of a claim and advise our clients about the best course of action. Although not every insurance bad faith matter goes to trial, our lawyers are effective advocates in the courtroom and have developed a reputation as zealous defenders of insurance company clients.
Liquor Liability/Dram ShopLiquor liability under Dram Shop laws typically arise in the situations where alcohol is served to a visibly or noticeably intoxicated person, or when alcohol is served to a minor. The financial penalties that liquor liability can impose are staggering-meant to discourage this type of behavior-and can have a deeply adverse effect for insurance companies that insure bars, restaurants and other establishments that serve alcohol.
Premises LiabilityPremises liability cases are legal claims for monetary damages by plaintiffs injured or killed as a result of some hazardous defect on real property. In Oklahoma, those who own or control real property have a duty to maintain it in a reasonably safe condition for lawful visitors. As in all negligence cases, property negligence cases require proof that the defendant (1) owed a duty of reasonable care, (2) breached that duty, and thereby (3) caused (4) injury.
Products LiabilityManufacturers, retailers and distributors face unique legal challenges and exposure to claims of defects. Our attorneys have extensive experience with the rules, regulations and statutes that control manufacturing and distribution of products. We specialize in the unique legal problems faced by manufacturers and distributors and have successfully defended clients against product defect claims.
Professional Negligence/Malpractice (medical)In general, professional medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider does not act in accordance with the standard of practice of acceptable care and treatment, resulting in injury or loss suffered by an individual beyond their initial condition. Included in this definition are situations such as failure to diagnose, incorrect diagnosis, failure to secure patient consent and administering inadequate treatment. Laws pertaining to medical negligence are often complicated, but the medical negligence lawyers at our firm are experienced in all facets of medical malpractice defense.
We strive to provide efficient resolution of claims, and recognize the importance in keeping our clients involved and informed throughout the litigation process. Although we strive to resolve claims through summary judgment, early negotiation and settlement, or mediation when appropriate, we also have extensive trial experience and the reputation and ability to take the case before a jury for resolution. Our experience in the courtroom ranges from cases involving minor slip and falls to cases involving millions of dollars in exposure.
Call 918-582-3400 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with an experienced insurance attorney today.