What is a Contingency Fee Agreement, and How Does it Work?

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A contingency fee means that your lawyer doesn’t receive any compensation unless they successfully win your litigation or a settlement is approved. You never owe us more than you are compensated in a lawsuit. If we win the case our fees are paid through your settlement, and if we lose you don’t owe Laird Hammons LairdRead more

The “Frivolous Lawsuit” Myth

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Public debate has raged for years about when lawsuits go too far, and the terms “frivolous lawsuit” and “tort reform” come up nearly every legislative session in Oklahoma. But what are frivolous lawsuits? A frivolous lawsuit is a term used to describe extravagant personal injury claims. Legally, the term frivolous litigation means attorneys file casesRead more

FAQ: Workers’ Compensation Benefits and Fees

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Nearly 50,000 Oklahomans are hurt at work each year. Workers’ compensation is a politically charged subject in Oklahoma, and because of that, rumors and misinformation often make it difficult to understand what’s true and what’s not. Navigating the Oklahoma workers’ comp process is also lengthy and difficult. Gary G. Prochaska has spent his legal careerRead more

How Much Is My Work Injury Worth?

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When you’re hurt at work, medical bills can pile up quickly. Some injuries require time off of work, and your income can take a hit. Injuries can put a huge amount of pressure on families, especially when their income disappears. “They’re physically hurt and they have no money coming in,” said Gary G. Prochaska, theRead more

8 Tips to Manage Your Money after a Settlement

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Taking a case to court can be an emotional rollercoaster — one that you may have been riding for years after an injury. When the dust finally settles, you hope to find yourself on the winning side. If you do, you may be entitled to a cash settlement. But taking care of everything after yourRead more

Navigating Oklahoma’s Social Security Disability Application Process

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If you are faced with a long-term illness, injury, or disability that inhibits your ability to work, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. Although designed to simplify the stresses of long-term illness, the process of applying for disability benefits can be overwhelming. The approval rate for disability benefits is low, soRead more

10 Tips for Testifying in a Social Security Disability Hearing

Only about 1 in 4 Oklahomans who apply for Social Security disability benefits will qualify the first time they apply. That means that the rest have to appeal their claims and testify in a hearing before an administrative law judge. For many, testifying in a front of a judge is a stressful and nerve-racking experience,Read more

The 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in Oklahoma

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Any worker can experience an injury while on the job, but there are some industries that are especially dangerous. The most dangerous job in Oklahoma is the nursing home worker. About 1 in 7 employees in this job sector are hurt each year — about 2,200 injuries every year. Firefighters come in second place. AboutRead more

OU Homecoming 2016: A Sooner Tradition

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The University of Oklahoma is a special place to the attorneys at Laird Hammons Laird, and that’s why we’re proud to sponsor OU Homecoming 2016. If you walk through the Laird Hammons Laird offices, you’ll notice plenty of OU diplomas on the walls — 14 altogether. Founding partner Jeff Laird has had season tickets sinceRead more

7 Ways to Take Care of Yourself During a Legal Case

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Whether you’re involved in a civil trial or criminal proceedings, court cases evoke strong emotions, such as anxiety, fear, excitement, and impatience. Once the battle begins, the range of emotions can swing from anger and depression to victory and hope, but one thing is for certain: Nothing moves fast in the court system. Even ifRead more