Wandres Law, PC provides individuals, families and businesses in Poteau with a diverse range of legal services. Our clients have come to rely on our know-how and experience in Personal Injury, Labor & Employment Law, Business Law, Civil & Commercial Litigation, as well as all forms of insurance disputes. We are passionate Oklahoma attorneys and recognize our responsibility to keep our clients informed, to ease their fears, and to be available when questions arise. We pride ourselves not only in our successes in obtaining excellent results, but also in our ability to earn the trust of our clients, and to make their experience during difficult times as positive as possible.
We believe one of our strengths is to work proactively with our clients to avoid stressful and wasteful litigation. However, if litigation becomes necessary and the gloves come off, our clients are grateful to have the firm’s reputation for success in courtrooms throughout Oklahoma, including Poteau. Whether doing battle in court or working quietly behind the scenes, we stand up to protect you and your rights, and provide you with the guidance and support you need. We invite you to learn more about our firm, our legal practice, and our attorneys, and then contact our office to schedule an appointment. Most of our new clients are referred to us by their friends, families, and other attorneys. See why so many of our clients tell their friends and family about Wandres Law, PC.
At Wandres Law, we focus on two things: Service and results. We understand that most people do not WANT to have to hire an attorney and that when they do, they reach out for our help when the stress, and often physical pain, is insurmountable. Because of this, we do everything we can to shoulder the burden, and take as much strain off of our Poteau, OK clients as possible. When you leave our office, we want you get back to your life and let us address the legal issues confronting you. Once your questions are answered and you're aware of all the important information regarding your case, we will work tirelessly on your behalf to obtain the best possible outcome for you and your family.all practice areas
We hired Patrick Wandres to help us with a car accident that was not our fault and even worse, that occurred while I was 35 weeks pregnant. It was a terrible accident and thankfully my baby and I are both ok! Patrick walked us through the process, was always quick and professional to respond to all of our questions and was able to settle with the Insurance company in a timely manner without having to take the case to court and for an amount more than we anticipated. I can confidently say that Patrick is a fantastic attorney that I would intrust any legal matters with again.
I had been handling my accident settlement alone and it eventually got to difficult to navigate by myself. I was weary about hiring an attorney, but Patrick Wandres did an outstanding job of putting my fears to rest. He is a very personable individual who is willing to take any time needed to answer all of your questions. He is easy to reach and will go out of his way to give you a timely response. He ended up settling my case for 12 times more than I was offered when I was handling the accident on my own, and he made the entire process stress free! I would recommend him to anyone in a heartbeat!
Based in Tulsa, OK, brothers and native Tulsans Patrick and Victor Wandres recognized the need for a firm that would take a unique approach to staying ahead of the opposition: Both men practiced with defense-oriented law firms before forming Wandres Law, and with their background, they strongly believe that their broad experiences and insightful outlook to every case give their clients an unparalleled advantage. That’s why Wandres Law represents both Poteau plaintiffs and defendants. Most other Poteau law firms focus solely on one side or the other. However, this lack of flexibility often leads to a loss of perspective, and an inability to calculate the opposition’s next move.
Because the Poteau, OK attorneys of Wandres Law actively work with both types of clients, we are continuously “training” ourselves to think like the attorney representing the other side – a technique that accounts for our excellent reputation, high levels of client satisfaction, and success in the courtroom. We know what motivates both plaintiffs and defendants, and that is not the kind of experience you will find at most law firms. It is, however, exactly the skill that can determine whether our clients win or lose; not just in a courtroom, but during settlement negotiations, mediations, and contract negotiations as well.About Us
While the answer to this question is complicated, one thing is clear: You should never accept a settlement offer before talking to a lawyer.
The question as to whether to settle a case is a complicated and personal one that is dependent on a variety of factors, including the strength of your case and your personal goals. Your lawyer can never decide to settle your case for you, but it’s not a bad idea to use your attorney’s experience in the field to your advantage. You can always discuss the pros and cons of settling at any time with your lawyer, who will likely have some idea as to whether you may get a better offer in the future.
Laws called statutes of limitation govern how long a person has to file a lawsuit in a given situation. Generally in Poteau, OK, the statute of limitations for personal injury actions is 2 years from the date of the incident. This means that, in most cases, you have 2 years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit in order to preserve your claim. In some cases, you may need to file a claim or lawsuit within a year, and in others, you may be able to file a lawsuit more than two years later. Check with an attorney if you aren’t certain.
Importantly, just because you may have two years to file does not mean it’s a good idea to wait to start your claim or talk to a lawyer. It’s always best to retain legal counsel as soon as you can, as it gives your lawyer plenty of time to prepare your case, and your lawyer and provide advise on how to best preserve your rights and your recovery. In addition, waiting to start your claim could result in the loss or destruction of evidence critical to the success of your case.
After a car accident, there are several things that you should do to protect your legal rights. Some of the most important include the following:
Without experience and training, it can be extremely hard to tell if you have an accident claim that you can pursue. Although who is liable for an accident can often seem straight-forward, negligence and damages are very complicated legal issues, and appropriately evaluating and presenting these damages to the at fault party or their insurance company can be difficult. For this reason, the best way to find out whether you have a claim worth pursuing is to meet with an experienced personal injury attorney for a consultation. A lawyer will thoroughly review the facts of your case and let you know whether he or she believes that you have a claim. In addition, should a lawyer agree to take your case, you can feel fairly confident that you will be able to recover compensation. This is because most personal injury attorneys in Poteau take their cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that they will only get paid if they recover on your behalf. No attorney wants to invest time and money into a losing case, so if a lawyer agrees to represent you, there’s a good chance that you have a case.
People who are injured in collisions due to the fault of another driver are entitled to compensation for their accident-related losses under Poteau, OK law. This is true both for economic damages, like medical bills, car repair costs, and lot wages, and non-economic damages like the pain and suffering you experience as a result of your accident. Examples of the specific losses that are often sought by many car accident victims include:
As a car crash victim, it’s critical to understand that you are entitled to all of your accident-related losses – even those that have not yet occurred. As a result, it’s highly advisable that you retain an attorney with the experience and resources to clearly establish the full extent of your past, current, and future losses to the insurance company or if necessary, to a jury.
It depends. Airbags are not intended to deploy in every accident. For example, your airbags shouldn’t have deployed if you were rear-ended by another driver. In cases where your airbag should have deployed but did not, you may be able to file a claim against the vehicle manufacturer or the manufacturer of the airbag. Additionally, if the airbag did deploy but was defective in a way that caused you injury, you may be able to recover as well. Airbag litigation can be extremely complicated, so if you think you may have a claim, you should certainly discuss it with an experienced personal injury attorney in Poteau as soon as you can.
If you are able to stay at the scene of the accident, it’s a good idea to gather evidence and collect information right then and there. If you are injured or think you might be, your health and safety, and the safety of your loved ones should be your first priority, so you should seek medical attention instead. There are always ways to obtain evidence about your accident after the fact, and your lawyers can certainly help you with that.
If you are able to stay at the scene, you should be sure to get the names of all of the other drivers involved in your crash. Ask them for their insurance information, and make note of the license plate numbers of the cars they were driving. Take photographs of the scene of the accident from multiple angles, paying special attention to highlight the damage to all vehicles involved, and any road conditions that may have played a role in your accident. While a police report may not be made immediately available, ask the police how and when you can obtain one. Collision reports will often fail to provide the contact information for witnesses, so it is important to ask any witnesses to the wreck for their contact information while at the scene.
Yes, you can certainly still recover damages if you were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of your accident. Depending on the circumstances, the Defendant may be prohibited from the introduction of evidence of the non-use as a seatbelt in a civil lawsuit, which means that the defendant may not be able to even raise the issue at all. In order to recover compensation, however, you do need to be able to show that the crash was the result of someone else’s negligence. Common examples of driver negligence that can lead to serious car accidents include speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, and failing to follow traffic laws. The best way to find out whether negligence caused your wreck is to have the facts of your case reviewed by a Poteau car accident lawyer.
It should be noted that although the fact that you were not wearing your seatbelt at the time of an accident doesn’t prevent you from being a claim, you should, of course, wear one every time you are in a motor vehicle. Not only is wearing a seatbelt the single most effective way to reduce your risk of sustaining serious injuries in an accident, but it is also the law.
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