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Jurisdiction, Statute of Limitations, and other Legal Matters

A personal injury claim is filed in the jurisdiction where the accident or injury occurred. It should be in a court that has the legal authority to make binding decisions regarding the case. It can also be filed in a court where either the injured person or the person at-fault resides.

If you have been injured within the state of Oklahoma, you have two years from the date of the accident to file for a personal injury claim. On its website, the Abel Law Firm says that claimants should be wary of this statute of limitations, because the court will not accept personal injury claims that have expired their statute of limitations, and thus legal right for compensation or damages will be forfeited.

Many people who have been injured may be hesitant to file for a personal injury claim because they believe it would require them to go to trial. However, a great majority of personal injury claim does not event reach court, and many parties tend to have a settlement agreement after evaluating the damages and negotiating a fair compensation. Even if both parties will not agree with the settlement, there will be other options such as mediation that would call for the assistance of a third party, probably an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer or other person of authority to preside and help resolve the dispute and reach an agreement.

As a last resort, the claim can lead to a lawsuit where it will be the judge who will decide the outcome of the case. This would mean that the case will be put on trial, where the lawyers of both parties would have to present their side of the case through evidence and witnesses. The judge will then be the one who will decide on the amount of compensation based on the facts put forth during the trial.