While slip or trip and fall claims in Oklahoma may seem like open and shut cases, the fact of the matter is that they can be much more complicated than anticipated, especially when the fall happens on Native American lands. The tribes, and their insurance companies, will often become unresponsive, and corresponding with them can be time-consuming as well as confusing. But you don’t have to be alone throughout this process.
If you find yourself in a situation where you’ve fallen at a tribal owned casino, don’t go it alone. Contact the Law Offices of Griffin Reynolds & Associates. We have served the Oklahoma City community for years and have the knowledge and resources to make sure that your case is treated fairly and you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
If a patron is hurt at a casino due to negligence on the part of the tribe or its employess, premises liability laws are there to protect Oklahomans and ensure their legal rights are protected. Let us help you navigate the next steps of your case and contact your local Oklahoma law firm at 405-721-9500.
Oklahoma Premises Liability Benefits
Benefits are available on a case-by-case basis, and expenses covered may include:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering, both past and future
- Future medical care
- Lost wages
While these benefits may be helpful, they may not cover everything the injured party is entitled to and needs to recover.
If you or a loved one has been hurt at a tribal casino and needs help filing a claim or pursuing a court case, contact us today at 405-721-9500 for a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case.
Documenting Your Claim
If you’ve been injured while gaming at a tribal casino, we recommend you take the following steps to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation possible:
- Notify the casino of the injury immediately and complete an incident report
- Seek medical attention – even if the tribe’s employees or medical staffneglect to send you to the hospital, a trip to the emergency room or your personal doctor will provide vital documentation and prevent further injuries
- Write down every detail of your injury – record as much of the feeling and sensations as possible, including the details about how you received the injury
- Take photographs of the scene and of your injuries
- Schedule follow up appointments with your doctor and keep them
Most importantly, if you are injured while visiting a tribal casino, contact your local OKC law firm. Our firm has experienced attorneys licensed with the recognized Native American tribes that can help you with the claim.
Receiving Compensation in Oklahoma Tribal Casino Premises Liability Claims
The Native American Tribes and the State of Oklahoma entered into a gaming compact which allowed for the creation of the gaming centers located within our state. As part of that compact, the tribes agreed to waive their sovereign immunity from negligence liability for injuries occurring upon gaming facility premises.
According to the Compact, that immunity is waived only if certain requirements are met. Written notice of the claim must be provided to the at-fault tribe within the prescribed time period. An opportunity to evaluate the claim must be allowed, and only at the expiration of that allotted time can a lawsuit be filed. However, the suit can only be filed in the particular tribe’s district court.
Contacting a Tribal Casino Premises Liability Attorney
If you are injured due to negligent conditions at a tribal gaming center, the last thing that you should be concerned about is whether or not you can afford to pay for your recovery. The tribes have created a claim system to redress those losses and alleviate those fears. Luckily, you don’t have to go through the process by yourself when you should be focusing on your recovery. Our attorneys at the OKC Law Offices of Griffin Reynolds & Associates are here to help. Let us fight for you to ensure that you receive all the benefits and compensation you deserve.
Our attorneys have litigated Oklahoma tribal casino premises liability cases for many years and have the knowledge and experience to make sure you receive all of the compensation that you are entitled to if you are injured while gaming at a Native American gaming facility. If you’re in an accident, call us immediately for a free consultation.
Don’t Delay – find out your rights as soon as possible. Let us help you. Please contact us today for a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.