According to a Jury Verdict Research study that came out this week looking at jury verdicts from 2000 to 2006, Oklahoma would at first glance appear to be an awful place for lawyers to try personal injury cases. The median compensation award in trial in Oklahoma is $6,824 and plaintiffs receive a recovery in only 43% of personal injury cases that go to a jury. Compared to the national data, these figures are awful.
If you are an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer with a seriously injured client, does this mean you do not have a fair chance of getting a fair and meaningful recovery for your client’s injuries? I don’t think so. A full 10% of verdicts in personal injury cases in Oklahoma were for $500,000 or more. While to some extent this is comparing apples to oranges, only in 1% of motor vehicle accident cases in Maryland does the jury award more than $500,000.
This number of significant jury awards leads me to believe that Oklahoma juries may not be awarding significant damages in soft tissue injury cases or other cases where the harm may be less significant, but they will often give fair compensation to the people that really do need it the most: people who lives have been forever changed due to the negligence of someone else.