By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Professional Services | Issue: August 2009
Lawyer Mark Bransford will give you one-on-one personal attention.
Mark Bransford, attorney at law, takes pride in helping injured Oklahomans, because he knows they are at a disadvantage when it comes to personal injury claims. “I see it as David versus Goliath,” says Bransford, “with me as David helping people to get what they deserve for injury claims.”
“Insurance companies are slow to pay or do not pay at all, which puts people at a disadvantage, especially if they are living paycheck to paycheck,” says Bransford. “Insurance companies know this, and they want people to settle as quickly as possible before they talk to a lawyer.” If injured parties choose not to consult with and hire a lawyer to represent them, however, they are at a huge disadvantage, according to Bransford. “Often individuals try to handle matters themselves but learn it is a lot of work,” he explains.
Although it is a lot of work, Bransford has dealt with insurance adjustors and defense lawyers for 22 years and knows how to value a case fairly. He will get you the money you deserve for your damages.
“Many times my clients have tried to handle the case themselves and become frustrated,” he says. “They might be out of work and can’t pay their bills, and then they will come to me. Most of the time I can help, but sometimes they have done more damage than good and I have to really work some magic to salvage the case.”
Bransford also believes it is important for someone who has a personal injury case to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after getting injured. His firm deals with auto and truck accidents, work injuries, medical negligence, wrongful death, motorcycle accidents, and uninsured or underinsured motorists.
Concerning automobile insurance, Bransford advises individuals to get medical pay benefits in their policy. “It covers you and other people injured in your car, no matter who is at fault. It is inexpensive but very useful if you are injured. Individuals should also get uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage for their own vehicle, because a lot of Oklahoma drivers are uninsured.”
By Oklahoma law, motorists are required to carry a minimum of $25,000 liability insurance on an automobile. “If you are involved in an accident that requires hospitalization, $25,000 is probably not going to cover your medical bills,” he adds. “It is important that you protect yourself.”
According to Bransford, 98 percent of his clients are happy when their case is resolved. Maybe that’s because Bransford enjoys what he does. “I like getting my clients the proper monetary damages that they are entitled to. It is very rewarding.”
Many people think that just because you hire a lawyer, you are going to sue someone and have to go to court. According to Bransford, however, most cases – 95 percent – are settled out-of-court. “It can get expensive if we have to go to court,” he adds, “but we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit to get the proper results.”
Mark Bransford & Associates have the resources to take on the big insurance companies. “You don’t have to stress. I do all of the work, and you just have to sit back and heal.”
After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.