Since 2011, I've been working on earthquake cases. It began with the Guy-Greebrier Earthquake Swarm, and with 35 households that needed legal help to go up against the big oil and gas industry.
After those cases, Sandra and Gary Ladra of Prague, Oklahoma found me and asked if I could help them.
Ms. Ladra and her family were sitting in their living room watching television when the big 5.7 earthquake hit near Prague in November of 2011. Ms. Ladra was substantially injured.
The Ladra home is an A-frame with an open living room that reaches some 25-feet into the air through the loft above. At its center was a beautiful stone fireplace and chimney. During this earthquake, the stones started falling from the chimney and fireplace ... some were over 20-feet high. One nearly hit the back of Sandra's son's head, but then landed on Sandra's knees and legs. She was rushed to the hospital and treated for her injuries.
The rocks from the chimney and fireplace are in this huge pile in their yard, and you can see there are some very big ones. Sandra and her family were very lucky that day.
Also pictured with Sandra, is my good friend and co-counsel Garvin Isaacs (past President of the Oklahoma Bar Association. He's one of the best.
Garvin and his co-counsel in earthquake cases in Oklahoma County, David Poarch (also a past President of the Oklahoma Bar Association), visited the Ladra home with me recently and in order to let the Defendants in the Ladra case to inspect to the Ladra's home.
The Ladra case is in the discovery phase, and will be the first earthquake case to be tried in Oklahoma beginning on November 27, 2017.
If you have suffered damages from these earthquakes, be sure to get good and experienced lawyers that have been working on these issues for years and years.