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If you have suffered the loss of a loved one through someone else’s recklessness or negligence, you may have a wrongful death claim under Oklahoma law. While it is difficult to think about litigation in your grief, you have been injured by the death of your loved one. In addition to the heavy emotional toll a death brings, wrongful death can have a significant financial impact, as well. There are medical bills, funeral expenses, and even day-to-day expenses which may be difficult to meet with the loss of your loved one’s income. An experienced Oklahoma wrongful death lawyer can help you recover the financial losses and hold the negligent party responsible for his or her role in your loved one’s death. Contact an Oklahoma wrongful death attorney immediately--a delay can hinder your case or even cause you to lose your right to reparation. The compassionate, committed attorneys at Lawter & Associates, PLLC, in Oklahoma City and Tulsa can help bring compensation to you and your family.
Wrongful Death FAQ’s
Q: What is a wrongful death lawsuit?
A: When someone is killed through another person’s negligent, careless, reckless, or deliberate act, the deceased is not the only person who was harmed. The family of the victim suffers a tremendous emotional toll at the loss of their loved one, and may also be financially devastated by the loss.
Q: Who can sue for wrongful death?
A: Each state defines the beneficiaries allowed to bring a wrongful death suit. In many states, including Oklahoma, only the surviving spouse or children are allowed to bring suit. If the wrongful death is that of a child, the child’s parents may sue.
Q: Is there anyone who cannot be sued for wrongful death?
A: In Oklahoma, one family member cannot sue another family member for wrongful death.
Q: How are damages determined in a wrongful death lawsuit?
A: Damages can be very difficult to calculate. Generally, survivors will sue for compensation for medical bills and burial expenses of the deceased. Because family members may have depended on their loved one for financial support, the deceased’s earnings and estimate of future earnings is considered when calculating damages. Additionally, the survivors will suffer emotional pain at the loss of their loved one, and damages can be assessed for their suffering. The complexities of these calculations make it important that you work with an experienced Oklahoma wrongful death lawyer.
Q: How long do I have to file a wrongful death lawsuit?
A: In Oklahoma, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death suit is within two years of the date of death. Although you have up to two years to file a wrongful death claim, it is important that you speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to understand and protect your rights.
Q: Is there a difference between murder and wrongful death?
A: Murder is a charge brought by the government in a criminal case where the prosecution aims to punish the person for his or her crime. Wrongful death is a civil case, in which the survivors seek recompense for their loss. In a criminal case, the defendant is “innocent until proven guilty,” and that guilt must be proven “beyond a reasonable doubt.” In a civil case, however, the proof is much more lenient. A person’s responsibility for the death of another must only be proven by “a preponderance of the evidence.” In other words, it is more likely than not that the death was caused by the defendant’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional action.
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