Tulsa Wrongful Death Attorneys Who Take Your Case Seriously
You can count on us to be there for you
Losing a loved one can be overwhelming under normal circumstances. But if your family member died because of someone else's reckless or negligent behavior, the flood of emotions can be powerful. Frustration, anger and confusion are just some of the feelings you might be experiencing now.
We understand what you're going through, and we want to help. That's because our attorneys have been there for others during this difficult time. We know how complicated and confusing everything can be for family members. We want to put our knowledge and experience to work for you.
Our lawyers at Lawter & Associates, PLLC understand how the legal system works here in Tulsa. That's because we've been doing this work for more than 40 years. Experience matters - and so does your case.
After the death of loved one, you have two years to take legal action in Oklahoma. That might seem like a long time, but building a wrongful death case can be a lengthy process. And the longer you wait, the harder it often becomes for us to find evidence to support your claim.
Wrongful death cases we handle
Wrongful death is a legal term used to describe a fatal accident caused by someone else's reckless or negligent actions. That definition can cover a wide range of fatal accidents. But some of the most common ones we regularly handle involve:
- Fatal car accidents caused by another driver
- Fatal pedestrian accidents
- Medical malpractice cases
- Nursing home abuse and neglect cases which result in death
- Other fatal motor vehicle accidents (trucks, motorcycles, etc.)
We know how difficult this time in your life must be for you. That's why we urge you to talk to us as soon as possible. We can help you cut through all the red tape so you can focus on what really matters - grieving the loss of your loved one.
What expenses are covered?
If someone’s actions (or inaction) resulted in the death of a loved one, you should be eligible to receive financial compensation for all expenses due to their loss, including:
- Medical bills
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs
- Funeral expenses
In addition, you deserve to receive compensation intended to replace income your family member could have earned in the future if they had survived. This often includes lost future income and replacement income if they could not work before their death due to their injury. In addition, you may also be eligible for compensation for pain and suffering in certain circumstances. An experienced attorney can discuss all these issues with you and help you decide what approach makes the most sense for you.
Who can take legal action after a wrongful death?
Under Oklahoma law, only certain people can take legal action in response to a fatal accident caused by someone else’s actions. Immediate family members can often file a lawsuit or take other legal action in response to the negligent actions or reckless behavior of another person or persons. This includes:
- Spouse (husband, wife)
- Parent (mother, father)
- Sibling (sister, brother)
- Children of the deceased
In addition, Oklahoma law allows the official representative of the deceased (often, the executor of someone’s will) to file a lawsuit or take other legal action on behalf of the loved one’s beneficiaries, which often includes immediate family members.
In most cases in Oklahoma, the deceased’s assets go to their closest relatives. This is due to Oklahoma’s “intestate succession” laws. These laws also outline exactly how much certain relatives receive. However, the intestate succession laws can be very complicated, particularly if the deceased did not have will at the time of their death. That’s why it’s important to talk with a lawyer as soon as possible.
How does the legal process work?
If a loved one dies due to someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior in Oklahoma, there are several steps you often need to take in order to obtain the financial compensation your family deserves for your loved one’s loss.
In general, you need to provide evidence that at-fault party’s actions (or inaction) resulted in your loved one’s death. This evidence can cover a wide range, including:
- The driver who caused the fatal crash was speeding or intoxicated.
- The surgeon who operated on your loved one failed to follow standard medical protocols.
- The nursing home where your loved one died had unsanitary conditions which resulted in a fatal infection.
Often, your attorney will conduct an independent investigation to find the evidence you need to prove the at-fault party was liable (legal term for responsible) for your loved one’s death. Your lawyer can then help you file a lawsuit. if necessary, in the appropriate state or federal court in Oklahoma.
Just keep in mind that you only have two years from the date of your loved one’s death in most cases to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Oklahoma. If you miss that deadline (known as the statute of limitations) you could miss your only opportunity to obtain the financial compensation you rightfully deserve.
How we can help your family
Facts build strong legal cases. That's why our attorneys will get straight to work investigating your loved one's death. Sometimes, this involves examining accident reports. Other times, we carefully review inspection records. We also regularly consult with accident reconstruction experts to find out exactly what happened.
We then often present this information to the insurance company representing the person or company who caused the fatal accident. Often, insurance companies agree to negotiate with us. If not, we're prepared to take them to court on your behalf.
Lawter & Associates, PLLC
6450 S Lewis Avenue #100
Tulsa, OK 74136
Phone: (918) 496-9577