When a loved one dies due to someone else’s careless or irresponsible behavior, it can be infuriating and frustrating. At the office DODD HENRY, we know that the pain of losing a loved one will never quite go away, and no amount of financial compensation can replace the person who you’ve lost.
Unfortunately, when someone dies unexpectedly, they may be the primary breadwinner for the household, or they may be a homemaker responsible for caring for young children. There are unpleasant yet very real consequences when someone dies without warning. Oklahoma law provides specific legal rights to the surviving loved ones in these situations.
WHAT IS A WRONGFUL DEATH?
Wrongful death can happen in many ways. The law regards a wrongful death as one that is caused by either an intentional act of wrongdoing (homicide, manslaughter, etc.) or an act of negligence or recklessness. Common causes of wrongful death are:
WHO CAN BE COMPENSATED FOR WRONGFUL DEATH?
In general, the surviving spouse, children, or parents can be compensated for the death of a loved one. However, there are options for other close relatives in certain situations. The wrongful death laws in Oklahoma create separate rights for loved ones, and the estate. Therefore, there are often multiple claims to be brought for the death of a loved one.
After a wrongful death in Oklahoma, you and your family will normally only have 2 years from the date of death to bring a lawsuit against those you believe are responsible. If you fail to do so in time, you will forever lose your right to recover.
For this reason, it’s extremely important to talk to a skilled wrongful death lawyer in Oklahoma right away. Whether you decide to move forward with your case or not, having the knowledge and information upfront will help you and your loved ones make an informed decision. Often this provides peace of mind.
TYPES OF COMPENSATION AVAILABLE FOR WRONGFUL DEATH IN OKLAHOMA
Compensation can include:
In some cases, you may be able to recover additional compensation for punitive damages. Where permitted they are used to punish wrongdoers and discourage future bad behavior.
CALL DODD HENRY TODAY
Roger Dodd is well known in the legal community as a leading lawyer. For more than 20 years, he’s been a board certified trial lawyer and written numerous treatises on civil litigation. If you need aggressive legal representation to fight for justice, count on the office of DODD HENRY to help recover compensation for you and those you love. Call us to schedule your own free consultation today. There’s never any fee for the call, and you owe us nothing unless we recover compensation on your behalf.