Wrongful death is a claim in common law jurisdictions that is filed against an individual who can be held liable for a person’s death. Under common law, a deceased individual cannot bring a suit, but modern wrongful death laws dictate that close relatives or dependents can file a wrongful death claim in order to pursue damages for the death of their loved one. When a person is killed in a car accident, in a work-related accident, or by a dangerous drug or consumer product, it isn’t only the decedent that is affected, but everyone close to him as well. Because of this, laws have been established in the United States that allow individuals to pursue legal claims after the loss of a loved one. If you have lost a spouse, parent or child in an accident in Oklahoma, contact our experienced wrongful death attorneys at Atkins & Markoff for legal help.
POSSIBLE DAMAGES RESULTING FROM AN OK WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM
Because wrongful death statutes are relatively new, they tend to vary more from state to state than other areas of personal injury law. In Oklahoma, the loved ones of a decedent can pursue the following damages with a wrongful death claim:
Medical and burial expenses – paid to the agency or person that paid them, or to the estate of the decedent if paid by the estate
Mental pain and anguish of decedent – paid to the spouse and children, or next of kin
Grief and loss of consortium (the right to help, affection, company, sexual relations) – paid to the spouse
Loss of companionship – paid to parents and children
Loss of potential earnings during expected working life – paid to children, spouse or next of kin
Possibly punitive damages, depending on the case
CONSULT AN OK WRONGFUL DEATH ATTORNEY
The wrongful death of a family member or loved one can result not only in tangible expenses like funeral and burial costs, but in a significant emotional cost as well, including pain and suffering, and loss of companionship. If you have lost a loved one in an accident in Oklahoma, contact our knowledgeable wrongful death lawyers at Atkins & Markoff to explore your compensation options. You may be entitled to significant financial reimbursement, which you can pursue by filing a wrongful death claim against the person or party found to be at fault in the decedent’s death. At Atkins & Markoff, our wrongful death attorneys are determined to protect the rights of families affected by a death, and believe in holding the responsible party liable when a family is torn apart by the negligence or deliberate misconduct of that person or party.