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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Oklahoma?

If you have lost a loved one as the result of another’s negligence or wrongful act, you may have a right to take legal action against the responsible party. These legal actions – known as wrongful death claims – can allow you to hold wrongdoers accountable, obtain a sense of justice, and recover the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Losing a loved one in a preventable tragedy can make an already difficult experience even more traumatic. Fortunately, Oklahoma law provides you with the legal avenues to assert your rights. By filing a claim with the assistance of a compassionate Oklahoma wrongful death lawyer from Atkins & Markoff, you will have the support and experienced assistance needed to navigate a challenging and emotional legal process. Keep in mind, however, that only certain individuals are permitted to file wrongful death claims.

In order to be eligible to recover damages resulting from the death of a loved one, you must be an eligible party, or survivor. Typically, eligible family members who can file claims include surviving spouses, children, or parents. If none of these parties exist, relatives or others who were dependent on the decedent may be eligible to pursue a claim. Determining whether or not you are eligible to file a claim will depend on the unique circumstances of your situation.

When an eligible family member is able to prove that another’s negligence or wrongful act more likely than not caused their loved one’s death, courts may award compensation that includes, but is not limited to:

Costs of any medical treatment required by the victim before their death

Funeral expenses

A family’s loss of financial support

A family’s loss of emotional support

Benefits of the deceased, including pensions

At Atkins & Markoff, our Oklahoma City wrongful death attorneys make our clients, their needs, and their goals our top priorities. We work closely with families throughout the entire legal process and make ourselves available whenever they are in need. If you would like to personally discuss your case with a member of our legal team, do not hesitate to call 405-256-2606. We represent clients throughout the state of Oklahoma.