No one should have to face the loss of a loved one due to the negligent actions of another party. In legal terms, this is called wrongful death, and unfortunately, many families suffer through this traumatic experience. Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC assists grieving families by providing legal representation to secure the financial help and compensation they deserve. A monetary award cannot right a wrong, but it can help you cope with your loss. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about filing a wrongful death lawsuit with our Oklahoma City, OK, firm.
The loss of a loved one can have far-reaching effects for every member of the family. The devastation is emotional as well as financial. The family may suffer a long-term loss of income, loss of companionship and household support, as well as grief, shock, and ongoing psychological trauma.
In Oklahoma, wrongful death is defined simply as a death caused by the wrongful act of another. The act can be intentional, reckless, or merely negligent. State laws differ regarding civil claims for wrongful death, but Oklahoma recognizes the impact a fatal accident has on the extended family. In many states, damages for loss of a loved one are recoverable only by the spouse and children of the victim, but in Oklahoma, compensation can also be recovered by the parents of the deceased. This is true whether the victim was a child or an adult at the time of death.
In Oklahoma, wrongful death is defined simply as a death caused by the wrongful act of another. The act can be intentional, reckless, or merely negligent.
There are many types of fatal accidents that may involve negligence or reckless disregard for safety. It is the attorney’s job to determine who or what was to blame for the accident, whether it was a person, a piece of equipment, or a prescription drug. Common causes for wrongful death include:
For more than three decades, the Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC has been providing compassionate legal help to families suffering in the aftermath of a wrongful death. We are dedicated to pursuing justice on behalf of victims. Our attorneys aggressively take on large insurance companies and other formidable opponents, and have attained multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients.
The statute of limitations for a wrongful death case in Oklahoma is two years, which means the case must be filed in court within two years of the date of death. In Oklahoma, wrongful death damages can be sought in two separate categories: on behalf of the deceased person and on behalf of surviving family members. The first category includes damages from the period prior to the death, meaning the victim's pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages attributable to the accident. The family is entitled to pursue additional damages for their losses, and these might include compensation for grief, loss of companionship and support, and funeral and burial expenses.
To help even the playing field for plaintiffs, we take cases on a contingency basis. This means you will not have to worry about out-of-pocket legal fees. We earn our fees when we obtain a settlement or jury award for you. We have an extensive network of resources and years of experience, and you can count on us to obtain the best possible outcome for your case. We encourage our grieving clients to focus on healing and rebuilding while they leave the insurance representatives and legal issues to us.
If your family has suffered a wrongful death due to the actions of another party, we share your outrage and offer our sincere sympathy. Contact Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC today for a free initial consultation.