Tulsa Wrongful Death Attorneys
Seek Justice for the Wrongful Death of a Loved One
It is a tragic day when someone close to us passes away. Often, the only comforting thing is knowing that the person died of natural causes, or, if he or she suffered from a long-term illness, that suffering has ended. The reality difficult for most to grasp is when someone must leave this life before their time, and even worse, if the death is caused by an intentional act or by carelessness or negligence. What do you do in the midst of loss, when someone you love is taken due to another person’s careless actions?
The impeccable legal professionals at Richardson Richardson Boudreaux are not only qualified and experienced in wrongful death cases, they are also compassionate and understanding of your unique and emotional situation. Our trusted Tulsa wrongful death lawyers will be respectful of your family’s time of grief, while also working aggressively to achieve answers and the compensation you rightly deserve for your pain, suffering, and loss.
Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation today. We are ready to hear your story.
Oklahoma Wrongful Death Law
Oklahoma Statutes Chapter 12, Section 1053 defines a wrongful death as an incident “when the death of one is caused by the wrongful act of another.” The “wrongful act,” which leads to the deceased person’s fatality may have been caused by intentional, reckless, or negligent actions on the part of the defendant. Wrongful death actions are separate from criminal charges and neither bears any weight on the other. That means is that even if a person is acquitted of murder, the victim’s family can sue them in a civil court for wrongful death.
Oklahoma legislation permits the “personal representative” of the departed person’s estate to submit a wrongful death claim to court. The personal representative both represents the deceased and also the beneficiaries or heirs of the deceased. This person can be appointed according to the deceased’s will or estate plan or can be appointed by the court. This is the person who will be eligible to file a wrongful death claim.
Damages for Wrongful Death Cases
Wrongful death claims are civil lawsuits. The personal representative of the departed person’s estate must file them, and responsibility for wrongdoing is measured exclusively in terms of financial damages.
There are two ways damages can be sought in the state of Oklahoma. First, there are damages incurred by the deceased, which he or she could have pursued in a personal injury case had death not occurred. These involve:
- Pain and suffering which took place between the time of final injury or illness and the death
- Forfeiture of income or benefits the deceased should have earned if he or she had lived
Secondly, there are damages that can be sought that represent burdens left to loved ones in the deceased’s absence. This may involve damages for losses like grief and loss of companionship, and realistic funeral and burial costs.
Oklahoma Wrongful Death Attorneys
At Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, we handle each case as if we are preparing to go to trial so we can maximize the money recovered for our clients. This enables us to acquire greater settlements and bigger jury verdicts. Many lawyers are concerned with their own paycheck, but we keep your case from beginning to end and only ask for compensation once we reach justice on your behalf.
The advocacy you and your loved ones deserve is just a phone call away. Call us at (918) 347-6456 today.