Tulsa Wrongful Death Attorneys
Seeking Justice for the Loss of Your 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 that their suffering from a long-term illness 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?
Supportive Legal Advocates in Your Time of Need
The impeccable legal professionals at Richardson Richardson Boudreaux are not only qualified and experienced in wrongful death cases, they are also compassionate. They will take the time to understand your unique circumstance with empathy and care. 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 tirelessly and aggressively to secure the compensation you deserve.
Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation today. We are ready to hear your story.
Damages You Can Recover in Wrongful Death Cases
There are two types of damages that you can pursue in a wrongful death case in the state of Oklahoma. First, you can sue for the damages incurred by the deceased that he or she could have pursued in a personal injury case. These include damages for:
- 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, a family may sue for damages that represent the burdens they are left with as a result of losing a loved one. This may involve compensation for grief and loss of companionship, as well as realistic funeral and burial costs.
Oklahoma Law Regarding Wrongful Death
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.” “Wrongful act” refers to someone’s reckless, negligent, or even intentional act that led to the individual’s death. A wrongful death case is not the same as a criminal case for murder; if the defendant is also tried for murder, the wrongful death case will have nothing to do with it. This ensures that even if the individual is found “not guilty” in the criminal court, the victim’s family can still recover compensation for their loss.
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.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in Oklahoma is the same as all personal injury cases, two years. This means you have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a claim or you may lose your right to compensation. Keep in mind, if your loved one’s death was a result of an accident the date of the accident may not be the same as the date of death.
Our Compassionate Attorneys Can Speak to You Today
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. Our preparation and dedication 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 for a free consultation.