How to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Oklahoma City
Losing a loved one is a tragic event and when it is unexpected it can be very difficult to cope with. This is especially true if the death came about because of the negligent and reckless actions of another party. In the aftermath of a death, the thought of taking legal action may not be the first thing that comes to mind, mainly when you are still dealing with the reality of the shock of the loss. But if a person loses their life due to another party’s negligent misconduct, then certain individuals can, and should, take legal action to recoup compensation for the deadly incident. And that would be justly deserved.
If you suffered the loss of a loved one because of negligent actions by another party in Oklahoma, filing a wrongful death claim may be right for your situation. Wrongful death claims are civil actions that are meant to recoup financial compensation for damages. Wrongful death claims are not criminal actions and therefore will not result in criminal penalties.
For more information about wrongful death claims in Oklahoma, please connect with an experienced and compassionate Oklahoma City wrongful death attorney at the Putnam Law Office.
Filing an Oklahoma Wrongful Death Claim
Not just anyone can file a wrongful death claim in Oklahoma. This is largely true for most states across the nation. When it comes to who is eligible to file a wrongful death claim, each state has its own guidelines. In the Sooner State, a deceased’s personal representative can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of beneficiaries.
In situations where the deceased was proactive with estate planning and has a will, a personal representative can be named in that end-of-life document. In the absence of a will and therefore no named personal representative, the court could decide who will take on this role. Or, a surviving spouse or next of kin is allowed to file a wrongful death claim.
If your loved one died as a result of the negligence of another party, you could be confused as to what your rights are and who can file a claim. The answer will depend on the details of your situation. If you find yourself wondering what to do after a wrongful death, it is best to speak with an attorney to learn about what your options are and how to proceed with taking legal action against the party that caused your loss.
Not only can an attorney determine who has the right to file a wrongful death claim, but they can also value such a claim. An attorney can identify all qualifying damages like medical and burial expenses, loss of companionship damages, and more. Also, because an insurance company is likely going to dispute your claim or make it difficult for you to obtain maximum recovery, your attorney can negotiate with the insurance company and fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.
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Dealing with the loss of life can undoubtedly make for a very emotional and challenging time. However, when a negligent party is responsible for your loss, you may have the ability to hold them accountable for their actions.
There is a limited time to file a wrongful death claim in Oklahoma, so do not wait to call the Putnam Law Office at (405) 849-9149 and schedule a free, initial consultation with a wrongful death attorney.