Hundreds - if not thousands - of people are tragically succumbing to COVID-19-related conditions each and every day in the United States. Losing a loved one while you are prohibited to see them in the hospital only adds to the grief experienced by families in Oklahoma and throughout the U.S. Many families are receiving very little information, and they cannot gather to mourn, comfort one another, or celebrate the life of their loved ones.
Many of these patients leave behind family members who are rightfully uncertain about what exactly happened, if someone else was responsible, or if it could have been prevented. While many COVID-19 deaths will not create legal rights for families, some will. If your loved one recently lost their life to coronavirus and related complications, you have nothing to lose by discussing what happened with a compassionate Oklahoma COVID-19 death attorney.
Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits for COVID-19 Exposure
While many people are struggling with being out of work, there are still a number of Oklahomans that are considered to be essential employees and report to their workplace. This includes healthcare providers, pharmacy and grocery store workers, warehouses and manufacturing facilities, drivers, and more.
For some, the nature of their job inherently puts them at risk, such as with nurses working with coronavirus patients or first responders. For others, such as retail workers, an employer might fail to take enough precautions to prevent exposure and keep workers safe. In either case, if someone was exposed to the virus at work and passed away as a result, their surviving spouse and children might qualify for death benefits, which can provide critical financial help in an already difficult time.
Wrongful Death Claims
In a lot of situations, people cannot trace the death of a loved one from COVID-19 to a negligent party. Some people will never know where or how their loved one was exposed, and the loss will be considered to be no one’s fault. However, some families will know that their loved one’s exposure to and/or death from coronavirus should have been prevented, in which case they might have a claim for wrongful death.
There have already been some wrongful death claims filed around the country, including:
- A claim against a nursing home in Washington State where 37 people have died as of this writing
- A claim against a rehabilitation facility in Kansas where 27 people have died
- A claim against Walmart for the death of an employee whose complaints of symptoms were reportedly ignored
These are likely only the beginning of wrongful death cases filed against companies or individuals who were negligent and contributed to COVID-19 fatalities.
Learn How Our Oklahoma COVID-19 Death Attorneys Can Help
In these unprecedented times, it is difficult to know your legal rights and options after a loved one passes away from coronavirus-related causes. The law firm of BDIW Law is ready to help families in Oklahoma understand their rights and seek justice for their lost spouses, children, or parents. Contact us for a free discussion with an Oklahoma COVID-19 death claims lawyer today.