Wrongful death lawsuits are some of the most complex and unique personal injury lawsuits. These are the only types of lawsuits that allow you, the survivor, to fight for your loved one’s rights. Instead of the actual victim being able to sue for compensation, their survivors are entitled to compensation.
If you are involved in a wrongful death lawsuit, determine what damages can be awarded from the team at BDIW Law.
Why Survivors Are Entitled to Compensation
As a survivor, you have every right to fight for your loved one’s compensation. One of the main reasons is that you are the primary person affected by your loved one’s death. Your loved one may have been your spouse, child, parent, or grandparent.
They may have been the head of the household or provided significant emotional support for you. Their death may cause you to experience depression and grief for a very long time.
Because your loved one’s death could have been avoided, all responsible parties must be held accountable. A wrongful death lawsuit allows you to hold all parties responsible through financial compensation.
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Damages Caused by Your Loved One’s Death
In a wrongful death lawsuit, you can seek damages caused by your loved one’s death. Some of these damages include medical expenses, lost income, loss of inheritance, loss of consortium, burial expenses, pain and suffering and more.
Before your loved one passed, they may have needed certain medical procedures performed. They may have spent some time in urgent care or had certain surgeries performed. These medical expenses can be expensive for you and your family.
In this case, you can request compensation for your loved one’s medical treatment.
Another measurable damage you are entitled to is your loved one’s lost wages. This usually includes the income your loved one brought in before their death.
If your loved one’s income contributed to the household, it could be a serious financial blow for your family to lose that income. In some cases, you may be able to sue for your loved one’s future earnings.
Loss of Inheritance
Loss of inheritance is another financial damage that you are entitled to. This includes the present loss of whatever surviving benefits your loved one would have left to their beneficiaries. This type of damage is often rewarded to the children or spouses of the deceased.
One requirement for this damage to be rewarded is proof that the beneficiaries would have outlived the deceased.
Loss of Consortium
There are also non-monetary damages that can be awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit. Loss of consortium is one of those damages. This damage accounts for the loss of companionship and support you will face because of your loved one’s death.
Just like the loss of inheritance, loss of consortium is often rewarded to the deceased’s spouse or children. With children, losing a parent’s presence can affect them differently.
Pain and Suffering
With pain and suffering, this damage can cover a variety of pain. It can include the physical and mental anguish your loved one suffered up until their death. It can also include the emotional and mental anguish you will suffer due to your loved one’s death.
While pain and suffering is a damage that is difficult to calculate, there is a method that attorneys can use to measure this type of damage.
Another unique damage that you are entitled to is burial expenses. This is another financial damage you would not be responsible for without your loved one’s death.
These costs apply to whatever method you use to bury your loved one. It may cover caskets, burial plotting, urn fees, and embalming preparation costs.
Who Can Be Awarded Damages in an Oklahoma Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
The deceased’s children, parents, and spouses are entitled to these types of damages, as these are the beneficiaries most affected by the victim’s unfortunate death. The order of the rewards may depend on the victim’s marital status. If the victim was married at their death, their damages might first be rewarded to their spouse and children.
If the victim was not married at their death, their damages might be rewarded to their children or parents. Oklahoma law may also determine how your damages will be distributed based on the survivors.
For example, the victim’s spouse and children may suffer the most emotional trauma from a loved one’s death. They may be rewarded certain damages like loss of consortium or inheritance.
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How an Oklahoma Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Help You with a Wrongful Death Case
No party wants to be financially responsible for another person’s death. Whoever is responsible for your loved one’s death, their insurance company, and lawyers will do everything to avoid liability. When you want to ensure your loved one receives the justice they deserve, you should speak with an experienced Oklahoma wrongful death lawyer.
A wrongful death lawyer understands Oklahoma’s laws and how to use them to prove the other party’s negligence. They can also help you determine your lawsuit’s best course of action.
You are dealing with enough stress and grief during such a difficult time. Let a wrongful death attorney handle the case for you.
Providing Legal Representation with Compassion
An experienced Oklahoma wrongful death lawyer also understands what you are going through. We understand that you are still grieving the loss of your loved one. We know how to handle your wrongful death lawsuit with compassion and professionalism.
You and your family should not have to suffer financially for someone else’s negligence. At BDIW Law, we ensure that every party is held responsible for their bad actions. Our lawyers can assess your case and determine the best outcome for your family.
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When a fatal accident takes away someone you love, it can be devastating. If you want to discover how you can seek justice on behalf of your loved one, contact the attorneys at BDIW Law. Call our office or submit our contact form to schedule a free consultation.
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