In Oklahoma, you have a maximum of two years from the wrongful death of a family member to file a lawsuit against any at-fault parties. After two years, you lose the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This means you are solely responsible for any costs associated with your loved one’s death.
The team at BDIW Law has handled many wrongful death cases in Oklahoma. If you are considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit, get in touch with us. Our team can learn about your case and answer any questions you have regarding the wrongful death statute of limitations in Oklahoma.
What a Statute of Limitations Mean Exactly
It is common to hear the phrase “statute of limitations” relative to personal injury lawsuits. A statute of limitations refers to the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. This period varies based on the state.
In the United States, the statute of limitations extends anywhere from one to six years in personal injury lawsuits. To find out the statute of limitations in a particular state, it helps to consult with an attorney. It is important to do so as soon as you deal with a personal injury to ensure you can avoid losing the opportunity to file a lawsuit.
There is a statute of limitations for wrongful death cases as well. In some states, you may receive more time to file a wrongful death lawsuit than you would seek damages in other types of cases. You can hire an attorney to help you file your wrongful death lawsuit in accordance with the statute of limitations so the case can go to trial.
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How a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Works
A wrongful death happens when a family member dies due to someone else’s negligence. This type of death can occur for many reasons, such as:
A family member can get hit by a drunk or distracted driver and die. In this instance, you can pursue damages against the negligent driver. This requires you to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver.
A truck driver can lose focus behind the wheel and cause a fatal accident. The driver and their employer may be held financially responsible for any damages in the accident. If a family member loses their life in a truck accident, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit against any at-fault parties.
A boating accident can occur in which a family member is killed. The boat driver and other parties can be held accountable if their negligence contributed to your family member’s death. You can sue any of these parties and seek damages from them in a wrongful death lawsuit.
BDIW Law has an outstanding track record in wrongful death cases and other lawsuits. Our team has received positive reviews from many clients. If you want to file a wrongful death claim in Oklahoma, we can help you do just that.
What It Takes to Request Damages in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Do not wait to seek damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. Otherwise, you risk the statute of limitations for pursuing damages will lapse. When this happens, you cannot request damages from any parties responsible for the wrongful death of a family member at a later time.
To get started with a wrongful death claim, partner with an experienced attorney. Choose a lawyer that knows the ins and outs of wrongful death law. This attorney can explain the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in detail and make sure your lawsuit is filed within a reasonable time frame.
Request an appropriate amount of damages in your wrongful death case. Your lawyer can work with you to calculate the economic and non-economic losses you have incurred due to your family member’s death. Once you and your lawyer decide on the amount of damages to request, your attorney can submit the paperwork for your lawsuit.
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Expect a Lengthy Legal Process to Resolve Your Wrongful Death Case
It is in your best interest to file your wrongful death lawsuit as soon as you can following your loved one’s death. A wrongful death case can take months or years to resolve. By filing your lawsuit right away, you can boost your chances of securing damages immediately.
Once you file your wrongful death lawsuit, the defendant may propose a settlement. If you accept a settlement, you can receive a portion of the damages you initially requested. At the same time, you lose the chance to get the most damages possible.
If you are uncertain about what to do with a settlement offer in your wrongful death case, consult with your attorney. This allows you to discuss your settlement proposal with your lawyer and weigh the offer’s pros and cons. If you decide a settlement does not meet your expectations, you can reject it and move forward with your litigation.
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Select the Right Lawyer for Your Wrongful Death Case
You may have concerns that your wrongful death claim will not be filed in alignment with the statute of limitations. To address these concerns, you can meet with a wrongful death lawyer. This allows you to share details about your wrongful death claim with an attorney and find out if this lawyer is the right choice to represent you in court.
A wrongful death lawyer allocates as much time as needed to learn about your case. The attorney then provides you with a personalized recommendation on how to proceed. If you have a compelling argument, the lawyer may encourage you to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
When your wrongful death lawsuit is filed, your attorney remains by your side throughout your litigation. Your attorney works with you to build your argument. If you have any legal questions along the way, your lawyer can answer them.
BDIW Law Can Help You with Your Wrongful Death Case
The team at BDIW Law makes it easy to file a wrongful death claim in accordance with Oklahoma’s statute of limitations. To learn more or request a free case consultation, please contact us today.
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