What is ‘Wrongful Death’?
Under Oklahoma law, a wrongful death case can be initiated when a spouse, parent, or child is fatally injured due to a motor vehicle accident, a defective product, medical malpractice, or another situation caused by someone’s careless, negligence, or wrongful conduct.
Wrongful death cases often arise from circumstances that include:
Who can File a Wrongful Death Case in Oklahoma?
Oklahoma law allows certain people who can demonstrate monetary or emotional injury to make a claim for damages. These people may include:
A wrongful death claim may also be filed by a “personal representative” of the deceased.
Damages and Compensation in Wrongful Death Cases
Compensation that may be recovered in a wrongful death claim includes money for:
The judge presiding over the wrongful death suit decides how an award for compensation recovered for pecuniary loss or loss of companionship is divided among the legally defined beneficiaries.