If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to receive compensation through a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim is generally brought by either the appointed Executor of the decedent’s estate pursuant to the will or an Administrator of the Estate, frequently a spouse or child of the decedent. You need an experienced wrongful death lawyer to represent you in your loved one’s wrongful death case.
Wrongful death cases can result from just about any type of personal injury case, including:
- Medical malpractice
- Car accidents
- Bus accidents
- Truck accidents
- Boating accidents
- Accidents on the property of another
- Construction accidents
- Defective products
A Complex Area of Law
Wrongful death claims are highly complex and require the assistance of a skilled, experienced wrongful death lawyer. There are many factors that contribute to the value of your claim, and your lawyer must know how to accurately calculate your damages. Bradford & Albert work closely with economists and financial analysts who can provide expert witness testimony demonstrating the value of your claim.
Oklahoma wrongful death laws also have strict provisions about the types of damages that can and can’t be recovered. There are generally three types of damages recoverable in wrongful death cases – pecuniary loss, loss of affection and companionship, and conscious pain and suffering of the decedent. Pecuniary loss refers to economic losses suffered due to the untimely passing of the decedent and include but are not limited to:
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of household services
- Loss of parental guidance
- Funeral expenses
Damages for loss of affection or companionship may include grief by a spouse and loss of love and affection, and grief and loss of companionship by the children and parents of the decedent.
Damages for mental pain and anguish suffered by the decedent are permitted for the period experienced prior to death.
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