The legal concept of wrongful death may not be extremely familiar to the public mind. Most people know of homicide crimes such as murder or manslaughter, but many do not know that murder and manslaughter can also be wrongful deaths, and a wrongful death could also include a death that involved no criminal activity. The spectrum is very broad because the loss of a life is always significant. The law takes such matters very seriously.
A wrongful death simply refers to an incident in which a human being loses his or her life due to the avoidable actions of another person. If you have lost a family member due to another person’s negligent or reckless behavior, then you could recover compensation with a successful wrongful death claim. This definition refers to more than premeditated or impulse murders, but also to simple accidents such as car accidents or medical malpractice.
It is important to note that the actions responsible for the person’s death must have been avoidable or careless in some way. If you are driving down an Oklahoma interstate and another driver runs over a nail that causes his tire to explode, there is a chance that he might lose control and collide with your vehicle, killing a beloved passenger. In this instance, you would be hard-pressed to file a claim against the other driver, because it is not his fault the nail was in the road, and unless he clearly saw it and chose not to avoid it, the whole incident was a tragic, freak accident.
If you have lost a loved one to an accident in Oklahoma, whether a workplace accident, a motor vehicle accident or some other accident, please visit our webpage. We can help you analyze the circumstances and evidence of your case, helping you support your claim to recover the compensation you deserve.