Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things in life, but losing a loved one due to the negligence of another party is even more difficult. Although compensation from a lawsuit can’t bring a family member back, it can help your family survive a period of intense hardship. Pursuing a lawsuit is not emotionally easy, but the financial stability you stand to regain can help you cope with the loss. Talking to an experienced Oklahoma injury lawyer is the first step to assessing your case and seeing what damages you can recover.
Compensation that is recoverable in a wrongful death suit includes concrete damages such as medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, and loss of future earnings, as well as the more subjective pain and suffering, grief and loss of companionship compensation.
Exacerbating circumstances often allow the plaintiff to receive additional compensation. Fear of impending death is a valid claim when the decedent was aware of a fatal event but could not stop the situation. If the decedent was a younger individual whose life and earnings potential were cut short, the plaintiff can receive benefits that equal the decedent’s estimated future earnings. This can help your surviving family members lead a more economically comfortable life through the loss.
Courts also consider whether a person suffered severe injuries and later died after a period of prolonged pain. Here, a survival action claim may be filed along with the wrongful death complaint.
Don’t let emotions prevent you from doing the right thing. Contact our Oklahoma injury attorneys to get the justice that you deserve and the compensation to help you manage.