It’s never easy to lose a loved one in Oklahoma. Unfortunately, your situation might be even more difficult if a loved one’s death happened due to someone else’s wrongful actions. One way to seek the damages you deserve is by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Before you do this, it’s helpful to learn about the grounds for this type of claim.
What you need to prove to file a wrongful death claim
A wrongful death claim is a type of civil lawsuit, which requires grounds. In other words, there needs to be a reason why someone feels that a wrongful death took place. To do this, you’ll need to establish two things:
- The negligence or recklessness of another party was the cause of a loved one’s death, and it wasn’t self-inflicted.
- There were measurable damages to a loved one’s surviving family members after this person passed away.
What damages can surviving family members collect?
Whether motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls accidents or other fatal incidents resulted in wrongful deaths, lawsuits allow surviving family members to claim certain damages. The most common types of damages are:
- Lost wages that a loved one would have been able to earn if they continued living
- Compensation for pain and suffering from the absence of a loved one
- Payments for medical and burial costs
- Punitive damages to punish the party responsible for a wrongful death
Surviving a loved one and struggling after their death can make anyone feel helpless. You may be able to find the help you need by contacting an attorney. An attorney might help you obtain the damages you and your family deserve.