Oklahoma City Wrongful Death Attorney
A major accident can have long-lasting and tragic consequences for innocent victims. In the worst cases, they can even be fatal. When they are, surviving family members are met with overwhelming grief, shock, and anxiety about the future. Sadly, instead of being able to take time to grieve and take care of one another, they are often met with a long line of financial, practical, and legal challenges.
If you have lost a loved one to another party’s reckless actions, the OKC personal injury attorneys of the Abel Law Firm understand the complex issues you are facing. We want to take on the fight for fair compensation from the party responsible so that you can focus on caring for yourself and your family. Call an Oklahoma City wrongful death attorney today at (405) 239-7046.
Do I Need A Lawyer?
The death of a loved one is a devastating, life-changing event for the surviving family members. Families need time to mourn, but sometimes the mourning process may take longer than expected. Unfortunately, a wrongful death action must be commenced within two years of the death of the victim. Moreover, wrongful death actions can be complicated, which adds to the stress for the families involved. Additionally, on the other side of a wrongful death suit is an insurance company equipped with an experienced team of attorneys who have one goal: save the company money. Fortunately, choosing the correct attorney to fight for you can make a big difference. The experienced attorneys at the Abel Law Firm will work compassionately to get you the recovery you deserve for the tragic loss of your loved one.
Why Choose Abel Law Firm?
Our six practicing attorneys at Abel Law Firm have over 130 years of combined legal experience. We use our knowledge and skill to reach the best possible outcome for our clients in all cases. In one wrongful death automobile accident case, our client received a $500,000.00 reward. Ed Abel, the senior partner of Abel Law Firm, was once named the Oklahoma City Personal Injury Litigator of the Year by Best Lawyers. He has also been selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers every year from 2007 to 2017. The other five practicing attorneys at Abel Law Firm are also backed with telling credentials that show their experience and compassion in representing our clients. We will use this experience and compassion to secure the best possible outcome in your wrongful death lawsuit.
At Abel Law Firm, we understand that wrongful death actions are about more compensation and the justice. We are here to help you in your time of need. We are your friends and neighbors in this Oklahoma City community. Our clients will attest to our compassion and understanding in helping those who have been wronged. Our focus is on helping make the community better through our legal efforts as well as volunteer work. We provide pro-bono legal representation for children through the Oklahoma Lawyers for Children non-profit organization. In addition, some of our attorneys are active contributors to Living Hope Ministries, Living Faith Ministries, and Variety Care. In our volunteer representation, we provide the same care and compassion that we provide to every one of our clients.
Wrongful Death Compensation
There is no way to truly compensate for the loss of a family member. However, a successful wrongful death claim can at least ease some of the complications your family is facing during this difficult time. Our OKC wrongful death claim attorneys can help you pursue repayment for losses such as:
- The deceased person’s financial contributions to the household
- The deceased person’s companionship, guidance, and support
- The deceased person’s benefits (pension, health insurance, etc)
- Any medical expenses related to the deceased person’s injuries
- Funeral and burial costs
You may have grounds for a wrongful death claim if you are a parent, spouse, or child of the deceased person. If he or she had no relatives of this kind, your ability to file a claim will depend on several factors. Our experienced legal staff can provide detailed information as well as efficient legal representation.
Frequently Asked Questions
The loss of someone close to you in a tragic accident is always unexpected and unthinkable. You weren’t prepared for this, nor are you prepared to move on with your life without them in it. You may have questions about your rights, how you’ll pay the medical bills or funeral costs, and how you can exist without their emotional and financial support. The attorneys of Abel Law Firm are here to provide the answers to these questions and help you take action to protect your future and your family’s future. Contact us at (405) 239-7046, fill out a contact form,
What is Wrongful Death?
Oklahoma law defines wrongful death as the death of an individual that is caused by a wrongful act or omission of another. Unfortunately, the negligent conduct can take a wide variety of forms that lead to the wrongful death of your loved one, including medical negligence, automobile accidents, and construction accidents. At Abel Law Firm, we are ready to help you determine exactly what happened, who is at fault, and what action you can take to get a measure of justice for the person you lost.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit after the death of my loved one?
Wrongful death lawsuits must be filed within two years of the death of your loved one. Unfortunately, this law does not give much time for families to properly mourn. The last thing families want is to rush a lawsuit while still in the grieving process. Fortunately, at Abel Law Firm, we understand the tragedy you have been forced to endure, and we will fight for you to get you the compensation and justice you deserve while giving you the time you need to grieve.
Who is eligible to file a wrongful death action?
In Oklahoma, the personal representative of the individual whose death was caused by the wrongful act or omission of another may bring a cause of action against the negligent party. The damages recoverable include medical and burial expenses to whoever paid these expenses, which is often the estate of the individual whose wrongful death was caused by the negligence of another. A surviving spouse is entitled to recover damages for loss of consortium, and the grief suffered because of the wrongful death of a loved one. Recovery also includes damages for the mental pain and suffering by the individual whose death was caused by the negligence of another, financial loss that considers the decedent’s occupation and earning capacity, and damages for the grief and loss of companionship of the children and the parents of the decedent. Also, the law recognizes that families of deceased loved ones are sometimes entitled to punitive and exemplary damages. A judge will determine how certain damages are to be distributed, if applicable. The law recognizes the tremendous hardship the wrongful death of a loved one can have on family, so it provides proper and fair compensation to suffering families.
Wrongful Death Statistics
According to a study by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, in 2012, about 2,300 Oklahomans died because of an unintentional injury. This accounted for a rate of about 1 in 16 deaths statewide. From 2000 to 2012, the accidental death rate in Oklahoma increased by nearly 50%. Among the leading causes of these unintentional deaths were motor vehicle crashes and falls. The negligence of another continues to cause the wrongful death of loved ones. Please contact the Abel Law Firm to get the assistance to get you through this hardship.
At Abel Law Firm, we believe that negligent parties should take responsibility for the harm they cause. This is especially true if their actions cost you the companionship and support of a beloved family member. You have the right to seek justice, and we are here to help make sure that it is delivered. Contact our Oklahoma City wrongful death lawyers at (405) 239-7046, chat with us live, or fill out a contact form on our website.