Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim?

If you've lost a loved one to an untimely death, you know that many feelings accompany this loss, including anger, grief, helplessness, shock, pain and stress. The worst part of this kind of loss may be living with the fact that it could have been prevented. You may also wonder if the responsible parties can be held accountable through a lawsuit. The Oklahoma attorneys at Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst stand with clients facing these tragic circumstances.

In Oklahoma, you have two years in which to bring a lawsuit against the negligent parties. So it is important to speak with an attorney about your wrongful death case as soon as possible.

Who Can File A Claim?

According to the Oklahoma Statute for Wrongful Death, the personal representative of the person who dies may file an action for wrongful death. If the personal representative has also passed away, then that person's personal representative may file suit.

In Oklahoma, the law is very specific about who qualifies as a personal representative and who can make wrongful death claims. Often this person is the surviving spouse of the decedent or the children or next of kin. A lawyer can help you navigate the statutes and determine the best way to proceed.

Holding Those Responsible Accountable

The wrongful death attorneys at Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst have won tens of millions of dollars in settlements for clients who lost loved ones due to wrongful death. Settlements can include many things such as medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of consortium and lost future wages.

We assist clients who've lost family members due to motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice cases, workplace injuries and other causes. We believe in holding people accountable for their negligence when they cause serious injuries and loss of life.

Arrange A Consultation With Experienced Attorneys

Please contact our Oklahoma City law office to arrange a free consultation about your loss. We can be reached at our Edmond offices during normal business hours at 800-539-0652, or you can email us anytime to request a consultation. We stand with our clients during their difficult times of loss. We'll stand with you, too.