The benefits of having an attorney for a wrongful death case
A person may want to work with an attorney on a wrongful death case in order to receive maximum compensation and make a point.
There are a lot of circumstances that can cause the death of people in the Oklahoma City area. These include car accidents, workplace incidents, medical errors and product malfunctions. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a death that is linked with a negligent, wrongful or willful act, and could have been prevented by different actions may be considered a wrongful death. In these situations, seeking the help of an attorney can generate several benefits.
To receive maximum compensation
When a loved one dies, it can be difficult for family members to partake in day-to-day activities. According to Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes, a person may be able to receive damages for the following:
- Pain and anguish suffered by the deceased prior to death
- Expenses related to medical bills and burial costs
- Pain and suffering of the spouse
- Grief and loss of the children or parents of the deceased
- Financial loss of spouse, children or parents because of reduced income
An attorney can help people receive the maximum compensation available. It is not uncommon for insurers to try to reduce the amount of a payout since they are in business to make money. Without legal counsel, people may agree to a settlement that is far less than what they may be entitled to. Having an attorney can level the playing field and provide families with an advocate who has the skills to handle any insurer tactics.
To send a message
Most wrongful death cases fall into the accident category. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unintentional injuries led to 136,053 deaths in 2014. In some cases, the deliberate actions of an employer or company can be responsible for a loved one’s death. Family members of the deceased may want to pursue damages as a way to send a message to the corporation, hospital or individual whose negligent actions led to the death.
For example, say an employer neglected to train his or her employees on the proper use of a forklift. Over the course of a few months, multiple injuries took place and yet this employer still did not perform any training. Eventually, an employee was injured so grievously that he or she died. The family of the deceased employee may want to take legal action simply as a way to let the employer know that his or her actions need to change.
Attorneys can petition the court to grant punitive damages, which are designed to punish companies for acts that are deliberate or wantonly negligent. Attorneys also usually have other resources they can draw on to help families prove that the company acted with deliberate disregard to people’s safety. This may include expert witnesses in the medical and science fields, or other professionals.
In the state of Oklahoma, it is not always easy to know when to pursue compensation after a wrongful death. Working with an attorney may make the entire process a little easier.