Wrongful Death Cases in Lawton
After a tragedy, we will fight for your family
After a fatal accident, it can be difficult to know what to do next.
Your life has been flipped upside down. Just figuring out how to get through the day may be a challenge right now. The last thing you need is to deal with insurance companies and legal proceedings on your own.
Hoover Rogers Law, LLP can handle the legal aspects of your loss. Our attorneys are compassionate and responsive, and our team is dedicated to justice for your lost loved one. We will fight hard to get you answers, accountability, and closure.
What is a wrongful death lawsuit?
In Oklahoma, a wrongful death is a death caused by negligence, medical malpractice, or intentional harmful acts. For instance, if your loved one died in a fatal car accident, a slip and fall on dangerous premises, or any other incident caused by someone else’s carelessness, that is a wrongful death. A wrongful death claim is a civil action taken against the party or parties responsible for your loved one’s death.
When someone dies in an accident, the action may seem criminal. Indeed, criminal charges may be brought by the State of Oklahoma in connection with the same death. But a person does not need to be charged with or convicted of a crime for you to file a wrongful death lawsuit against them. Civil and criminal cases are separate, and the burden of proof is lower in civil courts.
In criminal cases, the specific elements of a crime must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, but in civil court, you only have to prove that the person was responsible for the death by a preponderance of the evidence (essentially, more likely than not).
Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Oklahoma?
In the Sooner State, wrongful death actions can only be brought by the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate. If your loved one had a will, the personal representative should be named in the will. If your loved one died without a will (intestate), or if the personal representative named in the will is unable or unwilling to serve, the probate court will appoint one.
Damages in wrongful death claims in Oklahoma
Through a wrongful death action, you may be able to get damages (financial compensation) for:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical services for your loved one’s final injury or illness
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of income
- Replacement services
- Loss of companionship and guidance
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
No amount of money can replace your loved one, but recovering compensation can help your family move forward. Our goal is to help you maintain your quality of life and care for the people left behind. There’s also a measure of closure that comes from holding someone else definitively responsible for the death.
Lawton wrongful death attorneys who stand up for families
Even if it seems obvious who is at fault in a fatal accident, it is important for you to consult with a lawyer right away. Reckless people don’t often readily take responsibility for the death of another. Hoover Rogers Law conducts deep accident investigations to get the evidence you need for a strong case.
Our attorneys are compassionate in dealing with families and aggressive in pursuing justice. We don’t let insurance companies get away with profiting off tragedy. We fight for accountability and fair compensation.
Contact us to schedule a free wrongful death case evaluation at our Lawton office. We can explain how the law applies to your situation, the potential value of your claim, and your legal options. There’s no cost and no pressure, just answers.
Don’t delay. There is a statute of limitations on wrongful death actions. Call, email, or chat with us online to schedule your free case evaluation.