Compassionate Wrongful Death Attorney Serving Tulsa & Broken Arrow Families
If you have lost a family member due to someone’s negligent actions, we understand you must be feeling very angry and cheated. No one should have to experience the grief of losing a loved on because someone else acted recklessly. Principal attorney Matthew Riggin promises to hold those responsible for this tragedy accountable so that you can secure the justice and closure you deserve.
What Constitutes a Wrongful Death?
Each state’s wrongful death statute differs, but in Oklahoma it is defined as “when the death of one is caused by the wrongful act of another.” A “wrongful act” is further defined as any negligent, reckless, or intentional action that results in the death of someone else.
Examples of wrongful deaths include, but are not limited to:
- Distracted & drunk driving accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Lethal assault & battery
- Dangerous property conditions
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Unlike some other states that allow virtually any immediate family member to file a wrongful death claim, Oklahoma defers the choice to whomever is named as the deceased’s “personal representative” named in their estate plan. This is often a family member, but does not need to be. If no such person was designated, family members can petition the court to appoint them to this position.
Why File a Wrongful Death Claim?
We understand that some people may choose to move on and not revisit the pain a legal entanglement might cause in the wake of such horrific circumstances. That said, we have found that doing so can significantly help the family’s emotional state by claiming a sense of justice from the responsible parties. Many also report a sense of closure.
Furthermore, filing a wrongful death lawsuit often results in monetary damages to the family, which can help pay for funeral arrangements and the loss of the deceased’s contribution to their household income. We are here for you no matter what.