The unexpected death of a loved one is never easy, but it can be especially difficult for families who have lost someone as a result of wrongdoing or negligence.
As family members recover from their shock and grief, many questions begin to surface: How did this happen? Can we hold someone responsible? How will we replace the lost income? Who will take care of the children? Do we have any rights?
If you have lost a family member and believe that another person may be responsible, you could be entitled to compensation for your loss.
At the law offices of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings, our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to fighting for justice with passion, integrity, and grit. We can help you pursue legal action against those responsible for your loss, and will hold wrongdoers accountable.
What Is A Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death is one which is caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another person or entity. Wrongful death lawsuits are civil matters and not criminal cases. While a person found liable for a wrongful death in a civil lawsuit may be ordered to pay compensation to the family of their victim, he or she cannot be sent to jail through the civil case.
Wrongful death lawsuits are common after accidents where someone was careless or reckless. These cases are normally filed after car accidents, construction accidents caused by unsafe work conditions, or deaths caused by defective products. Wrongful deaths dont have to be accidental, however; O.J. Simpson was famously found civilly liable for wrongful death of his wife and her friend. Indeed, sometimes, like in the OJ Simpson case, and in cases involving drunk driving, there can be both a civil case and a criminal case.
Who Can Sue For Wrongful Death?
In both Texas and Oklahoma, the immediate family members of a person killed in an accident are usually able to file a lawsuit for wrongful death. This includes the spouse, parents, or children of the victim. Other relatives, like siblings or grandparents, typically do not have the right to sue for wrongful death.
Recovering from a Wrongful Death
Dealing with the sudden death of a loved one causes obvious emotional trauma. What families may not realize is that the financial effects of the loss of a family member can affect the family for years. The attorneys at Stephens, Anderson & Cummings understand that families dealing with an unexpected death need to be compensated for the expenses of a funeral, medical treatment prior to death, and the lost income the family member would have contributed.
The attorneys at Stephens, Anderson & Cummings have won these types of damages for many wrongful death clients, as well as compensation for lost companionship and punitive damages meant to punish the person who caused the accident. We will fight to get your family the money it needs to survive after the wrongful death of a loved one.
Experienced, Knowledgeable Wrongful Death Attorneys
At Stephens, Anderson & Cummings, our results speak for themselves. Our Texas and Oklahoma wrongful death attorneys have represented many families just like yours, who need support after the devastating loss of a wrongful death. We know that families are suffering, which is why we offer a free consultation with an attorney who will discuss the merits of your claim.
We never ask for up-front fees, and you only pay if we obtain a recovery on your behalf.