Dealing with a death of a loved one is never easy, but it’s especially difficult if the death was unexpected and premature. Filing for a wrongful death claim is the best way to seek closure through justice. But, unless you’ve previously dealt with a wrongful death case, you might not know exactly what you can seek compensation for in regards to damages — a wrongful death lawyer can help with your situation. We’ll go over a few of the common damages you may be entitled to compensation for in this blog post, and how hiring a wrongful death lawyer can help.

At The Edwards Law Firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma, our wrongful death lawyers are well versed in wrongful death cases, and they can help you determine if you have a legitimate wrongful death claim and, if so, provide you with top-notch legal representation. If you believe you and your family could benefit from our legal services, contact us today.

Here are five common damages when a wrongful death lawyer could help you be awarded compensation from a court of law for your wrongful death case.

1. In the case where a child dies.

This is the most unfortunate situation for a wrongful death case that never gets any easier for our wrongful death lawyers. You can seek several compensation options for your loss of a child at the negligence of another individual or entity, including the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Burial expenses
  • Loss of anticipated services and support
  • Destruction of a parent and child relationship
  • Loss of money the parents or guardians spent to raise the child, including support, maintenance and education
  • Loss of companionship and love of the child  

2. For punitive or exemplary damages.

This ultimately means your wrongful death lawyer can help you seek damages to ensure the same situation doesn’t happen again to another individual. Punitive means “for punishment” and exemplary means “to make an example of someone,” so if your particular situation called for deterrence in the future, a judge may opt for this type of compensation.

3. For medical and burial expenses.

Unfortunately, it costs money for a proper burial, and we all know medical costs aren’t generally affordable to most of the population in Oklahoma and across the United States. These are also Domino reactions to the wrongful death of your loved one — you didn’t plan for these costs in your everyday, normal budget.

If you keep the receipts and documentation for these costs, courts can potentially award you the monetary value of these expenses back.

4. Loss of consortium.

“Loss of consortium” is the legal way of saying “the grief of a surviving spouse.” If your loved one is wrongfully taken away from you, no amount of money could ever replace them. But in a court of law, you can be financially awarded for the benefits you become deprived of when you lose your spouse.

5. For the mental suffering of your deceased loved one.

Oftentimes, in the case of a wrongful death, your loved one likely suffered some sort of mental pain or anguish before their passing. The duration and severity of that varies on a case-to-case basis, but a wrongful death lawyer can help you decipher the maximum amount of compensation for your loved one’s suffering.

Schedule A Free Case Evaluation With A Wrongful Death Lawyer Today

If you believe you could benefit from the help of a wrongful death lawyer, you’ve come to the right place. At The Edwards Law Firm in Tulsa, our attorneys believe in seeking justice for those who don’t have their own expert legal knowledge, and for those who are going through extremely difficult times at no fault of their own — or their loved one’s, in this case.

No matter your personal injury claim, we offer free case evaluations so you don’t have to feel intimidated about upfront costs or about approaching a personal injury attorney in Tulsa. For more information about our legal services or to schedule a case evaluation today, there are several ways to reach out to our team.

You can call us at (918) 221-0516 or at our toll-free number at (888) 600-9836 during business hours, or you can fill out our online form at your best convenience. We look forward to hearing from you.