Many Oklahoma personal injury cases deal with injuries that someone suffers because of another person's negligence, recklessness or even their intentional conduct. While some injuries are severe enough to change a person's life, no loss is greater than when a person is killed by someone because of negligence or worse. If you have lost someone you love because of the actions of someone else, you need to seek the immediate help of experienced Oklahoma wrongful death lawyers. Below you'll find out why it's always better to act now than later.
Oklahoma Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations is in effect a time limit for bringing a legal claim. There are different time limits that exist under Oklahoma law for different types of cases, but the basic intent behind these time limits is that as more time passes, evidence becomes less reliable, people's recollection of events becomes less trustworthy and those who may be defendants deserve to have some amount of time pass so that they can assume that a legal situation will not arise sometime in the future.
Oklahoma Wrongful Death Claim Statute of Limitations
When the family members of a person who is killed want to file an Oklahoma wrongful death lawsuit, those family members have two years from the date of the death to file that lawsuit. If the lawsuit is filed two years and one day after the event that led to the fatality, the case will most likely be dismissed as a matter of law, even if it's abundantly clear that the would-be defendant is liable for this loss. There are limited exceptions to this rule, such as when the person who was killed was a minor at the time, but in general two years is the most amount of time that can pass between the death and the filing of the Oklahoma wrongful death lawsuit.
Therefore, if you have lost someone in an accident of some sort, you need to be sure that you are properly enforcing your legal rights. Contact the Oklahoma wrongful death lawyers at Atkins & Markoff today to schedule a free initial consultation.