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Wrongful Death

Wrongful death refers to a situation in which a person’s death is caused by the negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions of another party. [1] This can occur in various circumstances, such as car accidents, medical malpractice, workplace accidents, defective products, or criminal activities.

When a wrongful death occurs, the surviving family members or beneficiaries may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. The purpose of such a lawsuit is to seek compensation for the damages suffered as a result of the deceased person’s death.

If you have recently experienced the devastating loss of a loved one due to wrongful death, we are here to help. Contact our wrongful death lawyers in Gresham, Oregon today to schedule a free consultation.

We are here to support you every step of the way and fight for your rights. 

Causes of Wrongful Death Cases

Many types of personal injuries can result in an unexpected death due to negligence or violence. Here are some common types:

Negligence-based Cases:

  • Car Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Premises Liability
  • Workplace Accidents

Intentional acts:

  • Homicide
  • Assault
  • Hate Crimes

Product liability:

  • Defective Products
  • Pharmaceutical Drugs
Causes of Wrongful Death Cases

Compensatory Damages for Victims of Wrongful Death

Wrongful damages are designed to put the affected parties in the position they would have been in if the wrongful death had not occurred. They can typically be categorized into economic and non-economic damages:

Economic Damages:

  • Medical Expenses: This includes the costs of medical treatment and care the deceased person received before their death.
  • Funeral and Burial Expenses: The costs related to the funeral and burial services for the deceased.
Compensatory Damages for Victims of Wrongful Death

Non-Economic Damages:

  • Loss of Income: The income that the deceased person would have earned if they had lived, including potential future earnings.
  • Loss of Consortium: Compensation for the loss of companionship, support, and intimacy as the result of a spouse’s death.
  • Pain and Suffering: Damages for the emotional trauma and physical pain and suffering endured by the deceased before their death.

Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Cases in Gresham, Oregon

In Gresham, Oregon, the Statute of Limitations for filing a wrongful death claim is three years from the date of the victim’s death. However, there are exceptions to this timeframe. For instance, if the death occurred due to medical malpractice, the Statute of Limitations is shortened to two years from the date of discovery or when it should have been discovered.

If the wrongful death claim involves a government entity, a notice of claim must be filed within 180 days of the incident, with the actual lawsuit filed within one year.

How Can a Wrongful Death Lawyer Help My Case?

Wrongful death lawyers can assist in cases where a loved one has died due to the negligence or wrongful actions of another party. Here are some ways by which our lawyers can help your case:

  • Our attorneys can investigate the accident thoroughly to establish fault and liability, which is crucial in building a strong case for maximum compensation.
  • We can also assess the full extent of your family’s losses, including financial, emotional, and psychological damages, to ensure that you seek appropriate compensation.
  • Our wrongful death lawyers can negotiate with the responsible party’s insurance company to secure the financial compensation you deserve for funeral expenses, loss of future income, hospital expenses, and other losses. We can also protect your rights from aggressive insurance companies seeking to minimize their payout.
  • If a fair settlement cannot be reached, our wrongful death attorneys are prepared to provide legal representation to take your case to trial and fight for justice.
How Can a Wrongful Death Lawyer Help My Case?

Our experienced lawyers can provide invaluable support and expertise in navigating the legal complexities of wrongful death cases, ensuring that your family’s rights and interests are safeguarded throughout the legal process.

Reach out to us today and let our hard-hitting lawyers in Gresham fight for the compensation you are entitled to.

FAQs About Wrongful Death

To establish negligence, the plaintiff (the party filing the lawsuit) usually needs to demonstrate that the defendant had a duty of care, breached that duty, and that the breach directly caused the death, resulting in measurable wrongful death damages.

Yes, it's possible. A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil matter, while a criminal case is brought by the government to punish the wrongdoer. The outcomes of the two cases can be independent of each other.


[1] Wrongful Death. (n.d.). LII / Legal Information Institute. https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/wrongful_death

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