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Have You Lost a Loved One Due to Someone Else’s Negligence?

We have a proven track record of successfully handling wrongful death cases and will guide you through the entire legal process with empathy and professionalism.

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Have You Lost a Loved One Due to Someone Else’s Negligence?

Causes of Wrongful Death

Wrongful death occurs when a person dies due to the negligence or misconduct of another individual or entity. In such cases, the surviving family members or the estate of the deceased may bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. Typically, immediate family members such as spouses, children, or parents of the deceased are eligible to bring up a wrongful death suit. [1]

Wrongful death lawsuits can be filed as the result of various incidents, each involving negligence, intentional harm, or recklessness. Common causes of wrongful death include:

  • Aviation Accidents: Wrongful deaths in aviation accidents can result from pilot errors, mechanical failures, air traffic control mistakes, or other negligence-related factors in the aviation industry.
  • Car Accidents: Fatalities from car accidents often stem from negligent or reckless driving, impaired driving, failure to follow traffic laws, or defective vehicle components.
  • Criminal Activity: Homicides, assaults, or other criminal activities can lead to wrongful death. Individuals responsible for such acts can face both criminal charges and civil liability.
  • Defective Products: Wrongful deaths may occur due to the use of products with manufacturing defects, design flaws, or inadequate warnings. Manufacturers and distributors may be held liable for such fatalities.
  • Medical Malpractice: Deaths resulting from medical malpractice occur when healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, or surgeons, fail to meet the standard of care, leading to fatal consequences for the patient. Recent medical error studies suggest that errors could be responsible for up to 251,000 deaths each year in the United States. [2]
  • Premises Liability: Fatal accidents on someone else’s property can happen due to hazardous conditions, lack of maintenance, or inadequate security. Property owners may be held accountable for such incidents.
  • Unintentional Acts: Wrongful deaths may occur as a result of unintentional acts, such as accidents, that result from negligence or recklessness by individuals or entities. 

In the year 2020, unintentional injuries or accidents ranked as the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, constituting approximately six percent of the total fatalities recorded. [3]

Causes of Wrongful Death

Impact of Wrongful Death

The impact of wrongful death on surviving family members and loved ones is profound and multifaceted. While the emotional and psychological effects can vary among individuals, some common impacts include:

  • Disruption of Daily Life
  • Financial Strain
  • Grief and Emotional Distress
  • Impact on Relationships
  • Legal Challenges
  • Long-Term Impact on Children
  • Loss of Companionship and Support
  • Medical Consequences
  • Psychological Trauma

Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Cases in Happy Valley, Oregon

The Statute of Limitations for wrongful death cases in Happy Valley, Oregon is three years from the date of the individual’s death. However, there are exceptions to this time limit. For example, if the death was caused by medical malpractice, the Statute of Limitations may be shortened to two years from the date of the death-causing injury discovery.

Contact our personal injury lawyers in Happy Valley if you have questions regarding the time limit for your specific situation.  

Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Cases in Happy Valley, Oregon

Why Should I Hire a Wrongful Death Lawyer?

The pain of losing a loved one is immeasurable. Legal complexities add to the burden, leaving you feeling lost, overwhelmed, and unsure of where to turn. Our dedicated team of wrongful death lawyers is here to be your compassionate advocates as you seek justice and financial security.

Here’s why choosing us makes all the difference:

  • Deep Understanding of Wrongful Death Law: We possess extensive knowledge of wrongful death statutes and intricacies, ensuring your case is built on a solid legal foundation and maximizing your chances of success.
  • Investigation and Evidence Gathering: No stone is left unturned. We will investigate every aspect of the death, analyzing accident reports, medical records, witness testimonies, and expert opinions to unequivocally identify the responsible parties and build a compelling case.
  • Relentless Pursuit of Justice and Compensation: Whether it is through negotiation or litigation, we will fight tirelessly to hold negligent parties accountable and secure the maximum compensation you are entitled to, including financial losses, physical injuries, and other losses.
  • Support and Clear Communication: This is not just a legal battle, it is about honoring your loved one’s memory. We offer empathy, understanding, and clear communication throughout the process, keeping you informed and supported every step of the way.

You Do Not Have To Navigate This Difficult Journey Alone.

Reach out to us to let us fight on your behalf to get the compensation you deserve. Book a free consultation with Goldberg & Loren today!

You Do Not Have To Navigate This Difficult Journey Alone.

FAQs About Wrongful Death

Negligence is often established by showing that the responsible party had a duty of care, breached that duty, and that the breach directly caused the death. Evidence and witness testimonies are important in proving negligence.

Yes, a criminal case and a wrongful death lawsuit can happen concurrently. A criminal case seeks to punish the wrongdoer, while a civil lawsuit is focused on compensating the surviving family for their losses.

Distribution of damages among family members varies by jurisdiction and is often determined based on factors such as the relationship to the deceased and the extent of the individual's financial dependence on the deceased.


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

[2] Measuring and Responding to Deaths From Medical Errors. (2008, April 1). PSNet. https://psnet.ahrq.gov/perspective/measuring-and-responding-deaths-medical-errors

[3] Topic: Unintentional injury in the U.S. (2023, December 18). Statista. https://www.statista.com/topics/3991/unintentional-injury-in-the-us/

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