Wrongful Death Lawyers in Portland
Wrongful Death Attorneys in Portland, Oregon
Experienced and Compasionate Wrongful Death Attorneys
When a death is caused by the negligence or intentional misconduct of another person, it may be considered a wrongful death. If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s actions, you may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.
The lawyers at our Portland Oregon law firm have experience handling all types of wrongful death claims, including those involving:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products
- Nursing home neglect and abuse
No amount of money can ever truly make up for the loss of a loved one. However, filing a wrongful death lawsuit can help ease the financial burden caused by the death, and it can also hold the responsible party accountable for their actions.
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or misconduct, contact the Portland Oregon wrongful death lawyers at our firm today to schedule a free consultation. We will review your case and explain your legal options.
What is a Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death is defined as a death that is caused by the negligence or intentional misconduct of another person. In order to file a wrongful death lawsuit, the surviving family members must be able to prove that the death was caused by someone else’s actions.
There are many different types of accidents and acts of negligence that can lead to a wrongful death. Some common examples include car accidents, truck accidents, workplace accidents, medical malpractice, and defective products.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In Oregon, the surviving spouse or domestic partner is typically the first person who can file a wrongful death lawsuit. If there is no surviving spouse or domestic partner, the children of the deceased may be able to file a lawsuit. If there are no surviving spouse, domestic partner, or children, the parents of the deceased may be able to file a lawsuit.
In some cases, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate may also be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This is typically only allowed if no surviving family members are able to file a lawsuit.
Section 30.020 of the Oregon Revised Statute
What is the Oregon Statute of Limitations on Wrongful Death?
While there are some exceptions and the answer is somewhat complicated, the time to file or bring forth a lawsuit is considered three years by Oregon state law.
How Do You Prove a Wrongful Death Claim?
In order to prove a wrongful death claim, the surviving family members must be able to show that the death was caused by someone else’s negligence or intentional misconduct. This typically requires gathering evidence and testimonies from witnesses. An experienced wrongful death lawyer can help you gather the necessary evidence and build a strong case.
What Compensation Can be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
The amount of compensation that can be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit will vary depending on the specific facts and circumstances of the case. In general, the surviving family members may be able to recover damages for:
- The deceased’s medical expenses
- The deceased’s funeral and burial expenses
- The loss of the deceased’s income and benefits
- The loss of the deceased’s companionship and support
- The pain and suffering of the deceased
Punitive damages may also be available in some cases. Punitive damages are designed to punish the responsible party for their actions and deter similar conduct in the future.
Insurance Companies and Wrongful Death Claims
If the responsible party has insurance, their insurance company will likely be involved in the claim. Insurance companies are businesses and they are primarily concerned with making a profit. As such, insurance companies will often try to minimize the amount of money they have to pay out on claims.
This is why it is important to have an experienced wrongful death lawyer on your side. A lawyer can level the playing field and help you get the full amount of compensation you are entitled to.
How Can We Help?
At our firm, we have a team of experienced Portland Oregon wrongful death lawyers who are ready to help you with your claim. We understand the devastation that a wrongful death can cause and we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact our Wrongful Death Lawyers in Portland, Oregon
Goldberg & Loren has a legal team capable of gaining the maximum amount of compensation by Oregon Law. We are compassionate, professional, and experienced in representing families who have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence. If you have lost a loved one in an accident, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation with one of our wrongful death lawyers. Call us at (971) 339-8080 or fill out the form to get started.
Goldberg & Loren
6500 S Macadam Ave
Portland, OR 97239