Oregon Wrongful Death Attorneys
Our safety in the community, and in life, is largely dependent on others following simple safety rules. For instance, every time we drive or walk near a road, our safety depends on every driver watching where they are going. When we are seen by doctors or undergo surgery, our safety depends on these professionals following the patient safety rules they were taught in medical schools. When people don’t follow these rules, injuries, property damage, and even death can result.
While wrongful death claims are intended to compensate families for their loss, most clients primary interest in pursing a wrongful death claim is to instigate change to make our communities safer.
In Oregon, when someone causes the death of another, they can be held accountable with a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death lawyers are able to use this claim to help families obtain compensation for lost future income, medical bills, funeral expenses, and loss of society, companionship, and parental guidance. Equally important, wrongful death claims can make the community safer by holding people accountable and deterring certain behaviors so these things don’t happen again.
Any number of incidents can lead to a wrongful death lawsuit. The most common types of incidents are car accidents and medical malpractice. Our wrongful death lawyers in Oregon also commonly see cases resulting from over-serving patrons at bars/taverns, defective products, and food poisoning.
Wrongful Death Claims in Oregon
There are two types of compensation that can be recovered in a wrongful death claim: monetary harms (economic), and non-monetary (non-economic) harms. Monetary harms are tangible things like medical bills, lost future income, and funeral expenses. There are no caps on the amount of monetary harms that can be recovered in Oregon.
Insurance companies are front and center in a wrongful death claim. It’s important to remember that insurance companies are paid to keep as much of their premiums as possible by paying out as little as possible.
Non-monetary harms are intangible things like physical pain prior to death, loss of companionship, mental anguish, and loss of parental guidance. In Oregon, there is a $500,000 cap on non-monetary harms. This means that it doesn’t matter how hard your attorney works or the gravity of the circumstances, Oregon law does not allow families and loved ones to recover more than $500,000 for non-monetary harms. However, total compensation – monetary harms and non-monetary harms – can exceed $500,000.
In any wrongful death claim it is important to preserve all the evidence related to the claim. More evidence means your lawyer will be able to conduct a thorough investigation. Some types of evidence can be lost or be destroyed early in the case. In cases like this, it is crucial to hire the necessary experts or conduct the investigation before the evidence disappears. Each case is different and requires a different investigation. We recommend contacting a wrongful death lawyer in Oregon as soon as possible to determine what needs to be done to preserve the evidence in your case.
Wrongful death claims in Oregon have a three-year statute of limitation. This means your Oregon wrongful death lawyer must either settle your claim or file a lawsuit within three years from the date of the incident that caused the death. Your claim can be lost forever if you or your lawyer does not meet this deadline.
It is also extremely important to note that there are other deadlines that may apply to your case. In bar/tavern liability cases and cases against government entities, there are additional time deadlines that must be complied with to preserve your wrongful death claim. We recommend talking with an Oregon wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible to learn what deadlines apply to your case.
Please feel free to call us at 877-928-9147 if you have any questions or would like to consult on of our lawyers. Our wrongful death lawyers take cases across the state of Oregon. We have multiple offices that are conveniently situated to serve our clients. If you are unable to meet our lawyers at one of our offices, we will gladly travel to meet with you.