Wrongful Death Helping Oregon Families Through Their Toughest Times

Portland Wrongful Death Attorneys

The sudden death of a loved one is devastating, especially if another person’s wrongful actions caused this loss or in cases where this action could have been prevented. While grieving your loss, there is the possibility of having to cover the deceased’s financial obligations as well.

If your loved one was killed due to another individual’s wrongful actions, you deserve compensation. Contact our office today via (503) 433-8340.

If a person is injured due to the wrongful actions of another, but dies of causes unrelated to the injury, then their family member may pursue what is called a survival action. Survival action allows the deceased’s family member to seek compensation for pain and suffering and loss of income suffered by the deceased between the time of the injury and the death.

What Is a Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death occurs when an individual dies because of another person’s wrongful action, including negligence, an omission, or misconduct. Wrongful death lawsuits are considered civil actions and must be filed within 3 years after the defendant’s death. The individual who typically files a wrongful death claim is one of the deceased’s family members.

Damages in a Wrongful Death Case

Damages or compensation in a wrongful death case are awarded to compensate the surviving family members for their loss. This compensation might include but is not limited to:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Outstanding hospital and medical bills
  • Lost wages and benefits
  • Pain and suffering the deceased endured
  • Loss of care and companionship

Wrongful Death Damages

There are three types of damages that may be awarded in a wrongful death case: economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages.

Economic damages

This consists of a financial award, which may cover lost wages, medical coverage, or benefits.

Non-economic damages

This could include loss of care, companionship, pain and suffering, anxiety, and mental anguish.

Punitive damages

Punitive damages are assessed to punish the defendant for his/her wrongful conduct.

How Are Damages Determined?

There is a wide range of factors that will be taken into consideration when determining damages in a wrongful death case. These factors may include the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Burial expenses
  • Loss of wages the individual would have earned had they lived
  • Pain and suffering
  • Compensation to the victim’s spouse, children, and other family members for their loss

In instances where extreme negligence or intent can be proven, punitive damages may also be awarded.

Who Can Recover from a Wrongful Death Action?

Oregon statute ORS 30.020 states that the following individuals can recover from a wrongful death action of a loved one:

  • Spouse of the deceased
  • Children of the deceased
  • Parents of the deceased
  • Stepchild or stepparent of the deceased

It is important to note that in Oregon if an individual dies without a spouse, his/her children will inherit the estate. If an individual dies without children or parents and is married, his/her surviving spouse will inherit the estate.

Considering a Wrongful Death Action for the Loss of Your Loved One? Contact Our Firm

Dealing with the death of a loved one along with increased financial obligations is stressful. While no type of compensation can bring back the one you love, a wrongful death action can relive some financial hardships you may face and compensate you for your loss. If you require the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney, do not hesitate to contact our firm.

To speak with an experienced attorney and take the next step towards receiving the compensation you deserve, contact us online or call us via (503) 433-8340.

Why Choose Us?

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    You do not pay us until we win your case.

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    Everyone deserves quality legal representation. We make it as easy as possible to get you access to a reputable and qualified attorney.

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    When you work with us, you're not just a number. We work as a team to ensure your success. 

  • Conveniently Located

    We are conveniently located off of I-205. Our attorneys will come out to meet clients that live in Washington and Yamhill Counties.

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