The loss of a family member is always a devastating experience, but it can be especially challenging if they die due to someone else’s actions. In Oregon, car accidents alone claimed the lives of 502 people in 2018, according to the state Department of Transportation.
There’s no way to bring back someone who’s suffered a wrongful death, but there are still legal options available to surviving family members. A wrongful death claim can help you recoup some of the financial losses you’ve suffered because of your family member’s untimely death, as well as provide a means to hold the person responsible for their death accountable.
The Portland, OR, wrongful death lawyers at Siefman Law LLC have more than a decade of experience and have helped hundreds of people with their legal needs. Our Portland personal injury attorneys would be honored to represent you in a wrongful death claim, and you can get a free initial consultation today by calling (503) 395-2135 or visiting our contact page.
Under Section 30.020 of the Oregon Revised Statutes, a wrongful death is defined as any death caused by the “wrongful act or omission of another.” In other words, someone is considered to have died a wrongful death if their death was caused by some sort of negligence.
Negligence can involve intentional acts, such as a physical assault or shooting, as well as accidental actions, such as drunk driving or distracted driving accidents. Negligence can also involve someone failing to act when required to do so, such as certain forms of medical malpractice.
The bottom line is that when a party’s negligence, wrongdoing, or recklessness leads to the death of another person, the deceased’s death may be considered wrongful under Oregon law.
There are many different ways someone can suffer a wrongful death, but some of the most common causes include:
In most states, the deceased’s immediate family members – their surviving spouse, children, parents, etc. – are eligible to file a claim, as is the representative of the deceased’s estate. In Oregon, however, only the personal representative of the deceased’s estate may file a wrongful death claim. In the event the deceased filed a personal injury claim and died before the case reached its conclusion, the personal representative of the deceased’s estates can continue that claim on behalf of the deceased.
Oregon law allows surviving family members to potentially recover significant compensation in the event of someone’s wrongful death, including compensation for:
All personal injury claims in Oregon, including wrongful death claims, are subject to time limits outlined in the state’s statute of limitations. This means that the personal representative of the deceased’s estate has three years from the date of death to file a claim on behalf of any surviving family members. If you wait any longer than three years to file a claim, you will most likely be barred from recovering any compensation.
Filing a lawsuit when you’re grieving may sound like an overwhelming task, but a wrongful death claim can help you recover the resources you need to cover the expenses and losses related to your family member’s untimely death. A knowledgeable wrongful death attorney can take care of most of the legal work on your behalf while you and the rest of your family focus on healing from your loss.
To learn more about how Siefman Law LLC can help you with a wrongful death claim, call (503) 395-2135 or visit our contact page for a free initial consultation.