Wrongful Death Claims
Losing a loved one is traumatic and may be even more devastating when a person dies due to someone else’s negligence. Our wrongful death attorneys understand that the emotional and financial repercussions of losing someone you love can be life-changing. We provide compassionate support and skilled legal counsel that you can trust. If you’ve suffered the loss of a loved one and believe it was caused by negligence, we can assess your case, help you understand your rights, and guide you through the claims process from start to finish.
What Is A Wrongful Death Claim?
Oregon law defines wrongful death as the death of a person caused by the wrongful act or omission of another (ORS 30.020). Much like a personal injury claim, a wrongful death action is brought when another party’s negligent, reckless, or intentional behavior causes harm. Wrongful death can occur in countless situations, including:
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim In Oregon?
In Oregon, immediate family members of the person who has passed may file a wrongful death claim, including spouses, parents, children, and siblings. In some cases, grandparents, stepparents, and stepchildren are entitled to file a wrongful death claim. The person filing the claim will likely need to be appointed as the personal representative of the probate estate. Our probate attorneys may be able to help with this part of the case as well.
How Long Do I Have To File A Wrongful Death Claim?
Oregon law requires a wrongful death claim to be filed within three years of injury causing the death. Failing to file a wrongful death claim within the statute of limitations can jeopardize your case and keep you from finding the justice you deserve. Our Salem wrongful death lawyers are well-versed in the law and ensure all deadlines are met promptly.
Damages For Wrongful Death
Oregon law allows economic and noneconomic damages in wrongful death cases, including:
- Medical and hospital expenses
- Funeral and burial costs
- Past and future loss of income and benefits
- Compensation for the decedent’s pain and suffering prior to death
- Loss of companionship, comfort, care, and guidance suffered by family members
- Financial losses to the decedent’s estate
- Punitive damages to which the decedent would have been entitled had they survived
Our wrongful death attorneys have made successful recoveries in numerous cases involving fatal accidents. We understand the elements that go into proving negligence in a wrongful death case and can accurately value your claim. Although no amount of money can change what has happened, our lawyers fight to help you recover the maximum compensation you deserve for the loss of your loved one.
Why Choose Us?
Our responsive and caring legal team gives you the personalized attention and support you need during this difficult time. We investigate the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death and determine all potential sources of compensation. We handle all negotiations and communications with insurance companies so you and your family can focus on healing. We care about our clients and are dedicated to being there for you every step of the way.
Contact Our Salem Wrongful Death Attorneys
If you’ve suffered the loss of a loved one, our committed, compassionate team at Johnson and Taylor can help. Our Salem wrongful death attorneys also serve clients in Keizer, Woodburn, Albany, and Dallas, Oregon, and in Marion, Polk, Linn, and Yamhill counties. Contact us online or call 503-990-6641 to schedule a consultation. Members of our team are also fluent in Spanish.