Wrongful Death Lawyers Give Your Case the Attention It Deserves
Providing solid advice and compassionate representation
When you lose a loved one due to the negligence of someone else, you understandably become angry and that may cloud your judgment and keep you from thinking straight. Johnson & Taylor understands this and knows you need an advocate who is knowledgeable about the law and can get you on stable footing and guide you successfully through a wrongful death claim. Our Portland and Salem attorneys listen to you, give you straight answers and work with you to formulate a strategy for your case.
What is a wrongful death case?
Oregon law defines wrongful death as “the death of a person caused by the wrongful act or omission of another” (ORS 30.020). Most acts or omissions that can cause an injury also can be the basis for a wrongful death claim:
Proving negligence for a wrongful death claim is similar to proving negligence for an injury claim, so it is important that you consult with a lawyer. The attorneys at Johnson & Taylor can help if you think you have a wrongful death claim.
How long do I have to file a wrongful death claim, and what kind of damages can I recover?
Oregon law requires a wrongful death claim to be filed within three years of the death of the decedent (ORS 30.020), but the timeframe could be shorter depending on when the injury causing the death occurred. Oregon law allows damage awards for the following:
- Medical and burial services
- Loss of income and pain and suffering for the time between the injury and the death
- Pecuniary loss to the decedent’s estate
- Loss of companionship and lost wages for the decedent’s family members
- Any punitive damages to which the decedent was entitled had the person survived
If your loved one was killed in a fatal accident, there is plenty at stake for you as a surviving family member, and the clock is ticking. Johnson & Taylor knows this is a difficult time and uses our knowledge as personal injury lawyers to relieve your burden by ensuring that your wrongful death claim is filed in a timely manner and seeking compensation for your loss.
Let Oregon wrongful death lawyers help you with your wrongful death claim
When the negligence of someone else causes the loss of a loved one, you need the compassionate support and knowledgeable representation that Johnson & Taylor can offer. We give you the one-on-one attention you need at a difficult time and take your case personally. If your loved one was killed in an accident, contact us at 503-990-6641 or online.