The sudden loss of a loved one can be an incredibly traumatic experience, especially when the death is caused by the actions – or inactions – of a negligent party. Many grieving families are unable to gain closure after the loss because they’re struggling to afford daily expenses, medical bills, funeral costs, and probate fees on a modified household income. Fortunately, these families may have grounds to file a wrongful death claim against a careless person, corporation, or government entity.
If you have questions about this multifaceted legal process, contact the Hillsboro wrongful death lawyers at The Gatti Law Firm today. Our firm has been providing personalized legal services, innovative investigation techniques, and aggressive litigation strategies to Oregon families since 1992. We aren’t afraid to negotiate or litigate against insurance companies, hospitals, or corporate legal teams if it maximizes your claim and secures a favorable settlement or verdict.
Contact The Gatti Law Firm at (503) 543-1114 to discuss your case with qualified legal professionals.
Pursuing Damages in a Wrongful Death Case
Only a surviving family member has the right to file a wrongful death claim against an at-fault party. Because this is a civil – and not a criminal – suit, liability is expressed solely in economic and non-economic damages.
We provide legal representation for a variety of wrongful death scenarios, including:
- Motor vehicle collisions
- Workplace accidents
- Product liability accidents
At The Gatti Law Firm, we can investigate the incident, collect evidence, and help you identify the negligent party or parties responsible for your loved one’s passing. With this information, we can develop a comprehensive litigation strategy that achieves your legal objectives and alleviates your loss-related financial burdens.
What Damages Can My Family Recover?
Many types of accidents can result in the loss of a loved one. When that accident is caused by negligence, your family should be entitled to monetary compensation for the loss.
You can recover the following compensatory damages by filing a wrongful death claim:
- Medical and hospital bills
- Funeral and burial costs
- Lost wages and benefits
- Loss of future earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of consortium
A plaintiff in Oregon has three years from the date of their loved one’s passing to file a wrongful death claim. If you miss this deadline, the court may refuse to hear your case or the defendant’s legal team will pursue a case dismissal, effectively eliminating your path to compensation. Of course, there are legal exceptions and nuances that can challenge this statute of limitations. It’s important that you contact a knowledgeable wrongful death lawyer immediately to explore your legal options.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Contact the Hillsboro wrongful death attorneys at The Gatti Law Firm if you’re ready to pursue justice and compensation. By holding the negligent party accountable for their actions, you can protect other innocent people from sharing your loved one’s fate. Granted, we know that a lawsuit can never make up for the loss of a cherished family member. Our only goal is to help you secure a case result that instills you with a sense of closure and offers you a modicum of financial stability. It’s our duty and privilege to manage the legal aspects of your case so that you can focus on rebuilding your life and spending time with your family.
Contact The Gatti Law Firm at (503) 543-1114 to schedule a consultation with our legal team.