There’s nothing that can bring back a lost loved one, or make up for the pain you feel after they pass away. However, if your family member died as a direct result of negligence and wrongdoing, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, and seek justice from the at-fault party.
Although we realize it’s a small comfort at best, pursuing a claim can often bring you financial peace of mind after a loved one’s passing, and give you the emotional closure you deserve. At The Gatti Law Firm, our Clackamas wrongful death attorneys will treat your case with compassion and sensitivity, and ensure that you can focus on spending time with your grieving family and friends.
You can trust our experienced team to handle your concerns with care. Call (503) 543-1114 for a free consultation.
Pursuing Damages for Wrongful Death
Under the Oregon Revised Statutes, section 30.020, wrongful death is any death caused by “the wrongful act or omission of another.” Whenever a deceased individual would have had grounds for a personal injury lawsuit, affected family members, will executors, and guardians can bring a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. That means you can bring a wrongful death claim for a wide range of different cases, from car accidents to defective products.
Here are just a few of the damages you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim:
- The cost of medical care prior to your loved one’s death
- Lost future wages from the victim
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of consortium or companionship
- Pain and suffering of the victim
- Loss of love and support from the victim
- Punitive damages for extremely negligent and wrongful behavior
Who Can Pursue a Wrongful Death Claim in Oregon?
The state of Oregon's wrongful death statute has specific guidelines for who can pursue a claim for a fatal accident caused by another's negligence. The family members who can pursue a claim include:
In some limited cases, it isn’t just nuclear family members and spouses who can bring a claim. Surviving grandparents, as well as stepchildren and stepparents, may pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
More than 45 Years of Legal Experience
Because wrongful death claims occur at some of the most difficult times in life, it can be hard for surviving family members to handle the details on their own, let alone prove that negligence took place. At The Gatti Law Firm, our Clackamas attorneys can apply more than four decades of legal experience to your case, and ensure that you have time to spend with your remaining loved ones. Because we work on contingency fees, you will only need to pay if we can recover damages.
Call (503) 543-1114 today to schedule your free consultation.