Losing a loved one as the result of a tragic accident is one of the worst possible circumstances that could take place. If you have lost a family member because of another party’s negligence or wrongdoing, our legal team offers you our sincerest condolences and pledge to you that we will tenaciously fight for the justice your family deserves.
Our Oregon wrongful death lawyers can compassionately come alongside you and answer your questions in a timely manner. We can also work with the life insurance company so that you can focus on grieving and leave any financial and legal concerns in our firm's experienced hands.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
According to the wrongful death law, only specific parties are only entitled to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the deceased loved one. Although the claim will be brought forth by the personal representative, it will also cover damages suffered by all impacted parties, including the estate, surviving minors, and dependant parents.
In most cases, you are entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit and collect financial compensation for your loved one’s loss. Individuals who may be entitled to file a lawsuit include:
The first step required to appoint this personal representative is to initiate a probate action.
For the proven legal representation you need during this difficult time, don’t hesitate to call The Gatti Law Firm for a free consultation at (503) 543-1114.
What Are Wrongful Death Damages?
We have experience representing clients who have lost loved ones as a result of car accidents, workplace accidents, falls, defective products, dangerous drugs, medical malpractice, assaults, and more. As your representation, we can help you determine the wrongful death damages you could be eligible to receive.
Some of the available damages you could be entitled to include:
- Medical care costs
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of future earnings that the victim could have provided
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of love, care, and support
- Loss of companionship and consortium
Time Limit to File a Wrongful Death Claim
The state of Oregon holds to a three year statute of limitations, or a time limit, to file a wrongful death case. The clock begins at the date that the final injury occurred, not the date of the person's passing. It is imperative, therefore, that you start working with an attorney as soon as possible to start building a powerful legal case.
While wrongful death lawsuits can’t bring your loved one back, they can help you financially cope in the aftermath and receive some closure. Most importantly, they allow you to hold liable parties responsible and prevent other similar accidents from occurring in the future.
To file a wrongful death claim with the help of our Oregon personal injury lawyers, call The Gatti Law Firm today at (503) 543-1114.