At Dawson Law Group, we specialize in handling wrongful death claims in Portland. Our leading lawyer Bryan Dawson holds several years of experience in handling wrongful death cases and has a successful track record.
Who may sue for wrongful death?
You have a wrongful death claim when your family member or a loved one dies due to the fault of another person. Wrongful deaths can include anything from a simple car accident to complicated medical malpractice and product liability cases. In general, a representative of the deceased person's survivors files a wrongful death claim. The representative becomes the executor of the decedent's estate, and the "real parties in interest" include immediate family members, life partners, distant family members, and those who are financially dependent on the deceased person.
Immediate family members include spouses, children, adopted children, and parents of unmarried children. Also, a "putative spouse" holds the right to file a wrongful death claim. If you lose a fetus because of somebody's fault, as parents, you can file a wrongful death suit. Speak to an experienced attorney for wrongful death claims in Portland to help you file a claim.
Who can I sue for wrongful death?
Persons, companies, governmental agencies, etc., can be legally at fault for wrongful death because of their negligence or sometimes intentionally. You can bring on a wrongful death lawsuit against one or more parties.
In some cases, certain persons or agencies can be immune from facing a wrongful death lawsuit. However, the law relating to immunity from getting sued differs from state to state. For instance, in some states, government agencies, and employees are immune from a wrongful death lawsuit. Speak to a lawyer to guide you in filing a claim against an at-fault party.
Damages in an Oregon wrongful death case
In the state of Oregon, you can seek damages for the wrongful death of a loved one. Some of the damages that you may receive include funeral and burial expenses, medical and hospital expenses, lost wages and benefits, compensation for pain and suffering, loss of care, etc. You may also seek punitive damages from the defendant in cases involving extreme negligence or intentional behavior.
While other types of damages compensate the estate and survivors, punitive damages do not make up for any kind of loss. It is a type of damage that the defendant has to bear as a type of punishment for his/her bad behavior. The court levies punitive damages on certain parties to send out a message that the society will not tolerate extremely negligent or intentional wrongdoing. One can receive a criminal conviction and also bear punitive damages.
Sit down for a free consultation with our leading attorney for wrongful death claims in Portland, Bryan Dawson, and discuss the details of your case. Call 503-656-0400 to speak to one of us at Dawson Law Group, so that we can get started on your case and optimize your chances of receiving a reasonable compensation or award.Wrongful Death Claims Portland