Wrongful Death Attorneys in Portland, OR
The beautiful city of Portland is the county seat of Multnomah County, Oregon’s most populous county.
Despite the city’s beauty, tragedies like wrongful deaths can happen anywhere, including Portland. A wrongful death arises when somebody dies due to the negligence of another party, be it an individual or another entity. In such situations, the deceased’s family members or next of kin can chat with a Portland wrongful death attorney to explore how they can sue the negligent party for compensation or damages. Palace Law can help determine if you have a case after losing a loved one due to negligence.
Why should you choose a Palace Law attorney?
The death of a loved one is traumatic and incomparable to anything else. It gets worse if the loss of your loved one is due to avoidable negligence by some other party. In such a situation, the grieving family/next of kin of the deceased person can sue the negligent party. If you believe that the death of your loved one is a result of negligence, then do not hesitate to speak with us at Palace Law. Our team is ready to help you right now.
With over 20 years of experience, Palace Law has the legal resources needed to ensure you are in a favorable position to receive a wrongful death judgment and compensation for the unfortunate loss of your loved one due to another party’s negligence.
Working With You to Obtain Equitable Compensation After a Wrongful Death
Our professional and caring Portland wrongful death attorneys will assist you with your claim by establishing a strong communication link with you in addition to utilizing all available resources to ensure successful prosecution and compensation. At Palace Law, we realize that no amount of money can truly make up for a loved one’s death. However, being compensated for the avoidable death of a loved one can help you bear your grief with the consolation that your loved one did not die in vain, and that justice prevailed in the end.
Moreover, compensation can help solve those problems your deceased loved one used to solve for you while alive. If he or she was your family’s primary breadwinner, we will make an additional case for the compensation package to include payment for future lost earnings and other relevant damages.
Who is Allowed to File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Many US states allow the deceased person’s family members to file a wrongful death claim in civil court. Things are a bit different in the state of Oregon, where only the executor of the deceased individual’s estate or a personal representative has the right to sue for wrongful death. This arrangement supposes that the deceased had a will and appointed a personal representative therein. Usually, the personal representative of the estate executor turns out to be a family member of the deceased. But it is not mandatory that he or she be the deceased’s family member.
In situations where the deceased did not leave a will or where the personal representative is not able to carry out the function, a court has the right to appoint another person to file the claim.
What is the Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations in Oregon?
Oregon has a three-year statute of limitations for the filing of wrongful death suits. In other words, any qualified person intending to file a wrongful death claim must proceed within three years of the injury, incident, or accident that caused the deceased’s death.
What are the Potential Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wide range of damages can be sought by a wrongful death claimant. Some of the more common damages that can be awarded include:
- Medical expenses arising from the treatment of the injuries that led to the deceased’s death
- The anguish and misery the deceased passed through due to the injury. This covers the time (no matter how short) between the injury and death
- The costs incurred for the deceased’s funeral and burial
- Lost pecuniary support and other benefits the deceased would likely have provided to those seeking redress
- Loss of love, care, guidance, and companionship that the deceased would have provided to family members if he or she was alive
- Loss of the services that the deceased would have rendered to family members if he or she was alive
If the claim is successful, then the likely awardees of the damages can include the deceased’s wife/husband or domestic partner, children, and stepchildren. Assuming the deceased has no wife/husband, domestic partner, or kids, then other possible awardees include the deceased’s parents or siblings. Similar damages can be awarded to the parents or guardians of a child that passed away.
How Palace Law Can Help
If the negligence of an individual or entity has led to the death of your loved one in Portland, Palace Law can provide you with a professional, highly skilled, and compassionate wrongful death attorney to make the strongest possible case for you. We know how to win because we have helped thousands of injured people with their claims. We are ready to help you.
Here are some reasons why people choose Palace Law:
- We have four lawyers that have tried over 200 cases each
- Over 1,500 positive reviews
- Free consultations – making it affordable to hire an attorney
- Available 24/7
- We can come to you if you cannot travel
- Free legal forms
Contact a Portland wrongful death attorney at Palace Law today by phone, online form, or live chat for a comprehensive evaluation of your claim.