Portland Wrongful Death Lawyers
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve to have committed, compassionate Portland wrongful death lawyers on your side. Losing a loved one is always traumatic, and the situation is made even worse when their death was preventable. You must deal with medical costs, funeral arrangements, and tons of paperwork. You must do all of this while also grieving your loved one.
You can sue for wrongful death in Oregon, but these cases and the court system can be hard to navigate. That is not a path you have to travel alone.
Why Choose Strong Law as Your Wrongful Death Lawyers in Portland, OR?
Our attorneys at Strong Law believe in getting results by being fully committed to each and every client. They are tenacious fighters in protecting the rights of victims of crime and their loved ones. Read our client testimonials to see how our past work has affected people’s lives in otherwise painful situations.
“While working a wrongful death case of my husband’s, throughout the legal process, Jed pursued every possible resource and angle to ensure that we would receive policy limits despite intense resistance from the representatives of the insurance companies. We are deeply grateful to him for the funds we received and the lasting friendship that grew from the entire ordeal.” – Client testimonial.
As important as having a good relationship with your wrongful death attorneys is, it is also essential that they get the results you are looking for. Our attorneys at Strong Law are well-versed in insurance companies’ tactics to lowball settlements. We will not let them. In a recent lawful death case, our attorneys secured a $1.5 million settlement for a woman whose husband died after being hit by debris from a poorly maintained roof. We will fight just as hard in your case.
Our team at Strong Law has a 98%-win rate. If your loved one was killed due to someone else’s negligence, contact our Portland wrongful death attorneys to get the support you need
What Can Strong Law Do for You?
Strong Law founder Jed Strong used to work as an in-house attorney for an insurance company. He saw the inner workings and how the company treated its customers. He quit that job and started representing accident victims. He now uses his inside knowledge to help advocate vigorously on behalf of his clients.
“One of the main reasons I left GEICO and founded Strong Law is that working for an insurance company made me almost feel dirty. Whenever I would get a “good” result for the insurance company, it just meant that I assisted the company in preventing an injured person from recovering the compensation they were due. I quickly decided that the insurance companies had plenty of attorneys, and I could be a much greater help to society by putting my skills and talents to work for injured people, rather than insurance companies.” – Jed Strong.
Strong Law Attorney Peter Barnett is equally committed to helping people through the most challenging times of their lives. He worked in the insurance and banking industries before he joined Strong Law. He was tired of the injustices he saw and joined Strong Law to fight for people who have been injured and need a voice in fighting insurance companies.
What is Considered a Wrongful Death in Oregon?
Under Oregon Statute 30.020, wrongful deaths are defined as happening due to the wrongful acts or omissions of others. These are acts or omissions for which the deceased could have filed a personal injury lawsuit if they survived. This covers things including but not limited to:
- Negligence, such as in a car accident
- Medical malpractice
- Intentional acts such as criminal behavior.
It can be tough to prove that someone else’s actions or inactions led to the death of your loved one. To prove negligence, you must show that the other party had a duty of care and that they did not live up to it. Someone driving drunk or engaging in street racing who kills your loved one did not exercise their duty of care, and you have the right to compensation from them and their insurance company.
Assigning Blame in Oregon Negligence Cases
Oregon is a comparative negligence state. You can only collect on a wrongful death claim if the other party was found to be most responsible for your loved one’s death. If their own actions caused them to die, a portion of the blame is assigned to them. For example, if the total cost of your loved one’s death was $1 million, but they were found to be 25% at fault, you can collect up to $750,000.
You also must show the financial harm caused by your loved one’s death to get a settlement or verdict in your favor. To prove that your loved one could have sued for personal injuries had they survived, our personal injury attorneys can review your case to determine if you have the basis for a wrongful death suit.
Take time with your loved ones to grieve. Let our Strong Law wrongful death attorneys take on the burden of working out the details of your case.
Proving a Wrongful Death in Oregon
You must prove that someone else’s actions or inactions led to your loved one’s death. This can be particularly hard to do since the person who knows exactly what happened is no longer with us to testify. To build a compelling case, your attorney is going to have to collect a lot of information, including but not limited to the following:
- Police reports
- Medical records
- Any video evidence available for the events that led to your loved one’s death
- Witness statements
- Proof of income and future earning potential.
Digging for and combing through these records can be time-consuming and painful if you attempt to do them on your own. When you partner with our Strong Law wrongful death lawyers, we take on those difficult tasks for you. We will interview witnesses and conduct thorough investigations into the events that led to the death of your loved one. We will leave no stone unturned to uncover the truth and hold the responsible party accountable.
Damages Your Wrongful Death Lawyers in Portland Can Fight For
When you are trying to settle a wrongful death claim through negotiations or the courts, you can ask for several types of damages. Forms of compensation you need and deserve include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Hospital and other medical expenses related to the injury that caused the death
- Pain and suffering that your loved one experienced between their injury and death
- Lost wages and benefits that your loved one would have earned if they lived
- Loss of companionship.
In some instances, your wrongful death attorney in Portland can also argue for punitive damages. If the person who caused your loved one’s death did so intentionally or with extreme negligence, you might be able to add punitive damages to your claim. This sends a message to society that the other party’s behavior was particularly bad.
When Do You Have to File Your Claim for Wrongful Death?
You have three years from the death of a loved one to sue for wrongful death as set out in Oregon Statute 30.020. The law allows spouses, children, and parents to collect from wrongful death claims and, in some cases, stepchildren and stepparents. If you do not file within three years, the other party’s insurance company will fight to dismiss any future claims.
Commonly Asked Questions About Wrongful Death Claims
Trying to grieve for your loved one while finding answers about holding someone accountable can be overwhelming. Here are some questions people ask our Portland wrongful death lawyers:
How is a Wrongful Death Suit Different Than a Survival Action?
How Long Will a Wrongful Death Claim Take?
How Much Can I Recover in a Wrongful Death Claim?
How Much Will My Wrongful Death Claim Cost?
Your relationship with your wrongful death attorneys should be a partnership. We understand that you are going through an exceedingly challenging time. We will ask you questions and gather information in a way that is as compassionate and non-intrusive as possible. We also want to know what you expect of us. We are here to help you get the justice you deserve when your loved one was killed due to negligent or malicious acts. We will answer any questions you may have to further that end.
Call Strong Law at (206) 741-1053 for a free consultation with our wrongful death lawyers in Portland, OR.
Let Our Wrongful Death Attorneys in Portland Take on Insurance Companies for You
If you file a wrongful death claim, do not sit down with the other party’s insurance company on your own. Insurance companies care more about their bottom lines than they do the horrible experience you are going through following the death of your loved one.
They use tactics like getting a recorded statement from you in your time of grief. They then try to use that statement against you in a wrongful death claim. For example, they may try to get you to say something they can turn around to mean your loved one was at fault.
Insurance companies also offer quick settlements in the hopes of ending your case. This is particularly egregious in wrongful death claims, as they are taking advantage of your grief and the fact that you are overwhelmed. They want you to take a small amount and move on before you, and your wrongful death attorney has time to do a thorough investigation. The attorneys at Strong Law are well-versed in insurance companies’ tactics, and we will not let them get away with it.
Do not face the insurance company on your own. Let the wrongful death attorneys at Strong Law speak on your behalf and stop the insurance company’s shameful tactics in their tracks. Call us today at (206) 741-1053.