Losing a loved one can cause unimaginable pain, particularly when their loss has been inflicted as a result of avoidable negligence or misconduct. While no amount of money can replace a loved one, our attorneys at the law office of Tawni Tagaki have dedicated themselves to helping people deal with the legal and insurance complications that can arise after the traumatic loss of a family member.
We are committed to getting you the monetary compensation you deserve in order to help ease the financial pressure resulting from your loss so that you can focus on the most important task of recovering from the emotional turmoil you’re now experiencing. We know that your loved one was a brother, sister, mother, father, or child, and not just a case file or anonymous plaintiff. We will represent your loved one with respect and compassion.
Understanding Wrongful Death Claims in Oregon
If misconduct on the part of someone resulted in the untimely death of someone, a surviving family member in Oregon can file a wrongful death claim. Family members eligible for filing such a claim include the victim’s spouse, parents, partner, family members, children, or other individual who had legal rights to the property of the deceased. In order to recover damages, the family must be able to prove:
- The person at fault was directly responsible for the death, either through action or failure to take action
- Had the victim survived, he or she would have been entitled to recover damages
- Surviving family members of the victim’s family exist.
At the law office of Tawni Tagaki, our attorneys are experienced in dealing with wrongful death claims. Many challenging legal issues can be associated with a wrongful death claim. Therefore, it’s important to seek legal advice right away in order to accurately assess your rights and options, evaluate the potential value of your claim, and decide upon an appropriate litigation strategy in the right timeframe. It’s vital that you act before the statute of limitations passes. Statute of limitations laws state that a claim must be filed before a certain deadline in Oregon, and failing to act in time usually results in being unable to recover damages.
Many types of accidents can lead to wrongful death. We have represented clients throughout Oregon who lost loved ones due to accidents such as:
- Serious motor vehicle crashes
- Nursing home abuse
- SUV rollovers
- Workplace or industrial accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Drunk driving accidents or vehicular manslaughter
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents
- Other actions by a person that ended in death
In Oregon, a wrongful death claim consists of two separate parts – a claim seeking damages for pain and loss of companionship for the family’s emotional loss, and a “survival action” which seeks damages for economic reasons such as medical bills.
Don’t wait any longer to get compensation for your case and closure for your family. If you have lost a loved one due to the careless or intentional actions of another person, contact our experienced Oregon wrongful death attorneys today.