Hillsboro Wrongful Death Attorneys
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is one of life’s most difficult experiences, especially when the death occurred prematurely because of someone else’s negligence or carelessness. Your grief may be compounded by confusion and anger about how this could have happened. Our compassionate Hillsboro wrongful death lawyers know what families go through after a wrongful death. We are prepared to be trusted advocates for your legal rights in this situation. This includes pursuing the compensation you deserve for your loss. We know no amount of compensation can change what happened, but it can be an important part of helping families start moving forward. We can guide you through the entire legal process, answering your questions, keeping you informed and conducting a detailed investigation.
Contact us today at Rizk Law for a free, no obligation consultation to learn about your legal rights. Our attorneys have helped many families in Hillsboro and the surrounding areas and we are ready to take on your case with the upmost care. You will not be billed for our services unless you receive fair compensation.
Types of Wrongful Death Damages
Oregon defines a wrongful death in Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 30.020 as a death caused by the wrongful act or omission of another, meaning a wrongful death is one caused by a reckless, negligent, or intentional act by another person or entity. There are many types of accidents that could result in a wrongful death case, such as skiing accidents, slip and fall situations, and truck accidents, among others.
The state of Oregon allows families of the departed to file a lawsuit in the event of another party’s negligence that caused the death. Families may be able to receive compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses for treatment prior to your loved one's death
- Funeral services
- Burial costs
The surviving family of the deceased may also receive compensation for the following in the period between injury and death:
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
The family of the deceased including parents, spouse, children, stepchildren, or stepparents may also be entitled to compensation for the following:
- Loss of companionship, services and society – This refers to the value of services the deceased provided such as home maintenance and child care.
- Pecuniary loss – This includes the decedent’s financial losses, such as earnings from their job.
Contact our compassionate Hillsboro wrongful death lawyers today and we can determine if you have a viable case and may be entitled to any of the forms of compensation mentioned above.
Oregon Cap on Wrongful Death Damages
Oregon has certain limitations or caps on the types of compensation that can be awarded in wrongful death cases. There is a $500,000 limit on non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress and loss of companionship (ORS 31.710).
However, these limitations do not include economic damages, such as burial and funeral costs, medical expenses and loss of the deceased’s income.
Our attorneys at Rizk Law are committed to working to recover all the compensation you deserve up to the limits set by Oregon law. Although non-economic damages are difficult to calculate, we know the types of evidence and documentation we need to help establish the fair value.
Call us today at 503.245.5677 so that we can get started on your case.
Who Can Claim Compensation for a Wrongful Death?
The person appointed through the decedent’s will has the right to pursue compensation for the benefit of surviving family members, including:
The personal representative will distribute compensation according to the provisions in ORS 30.030. After distributing compensation for economic damages, the remainder will be distributed to the beneficiaries according to the laws of intestate succession in the state of the decedent's home or in a way that is agreed upon by the beneficiaries.
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When to File a Lawsuit for a Wrongful Death
Wrongful death cases in Oregon must be filed within three years from the date the injury that caused your loved one’s death was discovered or reasonably should have been discovered. In some cases, there is a gap between the date of the injury and the date when the death occurred. It is important to remember that the date of injury is when the statute of limitations begins to run. If lawsuits are not filed within the time bracket that is specified by the statute of limitations, you will lose the right to receive fair compensation for your loved one’s tragic death.
Our lawyers at Rizk Law will help ensure that your case is filed before time runs out. However, we cannot get started until you contact us, and we see if you have a case. That is why we strongly recommend that you contact us right away so that we can get started on your case before the statute of limitations runs out. We will handle everything from contacting the negligent party to filling out the crucial paperwork that is needed.
Contact our Hillsboro Wrongful Death Lawyers Today
If you believe your loved one’s death was caused by another party’s wrongdoing, carelessness, or negligence, you may have the right to take legal action to seek the justice you need to move forward and heal.
Our Hillsboro wrongful death attorneys are here to help you through this very trying and devasting time of your life. We will take on your case with the compassion and care you deserve and work tirelessly to pursue justice and fair compensation.
Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation. There is no risk in learning your legal options. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we will not charge you upfront costs or lawyer fees. We will only receive payment from you if we are successful in obtaining compensation for your case. Let us handle this difficult process on your behalf so that you can take the necessary time to grieve for your loved one’s loss.
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