What is Wrongful Death?
The legal term wrongful death means that the death of a person occurred due to the negligence, carelessness, or misconduct of another party. Wrongful death occurrences can be the result of an auto accident, on a construction site, or in the negligence of a nursing home or hospital.
While coping with the unexpected loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, it’s even more difficult when your loved one’s loss was due to another’s wrongdoing or negligence.
Are you Entitled to Compensation During a Wrongful Death?
If you’ve lost a loved one due to the misconduct or negligence of another party, you may have the right to file for a wrongful death lawsuit. Families affected by a wrongful death endure more than just emotional trauma, and are entitled to compensation. When filing this type of lawsuit, courts take into consideration numerous things to determine the compensation a family is due based on the damages they have encountered.
The family members of the deceased are entitled to loss of anticipated future income of the deceased, reimbursement for any out-of-pocket expenses, reimbursement for medical or funeral costs, benefits lost due to the loss of the loved one, pain and suffering of the survivors, and loss of companionship.
The Importance of a Wrongful Death Claim
Here at Oregon Legal, we understand that while filing a wrongful death lawsuit will never bring your loved one back, it can help bring a sense of grievance against the party at fault. With insurance companies looking for a quick settlement, your family deserves the careful attention of a qualified wrongful death lawyer to fight for the appropriate compensation your family is due. Typically, the family member who brings forth a wrongful death lawsuit is a surviving parent, child, or spouse of the deceased. In Oregon, it is allowed for other surviving family members such as stepparents, stepchildren, and grandchildren to make a wrongful death claim.
How Oregon Legal Can Help During a Wrongful Death
At Romano Law, P.C., we understand that the loss of a loved one is one of the most trying and stressful times for family members, and even more difficult when that loss is due to another’s carelessness. A wrongful death attorney is dedicated to bringing appropriate consequences to the party at fault, and fighting for compensation that the families involved deserve.