Beaverton Wrongful Death Lawyer
Ready to Help You & Your Family Through This Difficult Time
Losing a loved one is never easy, and when that loss occurs due to someone else's negligence or wrongful actions, the pain can be overwhelming. At Pacific Cascade Legal, we understand the profound impact that wrongful death can have on families in Beaverton, OR. Our experienced and compassionate wrongful death lawyers are here to provide you with the legal support and guidance you need during this challenging time.
Understanding Wrongful Death in Oregon
Wrongful death is a legal concept that allows the surviving family members or dependents of a person who has died due to someone else's negligence, recklessness, or intentional wrongdoing to seek compensation through a civil lawsuit. Wrongful death claims are typically filed to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions and to provide financial support to the deceased person's surviving family members.
In Oregon, like in many other states, to succeed in a wrongful death lawsuit, you generally need to establish several key elements:
Duty of Care: You must demonstrate that the defendant (the person or entity you are suing) owed a duty of care to the deceased person. Duty of care refers to the legal obligation to act reasonably and responsibly to prevent harm to others. For example, in a car accident case, all drivers owe a duty of care to others on the road to drive safely and follow traffic laws.
Breach of Duty: You must show that the defendant breached their duty of care by failing to act in a reasonable or responsible manner. This means proving that the defendant's actions or inactions directly contributed to the death of your loved one. For instance, if a healthcare provider failed to follow established medical standards, leading to the death of a patient, this could constitute a breach of duty.
Causation: It is essential to establish a causal link between the defendant's breach of duty and the deceased person's death. This means proving that the defendant's actions were a direct and substantial factor in causing the fatal injury or event.
Death: You must prove that the individual in question died as a result of the defendant's actions. While this may seem obvious, it's crucial to establish the cause of death through medical records, autopsy reports, or other relevant evidence.
Surviving Family Members: In Oregon, only certain individuals are eligible to bring a wrongful death claim. Typically, these include surviving spouses, children, and, in some cases, parents or stepchildren. You must demonstrate that you are an eligible family member entitled to pursue the claim.
Damages: Lastly, you must show that you and other surviving family members have suffered measurable damages as a result of the death. These damages can include medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, loss of income and financial support, loss of companionship, and emotional distress.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Oregon?
In Oregon, the personal representative of the deceased person's estate may file a claim on behalf of the estate. Any damages recovered in such a case would be distributed according to the deceased person's will or Oregon's intestate succession laws.
In Oregon, the common beneficiaries or claimants who are eligible to file a wrongful death claim when a loved one dies due to someone else's negligence or wrongful actions include the following individuals:
Surviving Spouse: The surviving spouse of the deceased person is usually the primary and most common beneficiary of a wrongful death claim in Oregon. The surviving spouse has the first right to file a claim and seek compensation for the loss of their spouse.
Children: Children of the deceased, including biological, adopted, and stepchildren, are also common beneficiaries in wrongful death cases. They may share the claim equally if there are multiple children, or the distribution may vary based on the circumstances and court decisions.
Parents: If there is no surviving spouse or children, the parents of the deceased person may have the right to bring a wrongful death claim. Both biological and adoptive parents are typically eligible.
Other Dependents: In some cases, individuals who were financially dependent on the deceased person at the time of their death may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim. This category can include domestic partners, stepchildren, or other family members who relied on the deceased for support and care.
Let Our Firm Fight for Your Loved One
At Pacific Cascade Legal, our team of Beaverton wrongful death lawyers combines extensive legal knowledge with a deep understanding of the emotional turmoil that accompanies such cases. We approach each case with the utmost compassion and dedication, striving to provide families with the support they need during this difficult journey.