Portland Wrongful Death Lawyers – Compassion, Dedication & Experience
Helping Clients Recover for the Loss of Loved One from Wrongful Death
The emotional pain and anguish associated with losing a loved one can feel unbearable, especially when the death of someone you love is the consequence of avoidable negligent or reckless conduct. We know that no amount of money can compensate someone for the loss of someone they love, but our attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke Attorneys, LLP have dedicated ourselves to helping people cope with the financial, legal and insurance complications that can accompany the traumatic loss of a close family member. If the loved one who has been taken from you was the breadwinner in the family or had substantial medical expenses prior to their passing, the emotional challenges you face may be compounded by pressing financial stress, anxiety and concerns about an uncertain future.
Dwyer Williams Dretke Accident Injury Attorneys Has Offices in the Following Locations:
Dwyer Williams Dretke Attorneys, LLP is committed to seeking monetary compensation to help ease the financial pressure associated with your loss so that you can focus on recovering from the emotional turmoil of losing someone that you love. We have built our practice on personal attention to each of our clients. We understand that your loved one was a mother, father, brother, sister or child not a faceless case file or anonymous plaintiff in a lawsuit. We will represent the interest of your loved one with the respect and compassion that has allowed us to build our reputation for zealous advocacy, deep compassion and commitment to the highest quality legal service on behalf to our clients across the State of Oregon.
If you wish to speak with one of our experienced Oregon wrongful death lawyers at Dwyer Williams Dretke Attorneys, LLP, we are available to answer your questions and help relieve some of the financial, legal and insurance burden facing you at this difficult time so please contact us at 541-617-0555 or send us information online.
Understanding Wrongful Death Claims in Oregon
A surviving family member in Oregon can file a wrongful death claim if the wrongful conduct of someone ultimately killed another member of one’s family unit. The family member who may file a claim for wrongful death include the wrongful death victim’s spouse, children, parents, partner, family members, and other persons who would be entitled to inherit the deceased’s property. In order to recover damages for the wrongful death of a loved one, the surviving family must be able to prove the following factual basis for the claim:
- The person at fault acted, or failed to act, in such a way as to cause the death.
- If the victim had survived, he or should would have been entitled to recover for damages.
- There are surviving family members of the victim’s family.
At Dwyer Williams Dretke Attorneys, LLP, our attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced in effectively handling wrongful death claims. There are many challenging legal and procedural issues associated with a wrongful death claim so it is important to seek legal advice immediately so that you can assess your rights and options, evaluate the value of a potential wrongful death claim, and develop an appropriate litigation strategy before the statute of limitations expires. The statute of limitations is a deadline within which a wrongful death claim in Oregon must be initiated and failing to comply with the timing requirement will typically be a permanent bar to recovery.
Wrongful conduct that causes the death of another person can involve many types of accidents. We have represented clients throughout Oregon who have suffered the pain of the wrongful death of a loved one in a wide variety of accidents including the following:
- Nursing home abuse
- Serious motor vehicle crashes
- Workplace and industrial accidents
- Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents
- SUV Rollovers
- Automobile collisions involving pedestrians or bicyclists
- Tractor-Trailer (Commercial Trucking) Collisions
- Fatal motorcycle crashes
- Motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted or reckless drivers
- Accidents at a construction site
- Drunk driving accidents or vehicular manslaughter
- Other actions by a third party that resulted in fatality of another
If you lost a loved one because of the careless, reckless, or intentional conduct or actions of another person, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. A lawsuit involving the death caused by the wrongful conduct of another is really two separate actions under Oregon law. One claim is brought by surviving family members for their personal loss and may including compensation for loss of support, loss of companionship, pain and suffering and burial and funeral expenses.
The wrongful death claim is also typically combined with what is referred to as a “survival action” which is brought on behalf of the estate of the wrongful death victim to actual loss suffered by the accident victim and may include recovery for hospital and medical expenses and lost wages prior to death and pain and suffering from the time of the accident until death.
We know that following the death of someone you love legal, financial and insurance complications are not high on most people’s list of priorities. Our experienced Oregon wrongful death lawyers will handle these administrative and legal issues so that you can focus on your emotional recovery. Dwyer Williams Dretke Attorneys, LLP will advise you of your rights and seek the compensation that you need to ease the financial pressure accompanying your loss. Our wrongful death law firm has offices in Bend, Eugene, Grants Pass, Medford, Portland, and Roseburg to provide statewide legal representation to wrongful death victims up and down the state of Oregon.