When faced with the death of a loved one, legal action may be the last thing on your mind. But the loss of a breadwinner for your family or the mother of your children causes genuine hardship. In the circumstances of a wrongful death you will be faced with a multitude of important decisions. An experienced attorney can help you navigate these troubled times while ensuring that you are fairly compensated for your loss. At Dwyer Williams Dretke Attorneys, PC we fight to ensure that our clients receive fair treatment and compensation during this incredibly difficult time. We work with our clients on a contingency basis only. This means we only collect if we win.
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Circumstances of a Wrongful Death
A wrongful death occurs when an individual dies as a result of a preventable accident due to the negligence or oversight of another party or entity. More than 136,000 Americans die a wrongful death each year, with a significant number of these incidents occurring within the state of Oregon. Some of the most common cases involve:
- traffic accidents
- medical malpractice
- a workplace incident
- product malfunction
- premise liability (such as a slip and fall down a flight of stairs)
A wrongful death often involves some entitlement to financial compensation for the victim’s survivors. The experience of pain and suffering by the victim translates onto their survivors, and they are entitled to compensation for the suffering of their lost loved one, as well as for any medical bills incurred during the process of medical care, and for any funerary and memorial expenses. An individual who has lost their spouse will be entitled to compensation for their loss of spousal companionship, and any dependent individuals are entitled to the loss of the deceased’s future wages.
There is no way to protect oneself or one’s loved ones from a wrongful death, although there are ways to reduce the likelihood of accidental injury in general, most of which relate to taking appropriate safety precautions:
What Should You Do?
If someone in your family has died as a result of an avoidable accident for which another individual was declared at fault, you need professional help in your corner when going after the insurance companies for compensation. Wrongful death payouts often encompass such factors as loss of future income from the time of the victim’s death to the end of their potential career. The legal team at Dwyer Williams Dretke aggressively fights for our clients welfare. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that key information pertinent to a case may be lost; call today to speak to an experienced wrongful death attorney or stop by our offices in Eugene, OR for a free consultation.
An Overview of Wrongful Death Claims from Nolo.com
Common Questions Related to Wrongful Death Cases
Oregon Laws Regarding Wrongful Death
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