Bryan Dawson at Dawson Law Group has over 20 years of experience in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases and is a skilled Portland wrongful death attorney. He has represented lawsuits for both plaintiffs and defendants and has helped his clients recover millions of dollars in compensation.
Who can file a wrongful death claim?
The laws relating to who can file a wrongful death lawsuit differs from state to state. In general, beneficiaries of the deceased person such as his/her immediate family members, financial dependents, parents of unmarried children, domestic or life partners, distant family members, and representative of his/her estate can file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Generally, the representative of the deceased person's estate files a wrongful death lawsuit. A personal representative is a legally rightful person responsible for administering the decedent's assets. However, any amount recovered as compensation in the claim will be to the designated beneficiaries of the deceased.
Time limits in Oregon wrongful death claims
Like other states, Oregon has a "statute of limitations" (time limit) for filing a wrongful death case in court. You need to file the wrongful death claim within three years from the date of the deceased person's injury.
A significant amount of time passes from the date of the injury until the injured person's death reducing the amount of time you have at hand for filing a claim. Hiring an attorney can help you understand the statute of limitations in Oregon, and if whether your particular case has any exceptions with filing deadlines.
Benefits of hiring a wrongful death attorney
If you lost a loved one because of the negligence of someone, it's critical to hire an experienced Portland wrongful death attorney to help you file a claim. Here are the plusses of hiring an experienced wrongful death attorney:
- Support: While dealing with the grief of losing a loved one, an experienced attorney can think logically and help you build a strong case to get the compensation or judgment you deserve.
- Valuing your claim: It is crucial to know the exact value of your claim to pursue the proper compensation. An attorney will do this after a detailed evaluation of you and your family's situation, the financial and emotional impact the death of your loved one has had on you and your family, lost income, etc.
- Saving time and money: Wrongful death claims can go on forever, and legal proceedings can be expensive. While you may not possess the legal insight, skills, and experience, you could not only fail in your attempt to get a favorable outcome from your claim but also can end up wasting a boatload of money and time. When you have an experienced attorney, he/she will protect your rights and interests and help you get a favorable case outcome in the shortest duration.
Call us at 503-656-0400 or visit https://dawlaw.net/contact-a-portland-personal-injury-lawyer-today/ to schedule a free consultation with our highly acclaimed Portland wrongful death attorney, Bryan Dawson. Dawson Law Group is one of the best law firms in the state of Oregon with a successful track record.Portland Wrongful Death Attorney