The death of a loved one can leave anyone inconsolable, but when that death is the fault of an individual or organization, it’s even harder. The good news is that you’re not alone. The wrongful death attorneys at Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC — a law firm located in Salem, Oregon — can help you secure the compensation you deserve after such a momentous loss. While it will never make up for the loss of life, the right lawyer can make sure you have fair compensation to ease your stress about the future.
Wrongful Death Attorneys
Get Support After the Death of a Loved One
In Oregon, wrongful death means that someone died due to another person’s negligence, actions, or recklessness. When this happens to a loved one, it can leave you reeling.
Worse yet, it can leave you with serious financial burdens that you’re unable to deal with on your own. You may have to pay for a mortgage, suddenly support a family on a single income, or deal with debts and loans without the support of your family member.
In Oregon, the personal representative, dependents, and beneficiaries of the victim of wrongful death are entitled to damages up to $500,000 each.
However, you have to fight to get that amount. Our wrongful death attorneys fight for you to get you the compensation you and your family members need to get through these tough times.
FAQs About Wrongful Death Claims
Navigating a wrongful death claim can be confusing. Here are a few frequently asked questions to make things easier.
Both are lawsuits filed due to the actions or negligence of another individual resulting in an injury. However, in a wrongful death lawsuit, the victim of those actions is deceased.
The victim can file a personal injury lawsuit, but with a wrongful death case, the survivors would have to file the suit. These are typically the close relatives of the person who died due to wrongful death.
Proving wrongful death is no harder than proving another type of lawsuit. To show that there was a wrongful death, you’ll need to provide evidence that another person or organization breached their duty of care. Then, you’ll have to prove that the breach is what led to the death of your loved one.
The best course of action is to work with a wrongful death attorney, such as the ones at Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC. They can help you put together a solid case and provide sufficient evidence in a court of law.
Wrongful death cases aren’t quick. In fact, they can take anywhere from a few months to four years for the entire process to complete. That’s true even if your case doesn’t end up going to trial.
Just filing a claim and negotiating compensation with the other party can take a lot of time. In the hands of an experienced wrongful death attorney, however, we can help you reduce that time as much as possible.
Yes. You can bring a wrongful death action based on the death of a person regardless of their age. The only stipulation is that you will have to properly prove that this was a wrongful death case. In some circumstances, nursing home negligence or other types of lawsuits may be more appropriate.
The team at Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC can help you with this. Our legal team will examine your case to determine what type of action you should pursue. From there, we’ll help you gather the appropriate evidence for your case.
It depends. Autopsies are not always necessary to prove wrongful death cases, nor are they generally required.
However, in many circumstances, you have a much greater chance of winning your case if you choose to conduct an autopsy. This can provide crucial evidence that helps prove wrongful death.
In a wrongful death suit, the at-fault party’s insurance company will be responsible for paying any compensation. This is generally the case with most organizations that have wrongful death policies as part of their general insurance.
In the event that the at-fault individual or organization doesn’t have insurance, they will have to pay for your compensation personally.
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We offer free consultations to all prospective clients and if we take your case on, there is no fee unless we win. Let us know how we can help you!