Wrongful Death Attorney In Eugene

The wrongful death of a loved one is a terrible and overwhelming experience, and the upcoming legal process that the surviving members will need to endure can be extremely stressful. Working with a personal injury or wrongful death attorney is one of the best ways that you can reduce this stress, focus on getting your family and your life back on track after this tragedy, and to make sure that you have maximized your chances of getting a settlement that you truly deserve. There are many different financial aspects that are considered in a wrongful death case that depend on a wide range of factors, such as the financial role of the deceased, the cost of their medical treatment before death, the dependents left behind, and much more. 

No two wrongful death cases are alike. The following information is intended to provide an overview of some things that go into one of these cases, but the best way to get an exact understanding of your own situation, as well as to learn about how you can move forward with legal help, is to contact an experienced attorney in Eugene as soon as possible. We will be happy to provide you with an initial consultation where we can discuss the specifics of the death, the steps that you have already taken, and give you a better idea of how we can help you move forward.

Read more below about wrongful death cases, and contact us now to schedule your initial consultation and begin fighting for the compensation that you deserve today.

What Is a Wrongful Death?

When someone is killed in an accident that another party was responsible for, either due to a negligent act or omission, then there is a possibility that the responsible party can be held accountable for financial payment to the victim’s family. Ultimately the surviving family members or dependents will need to show that the death was caused by negligent wrongdoing. If it appears likely that negligence occurred and was the cause of death, the family will be able to move forward with a civil wrongful death case.

Examples of Wrongful Death Cases

The foundation of a wrongful death case requires that there was a party who had a duty of care to the deceased, that they failed this duty of care, and that this failure caused an injury. As a result, there are various instances of wrongful death cases, and each is unique to the specific set of circumstances surrounding it. That said, the following are some common examples of wrongful death cases that have been heard in the Oregon courts

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death in the United States, and in some instances, one party is completely (or predominantly) responsible for the accident as a result of their own actions. Their actions can be any type of negligent or reckless behavior, such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, aggressive driving such as racing, operating an unsafe vehicle, failing to pay attention to the roadway, and more. 

In an accident like one of the types listed above, you will need to work directly with an insurance company in order to file a claim. Working with an attorney is the best way to get the legal support and guidance that you need and deserve in order to work towards a settlement that fairly compensated you for everything you are entitled to.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice cases stem from a diverse set of situations, but again, the common thread between all examples is that there was a failure on behalf of the medical professional or hospital to uphold their duty of care, and this failure resulted in the death of their patient. This could be something like a prescription error such as mixing the wrong medications, a failure to diagnose a serious medical issue, or a misdiagnosis that led to improper treatment. 

Medical malpractice cases are complicated, and there are a variety of processes that you will need to go through in order to get the money you deserve. We will be happy to help you with these issues so that you can get the damages that you are entitled to with as little stress as possible. 

Defective Products

When a company sells a product to the general public, it is up to them to disclose foreseeable risks associated with operating the product, as well as information on the best practices to avoid these injuries. In addition to the information that they provide the consumer with regarding the risks and operating procedures, they must also adhere to a rigorous quality control standard that ensures a user’s safety during normal operation of the product. 

For example, when someone buys a chainsaw, there are a variety of informational packets and warnings that indicate the risks associated with operating a chainsaw. Sometimes the warnings provided are defective. Sometimes the product is defective in its design, or in its manufacture. Contact us to discuss your situation and learn about your options.

Contact Us Today

Regardless of whether or not the death of your loved one resembles any of the examples provided above, contact us as soon as possible to schedule an initial consultation and speak directly with an experienced legal professional. During our consultation, you will be able to understand how we have helped others in situations similar to your own, how the courts treat these processes and a general idea of what you can expect moving forward as our valued client.

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