At Shlesinger & de Villeneuve Attorneys, P.C., we have worked with hundreds of clients who recently experienced the death of a loved one. Navigating this process can be challenging, especially if someone else’s negligence was the source of the death. Many residents in Oregon are unaware that they can file a wrongful death claim against the culprit. While it can’t bring their loved ones back, it can help give them some closure and obtain financial compensation to make current circumstances less stressful.
Who Is Eligible To File a Claim?
According to Oregon law, the personal representative of the deceased loved one can file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party. Personal representatives can include the loved one’s spouse, children, parents, grandchildren, and more.
For example, suppose you lose your brother in an auto accident. In that case, you can be appointed as the Personal Representative and file a wrongful death claim against the party who caused the accident. You must be able to prove the other party was negligent, which can be complicated without legal assistance.
How Long Do I Have To File the Claim?
When you lose a loved one, taking time away from work and other essential matters is customary to focus on your family. It takes time to heal and move forward; fortunately, you have plenty of time to file a wrongful death claim. Oregon law states that you must file the claim within three years after the date of your loved one’s death. While there are some exceptions, you never want to rely on those possible exceptions. Do not wait if you or your family are considering pursuing a wrongful death claim, do not wait. The sooner you consult with an attorney to ascertain your rights and obligations, the better you can secure your claim.
We’ll Fight for You
Wrongful death cases are emotionally charged and overwhelming. You may feel defeated when you learn that neglect was the cause of your loved one’s death, but it is essential to remember your rights. Contact us today so we can help you earn compensation.