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Portland Wrongful Death Attorneys

Respectable Portland Wrongful Death Lawyers Ready To Fight For You

Also serving Oregon and Washington.

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The legal term “wrongful death” means simply that death occurred due to a negligent, careless, or intentional act of another.

Wrongful death is the most catastrophic of personal injury claims. Wrongful death can be the result of a motor vehicle collision, the result of negligence in a hospital or nursing home, or on a construction site—it can happen virtually anywhere. It is important to speak with our compassionate and experienced Portland wrongful death lawyer if a loved one has died in a wrongful death circumstance. Give us a call at 503-222-6333.

Making A Wrongful Death Claim In Oregon Or Washington

A grieving family who lost their love one in a fatal accident in Portland.The victim’s family is often asked to sign a settlement with the wrongdoer’s insurance company – and sign it quickly. You could be signing away your legal rights and adequate compensation for your loss.

It is your legal right to ask a Portland wrongful death lawyer to review the documents provided by the insurance company before you sign.

It can be very difficult to discuss seeking justice for a loved one’s wrongful death.  The legal team at D’Amore Law Group will treat you with the respect and care that you deserve.

We Handle Wrongful Death Cases Involving All Types of Accidents and Causes

If you have lost a loved one under circumstances in which you believe that another person or a business is to blame for his or her death, it is important that you speak with a Portland wrongful death lawyer. At D’Amore Law Group, we offer free initial consultations and our legal team is more than happy to sit down with you and discuss your family’s legal rights. Sadly, cases of wrongful death are far more common than any of us would like to believe. And if you have any questions or concerns, you owe it to yourself to seek more information.

Our legal team represents families throughout Oregon and Washington in wrongful death claims involving all types of accidents and causes. This includes cases involving:

  • Auto Vehicle Accidents – There are hundreds of fatal car accidents across Oregon and Washington each year. Most of these accidents are the result of driver negligence, including speeding, driving under the influence, and texting behind the wheel.
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents – Motorcycle riders face risks every time they get in the saddle. While riders are entitled to share the road, drivers often overlook motorcycles and make other mistakes that lead to deadly accidents.
  • Semi-truck Accidents – Truck accidents have a disproportionately-high fatality rate when compared to other types of vehicle collisions, and it isn’t hard to see why. From truck driver negligence to maintenance issues and cargo loading errors, numerous factors can lead to fatal collisions.
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents – Walking, running, and riding bicycles are ways of life for many Oregon and Washington residents. Unfortunately, each of these activities carries fatal risks when vehicles are nearby. We handle pedestrian and cyclist wrongful death claims involving bike lanes, intersections, and all other accident scenarios.
  • Construction Site Accidents – Working in construction is a dangerous occupation, and companies’ safety violations can make it far more dangerous than it should be. If you have lost a loved one in a construction site accident, we can help you hold the at-fault party accountable for your family member’s wrongful death.
  • Medical Negligence and Malpractice – Malpractice is a leading cause of death in the United States. Misdiagnoses, delayed diagnoses, surgical errors, and other mistakes are all to blame for an alarming number of avoidable deaths each year.
  • Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse – Neglect and abuse in nursing homes are alarmingly common as well. From abandonment to medication errors, and from falls to infections, many causes of premature death in Oregon and Washington homes are avoidable with proper care.

Contact Our Wrongful Death Lawyers In Portland, Lake Oswego, and Bend, and Oregon.

A client shaking the hand of an attorney she hired for a wrongful death case of a loved one in Portland.Tom D’Amore and the compassionate, experienced lawyers at D’Amore Law Group are among the most well-regarded wrongful death attorneys in Oregon, Washington, and California.

Recent wrongful death case results obtained by D’Amore Law Group 

  • $2 million dollar recovery against a negligent trucking company on behalf of a Tualatin, Oregon woman whose husband was killed when he was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler semi-truck operated by a truck driver under the influence of alcohol and illegal drugs
  • $900,000 for the family of a Portland-area teenager, killed in a head-on auto accident
  • $850,000  recovery for the family of a Salem, Oregon nursing home resident who died as a result of extreme negligence
  • $525,000 policy-limits settlement for the family of a Bend, Oregon man who was killed in a hit-and-run crash
  • Confidential settlement for the widow of a Dallas, Oregon man who died after a hospital failed to diagnose his heart attack

Q&A with the Portland Wrongful Death Attorneys at D’Amore Law Group

Q: When is a death considered “wrongful”?

In the simplest terms, death is considered to be “wrongful” when it is the result of another person’s negligence or intentional misconduct. In other words, if the victim’s life could have been spared were it not for someone else’s action or inaction, then the victim’s family members will have a claim for wrongful death. Learn more in this video from attorney Tom D’Amore: What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Q: Who can file a claim for wrongful death?

In Oregon, a wrongful death claim must be filed by the personal representative of the victim’s estate. Section 30.020 of the Oregon Revised Statutes provides:

“When the death of a person is caused by the wrongful act or omission of another, the personal representative of the decedent, for the benefit of the decedent’s surviving spouse, surviving children, surviving parents and other individuals, if any, who under the law of intestate succession of the state of the decedent’s domicile would be entitled to inherit the personal property of the decedent . . . may maintain an action against the wrongdoer . . . .”

Section 30.020 also addresses the rights of stepparents and stepchildren, and subsequent sections of the Oregon Revised Statutes address how wrongful death damages are to be distributed among eligible family members. In Washington, the relevant statute (Section 4.20.020 of the Revised Code of Washington) states:

“Every [wrongful death] action shall be for the benefit of the wife, husband, state-registered domestic partner, child or children, including stepchildren, of the person whose death shall have been so caused. If there be no wife, husband, state-registered domestic partner, or such child or children, such action may be maintained for the benefit of the parents, sisters, or brothers, who may be dependent upon the deceased person for support, and who are resident within the United States at the time of his or her death.”

Learn more from Tom D’Amore: Who Can File a Wrongful Death Suit?

Q: What is the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in Oregon?

Oregon’s statute of limitations for wrongful death claims is somewhat complicated. As a general rule, a wrongful death claim must be filed within three years of the date of the fatal injury (which may or may not be the date of death). However, there are a number of exceptions that can extend the time to file in some circumstances.

Q: What is the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in Washington?

In Washington, the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims is generally three years from the date of death. However, similar to Oregon’s wrongful death statute, Washington law contains some important exceptions as well.

Q: How do you prove a claim for wrongful death?

Proving a claim for wrongful death is similar to proving a claim for personal injury damages after a non-fatal accident. You need evidence to establish that someone else’s act or omission caused your loved one’s death, and this means that it is necessary to conduct a prompt and thorough investigation. Depending on the nature of your claim (e.g., whether your loved one died in a vehicle collision or as a result of a medical mistake), this may include conducting a forensic investigation at the scene of the accident, tracking down video footage, obtaining phone records or medical records, working with medical experts, and gathering evidence through various other means.

In addition to proving the cause of the accident, you will also need to prove the extent of your family’s losses. Among other things, this may include calculating medical expenses, lost earnings, and other direct out-of-pocket costs as well as placing an appropriate dollar value on your loved one’s pain, suffering, and emotional trauma prior to death. Certain family members may be eligible to recover compensation for their non-financial losses (e.g., loss of companionship) as well.

Q: What else do I need to know?

Dealing with a loved one’s unexpected and untimely death is an extremely difficult task that no one should be forced to endure. The recovery process will take time, and you will need to take care of yourself during the process. While filing a wrongful death claim isn’t easy, it is important. And our Portland personal injury lawyer, we will do everything in our power to make the process as straightforward and stress-free as possible.

Free Consultation With one of Our Skilled and Compassionate Portland Wrongful Death Attorneys

Our highly-skilled attorneys handle other types of personal injury cases as well, including:

If a loved one died in a wrongful death circumstance, please contact D’Amore Law Group for a free case consultation. A Portland wrongful death attorney from D’Amore Law Group is experienced, knowledgeable, and concerned. Our law firm will stand by your side during this difficult time. We represent clients throughout Oregon, Washington, and California. Our offices are conveniently located in Portland, Lake Oswego, and Bend.  Call our committed wrongful death law firm or contact us online today.

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Maggie McCueMaggie McCue
18:49 03 Oct 22
The DLG mission states “We are committed to securing justice for people and their families when they have been injured.”I’ve never secured a law firm, was completely overwhelmed with pain and daunted by the challenging insurance settlement process. My DLG experience far exceeded my expectations. The DLG team was true to their mission and demonstrated this at every step of the legal process.I was rear-ended by a semi-truck and had multiple injuries. From the initial consult, demand letter and compiling hundreds of treatment records to several rounds of negotiation and final settlement – they were committed to my case. Tom D’Amore is professional, extremely smart, honest and leads with integrity. I’ve read that he has many industry awards and accolades – and now that I’ve worked with him, I can absolutely see why.When I was injured, I was so immersed in a world of pain, medical treatments, therapies and getting better. The thought of dealing with the opposing insurance company, justifying injuries and medical expenses was completely overwhelming.Luckily, I had Tom and the DLG team to take this on and manage on my behalf. I knew that my case was in the most capable hands and was confident that no team would work harder for me than DLG. They were successful in securing justice for me – just like their mission states.Based on my experience, I would wholeheartedly recommend DLG to my family and friends.
Deandra TurnerDeandra Turner
22:42 17 Aug 22
No one wants to be in a car accident, especially one that requires a lawyer's representation.I was in a horrible accident in the summer of 2021 that left my car totalled and my right radius 100% fractured. My mom found Doug Oh-Keith for me and I'm so grateful she did.While I was going through 2 surgeries, living with an external fixator, going through months of physical therapy and coming to terms with the loss of my career, Doug was handling everything else for me. He is, as my mom calls him, a shark - which is exactly the type of lawyer you want working for you. He managed to settle my lawsuit in just over a year, which is apparently very quick for a car accident settlement.I signed a few documents for him, sent him all of my bills, and he handled literally everything else for me.I was rear ended again earlier this year and that case is definitely not big enough to warrant a lawyer, but it's giving me a clear picture of just how much Doug handled for me.There's literally no way that I would have been able to take care of everything Doug did.If you're looking for a lawyer for a car accident, give D'Amore Law Group a call. They are absolutely amazing and, while I hope I never ever ever go through anything like this last year again, I feel secure in knowing that if I do, I can call them up again and they'll fight for me to get what I deserve. I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer to help me.
Washougal WashingtonWashougal Washington
02:43 13 Feb 22
I worked with Sean Stokes and he was fabulous! Sean was always professional and pushed to get the maximum pay out from my accident. He was very ethical and was always willing to answer my questions. No one wants a lawsuit, but if you find yourself in this situation, Sean would be the person to turn to.
Robin L LeeRobin L Lee
15:56 27 Apr 21
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Ken LevinsonKen Levinson
19:45 05 Jan 20
D'Amore Law Group is one of the best law firms in the county. I have gotten to know Tom well over the last five years. His knowledge of personal injury law is extraordinary. I am always impressed with how Tom uses his experience to implement the best legal strategies to help his clients.Tom is also a leader in the legal community. He gives back a tremendous amount by teaching younger attorneys and executing key roles in bar associations. He's also one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.If you or a loved one is looking for an injury attorney, I highly recommend the D'Amore team.


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