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Portland Wrongful Death Attorneys
What is wrongful death? Wrongful death is a legal term to describe a claim that certain individuals can make against a person who wrongfully or negligently causes the death of another. Wrongful death claims are enacted by the state legislature to govern who can bring a wrongful death claim.
Wrongful Death Defined
Wrongful death is a legal term to describe a claim that certain individuals can make against a person who wrongfully or negligently causes the death of another. Each state legislature has enacted wrongful death statutes that govern who can bring a wrongful death claim. Typically, immediate family members of the deceased seek a wrongful death claim to compensate for financial and emotional damage.
Elements of a Wrongful Death Case
By law, there are four main elements involved to claim a wrongful death case. Family members of the deceased wanting to claim wrongful death must prove each element to be awarded financial recompense. The four elements of a wrongful death case are:
Negligence: It must be proven that the individual being sued was reckless, careless, or negligent.
Causation: It must be shown how the defendant’s negligence caused the death of their loved one.
Breach of Duty: Proof that the defendant in a wrongful death owed a duty to the deceased. For example, in the story from above, the driver had a duty to the pedestrian to drive a reasonable speed and to be aware of pedestrians.
Damages: There can be many damages occurred from the death of a wrongful death victim. For instance, medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, loss of income and potential earnings, etc.
Proving these elements to court during a wrongful death lawsuit requires strong evidence. The experienced wrongful death attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm can help to gather this evidence and make a strong claim in your behalf.
Wrongful Death Claimants
Since wrongful death claims are governed by a statute enacted by the legislature, the persons who are entitled to recover claims are set by statute. In addition, the types of damages a person may recover are set also by statute.
Our wrongful death attorneys have helped our clients recover substantial money settlements from the negligent persons who caused the wrongful death.
Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney Now
Contact a wrongful death attorney to find out if you are entitled under the statute to bring a claim and, if so, what types of damages you are entitled to recover. The attorneys at Parke Gordon are aggressive, experienced, and trusted. We will fight to ensure you get a fair settlement. Call (971)373-4878 now.
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