Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death

Portland Wrongful Death Attorney

Losing a loved one is a tragic event. Losing a loved one when someone else is at fault can make it even more heart-wrenching.

When someone’s death is the result of someone else’s inaction, a defective product, malpractice or just plain negligence, the victim’s family can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party at fault. Jonah Flynn is an experienced Portland wrongful death lawyer who represents families who have lost a loved one because of the negligence or carelessness of someone else.

Though nothing can bring loved ones back, holding the negligent party accountable can provide some sense of comfort and justice.

There are a multiple situations in which a wrongful death can occur. If a party or person acts recklessly, negligently, with a complete disregard for another’s safety, or with intent to kill or harm, and an individual dies as a result, the death may be deemed wrongful.

Legally, it is then possible to hold the liable party accountable.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than 38,000 traffic fatalities in the United States in 2019. Drivers must stay alert and exercise caution while operating motor vehicles, follow area road rules, drive safely according to the weather conditions, and pay attention to other motorists and pedestrians.

If a loved one gets killed in an automobile tragedy, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. An experienced attorney can help ensure that your rights are protected.

Medical Malpractice

If medical personnel fail to perform care that fits a certain standard, and this lapse results in a person’s injury or death, then the liable party can be held accountable in court. Medical malpractice causes a significant number of wrongful deaths in this country each year. According to statistics obtained by the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 90 percent of all medical malpractice lawsuits involve a plaintiff who says the defendant caused a death or permanent and/or debilitating injury.

Product Liability

Under product liability law, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and product designers are obligated to produce products that are safe for the public. Sometimes, however, product designers and distributors don’t test their products efficiently. If a product has a design, a manufacturing, or a marketing defect and a person is killed in the aftermath, it is possible to hold the liable party accountable.

Workplace Accidents

Dangerous workplace environments can submit employees to serious risks. Accidents such as falls, explosions, burns, and equipment accidents cause numerous deaths every year at work sites such as construction zones, manufacturing plants, and mining operations. If an employee is killed at work as a result of an employer’s negligence or disregard for safety, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed. Employers have a legal obligation to meet OSHA standards, provide a safe working environment, and to take reasonable measures to protect their employees.

A wrongful death lawsuit claims that a person was killed because of the negligence of the person or organization being sued, and that the victim’s survivors are entitled to compensation as a result.

Time Limits

Every state has a limit on the amount of time a person has to file a wrongful death lawsuit in court. The length of time can vary, from one year to as long as three years. In Oregon, the general rule is three years, with some very limited exceptions. If you do not file your wrongful death action on time, you will be barred from filing it all together.

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