Concluding Thoughts

Concluding Thoughts

We appreciate that you have taken the time to read this book. You are going through a very difficult time in your life, and we know that you have a lot going on. We very much hope you have found this book helpful, as our primary goal was to help educate you about Oregon wrongful […]

The Oregon Litigation Process

The Oregon Litigation Process

Here are some highlights of what you can expect a lawyer to do in a wrongful death case. This is only a selection; there is much more, but since every case is different, we have singled out some of the more common tasks so you can get a flavor.   Preserve all evidence: take photos […]

Life Insurance

Life Insurance

If your loved one had life insurance, that policy should pay separately from any wrongful death claim. People usually name specific beneficiaries in their life insurance policies. If the life insurance policy does name specific beneficiaries, then the life insurance company should pay those claims. Some people also have Accidental Death clauses added to their […]

Liability Insurance and Policy Limits

Liability Insurance and Policy Limits

Every driver in Oregon is required to have liability insurance. Liability insurance is meant to protect you if you are legally responsible for an automobile accident. It is also a possible source of compensation in a wrongful death case resulting from a car crash because the deceased person’s family can bring a claim against the […]

Choosing the Venue

Choosing the Venue

“Venue” means where a lawsuit is filed. The options are Federal Court or State Court, and then within the State Court system, a particular county must be chosen. This is a complicated decision that depends upon the specific details of your case, but here’s an overview of why “where” is very important. In general, State […]

Determining the Value of a Wrongful Death Case

Determining the Value of a Wrongful Death Case

What is a life worth? What is the value, in dollars, of the loss of a father, a wife, a grandparent, or a child? There is of course no answer to this question. The value of a life is not measured in dollars. But even though this is true – and obviously true at that […]

Limits on Non-economic Damages.

Limits on Non-economic Damages.

In personal injury cases, there are two basic forms of “damages” a client may recover: economic and non-economic damages. Some lawyers will refer to them as “general” and “special” damages, but the correct terms are economic and non-economic damages. Most wrongful death damages are determined by law using the criteria defined earlier (see the ORS 30.020 damages described […]

Damages – Economic, Non-economic, and Punitive

Damages – Economic, Non-economic, and Punitive

You will hear a lot of people talking about “damages” during a wrongful death case. “Damages” can refer to the amount of money you have lost and the suffering you have undergone as a result of the loss of your loved one, but “damages” also refers to the amount of money a jury decides is […]