”The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” Cicero

Dealing with the aftermath of the death of a loved one can be a complicated, stressful time. When that loved one’s death was the result of an accident that may have been caused by the negligence of another person, company, medical professional, property owner, or some other party, a wrongful death suit is in order. Pursuit of compensation in such cases is appropriate.  But how do you know if you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim? In the state of Oregon, wrongful death claims can be made against negligent parties by survivors of the deceased. Here are a few questions you may ask to determine if you are eligible to make a wrongful death claim on your loved one’s behave. Whats My Relationship To The Deceased? If you are in the spouse, life partner, immediate family member of the loved one who passed you are considered to be among “real parties of interest” and you may file a wrongful death claim. In some cases, if you are part of the extended family (For example a grandparent who raised the person who died) you could also have a legal right to make a wrongful death claim. Do I Have Legal Documentation? This one is fairly simple. The legal documentation you will need is a death certificate. Check to make sure the death certificate was signed by the coroner. What Damages Have Been Incurred As A Result? There are a number of considerations that must be made to help quantify the damages sustained by the wrongful death of a loved one. Some of those should include the pain and suffering of the deceased as a result of the accident (before death), the financial hardships caused to the dependents, emotional trauma of the family, and the loss of wages (ie. the loss of income that would have come if the loved one would have earned if they had lived) to name a few. If someone you love has recently passed away after an accident, enlist the experienced advocacy of the wrongful death lawyers of Berkshire Ginsberg today. It is important to us that we take the time to listen to your story. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, please contact us at 503-233-6507 or by e-mail.