Fatal Car Accident Lawyer in Portland
Helping Families File a Wrongful Death Claim After a Car Accident
In 2013, Oregon experienced nearly 300 fatal crashes. Unfortunately, there are a number of reasons a fatal car accident can occur. At Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC, our Portland fatal car accident attorneys are aware of the various accidents that can result in the death of a loved one. These can include rear-end and head-on collisions, drunk driving accidents, fatigued driving accidents, defective auto parts, dangerous road design, and more. As the family of a deceased loved one, you may be able to file a claim against the party responsible for the accident to seek compensation and justice.
Who is Eligible for Compensation?
When someone is killed in an accident caused by someone else, certain individuals may be able to file a claim on the victim’s behalf. According to Oregon statute 30.020, this action must be taken within three years of the death. Waiting until after this timetable could forfeit your right to take legal action and to any compensation that may have been available to your family. In order to file a wrongful death claim, you must have a certain relationship with the decedent.
The following parties may file a wrongful death claim:
- Surviving children
- Personal representative
- Surviving spouse
- Surviving parents
- Surviving grandparents
- Other relatives
When filing a wrongful death claim after a fatal car accident, an individual may seek damages for funeral, medical, and hospital expenses, lost wages and benefits, and pain and suffering. This can help ease the hardships that a family may face in the wake of a death to their loved one.
Call Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC to Get Started
At Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC, we have helped countless families seek the compensation they deserve after losing a family member. We have more than 100 combined years of experience that we utilize on our clients’ behalves. Our team has secured million-dollar settlements for our clients so they can move forward after this very tough and daunting process. Losing a loved one is never easy; knowing that it could have been prevented is much more disheartening.
When you trust your case to our team, you can have confidence that your claim is in good hands. Our attorneys are highly rated and have the tenacity to help guide you through the claims-filing process. It is important to take the time to grieve with your family. We’ll take care of the legal work so you don’t have to concern yourself with the troubles of a complex situation. If you lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, count on us to fight for your family’s rights from start to finish.
Contact us at (503) 226-6361 today.