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Eugene, Oregon Wrongful Death FAQ

Can I recover punitive damages through a wrongful death lawsuit in Oregon?

Yes. According to ORS 30.020, “damages may be awarded in an amount which… seperately stated in finding or verdict, the punitive damages, if any, which the decedent would have been entitled to recover from the wrongdoer if the decedent would have lived.” In other words, if your loved one would have survived the wrongdoer’s actions and then been entitled to file a lawsuit for punitive damages, a wrongful death lawsuit might be a possibility.

Can I sue for hospital costs?

Yes, you can. ORS 30.020 says that “damages may be awarded in an amount which… includes reasonable charges necessarily incurred for doctors services hospital services, nursing services, other medical services, burial services and memorial services rendered for the decedent.” In other words, almost all the costs involved with a wrongful death may be recoverable.

Can I sue for pain and suffering?

Yes. ORS 30.020 states “damages may be awarded in an amount which… would justly, fairly, and reasonably have compensated the dependent for disability, pain, suffering and loss of income during the period between injury to the decedent and the decedent’s death.” In other words, the possibility exists to recover damages for pain and suffering your loved one suffered before death, along with lost income.

What are “Pecuniary Losses”?

Pecuniary losses is a phrase you will often encounter in wrongful death law. Pecuniary simply means “of, relating to, or consisting of money.” According to ORS 30.020, damages may be awarded in an amount which… would justly, fairly, and reasonably compensate for pecuniary loss to the decedent’s estate.” This means that the amount of money that a family member likely would have added to the household over a normal lifetime can be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Can I sue for the pain and heartache of our family members?

Yes. According to ORS 30.020, damages may be awarded in an amount which… would justly, fairly, and reasonably compensate the decedents spouse, children, step-children, stepparents and parents for pecuniary loss and for the loss of society, companionship and services of the decedent.”  In other words, the court will take everything your loved one meant to you into account when accounting for the damages possible in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Should I try to bring my own Eugene, Oregon wrongful death lawsuit?

No. When you believe that the death of a loved one was caused by the wrongful action of another, it is time to contact a wrongful death lawyer. An expert Eugene, Oregon wrongful death attorney like Veralrud and Fowler is a good choice. They will evaluate your case and give you an honest opinion on what you might recover. Remember, a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within three years of the death except in very special circumstances. Don’t waste precious time. Your loved one deserves justice. Give expert wrongful death lawyers Veralrud and Fowler a call today for your no-cost no-commitment consultation.

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