Is Murder the Same As A Wrongful Death?

Is Murder the Same As A Wrongful Death?

As mentioned in previous blog posts, a criminal case is separate and independent from a civil case. Some deaths result in only a criminal case (murder or manslaughter), but no civil case. Others may result in a civil case (known as wrongful death) but no criminal case. Still others may result in both. So yes, […]

Who receives the award? Must it be shared by the entire family?

Who receives the award? Must it be shared by the entire family?

Like most things in law, this is not always clear-cut. The law simply states that proceeds shall be distributed “in accordance with each beneficiary’s loss.” In many cases, the beneficiaries can all agree to a distribution. If this is not possible, a judge will determine how to split up the proceeds among the beneficiaries. We […]

How are damages determined?

How are damages determined?

How are damages determined? This is perhaps is the most complicated issue in Oregon wrongful death laws because so many factors have to be taken into consideration, including: Medical bills and burial expenses. The loss of wages the person would have earned had they lived. This is usually determined by an expert economist who will […]

What exactly is a “wrongful death”?

What exactly is a “wrongful death”?

Wrongful death is when a negligent, reckless, or intentional act by a person or company causes the death of another. Murder would certainly qualify, but so would a car crash, even if the bad driver who caused the death did not mean to hurt anyone, but was merely careless. Common Circumstances of Wrongful Death Include: […]

Who Should I Talk to After The Wrongful Death of a Loved One

Who Should I Talk to After The Wrongful Death of a Loved One

After the death of a loved one, many people say that they can’t find anyone who will talk about the death directly. Maybe it’s because people are scared, or maybe they think they are protecting your feelings, but whatever the reason, it can be difficult to find someone who will speak clearly and directly about […]

How much will it cost me to hire a Personal Injury law firm?

How much will it cost me to hire a Personal Injury law firm?

After all of the pain, suffering, and confusion involved in an accident or injury, it can be disheartening to consider the cost of hiring a law firm to represent you for your case. Fortunately, when you work with us, you will not have to worry about cost. We take our fees as a simple percentage […]

What happens if I was injured by someone who is uninsured or underinsured?

What happens if I was injured by someone who is uninsured or underinsured?

If you’ve been injured by someone who is uninsured or underinsured, it can be difficult to understand what your claim is worth under your policy. It can also be frustrating since your own insurance company will probably try to pay as little as possible on your claim—even if you have coverage for this type of […]

Is your attorney available to meet with you personally?

Is your attorney available to meet with you personally?

Surprisingly, some personal injury attorneys don’t make themselves available to meet with their clients and only send out their liaisons to collect your information. Generally this means that they are not invested in your case and that you will not receive the best representation possible. At our firm, we care about our clients. We care […]