Category: Wrongful Death
Wrongful Death Claim: What does Estate mean?
When a person dies, and leaves behind anything that is worth money, the law creates an “estate.” If John Doe dies, then it will be called “The Estate of John Doe.” For example, you may sometimes see “Estate Sales,” where the possessions of someone who has passed away are being sold. What has happened, legally,… read more
The Myth of “Cashing In”
You should be aware that insurance companies have been engaging in a well-financed advertising campaign for over 30 years to try to convince the general public that injury lawsuits and wrongful death lawsuits are simply about greedy people trying to “cash in” on a tragedy. They do this because it saves them millions of dollars…. read more
Why Pursue A Wrongful Death Claim
Before discussing wrongful death laws, let us focus for a minute on the propriety of bringing a wrongful death lawsuit in the first place. There are some who think it’s wrong to accept money because someone died. We understand that accepting money due to the death of a loved one can seem wrong. But when… read more
Is Murder the Same As A Wrongful Death?
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, murder definitely constitutes a wrongful death. If… read more
An Overview of Wrongful Death Claims
Overview of Wrongful Death Claims Wrongful death claims are complicated, but we are here to help you learn enough about the process to decide whether pursuing a case is in the best interests of you and your family, and if so, to help you understand the steps. Because it is complicated, many questions arise in a… read more
Oregon Wrongful Death Claims: What you need to know
In Oregon, wrongful death is defined as “death caused by the wrongful act or omission of another”, and are typically caused by a negligent, reckless or intentional act. Wrongful death includes the same sort of actions that would support a personal injury claim if the deceased person had lived. The main difference between a wrongful… read more
Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz seeks $9.5 Million in Wrongful Death Lawsuit for her Husband
This Wednesday, Portland City Commissioner, Amanda Fritz, filed a $9.5 million wrongful death lawsuit against the driver who lost control of his pickup, crossed over a grassy median of I-5, and crashed into the Nissan Sentra driven by her husband, killing him. The lawsuit filed alleges that the pickup driver, Michael Lippmann, was driving too… read more
Oregon’s Deadliest Crashes Since 1946
In 1946, the Oregon Department of Transportation began keeping track of fatal traffic crashes. The Oregonian researched and verified the crashes making an interactive map of Oregon showing where the 47 deadliest motor-vehicle crashes occurred. The deadliest crash on I-5 in Oregon occurred December 23, 1965 when a Greyhound bus lost control on ice and 14… read more
Oregon’s Statutes of Limitations
Many people ask the same question, how long do I have to file my personal injury case? In general, Oregon personal injury cases must be filed with the court within two years of the date of the injury. This does not mean you can decide one year and eleven months after your accident that you… read more
What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Wrongful death claims are brought against a defendant who caused the death of someone else due to negligence or intentional harm. A wrongful death claim is when a relative of the deceased person files a lawsuit against the party who is legally liable for the death. One of the most common situations for a wrongful… read more