Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one is devastating. While nothing can bring that person back or even make you whole again, a lawsuit against the party who was at fault for the death can bring some measure of justice and closure. Whether there is a criminal action against an individual responsible or not, it is essential that you contact an attorney to preserve your rights in the civil justice system. I work closely with crime victims and families of wrongful death victims to make sure that those who cause the death of their loved ones are held responsible. For answers to questions about wrongful death, please see the Wrongful Death FAQs.

Wrongful death refers to a lawsuit alleging the victim was killed as a result of the negligent conduct of another. A defendant can be held liable for the wrongful death of another even if there was no direct intent to kill the victim. Usually, to be successful in such an action, the plaintiff must prove the defendant was negligent or strictly liable for the victim's death by a preponderance of the evidence.

Common wrongful death cases arise as a result of auto accidents, criminal acts, drunk driving, medical malpractice, dangerous or defective products or drugs, poor choices of a caretaker or due to other negligence. Defendants may include negligent individuals, businesses or governmental entities.

The loss of a family member causes great pain and turmoil, as well as unimaginable loss within a family. Often the suddenness of the loss and confusion leaves the family feeling powerless, and leaves many questions unanswered. While hiring a lawyer in the immediate aftermath may seem unimportant in the face of such a severe loss, it is a time sensitive and critical decision that may dramatically affect the lives of the surviving spouse and family members. Unfortunately, persons or companies responsible for causing death are frequently not held accountable due to the failure of surviving family members to institute prompt legal action. All too often, critical evidence is destroyed in the days and weeks following a fatal accident. State laws governing wrongful death may eliminate the possibility of recovery or bar legal action when certain legal criteria or time limitations are not satisfied. Surviving family members should consult with a lawyer immediately to ensure their rights are preserved.

Experienced personal injury lawyers who handle wrongful death actions appreciate both the complex legal issues, as well as the powerful emotional trauma involved in a death claim. An experienced lawyer will vigilantly represent the rights of the victim, while assisting the surviving family members in a responsible, yet understanding manner. I have helped many victims through just such a loss.

If you or someone you know has lost a loved one in a tragic accident or due to the negligence or criminal activity of another, contact The Law Office of Josh Lamborn, P.C. immediately.

Call 503-546-0461 or email Wrongful Death Attorney Josh Lamborn at jpl@pdxinjury.com to schedule a free consultation regarding your case. I handle wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis.

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