Did you recently lose a loved one in an accident in Portland, OR? You have to process your grief while also dealing with financial expenses and losses related to the death. If someone else was responsible for your loss, you may be entitled to a substantial monetary award. Call Tillmann Law Personal Injury Lawyers at (503) 272-8986 for a free consultation today!
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How Tillmann Law Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help With Your Wrongful Death Claim in Oregon
It may feel like your life has been turned upside down after losing your loved one in an accident. You may have significant medical expenses as well as funeral and burial costs. You may also have also lost financial support and security in the wake of the loss. You deserve justice if another party is liable for your loved one’s death.
Our Portland personal injury attorneys can help you seek closure and financial damages through a wrongful death claim. Aaron Tillmann of Tillmann Law Personal Injury Lawyers has almost 20 years of experience in personal injury and wrongful death law. He’s been recognized by many top legal organizations, including Super Lawyers Magazine and The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
When you hire us to represent your family in a Portland, Oregon wrongful death claim, we will:
Explain your rights and options after your loved one’s death
Investigate the accident to gather evidence and identify all liable parties
Track and calculate all damages related to the wrongful death
Consult with leading experts in finance, medicine, and other fields to prove your case
Handle all communications and negotiations with other parties involved in the case
Take care of all administrative aspects of you claim
Bring your case to court to protect your family’s rights
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a Portland personal injury lawyer.
What is a Wrongful Death in Oregon?
Oregon law defines wrongful death as any death arising from the “wrongful act or omission of another.” Importantly, the act or omission must have qualified the victim to file a personal injury lawsuit had they survived.
Wrongful acts or omissions can include negligence-based cases, such as motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, and slip and falls, to name a few. They can include strict liability incidents such as dog bites and product defects. They can also include intentional acts like assault.
Who Can File an Action for Wrongful Death?
In Oregon, the personal representative of a victim’s estate is responsible for filing a wrongful death lawsuit. The surviving family members will likely be the ones who receive any damages recovered in the lawsuit. However, they are not generally not named in the lawsuit.
If the victim prepared a will before they died, the will would name the personal representative. If the victim did not have a will, the court would appoint someone to this role.
Our wrongful death lawyer in Portland can help you determine if and when you can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights.
How Do I Know if I Have a Wrongful Death Case?
You might not have been present in the accident that killed your loved one. Therefore, you might be uncertain whether you have a wrongful death case.
However, if your loved one died in an accident, and someone else is responsible for the accident, you potentially have a wrongful death claim. You may also have a wrongful death claim if someone intentionally killed your loved one.
The best way to determine if you have a wrongful death case is to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer in Portland. Our attorney at Tillmann Law Personal Injury Lawyers would be happy to explore your rights and options.
We Handle All Types of Wrongful Death Actions in Portland
Wrongful deaths can occur in almost any type of accident.
However, it can be harder to prove some wrongful death cases than others, depending on how your loved one died.
At Tillmann Law Personal Injury Lawyers, we handle all types of wrongful death actions in Oregon, including those involving:
Uber & Lyft Accidents
We offer contingency fee arrangements to all wrongful death clients. This means you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you first. This fee structure keeps you from worrying about whether you can afford legal representation in an already-difficult time.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a wrongful death attorney in Portland to learn how we can help.
What Types of Damages Are Available in a Case of Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death action allows surviving family members to seek compensation for losses related to their loved one’s death.
These damages may not bring your loved one back, but they can defray the financial burdens caused by their passing.
Oregon allows a victim’s estate to recover money for:
The victim’s funeral/burial expenses
Medical expenses to treat the victim before their death
Lost wages, benefits, and support resulting from their death
The victim’s pain and suffering before their death
Loss of society, companionship, and services rendered to the family
Importantly, non-economic damages are capped at $500,000 in Oregon wrongful death cases. There are no caps for economic damages.
In some cases, punitive damages may be available. Rather than compensate the estate/surviving family members, punitive damages serve to punish a defendant for gross negligence or intentional misconduct.
Our legal team can help you understand the value of your case during a free initial consultation. Contact us today to learn more.
What if My Loved One is Being Blamed for their Accident?
You can still recover damages even if your loved one was partially at fault for their accident. Oregon has modified comparative fault laws. If your loved one was less than 51% responsible for their injuries, the estate can pursue compensation. The damages will be reduced to account for the victim’s share of fault.
If your loved one was 51% or more responsible for their injuries, Oregon law prohibits the estate from recovering any compensation. This is known as a 51% bar.
Insurance companies and other defendants like to use the comparative fault rules to avoid liability for wrongful death. Therefore, they often blame victims even when they bear no fault for their accidents. An experienced Portland personal injury lawyer can protect you from unfounded accusations of comparative fault.
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Oregon?
You won’t have unlimited time to pursue a wrongful death action after your loved one’s death. Oregon typically gives you three years from the date of the victim’s injury to initiate the lawsuit. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations.
If you fail to file your claim by the deadline, you will be barred from recovering compensation.
You may have more or less time to file a claim depending on the circumstances. That’s why it’s always important to consult a skilled attorney for help determining the statute of limitations in your case.
Contact an Experienced Portland Wrongful Death Lawyer for a Free Case Review
You may be grieving your loved one’s loss. However, it’s important to act promptly to preserve your right to file a wrongful death suit. The money you recover can make all the difference in the world to helping your family move forward.
Our Portland wrongful death lawyers at Tillmann Law Personal Injury Lawyers can provide the skilled representation you need for your case. We’ll provide a sympathetic advocate who is not afraid to take on big defendants to protect your family.
Contact our law office today to schedule your 100% free case consultation. We’re standing by to help you.
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I want to infinitely thank Mr. Tillman for his incredible work on my case. I'm so deeply pleased with the turnout. I thank him for all of his effort and determination that led to it. It truly shows his dedication and skill! In the future, I will be recommending him to everyone I know.I also want to thank everyone at his office who dealt with and had been patient with me. I was not the easiest client, and I really appreciate all of the work of Jason, Julia, and others to keep the case on track.
Aaron was beyond personable, capable, and passionate throughout my case. He handled my traumatic incident with the upmost of care and took my case to trial with positive outcomes. I can’t tell you how much it meant to really know I had someone on my side.Even after the case was ruled, he has continued to stay in touch & explain future legal proceedings - truly he has held my hand every step of the way.If I ever find myself in a circumstance where I’m in need of another personal injury attorney, I will without a doubt give Aaron Tillmann a call. I would recommend him to any friend or loved one. Thank you Aaron!!!
Thanks Aaron, we truly appreciate everything you have done for us.I know that I was a handful early on, but you handled it with a deft touch and ultimately proved yourself to be a great advocate for our family none the less.Thanks so much Bud!You have my eternal respect and gratitude.
I had the pleasure of working with Aaron and his team over the course of the last year. They were very professional and responsive. Dealing with injuries can be dreadful, but Aaron made it as painless as possible. I highly recommend.
I am very grateful and pleased with the services of Lawyer Aaron and his team work, especially Julia, who was always attentive to my concerns and resolved my doubts with a good attitude and empathy, and best of all, she speaks Spanish. Thank you so much!!!
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My husband was in a bad car accident a few years back, and he was stopped due to traffic. He was behind a fuel truck, and someone rear-ended him, going 60mph. The worst part was our 6 mo old was in our and the truck was totaled beyond repair and my husbands back injured severly he ended up with 2 broken vertebrae. Our child had ptsd any time getting into a vehicle after that. Tillman made this right even though we couldn't do much for our son other comfort him and make car rides more comfortable from there on out Tillman was able to get my husband the money he deserved after the other driver was extremely negligent and either not paying attention or on his phone or something unfortunately this was during covid and when the police came they didnt do a single thing to check for any of that. We can't say enough good things about Aaron Tillman he gave us our hope back and the ability to have back surgery to repair a lot of his back issues due to the car wreck. So if you have been in an accident definitely call Tillman Law they're amazing super professional, kind and empathetic beings who will work for the best possible outcome for your case and fight they won't just roll over and play dead they spent about 2.5 years on my husbands case never giving up. He was always super honest with my husband and always communicated everything. So again, thank you, Aaron Tillman, and thank you to your law firm for working so tirelessly. We appreciate it more than you know.
Aaron is great. He is professional and personable which makes you feel cared about during the process. He will provide advice and resources so that the process is smooth and renders positive results. I highly recommend!
I can’t recommend Tillman Law enough. We were in a sticky situation from a car accident in December and my partner was out of work for over a month. Aaron told us we may not be able to get those lost wages, but he would definitely try to fight the insurance for them and even then we might not see the money for a long time. It’s only been 3 1/2 months since the accident and we just got our lost funds today. Tillman Law was quick, efficient, and made this entire situation much less painful. I appreciate everything they’ve done for us.
Really pleased with my experience at Tillmann Law. Mr. Tillmann and his team were on top of my case, worked hard to answer any questions I had and finished my case in a timely manner. I was really happy with the outcome . Thank you!
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I am so happy to promote Aaron and his team. They did such an amazing job handling my case. Call them if you need service. I called him when I first needed help with my accident and he called me back within five minutes. This team is so great! I am so happy to have worked with them.
Mr. Tillmann and his paralegal Jason were fantastic to work with! They were always available to answer my questions in a timely manner and delivered a very good outcome after I was rear ended. I would recommend their services to anyone.
The Tillman Law Firm is amazing! I have been very pleased with everyone that I came in contact with concerning my case. They filed the case against the insurance company and fought hard in litigation to get what rightfully was taken from me. I would highly recommend them, they are the best in the Portland metro area!
Everyone told me that getting money from the insurance company isn’t easy and it takes a long time probably more then a year but when I decided to call Aaron about my situation and explained everything and right away he took my case and told me what to do every step of the way so I never had to deal with the insurance, made everything go smoother, felt very comfortable and reliable. In other words Aaron knows what he is doing and I would recommend him! Don’t go to anyone else cause he got me more money then what they wanted to give me and I am very happy right now thank you Aaron !!
Aaron and Jason took my case back in December of 2019. They did a fantastic job negotiating with the insurance company, and I'm very happy with the outcome and the service that they provided. I would definitely recommend using their firm. Thank you again for your help!
Aaron and Jason took our case right after Christmas in 2017. It was a very complicated situation that involved a handful of different people, several cars, multiple hospitals, uninsured drivers, and a negligent insurance company which took nearly three years for us to reach a conclusion on. It would've been a certain dead end had it not been taken on by the expertise of this firm. They were always there to answer questions and walked us through every step of the process along the way. Ultimately they scored a win in our favor and after several negotiations with the other party, we've reached an agreement on a settlement in September of 2020. Seeing how hard they fight for their clients, my family has opted to return to Tillmann Law several times since this first case for other, less significant events, all of which have also resolved in our favor. Highly recommend to hire this firm to represent your case.
First of all these guys will fight for you!. The thing is dealing with insurance companies is such a hassle that it interferes with our lives and they only want to pay out the bare minimum. Now that we have to go to doctors, physical therapy and chiropractic appointments, etc. just to get better, all while trying to go to work and then having to deal with the insurance company on top of that. There is no way to keep track of it all. This team will help you get the best result possible and also take care of the process and communication with your insurance company.
I am glad that this is finally going to be completely resolved. It has taken a long time but there were complexities that we had to work through. I am very happy with your service. I am positive this was the highest and best outcome for me. I am still a little in awe of the discount you and Aaron were able to get. It is nothing short of amazing.I am completely satisfied with your hard work and the results. I would have never gotten the settlement on my own. Thanks again.
Wonderful law firm!I contacted Aaron after I sustained a broken arm from tripping on a faulty sidewalk...An insurance adjuster wanted me to quickly sign off on the claim, offering a fraction for my growing medical bills...I refused and hired Aaron.From the beginning and throughout my ordeal, Aaron was professional yet caring and understanding...He and his paralegal Jason were always available for any questions and concerns I had.Aaron negotiated a fabulous settlement for me that I never would've achieved had it not been for his tenacity and perseverance.I would absolutely recommend him and his law firm to anyone who seeks legal help and justice!...Thanks again Aaron and Jason!...Couldn't have done it without you!
We hired Aaron after our daughter and I were rear ended by an inattentive driver. My daughter was more significantly injured due to her delicate post-operative state. He helped us deal with uncooperative insurance companies and negotiated a very positive settlement . In fact, the look on the claims adjuster's face at the end of the medication session that settled the case reaffirmed that we had done very well. Aaron educated us along the way, and explained the process clearly so we knew what to expect. Both Aaron and his legal assistant Jason are both top notch, highly effective and a pleasure to work with. I recommend them very highly. Results speak for themselves!
I asked Mr. Tillman to associate with me on a case in Oregon. I was pleased with Aaron’s work product. He responded quickly to my inquiries and was knowledgeable in the law. I would recommend his services.
I suffered an injury in an auto accident before I retained Mr. Tillmann for his services. I appreciated his line of communicating with me in every instance what the plan of attack would be. After making a number of visits to doctors therapist, Mr. Tillman helped facilitate a careful and Savvy approach to persuade a defense that was at times uncooperative and unpersuaded. His ability to read our situation, resulted in a positive outcome that we can all live with. I highly recommend.
Aaron and his team were incredible to work with. In addition to being extraordinarily thorough on the case and patient with me, they were tireless in ensuring I received the maximum amount possible in order to receive the care I needed. He genuinely cared for my well being, would call me just to check on the status of my health. He is an all-around stellar person to work with. I highly recommend his services to anyone seeking justice and care for personal injury cases.
I came to Aaron 2 years ago frusterated, in pain and really confused. All i knew is I was hurt, nobody was listening and i didnt know what was gonna happen. Its a scarey space when your in that position. The being in pain and having no idea what the future holds. I feel like the moment I met with him i was being heard and felt like what happened to me mattered. He was very honest with be from the beginning about the process, what we had to work with and even the risks. I felt informed and communicated with. And we just won a huge victory. For me that means options are open, my family has security. I honestly dont know what would have happened with out Aaron and his team. Im just grateful for them standing up and helping me be heard. Thank You for your work and dedication. I highly recommend Tillman Law.
I wasn’t sure about getting legal help with my collision claim, but when I went to Aaron, he made me feel comfortable with the process. I definitely got more than expected. I’m very happy with the outcome. Now things should be a little easier.