Experienced Portland Attorney Defending Fatal Car Accident Victims
When you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, fighting an insurance company is the last thing your family should have to take on. Let Sarah Nelson fight for your financial recovery, while you focus on your emotional recovery.
What separates Sarah Nelson from all of the other injury attorneys in Portland or Oregon statewide? It’s the experience she gained after 10 years inside one of the nation’s largest insurance companies. It’s knowing how to present your case to maximize the financial recovery, and doing it while minimizing the intrusion into your daily life.
Justice to Solve a Senseless Loss
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), 331 people died in auto accidents in Oregon in 2011. The fact that many of these deaths were caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless conduct makes them all the more tragic. In the aftermath of such a loss, the sorrow and grief can be overwhelming.
Although monetary damages cannot fill the void created by your loss, a successful wrongful death claim can provide your family with the financial resources it needs to move forward. In addition, a wrongful death claim can be a way to hold those responsible for your loss accountable. An experienced, skilled lawyer will be instrumental in presenting the strongest possible claim.
What’s at Stake in a Wrongful Death Claim
Under Oregon law, the deceased’s estate may be able to recover the following damages in a wrongful death claim:
- Loss of society, companionship and services
- Loss of income and other pecuniary losses
- Damages for pain and suffering between the time of injury and time of death
- Medical expenses and burial expenses
Punitive damages may also be available, depending on the specific facts of the case. Punitive damages are a unique subset of damages designed to punish particularly bad actors. Drunk drivers, reckless drivers and sometimes even distracted drivers (such as drivers who send text messages while driving) can be hit especially hard by courts with very large punitive damage awards designed to deter reckless conduct going forward.
In any fatal accident, negligent or reckless behavior is a potential cause. For instance, alcohol impairment or excessive speed commonly contribute or cause fatal accidents. Whatever the cause, we will undertake a comprehensive investigation in order to prove both the liability of the responsible party, as well as your own damages.