Am I Eligible to Recover from a Wrongful Death Suit in Oregon and Washington?

Posted by Schauermann Thayer | Mar 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you have lost a family member or loved one due to the negligence or intentional acts of another person, you may find yourself saddled with bills that you never anticipated having to pay. You might not be able to pay these bills because you relied on the income of your loved one to pay such expenses.

You deserve justice for your loss, and although you can't put a dollar amount on your loved one's life, you may be eligible to receive financial damages to help offset the absence of your loved one and get your life back on track. The attorneys at Schauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples and Edwards PS are here to help you receive this compensation.

Am I Eligible to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?


The Washington Wrongful Death Statute provides that the following individuals can bring an action for the wrongful death of a loved one.

  • The husband or wife of the decedent
  • A registered domestic partner of the decedent
  • The children of the decedent
  • Stepchildren of the decedent

If no such individuals exist, then the following people can bring an action for wrongful death, so long as they were dependent upon the decedent for support.

  • Parents of the decedent
  • Siblings of the decedent

If you fall into one of these categories, then you may be eligible to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit for your loved one's death and may be eligible to receive financial damages including for medical bills, lost income, and loss of companionship.


Oregon's wrongful death statute differs slightly from that of Washington, and provides that the following people may maintain an action against a wrongdoer for the death of a loved one.

  • Husband or wife of the decedent
  • Children of the decedent
  • Stepchildren of the decedent
  • Step-parents of the decedent
  • Anyone else who would be entitled to recover under intestacy laws

Intestacy laws, which come into play if an individual dies without a will, can quickly become complex. It is important to contact an attorney who has experience with wrongful death lawsuits in order to determine whether you have the standing to file a wrongful death claim for the loss of your loved one.

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If you are mourning the loss of a loved one, no amount of money can dull the pain you are feeling. Financial compensation can, however, relieve some of the financial burden you may be facing if you depended on that person for monetary support.

Don't try to fight a wrongful death lawsuit alone--let the attorneys at Schauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples & Edwards PS take some of the stress off of your shoulders and fight your case so that you don't have to. To speak with an attorney and take a step toward gaining the justice you deserve, fill out an online case evaluation form or call (360) 695-4244 today.

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