Wrongful death claims are in a special category in Oregon. There is a lot of unique features that would be very difficult to handle without the skill and the assistance of an attorney. For one thing, to settle a wrongful death claim with an insurance company, you are going to have to file papers in court.
According to OregonLaws, there are questions you should never be allowed to answer during a question and answer session in your wrongful death lawsuit. A deposition is a question and answer session where your attorney will be present and you will be asked questions by the defense attorney. Your testimony will be recorded by a court reporter and that testimony is given under oath and can be used at trial.
You are going to have to have a judge approve the settlement. There are a lot of people that are involved in a wrongful death claim. For example, if a husband is killed, you have the surviving wife. She has a claim for the death of her husband. If there are children, they have a claim for the loss of a father.
If the father’s parents are living, his parents have a claim for the loss of a son. So, it is a complicated process with many aspects to it. It is a special category where you better get the assistance of a skilled attorney to take you through the maze that is needed to settle a wrongful death claim.