Six-Year-Old Seriously Injured by Car in Oregon City

Date: June 20, 2013
Location: Tenth Avenue, Oregon City
Names: Willa Stewart, Hadley Stewart, Monte Thoen

A six-year-old girl was seriously injured and her sister sustained minor injuries when they were hit by a car on Thursday on Tenth Avenue, Oregon City.

Willa Stewart was admitted to the OSHU and continues to remain serious while her sister, 10-year-old Hadley Stewart was discharged after being treated for minor injuries. Both were crossing the street in the company of their 14-year-old sister who remained unhurt.

The sisters were hit by a Chevrolet El Camino driven by Monte Thoen, 86. He stayed at the scene of the accident and cooperated with the police. According to the police, the car was not moving very fast when it struck the sisters. Thoen said that he did not see the sisters but saw the flying bodies. He expressed regret for hitting the children.

We extend our sympathies to the injured and hope they recover completely and quickly.

If a child is injured, the statute of limitations is complicated. ORS 12.160 states that the time for bringing the lawsuit does not start being counted until the child turns 18. However, the time limit will never be extended for more than five years, nor will it be extended for more than one year after the child’s 18th birthday.

In general, if a child is 17 or older at the time of the accident, the statute will run in two years, just like for an adult. If the child is between 12 and 17, the time limit will run out on the child’s 19th birthday. If the child is under 12, the time will run out 7 years after the injury.

So if your child has been injured, in either an auto crash or another type of accident, protect their rights (and your financial well-being) by considering a personal injury attorney. Remember, our Portland personal injury lawyers offer free consultations and as father’s we are even more personally concerned about child injury cases.


About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

Posted on June 30, 2013, in Injuries to Children and Minors, Oregon Car Accidents, Portland personal injury attorneys and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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