Lawsuit filed in relation to the death of a 25-year-old woman who tumbled to her death out of a semi-truck
Date: June 29, 2012
Location: I-5, Woodburn
Name: Tara Elizabeth Gordon
According to the lawsuit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court last week, Tara Elizabeth Gordon was in the sleeper compartment of a truck being driven by Tatupu Tatupu and Fialelei Tatupu, employees of Walsh Moving and Storage. At some point, Gordon was either pushed or fell out of the truck due to a faulty door latch. Her body was located on the northbound side of I-5 in the early morning on June 29, 2012.
The two men were not aware that Gordon had fallen out of the truck. They picked her up near the Blue Lake Casino, where Gordon was stranded due to car trouble and offered her a ride. Neither brother was charged with anything for her death and the lawsuit did not name them.
The suit has been filed by Gordon’s mother, seeking $2.5 million it damages. It has named the owner of the semi-truck as the defendant in the case.
We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Tara Elizabeth Gordon and hope that if the semi-truck owner is found negligent, they will be held fully accountable for their actions.
In these cases the grief of losing a loved one is deepened by the knowledge that their death may have been due to someone else’s negligence. While it is a small consolation, it is possible to file a wrongful death claim under ORS 30.010-30.1000.
The Oregon statute outlines who is entitled to compensation. Spouses, children, and parents are the most common claimants, but under some circumstances, grandchildren, siblings, and grandparents may be able to bring a wrongful death claim as well. A Personal Representative, usually chosen by the family and approved by a judge, must bring the lawsuit for these beneficiaries.
It is important to note that the time limits for filing a wrongful death claims are very complicated and depend entirely on the circumstances. Your time limit (statute of limitations) may be as little as one year, so preserving evidence and seeking legal help in a timely manner can be extremely important to the case.
If you need to speak with a Portland wrongful death attorney, most offer free consultations. Many will also help you investigate the accident for free until you decide what to do about representation. Let them help you navigate this legal process, so that you can grieve without jeopardizing your rights.
If you are looking for more information about wrongful death claims, please order our free guide, Oregon Wrongful Deaths: A Family Guide to the Civil Justice System After the Death of a Loved One.
Posted on July 22, 2014, in Automobile Accidents, Car Accidents, Oregon Personal Injury Attorney, personal injury, truck accidents, Wrongful Death and tagged Fialelei Tatupu, Multnomah County Circuit Court, Tara Elizabeth Gordon, Tatupu Tatupu, wrongful death claim. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.