Pedestrian Killed on Oregon 99 in Josephine County
Date: January 13, 2015
Location: Oregon 99E
Name: Delores Grantham, Colton J. Shults
Tuesday evening, a 69-year-old pedestrian was killed in a crash on Oregon 99 near Wolf Creek.
A 1995 Isuzu Trooper driven by 19-year-old Colton J. Shults, of Wolf Creek, struck and killed a pedestrian around 7pm. Delores Grantham, 69, of Grants Pass, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of the Delories Grantham.
Oregon wrongful death claims are allowed under ORS 30.010-30.100. But the law is much more complicated than a normal accident case. First of all, the statute of limitations (time limit on filing a claim) is different. For most car accidents, the SOL is 2 years, but for wrongful death, the SOL is “three years after the injury causing the death . . . is discovered or reasonably should have been discovered. . . .” In other words, it’s not three years from the date of death; it’s three years from the date of the original injury that ultimately caused the death.
Additionally, there are limits on who can bring a wrongful death claim. The most common claimants are:
- Children (including stepchildren)
- Parents (including stepparents)
Less common claimants include:
In a wrongful death case, you can ask for compensation for several types of damages as well.
Compensatory damages include.
- Charges for medical services;
- Charges for burial and memorial services;
- Compensation that the decedent would have been entitled to for disability, pain, suffering and loss of income during the period between injury and death;
- Compensation for “pecuniary loss” to the decedent’s estate;
- Compensation for the loss of the decedent’s “society, companionship and services” to the decedent’s spouse, children, stepchildren, stepparents, and parents;
Punitive damages are allowed as well, but are rare in Oregon since the State takes 70% of punitive damages awarded. If you have lost a loved one, call a Portland wrongful death attorney for help in securing the compensation you deserve.
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