17-year-old Boy Killed in Clark County Rollover Crash
Date: May 15, 2015
Location: Ward Road in Brush Prairie, Washington
Name: Adam C. Karlsen
Early Friday morning, a Clark County boy was killed in a rollover crash on Ward Road in Brush Prairie, Washington.
Adam C. Karlsen, of La Center, was driving a Chevrolet Express van when it rolled off the road and crash.
Karlsen died of blunt head trauma and was found just before 3am. Police believe he was not wearing a seat belt.
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Adam C. Karlsen.
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 (SOL)(time limit on filing a claim) is different. For most car accidents, the SOL is two years, but for wrongful death, the SOL is “three years after the injury causing the death . . . is discovered or reasonably should have been discovered. . . .”
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 such as:
- Charges for medical services;
- Charges for burial and memorial services;
- Compensation that the decedent would have been entitled to for disability, pain and 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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