Pamela J. Howard Killed in Head-On Collision

Photo: Oregon State Police

Photo: Oregon State Police

Date: March 1, 2016

Location: Josephine County, Ore. Highway 238

Names: Pamela J. Howard

Josephine County, Ore.

At approximately 6 p.m. on March 1. 2016 Pamela J. Howard of Applegate, Oregon was traveling eastbound on Highway 238 in a 2006 Suzuki SUV when a westbound Ford Expedition crossed over the center line and collided head-on with Howard’s Suzuki. Pamela J. Howard died on scene.

Kandice D. Garcia, 33, of Murphy, Oregon, had non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Pamela J. Howard.

It is important that during this trying time families protect the rights of their loved one.

Oregon wrongful death claims are allowed under ORS 30.020, 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:

  • Spouses
  • Children (including stepchildren)
  • Parents (including stepparents)

Less common claimants include:

  • Grandchildren
  • Siblings
  • Grandparents

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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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 March 1, 2016, in Car Accidents, Oregon Car Accidents, Oregon Personal Injury Attorney, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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