Date: June 28, 2014
Location: Northwest 116th Street, Hazel Dell area
Name: Luke Sperline
Luke Sperline, 23, was travelling in the bed of the pickup truck along with a friend after drinking when tried to stand up. He fell off the truck on Northwest 116th Street. Sperline sustained significant injuries on his head and died later in hospital. His friends and the driver of the truck stopped and cooperated with the police. The driver of the truck was not drunk or speeding according to investigators.
We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the dead man.
Our hearts and sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of Sperline during this challenging and tragic time.
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.