Estate and Personal Representative in Wrongful Death
When a person dies, and leaves behind anything that is worth money, the law creates an “estate.” If John Doe dies, then it will be called “The Estate of John Doe.” For example, you may sometimes see “Estate Sales,” where the possessions of someone who has passed away are being sold. What has happened, legally,… read more
Why Pursue A Wrongful Death Claim?
Before discussing wrongful death laws, let us focus for a minute on the propriety of bringing a wrongful death lawsuit in the first place. There are some who think it’s wrong to accept money because someone died. We understand that accepting money due to the death of a loved one can seem wrong. But when… read more
How are damages determined?
How are damages determined? This is perhaps is the most complicated issue in Oregon wrongful death laws because so many factors have to be taken into consideration, including: Medical bills and burial expenses. The loss of wages the person would have earned had they lived. This is usually determined by an expert economist who will… read more
What exactly is a “wrongful death”?
Wrongful death is when a negligent, reckless, or intentional act by a person or company causes the death of another. Murder would certainly qualify, but so would a car crash, even if the bad driver who caused the death did not mean to hurt anyone, but was merely careless. Common Circumstances of Wrongful Death Include:… read more
Who Should I Talk to After The Wrongful Death of a Loved One
After the death of a loved one, many people say that they can’t find anyone who will talk about the death directly. Maybe it’s because people are scared, or maybe they think they are protecting your feelings, but whatever the reason, it can be difficult to find someone who will speak clearly and directly about… read more
What Is the Very First Thing I Should Do After an Accident?
The most important thing you need to do after being in an accident is to see a doctor and follow their instructions. It’s very common for victims of an accident to lose site of the importance of their own recovery because they are overwhelmed with paperwork, exams, appointments and bills that come after being in… read more
Car Swerves into Truck’s Path Killing Driver
Date: October 17, 2009 Location: 5995 Hazelgreen Road NE, Silverton, Oregon Names: Reynaldo Velazquez-Celestino, Mark Zank Marion County Sheriff’s deputies are trying to figure out why a car crossed the center line and hit a truck head-on. The crash occurred at 5995 Hazelgreen Road NE in Silverton, Oregon, October 17, 2009, at around 6:50 AM…. read more
Crash Kills Woman, 91, Injures Policeman
Date: October 12, 2009 Location: Highway 58 & Crestview Street, Oakridge, Oregon Names: Virginia Spalinger, Daniel Miller (Photo: KVAL.com) The Oakridge, Oregon, community was stunned and grieving after a shocking car crash on October 12, 2009, killed a 91-year-old grandmother and seriously injured a young police officer. The head-on collision at the only stoplight in… read more
Drowsiness May Have Led to Death in Grants Pass
Date: September 27, 2009 Location: Old Highway 199, south of Grants Pass, Oregon Names: Avi Livingstone, Hana Goodkind, Ilan Goodheart, Tosh M. Mason Driving drowsy may have been a factor in a single-car crash that killed a California mother and injured her two children and another passenger, according to the Oregon State Police.
Phantom Vehicle Sought in Fatal Rollover
Date: September 29, 2009 Location: Highway 26 and SW Dover Lane, Madras Names: Richard Wayne Breese, Ronald Dale Calkins, Carol Calkins, Dottie Breese (Photo: Oregon State Police) The Oregon State Police have issued a press release requesting the public’s help in finding a “phantom” vehicle that played a role in an accident near Madras. A… read more