Relatives of an elderly Canby couple who died after their vacation home caught fire are seeking $3 million in damages as part of a Multnomah County wrongful death lawsuit, according to an article published earlier this week in The Oregonian.
The newspaper reports that the suit targets the companies that installed a propane stove and its accompanying gas lines in Clinton and Kenda Schultz’s vacation house in Sumpter, near Baker City in Eastern Oregon. The couple died in September 2008 when their cabin caught fire.
According to the newspaper, the suit alleges that the companies that installed the stove and its related piping failed “to obtain permits, notify building inspectors… or have the work inspected for its integrity. The suit claims that the Valley Metal employee who installed the stove and interior piping was 18 and didn’t have a required license from the Oregon State Fire Marshal.”
This tragic story is a reminder of the important role an Oregon personal injury attorney can play in the wake of an Oregon wrongful death or a similar tragic incident. Those left behind after an incident like this struggle to understand the circumstances behind their loved-ones demise. In such situations a skilled Oregon wrongful death attorney can be an important ally in the battle to achieve the justice to which families and survivors are entitled.