Samantha “Sam” Deschenes: Safety Negligence? Tragically Loses Life in Portland, OR Construction Accident.

Samantha “Sam” Deschenes: Safety Negligence? Tragically Loses Life in Portland, OR Construction Accident.

Samantha “Sam” Deschenes: Safety Negligence? Tragically Loses Life in Portland, OR Construction Accident. (

Was safety negligence or an equipment malfunction a factor in this loss of life and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Our firm represents victims of safety failures across the United States, and we have recovered nearly $200 million dollars for our Clients. Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.

Portland, OR News

A woman lost her life after a work-related incident at a Portland, OR construction site Thursday afternoon, May 30, 2024. is reporting, “[a]n ironworker died Saturday, two days after she was injured in an accident at the Northeast Portland construction site.” is reporting, “Samantha ‘Sam’ Deschenes was injured at the construction site at the high school just around 3 p.m. Thursday. Deschenes was taken to the hospital. She died from her injuries Saturday.”

According to the report, “[p]reliminary information said the accident involved a forklift, according to Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division. It said Oregon OSHA had an ongoing investigation into the incident and would release more once the investigation was complete.”

Is Justice Available? Our Legal Take


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Employees, vendors and guests have a right to safety and security while on the premises of a construction site. The safety measures provided at the site or the malfunction of equipment may be at issue in this matter, and may be important in evaluating whether this tragic incident may have been prevented. Relevant factual and legal inquires include, but are not limited to:

  • What safety rules were in place to prevent this type of accident?
  • Did any such safety features fail?
  • Was the tragedy a result of a catastrophic equipment malfunction?
  • What was the condition of any machinery/equipment involved?
  • Was the construction company or property owner aware of the potential safety risks to employees?
  • If equipment or machinery were involved in the incident, were any attempts made to service, recall or replace any such machinery or equipment prior to the incident?

Under Workers’ Compensation laws, our legal team suggests that the family of Samantha “Sam” Deschenes will most likely be entitled to significant compensation as a result of this accident. While the family should be eligible for benefits under workers compensation laws, they may also hold a substantial third-party civil claim against the designer or manufacturer of any malfunctioning equipment or machinery that may have been involved. Based on its history and experience in representing families in workers compensation and product liability claims, The Murray Law Firm suggests that the family of Samantha “Sam” Deschenes should retain legal counsel without delay so as to ensure that all evidence connected to the incident is preserved.


The Murray Law Firm has recovered millions of dollars for individuals who have been hurt, or families whose loved ones have been lost, in a work accident or as a consequence of an unsafe property. We have obtained nearly $200 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including a $29.25 million dollar verdict for the family of a worker who lost his life at an unsafe property as consequence of a product defect. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

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