Parents plead for lawsuit rights on adult child wrongful death


By Essex Porter
January 11, 2018
Twitter @essexKIRO7

OLYMPIA, Wash. - For parents suffering the loss of a child, the grief will always be raw.

“On July 7, 2014, our son Bradley Hogue, 19, was horrifically killed on his second day at work,” his mother Deanna Hogue said.

ogue told her story to members of the House Judiciary Committee. They are considering legislation introduced by Seattle Democrat Sharon Tomiko Santos to allow parents of adult children to sue for wrongful death.

Bradley Hogue was killed by a wood chipping machine. His employer paid a fine, but his parents could not sue because he was a young adult who had no financial dependents.

Haram Kim was killed in the Ride the Ducks crash. A native of South Korea, her parents could not sue either.

“Her parents do not count under the current law because they didn't live here, they just sent their daughter here,” said attorney Andrew Ackley.