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2018 - First Quarter

April 1, 2018

Trial Numbers

MVA - Plaintiffs won 9/16.

Bicycle Injury - Plaintiffs won 2/2.

General Negligence - Plaintiffs won 2/2.

Medical Malpractice - Plaintiffs won 0/1.

Premises Liability - Plaintiffs won 0/1.

Assault - Plaintiffs won 1/1.

Sexual Assault - Plaintiffs won 1/1.

Dog Attack - Plaintiffs won 0/1.

PIP Denial - Plaintiffs won 0/1.

Notable Trials

Konsa v. Connected Healthcare Inc., Multnomah County Case Number 16CV28737

An employee of Defendant Connected Healthcare Inc. ("Connected") came to Plaintiff Konsa's home to provide home health care to Konsa's elderly family member. The Connected employee got out of her SUV at Plaintiff's home but failed to put the SUV in park or engage a parking brake. The vehicle began rolling down Plaintiff's driveway. Plaintiff alleged that the Connected employee shouted to him to jump into the vehicle and try to stop it. As Plaintiff was getting in the vehicle it rolled over him causing crush injuries to his knee, pelvis, hips, shoulder, hand, abdomen and legs. He sought $85,201.19 for past medical expenses, $271,852 for past wage losses, $423,029 for future wage losses, and $1,000,000 for non-economic damages.

Defendant Connected denied that their employee shouted for Plaintiff Konsa to stop the vehicle. Connected claims that Konsa was negligent and caused his own injury by stepping into the path of a moving vehicle, and that he did so while under the influence of alcohol.

Total Verdict - $1,780,082.19.

Arias-Handke v. First Student, Inc., Multnomah County Case No. 16CV41898

Plaintiff Arias-Handke was rear-ended by a school bus operated by an employee of Defendant First Student, Inc. Plaintiff alleged that he suffered a disc herniation in his lumbar spine due to the crash and that the injury required surgical intervention. Plaintiff sought $45,428.48 for past medical expenses and $500,000 for non-economic damages.

Defendant admitted liability and causation and only disputed Plaintiff's damages.

Total Verdict - $180,428.48.

Kohut v. Blue Star Services, Inc., Multnomah County Case No.15CV29552

Defendant Blue Star Services, Inc. ("Blue Star") runs a shuttle to and from the airport. Plaintiff Kohut (age 71) was picked up by Blue Star and taken to her house. The Blue Star driver did not pull in to Kohut's well lit driveway, or put down a step stool or offer a hand as they always had in the past. Instead, Kohut was let out in a dark area away from her driveway. As she exited the shuttle she stepped in to a depression where the water meter was located and fell resulting in fractures to her ankle which resulted in post-traumatic arthritis. Kohut alleged that Blue Star was negligent for dropping her off in the dark and not offering reasonable assistance as she was exiting the shuttle. She sought $54,275.61 for past medical expenses, $57,086.88 for lost income, $32,717.10 for future lost wages, $1,340.68 for travel expenses, $9,000 for a brace and $375,000.00 for non-economic damages.

Defendant Blue Star alleged that Plaintiff was negligent for failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to avoid a known hazard, failing to use the steps when exiting the vehicle and failing to wear adequate footwear.

Total Verdict - $476,478.24.

Farrand v. Jordan Motorz, LLC et al., Multnomah County Case No.16CV03896

Plaintiff Farrand was at Defendant Jordan Motorz for the purposes of buying a used car. He alleged that at some point the discussions with Defendant’s salesperson became heated and as he was leaving to dealership, the salesperson through a 24 OZ iced latte hitting Farrand in the back of the head.  Plaintiff alleged the latte strike caused him to suffer strains and sprains of his neck, headaches, and sleep disturbances. Farrand sought $434.95 for past medical expenses, and $4,500 for non-economic damages.

Defendant argued that their employee threw the latte in self defense after plaintiff became angry when they refused to sell him a car. Defendant claimed that during the course of the interaction, Plaintiff came at their salesperson with his arm extended, fist clenched, and middle finger raised, causing the salesperson to fear for their safety and that the latte toss was reasonable force under the circumstances.  

Total Verdict - $1,434.95.

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