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2018 - Second Quarter

July 1, 2018

Trial Numbers

MVA - Plaintiffs won 7/11.

Premises Liability - Plaintiffs won 1/2.

Underinsured Motorist - Plaintiffs won 1/1.

Sexual Assault - Plaintiffs won 1/1.

General Negligence - Plaintiffs won 0/1.

Notable Trials

Trebelhorn v. Prime Wimbledon SPE, LLC et al., Multnomah County Case No. 16CV40959

Defendants were the out-of-state owners and managers of an apartment complex in Southeast Portland. Plaintiff Trebelhorn was a resident of the apartment complex when he fell through a concrete walkway that had deteriorated and been patched.  He suffered a injury to his right leg and knee that required surgery and alleged that he will suffer from permanent pain and disability. He brought this lawsuit alleging that the defendants were negligent for failing to repair the walkway, patching the walkway in a way that could not support the weight of a pedestrian, and failing to warn residents about the defect.  He further alleged that the actions of the defendants were in deliberate and wanton disregard of their obligations subjecting them to punitive damages.  Trebelhorn sought $45,000 for economic damages, $350,000 for non-economic damages and $20,000,000 for punitive damages.  

Defendants acknowledged liability and that the fall caused injury to Trebelhorn but contested the nature and extent of Trebelhorn’s damages.  Defendant also denied their actions warranted punitive damages.  

Total Verdict - $20,295,597.06.

Duvall and Tanner v. travelers Property Casualty Company of America, Multnomah County Case No. 16CV22276

Plaintiffs Duval and Tanner brought this claim for Underinsured Motorist benefits against their auto-insurance company Travelers Casualty Company of America (“Travelers”).  This case stemmed from a crash in which plaintiff Duval was driving a pickup truck and plaintiff Tanner was riding as a passenger when their vehicle was hit by a pickup truck driven by an underinsured motorist.  

Tanner alleged that she suffered broken ribs, a torn rotator cuff, and brain and spine injuries. She sought $45,000 for past medical expenses, $75,000 for future medical expenses, $90,000 for lost earning capacity and household services, and $300,000 for non-economic damages.  

Duval alleged that he suffered a concussions and traumatic brain injury.  Duval sought $30,000 for past medical expenses, $60,000 in future medical expenses, $100,000 for lost earning capacity, $3,500 for the loss of his dog in the crash, and $300,000 for non-economic damages.

Defendants disputed the nature and extent of the injuries caused by the accident the proper amount of damages.  

Total Verdict (Tanner) - $ 303,269.00

Total Verdict (Duval) - $172,492.00

Melton v. Curtis, Multnomah County Case No. 17CV10984

Plaintiff Melton alleged that Defendant Curtis ran a stop sign causing a T-Bone style crash. Melton claimed the crash caused her to suffer a concussion, and permanent injuries to her neck, back and shoulders. She sought $24,280.51 for past medical expenses, $742.50 for lost income, and $1,200,000.00 for non-economic damages.

Defendant Curtis admitted liability and that the crash caused Melton some injury but disputed the extent of the injury and Melton's requested damages.

Total Verdict - $249,280.51

Tell v. Castillo, Multnomah County Case No. 17CV09791

Plaintiff was a passenger on the Portland Streetcar. Defendant was parked in street parking and opened her door striking the passing streetcar. Tell claimed that the sudden jolt caused him neck pain. He sought economic damages for medical expenses and future wage losses totaling $25,000 as well as non-economic damages totaling $50,000.00

Defendant Castillo denied that she was negligent or that her negligence caused any injury.

Defense Verdict.

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