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2019 - Fourth Quarter

January 1, 2020

Trial Numbers

Motor Vehicle Accidents- Plaintiffs won 9/10.

Medical Malpractice - Plaintiffs won 0/2.

Assault - Plaintiffs won 1/1.

Bicycle Injury -  Plaintiffs won 1/1.

Notable Cases

Sevilla v. Yogusuk, Multnomah County Case No. 18CV38070

Plaintiff Sevilla was in the left lane of east bound Sandy Boulevard waiting to take a left turn. Defendant Yogusuk was in the same lane behind Sevilla and failed to stop, hitting Sevilla from behind.  Plaintiff alleged that Defendant was negligent for failing to maintain a proper lookout and driving too fast.  Plaintiff alleged crash-related injuries including a concussion, cervical sprain, severe migraines, and injury to her knee.  She sought $55,903.05 for past medical expenses, and additional money for future medical expenses as well as $400,000.00 in non-economic damages.  

Defendant denied liability and instead claimed that Plaintiff was negligent for failing to use her turn signal and failing to proceed with her left turn when she could have made the turn with reasonable safety.  

Total Verdict - $411,111.99.

Crowe v. Tarnovsky, Multnomah County Case No. 17CV25047

Defendant Tarnovsky crashed into the rear of Plaintiff Crowe’s vehicle, which was traveling east on Sunset Highway. Plaintiff alleged that she sustained musculoskeletal injuries to her cervical and lumbar spine.  Defendant admitted 100% fault and that Plaintiff sustained some injury. However, Defendant argued that Plaintiff was not harmed to the extent she claims.  

Total Verdict - $100,611.00

Benarroch v. KT Charboneau Trucking, Inc., Multnomah County Case No.18CV45630

Defendant’s driver was driving a 53’ flat-bed semi-truck that collided with Plaintiff Shannon Benarroch’s minivan while they were traveling southbound on Interstate Avenue at the intersection of Tillamook Avenue in Northeast Portland.  Plaintiff sustained musculoskeletal injuries to her cervical and lumbar spine, and was diagnosed with a concussion.  She sought $150,000 for non-economic damages.  

Defendant admitted their driver was responsible for the crash and that Plaintiff suffered some injury but disputed the extent of Plaintiff’s injuries and the requested damages.  

Total Verdict - $75,000.00.

Miller v. Nelson, Multnomah County Case No. 18CV40383

Plaintiff Miller drove to Providence Portland Medical Center to take her son to a doctor's appointment.  Upon arrival, because she was unfamiliar with this hospital, Plaintiff Miller decided to use the valet service to park.  She and her son got out of her car and the valet driver walked around to the rear of her car to write down her license plate number.  While she was standing on the curb a foot away from her vehicle, Defendant’s car struck the valet driver and then the back of her car.  Plaintiff went to the aid of the valet driver and then also began to console the 86-year old Defendant. Emergency medical responded to assist the young valet driver. Plaintiff Miller began feeling unwell and thought she was having a panic attack but in fact had a heart attack. Plaintiff presented expert testimony that she had a Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy, also known as a stress-induced heart attack. She sought $19,626.54 for past medical expenses and $100,000 for non-economic damages.

Defendant denied that he was negligent or that his negligence caused Plaintiff's injuries.

Defense Verdict.

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