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2021 - Verdict Report

January 1, 2022

Trial Numbers

Motor Vehicle Accidents - Plaintiffs won 3/4.

General Negligence - Plaintiffs won 1/2.

Products Liability - Plaintiffs won 0/1.

Assault - Plaintiffs won 1/1.

Motorcycle Accidents - Plaintiffs won 1/1.

Notable Trials

Shephard v. Loy Clark Pipeline Co., Multnomah county Case No. 18CV47339

This lawsuit arose from natural gas explosions that occurred in Northwest Portland, Oregon on October 19, 2016.  On the day of the incident, employees of Defendant Loy Clark Pipeline Co. were doing excavation work at the north corner of NW Glisan Street and NW 23rd Avenue. During the excavation work, they damaged a natural gas line.  Natural gas then began leaking out of that gas line and some of that gas made its way into the basement of a building adjacent to the excavated sidewalk through an underground route and eventually ignited. Defendant admitted that it was negligent in causing the explosions.  

Plaintiff, Dr. Scott Shephard, owns and operates a chiropractic clinic, located on the corner of 23rd and Flanders.  At the time of the explosions, Dr. Shephard was inside a room of his chiropractic clinic. He alleged that the explosions caused him injury to his head, inner ear, chest, neck and back, including a brain injury and resulting cognitive damage. He sought $600,000 for past and future medical expenses, lost wages and impaired earnings capacity, and $5,000,000.00 for non-economic damages.  Plaintiff also sought $10,000,000.00 for punitive damages.  

Total Verdict - $232,500.00.

Harmon v. Janes, Multnomah County Case No. 18CV47913

Plaintiff Harmon alleged that Defendant Janes was driving a rental car eastbound on Sunnyside Road when he ran a red light and collided with the driver’s side of Plaintiff’s minivan. She alleged that she sustained musculoskeletal and neurological injuries. Defendant Janes admitted fault and that he ran the red light, and also admitted that Plaintiff sustained some injury in the collision. Plaintiff sought $250,000 for noneconomic damages.

Total Verdict - $85,000.00.

Traylor v. Mitzel, Multnomah County Case No. 17CV10222

Defendant Mitzel was in vehicle behind Plaintiff Traylor in rush hour traffic and failed to stop when traffic forced Plaintiff to stop. Plaintiff Traylor alleged crash related injuries including a concussion with headaches, strain/sprain of the muscles, ligaments and structures of the neck, mid-back, and low-back, and a lumbar disc herniation requiring surgery.  Plaintiff Traylor sought $91,765.81  for past medical expenses, $25,000 for future medical expenses, and $360,000 for non-economic damages.  

Defendant Mitzel admitted that he was negligent in causing the collision but denied that the crash caused any harm to Plaintiff and further disputed the nature and degree of Plaintiff’s injuries and damages.  

Total Verdict - $13,869.91.

Maclean v. Cook, Multnomah County Case No. 19CV36691

Plaintiff Maclean was driving his motorcycle southbound on Highway 97 in La Pine, Oregon when defendant Cook, who was driving the opposite direction, took a left turn into Plaintiffs lane causing a collision.  Plaintiff Maclean alleged that he suffered soft tissue injuries to his whole body, including strains, sprains; and severe headaches, dizziness, and nervousness, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. He sought $85,000 for non-economic damages.  

Defendant Cook admitted fault and that she caused some injury to Plaintiff but disputed the nature and extent of Plaintiff’s injuries and damages.  

Total Verdict - $2,500.00.

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