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Oregon Litigation and Arbitration Reports
KENNETH BURDETTE v. GLENN MILLER
Case No. 0705-06126
Trial Date: January 20, 2009
Date of Publication: June, 2009
TOPIC: INTERSECTION COLLISION (BOX TRUCK/DUMP TRUCK)–ADMITTED LIABILITY; FRACTURED RIBS; SHOULDER INJURY.
RESULT: PLAINTIFF VERDICT for $ 358,000. (The award included $ 41,000 for past medical expenses, $ 25,000 for future medical expenses, $ 100,000 in non-economic damages and $ 192,000 in lost earning capacity.).
INJURY: Fractured ribs. Shoulder injury; separated AC joint in left shoulder.
SPECIALS: Med. $ 41,000 (past), $ 25,000 (futures for possible surgery); Lost Wages – The Def. disputed Plff’s injuries and contended that he made no effort to mitigate his damages by returning to work. Plff contended he did not return to work because he needed surgery; Days in Hosp. – 10 days.
TRIAL JUDGE: Hon. Jerry Hodson
PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY(S): Michael Bloom, Law Office of Michael H. Bloom (Lake Oswego).
DEFENDANT ATTORNEY(S): Timothy Heinson of Lachenmeier Enloe Rall & Heinson (Portland).
SUMMARY: 2/27/06 – Plff, male age 52, delivery truck driver. Plff contended the Def. was driving a loaded dump truck on Highway 30 when he ran a red light and “t-boned” his delivery truck.
PLAINTIFF MEDICAL EXPERT(S): Stephen Thomas MD (Orthopedic Surgeon) Aloha; Steve Urman MD (Radiologist) Gresham.
PLAINTIFF EXPERT(S): Robert Male (Economist) Portland.
DEFENDANT MEDICAL EXPERT(S): Paul Tesar MD (Orthopedic Surgeon) Saint Helens.
OFFER: $ 25,000. The Def. asked the jury for a reasonable amount.
DEMAND: $ 100,000. Plff asked the jury for a reasonable amount.
TRIAL-TIME: 2-day trial