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Oregon Litigation and Arbitration Reports

WILLIAM SHURTLEFF v. POTELCO, INC.

Case No. 0708-09482

Trial Date: November 17, 2008

Date of Publication: June, 2009

TOPIC: REAR END COLLISION (TRUCK/CAR); BACK INJURY.

RESULT: PLAINTIFF VERDICT for $ 25,000. (The verdict included $ 11,000 in economic damages and $ 14,000 in non-economic damages.).

INJURY: Soft tissue mid-back injury. Permanency claimed; Plff treated for approximately 4 years with 400 chiropractic visits. The Def. disputed the causation of Plff’s injuries and contended Plff’s treatment was excessive.

SPECIALS: Med. $ 22,305; Prop. Damage – minor. The Def. hired an engineer to re-enact the collision forces on an exemplar bumper to conclude the forces were minor.

STATE: Oregon

COUNTY: Multnomah

TRIAL JUDGE: Hon. Marilyn Litzenberger; MEDIATOR: Helle Rode

PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY(S): Michael Bloom, Law Office of Michael H. Bloom (Lake Oswego).

DEFENDANT ATTORNEY(S): Richard Kuhn of Hoffman Hart & Wagner (Portland).

SUMMARY: 9/15/05 – Plff, male age 26, unemployed. Plff contended his vehicle was struck from the rear by the Def.’s truck in a low-speed collision.

PLAINTIFF MEDICAL EXPERT(S): Mark Sepulvada DC (Chiropractor) Aloha.

PLAINTIFF EXPERT(S): Keith Cronrath (Forensic Engineer) Battleground WA.

DEFENDANT MEDICAL EXPERT(S): Thomas Freedland DC (Chiropractor-records review) Tigard.

INSURACE: Farmers

OFFER: $ 5,000. The Def. asked the jury for a defense verdict. Mediator Helle Rode recommended $ 15,000.

DEMAND: $ 15,000. Plff asked the jury for a reasonable amount.

TRIAL-TIME: 2-day trial