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BRENDA RATLIFF V. TRI-COUNTY METROPOLITAN DISTRICT OF OREGON (TRI-MET)

Case No. 0307-07318

Jury Trial Date: March 14, 2004

Date of Publication: April, 2004

TOPIC: SIDESWIPE COLLISION; NECK & BACK INJURIES.

RESULT: PLAINTIFF VERDICT for $ 37,994. (The verdict included $ 20,000 in non-economic damages and $ 17,000 in medicals plus $ 994 in costs. No new trial presently pending.).

INJURY: Neck and back soft tissue injuries.

SPECIALS: Med. $ 15,963 (all chiropractic); Lost Wages – none.

STATE: Oregon

COUNTY: Multnomah

TRIAL JUDGE: Hon. Jan Wyers

PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY(S): Michael H. Bloom of Bloom & Schuckman (Portland).

DEFENDANT ATTORNEY(S): Jana Toran, Tri-Met Staff Counsel (Portland).

SUMMARY: 8/16/01 – Plff, female age 27, 911 operator. Plff contended she was a passenger in Def.’s bus when it sideswiped another one of Def.’s buses. The Def. contended that the impact was so minor that Plff could not have been injured.

PLAINTIFF MEDICAL EXPERT(S): Thomas Taylor DC (Chiropractor) Vancouver WA.

DEFENDANT MEDICAL EXPERT(S): Thomas Freeland DC (Chiropractor) Portland; Marsha Campbell RN (Nursing) Beaverton.

DEFENDANT EXPERT(S): John Biskey (Accident Reconstructionist) Portland.

OFFER: None. Def. asked the jury for a defense verdict.

DEMAND: $ 75,000 plus PIP. Plff asked the jury for $ 100,000 plus medicals.

TRIAL-TIME: 2-day trial