Copyright 1994 Jury Verdicts Northwest Inc.

Oregon Litigation and Arbitration Reports

NICHOLA RAE WICKERSHAM v. CHRISTI DUTTON

Case No. 927326

Jury Trial Date: April 21, 1994

Date of Publication: July, 1994

TOPIC: INTERSECTION COLLISION. FRACTURED KNEE; NECK, BACK & HEAD INJURIES.

RESULT: PLAINTIFF VERDICT for $ 26,880.75. (No new trial presently pending.)

INJURY: Neck and back injury; fracture of patella. Closed head injury. Def. contended if there was any head injury it occurred 15 months after this accident when Plff drove off the road and struck an abandoned house. Plff contended she drove off the road due to previous head injury.

SPECIALS: Med. $ 3,419.34.

STATE: Oregon

COUNTY: Clackamas

TRIAL JUDGE: Hon. Charles A. Sams.

PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY(S): Michael H. Bloom (Portland).

DEFENDANT ATTORNEY(S): John S. Cavanagh of Cavanagh & Zipse (Portland).

SUMMARY: 1/1/92 – Plff, female age 20, janitorial/student. Auto accident occurred at intersection controlled by a flashing yellow traffic light. Plff contended Def. entered the intersection without stopping and making sure it was safe. Def. contended Plff was traveling at an excessive rate of speed.

PLAINTIFF MEDICAL EXPERT(S): Brian Denekas MD (Neurologist); Douglas Bald MD (Orthopedist) both Portland.

OFFER: $ 18,000.

DEMAND: $ 35,000 before trial. Plff asked jury for $ 100,000.

TRIAL-TIME: 4-day trial