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HELEN RUNYON CRISMON v. NANCY PARKS

Case No. 06C19006

Trial Date: November 27, 2012

Date of Publication: February, 2013

2013 Ore. Jury Verdicts & Sett. LEXIS 32

TOPIC: REAR END COLLISION (MULTIPLE VEHICLES) –ADMITTED LIABILITY; BACK INJURY.

RESULT: PLAINTIFF VERDICT for $ 72,293. (The verdict included $ 12,293 in past medical expenses, $ 10,000 in past earning capacity, and $ 50,000 in non-economic damages.).

INJURY: Soft tissue low-back injury; aggravation of a pre-existing spondylosis. Permanency claimed. The Def. as-serted that the large gaps in treatment following the collision demonstrated that Plff was not significantly injured. Plff argued that because the injury was permanent, treatment provided no solution to the pain and restriction in motion.

SPECIALS: Med. $ 12,293.

STATE: Oregon

COUNTY: Marion

TRIAL JUDGE: Hon. Vance Day

PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY(S): Michael H. Bloom, Attorney at Law (Lake Oswego).

DEFENDANT ATTORNEY(S): James Edmonds of Fetherston Edmonds (Salem).

SUMMARY: 6/8/04 – Plff, female age 41. Plff contended her vehicle was struck from the rear by the Def.’s vehicle and pushed into the vehicle ahead of her. The Def.’s engineer testified that the impact speed of the vehicle that struck Plff was less than 2 mph.

PLAINTIFF MEDICAL EXPERT(S): Greg Freed MD (Family Practice-live testimony) Portland.

DEFENDANT MEDICAL EXPERT(S): John Ballard MD (Orthopedic Surgeon-live testimony) Salem.

DEFENDANT EXPERT(S): John Myers PE (Accident Reconstructionist) Corvallis.

INSURANCE: State Farm

OFFER: $ 15,000. The Def. asked the jury for $ 10,000.

DEMAND: $ 25,000. Plff asked the jury for $ 150,000.

TRIAL-TIME: 3-day trial