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Oregon Litigation and Arbitration Reports


Case No. 0812-18299

Trial Date: : December 16, 2009

Date of Publication: January, 2010

2009 Ore. Jury Verdicts & Sett. LEXIS 293


* Admitted Liability – at trial.

RESULT: PLAINTIFF VERDICT for $ 35,000 in non-economic damages.

INJURY: Neck and back soft tissue injures; which resolved within the first month. Vision injury; damage to vitreous gel in the left eye that resulted in permanent floaters. The Def. disputed Plff’s injuries because he only saw the doctor four (4) times after the MVA and stopped treating all together less than a month after the accident. Plff claimed that nothing could be done to clear up his eye floaters.

SPECIALS: Med. $ 2,125 not claimed (all paid by PIP); Lost Wages – none; Prop. Damage $ 2,900; General Damages $ 50,000.

STATE: Oregon

COUNTY: Multnomah

TRIAL JUDGE: Hon. Marilyn Litzenberger

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

DEFENDANT ATTORNEY(S): Drake Hood of Brisbee & Stockton (Hillsboro).

SUMMARY: 1/5/07 – Plff, male age 62, self employed auto detailer. This accident occurred at the intersection of NW Vaughn and NW 23rd Avenue in Portland, Oregon. Both parties asserted that they had the green light and that the other ran the red light.

INSURANCE: Mutual of Enumclaw

OFFER: $ 4,000. The Def. asked the jury for a reasonable amount.

DEMAND: $ 15,000. Plff asked the jury for $ 50,000.

TRIAL-TIME: 1 1/2-day trial