Rear-End Case
Jury Verdict

Pliska v. Worland (03/09/2020)
Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 18CV38299

What Happened: This case involved a rear-end collision that occurred on SE Division Street in Portland, Oregon. Plaintiff claimed he stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk and was rear-ended, pushing his vehicle forward up to 30 feet. Plaintiff suffered a significant stroke six months prior to the accident and claimed that the accident aggravated his stoke condition, set back his stroke recovery, and further caused soft tissue injuries to his neck and back. Defendant admitted liability for the accident, but disputed that plaintiff sustained any injury. Plaintiff asked the jury for $20,000 in medical expenses and $75,000 in non-economic damages.

The Result: After a two-day trial, the jury returned an admitted liability defense verdict finding that defendant’s negligence did not cause any injury.


Diminished Value Case
Jury Verdict

Chinchanikar v. White (03/02/2020)
Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 19CV05010

What Happened: This case involved a rear-end motor vehicle accident near the intersection of SW Market Street and 11th Avenue in Portland, Oregon. Plaintiff claimed that her SUV sustained diminished value as a result of the collision. Plaintiff’s SUV was only 5 weeks old and had only 1,500 miles on it at the time of the accident. Defendant admitted she was responsible for the collision, but disputed plaintiff’s claim for diminished value. This case involved claimed attorney fees under ORS 20.080. Plaintiff demanded $4,065.36 in economic damages and defendant offered $2,000 pre-suit. At the mandatory arbitration the arbitrator awarded plaintiff $2,000. Because this award matched defendant’s pre-suit offer attorney fees were denied. Plaintiff appealed and requested a jury trial. Plaintiff asked the jury for $4,065.36 in economic damages. We served plaintiff with a $2,000.00 ORCP 54E offer of judgment prior to trial.

The Result: After a two-day trial, the jury awarded $500.00 in economic damages. The verdict was $1,500.00 less than our pre-trial offer of judgment and the pre-suit offer and therefore plaintiff did not recover attorney fees under ORS 20.080.


Rear-End Case
Jury Verdict

Worku v. Kelley (02/11/2020)
Washington County Circuit Court Case No. 19CV07449

What Happened: This case involved a three car, rear-end motor vehicle accident that occurred on SW 185th Avenue at the intersection of SW Edgeway Drive in Hillsboro, Oregon. Defendant’s vehicle stuck the rear of a Honda CRV. The Honda CRV hit the rear of plaintiff’s vehicle. The driver of the Honda CRV was not a party to this lawsuit. Defendant admitted legal responsibility for the accident, but denied plaintiff was injured as a result of the accident. Plaintiff claimed the accident caused injuries to her head, neck, back, shoulder and knees. Plaintiff asked the jury for $1,760.00 in lost wages and $45,000.00 in non-economic damages. We served plaintiff with a $5,000.00 ORCP 54E offer of judgment prior to trial.

The Result: After a two-day trial, the jury returned a defense verdict finding that the plaintiff was not injured.


Rear-End Case
Jury Verdict

Turner v. Morgan (02/11/2020)
Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 18CV55293

What Happened: This case involved a rear-end motor vehicle accident in the parking lot of a skilled rehabilitation facility located in southeast Portland. Defendant attempted to pull around a Tri-Met medical transportation bus parked in the driveway outside of the facility entrance when the front right corner of Defendant’s vehicle made contact with the left rear of the bus. Plaintiff was on the bus and claimed she was injured as a result of the impact. Plaintiff alleged cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine injuries, muscle spasms, headaches and a worsening of plaintiff’s preexisting post-surgical cervical spine. Plaintiff requested a jury trial after defendant prevailed during mandatory arbitration. Plaintiff asked the jury for $11,962.64 in past economic damages and $38,037.36 in non-economic damages. We served plaintiff with a $2,500.00 ORCP 54E offer of judgment prior to trial.

The Result: After a two-day trial, the jury returned a defense verdict finding that the plaintiff was not injured.


Rear-End Case
Jury Verdict

Sodaro v. Boyd (12/10/2019)
Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 18CV51752

What Happened: This case involved a rear-end motor vehicle accident at the intersection of the northbound I-5 off-ramp and SW Wilsonville Road in Wilsonville, Oregon. Plaintiff was the front seat passenger in an SUV operated by plaintiff’s son where they were rear-ended by defendant after plaintiff made a sudden stop to avoid colliding with another driver who ran a red light. As a result of the accident, plaintiff alleged soft tissue injuries, herniated discs and facet joint damages requiring surgery, head, cervical, thoracic and lumbar sprain/strain injuries. Plaintiff asked the jury for $95,013 in past economic damages, $10,000 in future economic damages and $250,000 in non-economic damages. We served plaintiff with a $15,000.00 ORCP 54E offer of judgment prior to trial.

The Result: After a two-day trial, the jury awarded $4,339.98 in past economic damages and $2,400.00 in non-economic damages. The verdict was less than our pre-trial offer of judgment.


Motor Vehicle Accident
Binding Arbitration

UIM Arbitration (11/13/2019)

What Happened: This UIM claim involved a T-bone collision. Claimant alleged permanent injury to her hands, neck, back, hips, and post-concussive symptoms. The total claimed medical bills were $29,456.16. Claimant further alleged that as a result of her accident she was unable to find a job. She further alleged non-economic damages in excess of her $100,000 UIM limits. Claimant demanded her policy limits and did not move off her policy limits demand before arbitration.

The Result: The case proceeded to binding arbitration before a three arbiter panel. The panel awarded $10,000 in UIM benefits.


Motor Vehicle Accident
Jury Verdict

Taggart v. Meador and Hutchins T.V. & Appliance, Inc. (08/20/2019)
Washington County Circuit Court Case No. 18CV53878

What Happened: This case involved a motor vehicle accident at an intersection in Hillsboro, Oregon. As a result of the accident, plaintiff alleged head, cervical, thoracic and lumbar sprain/strain injuries requiring 20 years of future chiropractic treatment. Plaintiff asked the jury for $19,608 in past economic damages, $38,753 in future economic damages and $40,000 in non-economic damages. We served plaintiff with a $20,000.00 ORCP 54E offer of judgment prior to trial.

The Result: After a three-day trial, the jury awarded $9,692 in past economic damages and $6,000 in non-economic damages. The verdict was less than our pre-trial offer of judgment.


Rear-End Case
Jury Verdict

Everett v. Schmautz (08/19/2019)
Washington County Circuit Court Case No. 18CV53878

What Happened: This case involved a rear-end motor vehicle accident where northbound Barbur Boulevard merges onto the Ross Island Bridge. Due to the accident, plaintiff claimed injuries to the neck, upper and lower back with aggravation of the pelvis, right hip and ongoing low back and hip pain. Plaintiff claimed future medical expenses and impairment of future earning capacity for a combined total of $100,000.

The Result: After a three-day trial, the jury awarded $20,000 in economic damages and $10,000 in non-economic damages for a combined award of $30,000.


Rear-End Case
Binding Arbitration

UIM Arbitration (07/10/2019)

What Happened: The claimant was rear-ended by an uninsured drunk driver that fled the scene. Claimant alleged multiple injuries – the most significant was a traumatic brain injury, with on-going, permanent cognitive symptoms. She alleged $14,962.22 in past medical expenses, significant future medical expenses, $11,000 in wage loss, and $300,000 in non-economic damages. She demanded the limits of her uninsured motorist policy and never moved off her demand before arbitration.

The Result: The case proceeded to binding arbitration before a three arbiter panel. While the panel held that claimant suffered a concussion, she did not suffer a significant traumatic brain injury and her on-going symptoms were not related to the accident. The panel awarded $5,840.51 in medical bills, $7,949.56 in lost wages and $27,500 in non-economic damages.


Head-on Collision
Binding Arbitration

UIM Arbitration (06/25/2019)

What Happened: This UIM claim involved a head-on collision that occurred at the intersection of SR212 and SE 177th Ave in Happy Valley. The underinsured driver executed a left turn in front of the claimant as they both entered the intersection. Claimant alleged a broken left foot, lesion of the plantar nerve of the left foot, metatarsalgia of the left foot, and ongoing post-traumatic headaches. Claimant alleged $15,671.04 in medical expenses and $200,000 in non-economic damages claiming that he was permanently disabled due to his left foot injury. Claimant never moved off his policy limits demand before arbitration.

The Result: This case proceeded to binding arbitration before a three arbiter panel. Following the arbitration, the panel awarded $3,147.76 in UIM benefits.


Motor Vehicle Accident
Jury Trial

Sparks-Vlas v. Ahern (06/10/2019)
Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 18CV18922

What Happened: Plaintiff alleged a cervical surgery as the result of a motor vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of McLoughlin Blvd and SE Glenwood in Portland. She claimed $45,646 in medical bills and $349,980 in non-economic damages. We admitted liability that our client was negligent in causing the accident, but denied that the accident caused any injury.

The Result: After a three-day trial, the jury returned an admitted liability defense verdict finding that defendant’s negligence did not cause any injury.


Motor Vehicle Accident
Jury Trial

Weber v. Cashmer (05/29/2019)
Washington County Circuit Court Case No. 18CV37565

What Happened: This case involved a sideswipe motor vehicle accident. Plaintiff alleged injuries to their right shoulder, neck and back. Plaintiff also underwent shoulder surgery, claiming it was necessary because of the accident. Plaintiff asked the jury for $58,455 in medical bills and $175,000 in non-economic damages.

The Result: After a three-day trial, the jury returned an admitted liability defense verdict finding that defendant’s negligence did not cause any injury.


Rear-End Case
Jury Trial

Whynot v. Schultz (04/30/2019)
Clackamas County Circuit Court Case No. 17CV19146

What Happened: This case involved a rear-end motor vehicle accident that occurred in Oregon City, Oregon. Plaintiff claimed a low back injury including herniated discs and eventually underwent surgery for the injury. Plaintiff asked the jury for $146,018 in specials and $650,000 in non-economic damages.

The Result: After a four-day trial, the jury awarded $11,297 in economic damages and $1,500 in non-economic damages.


Rear-End Case
Binding Arbitration

Ramos-Gonzalez v. Poyser (04/23/2019)
Washington County Circuit Court Case No. 18CV18118

What Happened: This case involved a rear-end motor vehicle accident occurring on SW Barbur at the I-5 overpass. Plaintiff claimed that the accident changed their life making them unable to go to the gym and substantially limited their physical activities. Prior to trial, plaintiff would not accept less than $100,000.

The Result: After a three-day trial, the jury awarded $19,541.97 in economic damages and $5,000 in non-economic damages.


Rear-End Case
Jury Trial

Hunt v. Eisenzimmer (03/11/2019)
Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 18CV07301

What Happened: This case involved a four car rear-end motor vehicle accident, where plaintiff was the fourth car in line and sustained minor damage to her rear bumper and hatch. Plaintiff alleged cervical disc injury requiring future surgery, rib contusions, soft tissue spinal injuries, headaches and anxiety as a result of the accident. Plaintiff requested $106,852 in economic damages and $280,000 in non-economic damages. We served plaintiff with a $15,000.00 ORCP 54E offer of judgment prior to trial.

The Result: After a three-day trial, the jury awarded plaintiff $10,000 in non-economic damages. The verdict was less than our pre-trial offer of judgment.


Single Vehicle Accident
Binding Arbitration

UIM Arbitration (01/16/2019)

What Happened: This was a single vehicle accident. The claimant was traveling east-bound on SW Barber when a driver in front of her made a sudden lane change. The claimant swerved off the road to avoid the driver and hit a tree. She alleged permanent injuries to her neck, shoulders, and right hip. She claimed $34,409.02 in medical expenses and $250,000 in non-economic damages. She demanded her UIM policy limits and never moved off her policy limits demand prior to arbitration.

The Result: The case proceeded to binding arbitration before a three arbiter panel. The arbitrators awarded $7,550.90 in UIM benefits.


Rear-End Case
Jury Trial

Szela v. Taitano (10/23/2018)
Washington County Circuit Court Case No. 17CV37428

What Happened: This case involved a low-speed, rear-end motor vehicle accident resulting in no vehicle damage. Plaintiff alleged cervical, thoracic and lumber sprain/strain and permanent intervertebral injuries and underwent surgery. Plaintiff asked the jury for $54,259.94 in economic damages and $150,000 in non-economic damages.

The Result: After a two-day trial, the jury returned an admitted liability defense verdict finding that defendant’s negligence did not cause any injury.


Motor Vehicle Accident
Jury Trial

Galloway v. Dishman (10/15/2018)
Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 17CV36999

What Happened: This case involved a disputed liability motor vehicle accident. This accident occurred when plaintiff turned left in front of defendant at Highway 26’s intersection with Haley Road in Boring, Clackamas County, Oregon. Defendant was in the left westbound lane when plaintiff turned left in front of her intending to go northbound on Haley Road. Defendant disputed liability. Defendant also admitted that plaintiff sustained injuries and damages from the accident but disputed the nature and extent of his claimed injuries and damages. Plaintiff asked the jury for $748,292.15 in economic damages for past medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages and permanent impairment of earning capacity and $1,000,000.00 in non-economic damages.

The Result: After a three-day trial, the jury returned a defense verdict finding that the defendant was not at fault.


Motor Vehicle Accident
Jury Trial

Rivas v. Rose (07/25/2018)
Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 17CV19488

What Happened: This case involved a mild sideswipe motor vehicle accident. Plaintiff alleged they sustained an annular tear and cervical strain, a median nerve contusion with right shoulder strain, back, neck and right shoulder injuries and headaches. Plaintiff asked the jury for $51,373.31 in economic damages and $95,626.69 in non-economic damages.

The Result: After a three-day trial, the jury returned an admitted liability defense verdict finding that defendant’s negligence did not cause any injury.


Motor Vehicle Accident
Jury Trial

Ford v. Guo (06/04/2018)
Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 16CV20286

What Happened: This case involved an accident in which our client struck plaintiff’s vehicle while they were sitting in their car without a seatbelt. Plaintiff claimed a torn rotator cuff, soft tissue injuries to her neck and back, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Plaintiff claimed permanent, on-going symptoms. She alleged $18,500 in medical bills and $150,000 in non-economic damages. We admitted liability, but denied the nature and extent of the injury. We served plaintiff with an $18,816.70 ORCP 54E offer of judgment prior to trial.

The Result: After a three-day trial, the jury awarded $10,000 in medical bills and $5,000 in non-economic damages. The verdict was less than our pre-trial offer of judgment.


Head-On Collision
Jury Trial

Thorson v. Choules (03/02/2018)
Clark County District Court No. 15C8392-3

What Happened: This head-on collision occurred at highway 503 and NE 244th in Battleground, WA. Plaintiff claimed permanent injury to his neck, which significantly interfered with his ability to run his business. Plaintiff alleged $4,381.39 in medical bills, $52,000 in lost income, and $250,000 in non-economic damages. We admitted that plaintiff was injured and that he incurred $4,381.39 in medical expenses. We disputed the lost income claim and the amount of non-economic damages.

The Result: After a one-day trial, the jury awarded $4,381.39 in undisputed medical bills and $12,000 in non-economic damages.


Wrongful Death Case
Jury Trial

Harris v. Carter (01/08/2018)
Clackamas County Circuit Court Case No. 16CV40435

What Happened: This was a wrongful death case. The minor plaintiff was pushing his elderly grandfather across 82nd Avenue in a wheelchair. The accident occurred on 12/21/14. It was dark and raining. Both plaintiffs were wearing dark clothing. The pedestrians were struck by our client’s van as he was driving down 82nd avenue. The minor plaintiff suffered broken arms. His grandfather suffered serious injuries and later passed away. Plaintiffs claimed they were crossing at an unmarked crosswalk and that all traffic, except for our client, stopped to allow them to cross. Our client disputed that plaintiffs were crossing in the unmarked crosswalk. Rather, our client contested that plaintiffs were walking down 82nd with their backs to his vehicle. Since it was dark and plaintiffs were wearing dark clothing, our client had no chance of stopping by the time he saw the pedestrians. The plaintiffs alleged over $1.2 million in damages.

The Result: After a three-day trial, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict in favor of our client. Both parties presented accident reconstruction experts to support their version of the accident. During our diligent investigation, we were able to locate an independent witness that was not identified in any of the police reports. The witness confirmed our client’s version of the accident and the reconstruction performed by our expert.


Rear-End Accident
Jury Trial

Pedraza v. Moen (12/18/2017)
Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 16CV28423

What Happened: This case involved a rear-end accident on I-84. Plaintiff alleged annular tearing and disc bulges at T7-8, annular tearing of the lumbar discs at L4-5 and L5-S1, traumatically induced carpel tunnel syndrome resulting in surgery, and a permanent/chronic neck strain. Plaintiff alleged $21,711.36 in past medical bills, $265,000 in future medical treatment (including future surgery), and $500,000 in non-economic damages. Plaintiff dropped his $400,000 impaired earning capacity claim shortly before trial. We admitted liability, but denied the nature and extent of plaintiff’s injuries. We offered plaintiff the $50,000 policy limits prior to trial, but plaintiff demanded damages in excess of the policy limits.

The Result: Following a three-day trial, the jury returned a verdict resulting in a $37,872.50 judgment.


Car/Bicycle Accident
Jury Trial

Ryan v. Riggert (10/16/2017)
Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 16CV28423

What Happened: This case involved an alleged car versus bicycle accident. We say alleged, because the client claimed that he never stuck plaintiff’s bicycle. Rather, he alleged that plaintiff claimed an impact following a disagreement about bicyclists’ right to use the road. Plaintiff alleged a hip injury with resulting sacroiliitis, with permanent residuals. She alleged $17,374.60 in medical bills and $36,710.00 in non-economic damages.

The Result: We appealed this case following an unfavorable mandatory arbitration result. Following a three-day trial, the jury returned a defense verdict in favor of the client.


Rear-End Accident
Jury Trial

Antropova v. Murray (09/19/2017)
Washington County Circuit Court Case No. 16CV30168

What Happened: This case involved a rear-end collision on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. Plaintiff alleged soft-tissue neck and back injuries and asked the jury for $10,000 in non-economic damages.

The Result: After a three-day trial, the jury returned an admitted liability defense verdict finding that defendant’s negligence did not cause any injury.


Motor Vehicle Accident
Jury Trial

Frischman v. Sugg (7/11/2017)
Wasco County Circuit Court Case No. 1400135CC

What Happened: This case involved a disputed liability motor vehicle accident. Plaintiff was following the client on a snow packed road. Plaintiff claimed that our client pulled off to the left side of the road. As plaintiff attempted to pass, she claimed the client made a sudden, unexpected, and unsignaled right turn, striking her vehicle. Plaintiff claimed a torn hip labrum and a cervical disc injury. She alleged $30,266.75 in past medical bills, $96,000 in lost wages, and $475,000 in non-economic damages. We denied liability and denied that plaintiff was injured.

The Result: After a three-day trial, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict finding that our client was not responsible for causing the crash.


Motor Vehicle Accident
Jury Trial

Howe v. Radio Cab (06/05/2017)
Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 15CV33850

What Happened: This was a bicycle versus cab accident. The accident occurred at dusk at the intersection of SE Oak and SE Sandy Blvd. in Portland. Our client cab driver pulled up to the intersection and came to a stop. He checked for traffic, but did not see plaintiff approaching on his bicycle. When our client pulled out from the intersection, the plaintiff bicyclist ran into the side of the cab. Plaintiff suffered lacerations to his face and a de-gloving injury to his lower lip/chin. He alleged $50,000 in past medical bills, $50,000 in future medical bills, $2,000 in wage loss, and $250,000 in non-economic damages. We admitted liability and admitted that plaintiff’s injuries and past medical treatment were related to the accident. We disputed the need for future treatment and the amount of non-economic damages.

The Result: Following a two-day trial, the jury returned a verdict for $66,000.


Motor Vehicle Accident
Jury Trial

Teachout v. Marshall (05/23/2017)
Clackamas County Circuit Court Case No. 16CV27223

What Happened: This case involved a motor vehicle accident that occurred on highway 212 in Damascus, Oregon. Plaintiff alleged the accident caused the need for two lumbar back surgeries at L4-L5. Plaintiff alleged $247,493.39 in medical expenses and $600,000 in non-economic damages. We admitted liability, but denied that plaintiff was injured in the accident.

The Result: After a four-day trial, the jury returned a unanimous admitted liability defense verdict finding that plaintiff was not injured in the accident.


Motor Vehicle Accident
Jury Trial

Stewart v. Radio Cab (05/01/2017)
Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 15CV25203

What Happened: Plaintiff was a passenger in the client’s cab when the cab left the road and struck a tree. Plaintiff alleged that she suffered a torn hip labrum that required surgery. Plaintiff further alleged that she would require a total hip replacement in the future. She claimed $72,693.27 in past medical expenses, $200,000 in future medical expenses, $100,000 in future impaired earning capacity, and $600,000 in non-economic damages. We admitted liability and further admitted that plaintiff’s hip surgery was caused by the accident. We admitted that plaintiff was entitled to the past medical bills, but disputed the plaintiff’s need for future hip replacement, that her future earning capacity was impaired, and disputed the amount of their non-economic damages.

The Result: Following a three-day trial, the jury awarded plaintiff $194,193.27 ($72,693.27 in undisputed medical bills, $25,000 in future medical treatment, $4,500 in lost wages, and $92,000 in non-economic damages).


T-Bone Accident
Jury Trial

O’Dell v. Carey (09/26/2016)
Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 15CV04288

What Happened: This case involved a T-bone motor vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of Sunnyside Road and Highway 212 in Damascus, Oregon. Plaintiff alleged that he suffered a neck injury that required surgery for a cervical arthroplasty at C5-C6. Plaintiff alleged $130,975.09 in medical bills and $250,000 in non-economic damages. We admitted liability, but denied that plaintiff was injured in the accident.

The Result: After a three-day trial, the jury returned an admitted liability defense verdict finding that plaintiff was not injured in the accident.


Elevator Accident
Jury Trial

Barber v. Otis Elevator (01/11/2016)
Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 14CV19756

What Happened: This case involved a disputed liability elevator accident. Plaintiff claimed she was injured when an elevator she was riding in abruptly stopped, causing her to injure her right shoulder, back and legs. The most significant injury she alleged was to her right shoulder, which included a right rotator cuff tear for which she had surgery. Defendant disputed plaintiff’s negligence allegations and denied that the incident caused plaintiff to sustain the injuries she alleged. Plaintiff alleged she sustained medical expenses in the amount of $36,445.34, wage loss in the amount of $20,268.03 and an unstated amount for future medical expenses. She also alleged $1.5 million in non-economic damages for pain in suffering.

The Result: After a five-day trial, the jury returned a defense verdict finding that the defendant was not at fault.