Thomas v. Hill, Multnomah County Case No. 16CV01285
Defendant Hill rear-ended Plaintiff Thomas on North Larabee Street as it merges onto the Broadway Bridge. Thomas claimed that the crash caused injury to his neck including an annular injury and bulging discs which required surgery. He claimed damages including $129,654 in past medical expenses, $25,000 in past lost wages, $58,500 in future lost wages, $3,185 in property damage, $2,000 for the diminished value of his vehicle and $649,017 in non-economic damages.
Defendant Hill denied liability. He claimed that Thomas stopped suddenly. He denied that he was speeding, inattentive or following too closely. He also contested the cause of Thomas’ injuries and whether surgery was warranted.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Joshua S. DeCristo
Defense Counsel – Brian Williams and Alison Laird
Verdict – $62,489.24
Date – February 2, 2017