Holder v. Richter, Multnomah County Case No. 1212-11225
On August 1, 2011 Mr. Holder was on his bicycle riding home from dinner with a friend. On NE Burnside a a driver turned left across their lane of travel striking Mr. Holder. He was thrown from his bicycle onto the car’s windshield and then onto the ground. The driver took Mr. Holder to the emergency room where a significant cut to Mr. Holder’s back was repaired. He also had a sprained ankle and a cut to his head. He was not wearing a helmet. His injuries resolved but the scars on his back are permanent.
the at-fault driver had The Hartford Insurance. They blamed Mr. Holder for the crash from the beginning. they said he was speeding, and did not slow or stop when their driver turned and was not sufficiently visible. Prior to contacting Mr. Stavley, The Hartford made no offers.
Mr. Stavley filed a lawsuit. The Hartford continued to blame Mr. Holder. Several months before the trial they offered $90,000.00. We advised Mr. Holder to reject the offer and he did. Just before trial the defense increased the offer to $150,000. We again advised Mr. Holder to reject the offer and he did.
Mr. Stavley tried the case in Multnomah County Circuit Court. The at-fault driver aggressively defended the case but the jury ultimately returned a verdict for Mr. Holder – $384,213.89.