$1 Non-Economic Damages Verdict
Robertson v. Kulkarni, Multnomah County Case No. 17CV21519
Plaintiff Robertson and Defendant Kulkarni were driving opposite directions on SW TV Highway. Kulkarni took a left turn across Robertson’s lane of travel, causing a collision. Robertson claimed Kulkarni was negligent for failing to yield the right-of-way and making a dangerous left turn. She claimed accident-related injuries including a cervical disk protrusion and annular tear which required surgical intervention. She sought $230,144.19 for past medical expenses, $5,696.12 for past wage losses and $500,000 for non-economic damages.
Defendant Kulkarni admitted negligently turning in front of Robertson but claimed that Robertson was also negligent for speeding. He argued that the crash only caused Robertson a minor cervical sprain and that only $5,027.28 of her medical expenses were reasonably related to the accident.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Hala Gores
Defense Counsel – Glenn Barger
Verdict – $78,375.75 (After 25% reduction for comparative negligence. Jury awarded only $1 of non-economic damages).
Date – October 26, 2018
November 7, 2018