$205,018 Bus Negligence Case
Lehr v. Blue Star Charters & Tours, Multnomah County Case No. 15CV27195
Plaintiff Lehr was a wheelchair bound passenger in a van operated by Defendant Blue Star Charters & Tours (“Blue Star”). Blue Star’s driver was taking Lehr to Walmart in Gresham. Lehr alleged that the driver sped up to try and beat a yellow light but after realizing she would not make it, slammed on the brakes. The abrupt stop ejected Lehr from her chair and caused her to suffer a displaced fracture of her left femur and fractures to her right tibia and fibula. She required surgery to repair the fractures.
Lehr claimed Blue Star was liable for both the negligent hiring of their employee and for her driving. She alleged that Blue Star was aware that their driver had caused multiple prior accidents with a different employer and hired her anyway. She sought $88,413.62 for past medical expenses and $500,000 in non-economic damages.
Blue Star denied liability. They alleged that Lehr was responsible for her own injuries for failing to utilize a positioning belt available on her wheelchair, failing to transfer from her wheelchair to a vehicle seat and failing to heed their driver’s warning to use a securement system.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Todd Huegli and Rhett Fraser
Defense Counsel – Patrick Gilroy
Verdict – $205,018.85 (after 35% reduction for negligence attributed to Plaintiff)
Date – October 7, 2016
November 8, 2016