$40,125.00 Car Crash Verdict

Law v. Medley, Multnomah County Case No. 14CV18960

Plaintiff Law was driving on Highway 30 in the left lane of southbound traffic.  Defendant Medley was directly behind Law.  Another driver – Hobizal – was in the right-hand southbound lane and pulled in front of Law and suddenly braked. Law was able to stop in time, but Medley was not.  Medley struck Law and pushed him into Hobizal.  Law initially brought this action against both Medley and Hobizal who in turn sued each other.  Before trial Law settled with Hobizal.  Hobizal remained on the verdict form for comparative negligence.

Law claimed crash-related injuries including neck and back strains/sprains and severe and recurrent headaches.  He sought $23,958.21 for past medical expenses, $12,000.00 for future medical care, $15,847.58 for lost wages and $100,000 for non-economic damages.

Defendant Medley claimed that Hobizal’s negligence was the cause of the crash.  He also disputed Law’s damages.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – David Park

Defense Counsel – John Barhoum

Verdict – $40,125.00 after 25% reduction for comparative negligence

Date – February 24, 2016


March 3, 2016

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