$49,963 Door Opening Verdict

Ludeman v. Ferguson, Multnomah County Case No. 17CV06123

Plaintiff Ludeman was riding a bicycle on 7thStreet near Hawthorne.  Defendant Ferguson was parked along the side of the street and opened his car door, striking Ludeman and causing a crash.  Ludeman alleged that Ferguson was negligent in opening his door into traffic in violation of ORS 811.490.  She alleged that the crash caused her a right shoulder strain, permanent right shoulder instability, bruising and abrasions.  She sought $9,963.06 for past medical expenses, $10,000 for future medical expenses and $250,000 for non-economic damages.

Defendant Ferguson admitted liability and that he caused some injury but contested the extent of Ludeman’s injury.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Ralph Rayburn

Defense Counsel – Timothy Heinson

Verdict – $49,963.06

Date – March 6, 2018

April 2, 2018

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