Airport Shuttle Fall Case
Kohut v. Blue Star Services Inc., Multnomah County Case No. 15CV29552
Plaintiff Kohut was 71 years old at the time of this incident. She took defendant Blue Star’s shuttle from the airport to her house. She claims that Blue Star’s driver let her out in a dark area of her street, instead of her well-lit driveway. She had taken the shuttle previously and always been offered assistance getting off of the shuttle. This time, they offered no help, and while she was deboarding, she stepped into a depression for a water meter and fell. She alleged that Blue Star was negligent for failing to stop in a well-lit area and failing to provide reasonable assistance. Kohut alleged that the fall caused her to sustain fractures to her ankle with post-traumatic arthritis and complete loss of joint cartilage. She sought $54,275.61 for past medical expenses, $1,340.68 for travel expenses related to medical treatment, $57,086.88 for lost income, $32,717.10 for future lost income and $375,000.00 for non-economic damages.
Blue Star claimed that the incident was Ms. Kohut’s own fault for failing to keep a proper lookout, not wearing proper footwear and failing to avoid the known hazard.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Greg Kafoury, Jason Kafoury, and Mark McDougal
Defense Counsel – Wade Keenon and Patrick Gilroy
Verdict – $476,478.24 (After 10% reduction for comparative negligence)
Date – January 19, 2018February 16, 2018