Defense Verdict in Letter Carrier MVA Case

Howell v. Pham, Multnomah County Case No. 1109-12747

Plaintiff Howell was a letter carrier who was pulling away from a curb after having delivered mail to a mailbox.  In front of her was a parked boat and trailer along the right curb line that obstructed her view. As she inched around the boat she was struck by Defendant Pham who was driving a vehicle in the opposite direction.  Plaintiff alleged that defendant was driving on the left side of the road. Plaintiff suffered injury including foot fractures, knee injury requiring a total knee replacement and likely future knee replacement, a shoulder separation, meniscus tear, and bruises. She sought 2 million dollars including economic damages of $500,000. Defendant alleged that plaintiff failed to yield the right of way and pulled out from behind the boat into the roadway causing the crash.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – J. William Savage

Defense Counsel – Sean Lanz

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date – June 27, 2014


June 10, 2014

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