Defense Verdict in Rear-End MVA Case

Van Baalen v. Melthratter, Multnomah County Case No. 1311-15419

Defendant Melthratter hit Plaintiff Van Balen in a rear-end car crash. Defendant admitted he was talking on his cell phone.  Plaintiff alleges injuries including soft tissue strains/sprains to his neck, back, shoulder and knee.  Plaintiff sought $21,905 in unreimbursed medical expenses and $28,000 in non-economic damages.

Defendant admitted liability but disputed causation and damages.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Jason Steen

Defense Counsel – Elizabeth Puskar

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date – November 17, 2014

November 21, 2014

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