Defense Verdict in Staircase Death Case

Collins v. Sweet Taste Inc., Multnomah County Case No. 1309-12695

Premises liability case. On March 16, 2012 Mr. Collins was getting takeout food from defendant’s Chinese Food restaurant.  He waited in the downstairs bar while his food was being prepared.  When he left he began to ascend a staircase and stumbled, fell backwards and struck his head.  He died the next day from the injuries he sustained.  His estate alleges that the restaurant was negligent for failing to provide an adequate handrail, failing to warn Collins about the dangerous staircase and violation of multiple building codes.  The estate sought $500,000 in non-economic damages and $100,000 in economic damages for medical and funeral expenses.

Defendant denied liability and claimed that the fall was a result of Mr. Collins’ own negligence in not keeping a proper lookout and control.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Jon Zbinden

Defense Counsel – Mark Zipse

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date – December 8, 2014

December 9, 2014

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