Defense Verdict – Low Speed Rear-End Case

Bennett v. Gaitz, Multnomah County Case No. 16CV22510

Plaintiff Bennett was a passenger in a vehicle on I-5 that stopped for traffic.  Defendant Gaitz failed to stop his car and rear-ended Bennett. Bennett alleged crash-related neck and back injuries including injuries to her lumbar discs and facet joints.  She sought $97,344.00 for future physical therapy. Bennett is a part-owner of a Karate studio. She requested $10,000 for missed self-defense training and costs and $330,000 for replacement labor as she had to hire her son to take over the classes she would have otherwise taught.  She also sought $380,000 in non-economic damages.

Gaitz admitted liability but denied that the crash caused Bennett’s injuries.  He pointed to the low-impact nature of the collision, the minimal damage to the vehicles and Bennett’s history of pre-existing related injuries.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Christopher T. Hill

Defense Counsel – J.P. Harris

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date – November 29, 2017

December 13, 2017

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