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 vehicle 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 sought $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 crash, 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