Meniscus Tear Verdict

Gonzalez and Fellove v. Cruz and Hunter, Multnomah County Case No. 16CV22277 and 16CV22279

Plaintiffs Gonzalez and Fellove were passengers in a vehicle driven by Defendant Cruz when they collided with a car driven by Defendant Hunter.  Plaintiffs allege that both defendants were negligent for failing to keep a proper lookout and failing to maintain control of their vehicles.  Gonzales claimed soft-tissue shoulder, neck and back injuries related to the crash.  Fellove claimed that the crash caused her to tear her meniscus which required surgical repair. Gonzales sought $10,000 in non-economic damages and attorney’s fees under ORS 20.080.  Fellove sought $26,829.30 for past medical expenses and $100,000 for non-economic damages.

Defendants both denied any negligence and claimed the other was at fault.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Melissa Bobadilla

Defense Counsel – Edward Sears and Brandon Thompson

Verdict – $64,329.30 (Fellove) and $4,000.00 (Gonzalez). The jury apportioned fault 100% to Cruz.

Attorney Fees – $150,631.65

Date –August 25, 2017

September 5, 2017

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