Rug Store Premises Verdict

Overgaard v. Christiane Millinger Oriental Rugs Inc., Multnomah County Case No. 16CV33803

Plaintiff Overgaard was shopping in Defendant’s store when some rugs fell from a stack against the wall.  Overgaard fell as she stepped away from the falling rugs and landed on her tailbone.  She told the store clerk that she was fine and left the store.  She began getting treatment for pain in her tailbone several days later.  Overgaard alleged that the fall caused permanent injuries to her neck, back, and tailbone as well as anxiety and depression.  She claimed that Defendant was negligent for failing to make the store safe and for stacking the rugs in an unsafe manner. She sought $3 Million in non-economic damages.

Defendant denied liability and disputed the nature of Overgaard’s injuries.  Defendant also claimed that Overgaard herself was negligent for tripping over her own feet and failing to pay attention to where she was walking.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – J. William Savage

Defense Counsel – Brian B. Williams

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date – November 30, 2017

December 15, 2017

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