RV Show Injury Verdict

Andrews v. Fred’s RV Auto-Marine Inc., Multnomah County Case No. 16CV35770

Plaintiff Andrews alleged that she was working at the Portland Exposition Center for the Portland Metro RV Dealers’ Fall RV Show.  Part of her job was to monitor the vendors as they set up their displays and ensure that emergency exits were not blocked.  Defendant Fred’s RV Auto-Marine had set up their display including a fifth-wheel hitch.  The hitch was partially unassembled and not stable.  Andrews announced on the loudspeaker that she would be coming around to do her inspections.  When she was inspecting Fred’s display she noticed the fifth-wheel hitch interfered with an emergency exit.  She mentioned to a Fred’s employee that the hitch needed to be moved and touched the hitch to identify it.  When she touched the hitch it fell and crushed her foot.  She brought claims for negligence and premises liability.  She sought $1.5 Million for non-economic damages.

Fred’s denied liability and claimed that the incident was at least in part due to Andrews’ own negligence for failing to keep a proper lookout or take reasonable precautions for her own safety.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Matthew J. Andersen

Defense Counsel – Caroline Turco

Verdict – Defense Verdict (jury determined that Andrews’ comparative negligence was 67% thus no recovery due to ORS 31.600)

Date – January 12, 2018.

February 16, 2018

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