Student Severed Off Fingertip During PCC Class

Magui v. Portland Community College, Multnomah County Case No. 15CV00546

Plaintiff Magui was a student at Portland Community College (PCC) in the aviation maintenance technology program. During class, as the students prepared to inspect a turbine engine, Magui got his index finger caught in the rotor assembly and severed approximately a quarter inch of his fingertip off. Magui alleged that PCC was negligent for failing to instruct, warn and supervise the students adequately. He sought $10,453.00 for past medical expenses and $21,000.00 for non-economic damages.

Defendant PCC denied liability.  PCC argued that Magui was not performing a class assignment but was carelessly playing with the engine which caused his injury.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Eric Fjelstad

Defense Counsel – Barrett Mersereau

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date – March 1, 2016

March 10, 2016

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