Tri-Met Defense Verdict

Brown v. TRI-MET, Multnomah County Case No. 1311-16170

Plaintiff alleged that she was attempting to board a Tri-Met bus in downtown Portland when defendant’s bus driver inadvertently closed the bus door trapping her arm.  She claimed injuries to her shoulder, neck, arm, elbow, and wrist.  She sought $5,000.00 for medical expenses and $80,000.00 in non-economic damages.

Defendant denied liability.  The defense produced videotape they claim showed plaintiff’s arm was not caught in the door at all but rather that she pulled her arm away before the door shut.  The defense contended that plaintiff’s injuries were the result of a motor vehicle crash six weeks earlier.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Francis T. Gieringer

Defense Counsel – Erik Van Hagen

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date – November 20, 2014

November 26, 2014

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