Woman Sues Cab Company After Fall
Bianchi v. Broadway Cab, Multnomah County Case No. 1303-04336
Plaintiff called defendant for a ride and instructed defendant to pick her up at the top of the hill where she lives so that she would not have to walk down a steep driveway. Plaintiff was 66 years old. When defendant’s driver arrived he did not proceed to the top of the hill and could not speak English sufficiently to understand phone instructions as to where he needed to be. Plaintiff walked down the hill and defendant met her on the steep incline. Plaintiff alleges that when she was opening the door defendant’s driver accelerated lurching forward and caused plaintiff to fall. Plaintiff alleged injuries including: a hip fracture that required three surgeries, a closed head injury and various contusions and abrasions. Plaintiff sought $150,000 in economic damages and $1,500,000 in non-economic damages.
Defendant acknowledged that the driver was acting in the course and scope of his driver agreement with Broadway Cab and that plaintiff fell and injured herself. Defendant alleged that the fall was the result of plaintiff’s own negligence and not that of the cab company or its driver.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Rachel O’Neal
Defense Counsel – Kenneth Abere
Verdict – Defense Verdict
September 20, 2014