07.11.2007 – Oregon personal injury lawyer Michael Arnold prosecuted a Grants Pass civil jury trial in a rear-end, three-car collision where the defendant was blaming the second car driving by a little old lady.
This Josephine County motor vehicle collision was an appeal from an arbitration by Farmers Insurance. Farmers has a history of appealing personal injury arbitrations to discourage plaintiffs.
This Grants Pass jury trial involved a young man with soft tissue injuries to his back. The Josephine County jury awarded more than the arbitration award and several times more than Farmers’ offer. Defense counsel claimed after the jury came back that the verdict is the highest soft tissue award ever for Josephine County. While that claim is unconfirmed, it was a hard-fought win with a wonderful jury and a great county.
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Representative Cases – Oregon Personal Injury
Product Liability – Zooma Scooter
Lawsuit against stand-up gas-powered scooter after handle bar welding failed, causing crash with elbow fracture. Plaintiff received a poor offer and then a dismal arbitration award. Plaintiff appealed to a jury trial. Jury trial result 25 times the arbitration award. Sometimes it takes a jury to sort out a case.
Product Liability/Wrongful Death – G-Max Motorcycle Helmet
Husband and wife were on their motorcycle when negligent driver pulled out in front of them. Wife’s helmet strap webbing failed and her helmet came off. She died of head trauma. Six figure settlement with G-Max distributor.
Nursing Home Death
Complex litigation involving a for-profit nursing home where a CNA who failed to give anti-seizure medication to Vietnam War veteran several times. He died from seizure. Status: confidential settlement.
Wrongful Death – Drunk Driver Kills Teenage Girl
After a party in the hills, a drunk driver rolls his car off of an embankment, seriously injuring his passengers and killing our client’s teenage daughter. The car’s severely intoxicated owner and surviving passengers claim the decedent was driving. Our investigation uncovered a possible conspiracy between the kids to blame the girl who couldn’t speak for herself. The DA’s Office convicted the car owner for Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor but refused to have the blood in the car analyzed for DNA to establish who was driving. Mike Arnold was able to seize the blood evidence, had DNA tests performed, and hired a passenger kinesiologist to determine the locations of the occupants based on blood location. The discovery of the car owner’s blood on the steering column led to a negotiated settlement between the injured occupants and the owner’s insurance company