We settled our case with Tri-Met from a 1/25/08 incident. In the incident,
our client, Pat, was run over by a Tri-Met bus, in a crosswalk, with the
light, while the Tri-Met bus was making a left turn. The Tri-Met driver,
still employed by Tri-Met last we were told, saw Pat on the sidewalk with
her dog waiting for the light to cross in the crosswalk.
The Tri-Met driver assumed Pat had already gone by when in fact the Tri-Met
bus hit Pat’s dog and then trapped and ran her over. Her left leg
had to be amputated below the knee. Due to the severity of the injury,
wearing a prosthetic has been very difficult.
Tri-Met admitted fault but did not offer Pat close to fair value to settle
the case until the weekend before trial. Pat had to move out of her condo
in NE Portland and move to a retirement community. Fortunately, her dog
survived but she is no longer able to walk him due to her injuries and
had to have a family member take her dog.
The trial was to begin May 3, 2010 in Multnomah County Courthouse in Portland, Oregon.
Tri-Met settled the case for what we have been told was the highest personal
injury settlement Tri-Met has paid. Jane Paulson in our office represented
Pat. The incident happened while Oregon’s tort claim cap for public
entities was $200,000 ($100,000 for economic damages and $100,000 for
non-economic damages). We filed the case and planned to challenge the
cap which is what resulted in the higher settlement.