June, 2012

June 1, 2012

This case caught our attention for a number of reasons. First, the victim — a 35-year-old single mother — died 31 years ago. Second, criminal charges were filed 25 years after the victim’s death. And, especially for our purposes here, the family filed a wrongful death action against the victim’s boyfriend just…
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June 1, 2012

We are finishing up our discussion of a civil case that started with a criminal act. The victim died of a gunshot wound, but the suspect, her boyfriend, was not tried until 25 years later. A jury acquitted the man, but the family remains convinced that he is responsible for…
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June 1, 2012

Late in the evening this past March, a 63-year-old woman was walking along the street near the West Hills area of Portland. She turned to cross the street but never made it to the other side. A car driven by a woman alleged to have been drinking earlier in the…
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June 1, 2012

Summer is nearly here in Oregon and many young children may be looking forward to spending hours playing with friends in their backyards. But the potential for injury lurks in a number of dangerous toys that children could end up playing with this summer. For example, some toy tents produced by Tots…
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June 1, 2012

When a father of five went to the emergency room (not in Oregon) on May 31, 2009, with chest and shoulder pains, two physicians, a resident and an attending, evaluated his case. What happened there and over the next five months led to a medical malpractice and wrongful death claim filed on…
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June 1, 2012

Oregon readers probably know what a slap bracelet is, but hopefully you do not own one or allow your children to play with one. This is because these bracelets are considered dangerous toys, and at least one little girl has been seriously injured after playing with one. Slap bracelets are typically…
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June 1, 2012

When suffering from a physical ailment, most people would not hesitate to go to a doctor for treatment. But what happens when the doctor makes a mistake or is negligent and actually causes the individual more harm? One patient was suffering from low-back pain and sought the help of a doctor. His…
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June 1, 2012

More than one driver apparently missed the signs for road construction on Interstate 5 earlier this week. In one accident, an Oregon man was headed north on Interstate 5 when he rear-ended a tractor trailer. His vehicle burst into flames. Almost simultaneously, a pickup on the southbound side of the highway…
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June 1, 2012

With no prior legal precedent found on the subject, a trial court judge recently declined to impose liability on a person for sending texts to a motorist which were received just moments before a crash. The action came in a civil lawsuit against the texter for aiding and abetting the car…
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June 1, 2012

One of the nation’s most prestigious hospitals finds its reputation tarnished this week after a jury agreed with a couple that the emergency room was responsible for the birth injury suffered by their son. The baby would have been fine, the parents argued, if the hospital had not waited two hours…
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