Pedestrian Accident Victim?

Pedestrian accidents like this one can be quite damaging for the victim. The weight and velocity usually means serious injuries. Given this, and accident that does not result in a fatality is a quite fortunate outcome indeed.

This particular victim was elderly, so a lengthy hospital stay is a possibility. With age, the human body does not recover from injury quite as quickly. If the woman still works, this could disrupt her income. The medical bills will certainly become prohibitive, especially if she does not work and is on a fixed income. One wonders if there was reckless driving in this particular incident, or some other discernible failure to drive defensively and responsibly.Even in a state like Oregon, where the jury assigns fault as a percentage to all the parties involved, it may be possible to recover damages. One has two years to make a personal injury claim. It actually becomes harder to make a claim stick the longer you wait. It’s not good to leave anything important to time and chance. Ed Kroll is ready and eager to help.

If you have been a pedestrian struck by a vehicle, you cannot depend on the other parties involved to give you back what the injuries have taken away. Life for others moves on, and your injuries are your reminder of what has taken place. Who is going to help you if you don’t have the means to simply move on? You need someone who can help you get what you deserve. If you have said to yourself, “I’m not trying to ruin anyone; I just need to get back to normal,” then you’re looking for a Portland personal injury attorney who has been making people whole for a long time. Compassion, real advocacy, and peace of mind. That’s what you get with Kroll and Johnson. Call today to get started with a free consultation.

Driver Arrested After Leaving Fatal Crash

A driver was arrested for leaving the scene of a fatal car crash, the Oregonian reports. Uriy Dudko, 20, killed Mitchell Vandoren, 25, when his SUV stalled and he stopped right in front Vandoren on a motorcycle. Vandoren died at the scene. Dudko was arrested after he fled the scene of the accident. He returned later to see the aftermath. When he did so, a Happy Valley police sergeant arrested him. He’s been specifically charged with failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons.

The charges could become more extensive if the investigation proves that there was intent behind the driver’s actions. More likely is some kind of civil action, perhaps for wrongful death, if this intent can be proved.

In any case, Dudko failed in his duty to the other driver, was arrested, and remains in jail.

Had he left and stayed away, he may not have been arrested. Perhaps Dudko’s curiosity got the best of him. Apparently he was visiting from Missouri.

It is imperative that drivers involved in accidents follow any instructions from the police or emergency medical personnel as precisely as possible. No one wants to be involved in an accident like this, but leaving the scene only complicates a very difficult situation. It is unclear what Dudko hoped to gain by leaving, and now at the very least, he must contend with the legal ramifications of failing to assist the other driver. As a party to an accident, the most important aspect is making sure you are alright. Secondly, after all this is done, you need to seek out legal representation, in case something from the accident needs to be litigated. Don’t be left flat-footed as the other party moves to secure its interests.

If you or someone you know has been injured because of someone else’s recklessness, don’t just try to pick up the pieces. Compensation for your injuries may be possible. An experienced Portland personal injury attorney can discuss your case with you and get you headed in the right direction. Ed Kroll and company have been assisting people like you for years. The consultation is free. Call now to set up an appointment.

Cayla Wilson, Crash Victim In 2010, Dies

Cayla Wilson, a young woman injured by an impaired driver, has died, the Oregonian reports. She had been struck on the way to a job as a 19-year-old expectant mother. It came to light that the perpetrator was high on methamphetamine, and driving with a suspended license. The man’s erratic, remorseless behavior was likely a factor in him receiving an 11 year sentence for the incident.

Cayla’s parents, Bill and Denise Wilson, faced numerous challenges as they attempted to care for their daughter, who had been in a persistent vegetative state and required around-the-clock care. They elected to sue the city of Portland and Clackamas County for failing to stop the perpetrator from driving with a suspended license. In that effort, they won a $9.3 million settlement.

Bill and Denise are now raising Cayla’s daughter, JaiKyla, now 7, who developed cerebral palsy as a result of being delivered by emergency C-section. With Cayla’s death, the case has now changed from a personal injury case to a wrongful death case. The Wilsons support the district attorney’s effort to charge the perpetrator with manslaughter. There is a hope that he will spend the rest of his life in prison as a result of these events.

As in a case like this, negligence can be criminal and completely life-altering. There is almost no way to quantify the emotional suffering the Wilsons have endured, to say nothing of the very concrete costs of caring for Cayla. You or someone you know may not be facing circumstances as challenging as these, but if you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence, you need a personal injury attorney with the skills to help make you whole again. Kroll and Johnson have the skills and the passion to get it done. Don’t struggle on alone. Call today for a free consultation.

Two Pedestrians Struck In Car Crash

A man and a woman were injured as pedestrians when a car struck them, The Oregonian reports. The crash happened on Southeast Powell Boulevard Sunday morning at 2 AM. The man’s injuries were not described as life-threatening, but the woman’s injuries are life-threatening. A Chevrolet HHR struck them as they walked.

As you may know, Oregon is a modified comparative fault state, which means that juries assign fault to all parties in an accident as a percentage. You can collect damages as long as your fault does not exceed 51 percent. It is unclear whether these victims will be assigned any fault.

Accidents involving pedestrians are surely not as numerous as those involving two cars, but the injury and life disruption can be devastating indeed. Pain and suffering, as well as lost work time, can put a huge strain on the best-laid plans. You need a Portland personal injury attorney with experience in accidents involving pedestrians. The opposing lawyers will do everything they can to put the blame on you. Given the hardship of the whole thing, you need to know that your case at least is in good hands. The accident can’t be undone, and you can’t control what others will do or say. But you can put a proven winner on your team. Kroll & Johnson will fight for you, and what you deserve.

Don’t wait, or begin to think that it isn’t a big deal. Someone has been negligent, and you are facing the consequences. Perhaps you can’t work, and you can’t pay your bills. How are you going to move forward? Get the best advocate you can. We can’t control everything in life, but we can find partners in the courtroom who know how to get success for you. No one should go bankrupt because of what someone else did. Call Kroll & Johnson today for a free consultation about your personal injury case.

Federal Jury Awards Portland Man Shot By Police

A federal jury has awarded 7 million dollars to a Portland man shot by police in 2012. Adalberto Flores-Haro was shot by police after hearing the officers in his yard. The two Washington County officers failed to identify themselves, the jury found. He was armed, but the weapon was not loaded. Fores-Haro mistook them for intruders. The officers were in the area to execute a search warrant at a house down the street.

Flores-Haro’s 5 children were also in the house. The two officers claimed Flores-Haro fired at them. They also claimed that Flores-Haro could have been an associate of the suspect they were there to apprehend. The police said he should have remained in his house, and certainly not approached the officers with a gun. The jury gave no credence to the claim that Flores-Haro fired, because no shell casings from that .44 were found. The family also sued because the police dragged Flores-Haro out by the arm which had been shot. They also separated the children from his wife, Alma Granados-Millan, and questioned her that night, as though her husband were engaged in criminal activity.

Part of the damages awarded are likely to be reduced, because the jury found Flores-Haro partially at fault. Flores-Haro lives with constant pain, and is no longer able to work. He’s lost range of motion in his arms, as well as dealing with less energy caused by the pain. The case may not be a typical personal injury case, but it’s significant. If you or a loved one need a personal injury attorney, consider Kroll & Johnson. You may not be facing the police in your case, but there are powerful people who don’t want to give you what you deserve. Get an experienced and gutsy Portland personal injury lawyer. You never know what life may throw at you, and you need a partner you can trust.


Fatal Car Crash Kills One, Injures Another

A fatal car crash at the intersection of Southeast 122nd Avenue and Southeast Stark Street has killed one and injured another, police report. The driver of a PT Cruiser was speeding north on Southeast 122nd Avenue when the driver slammed into a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The driver of the PT Cruiser was killed, while the other driver was admitted to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police suspect that alcohol played a role in the crash.

Driving recklessly and possibly under the influence has taken a life, and altered another. The injured driver deserves some recompense, and he or she will need a top-notch Portland personal injury attorney to get it. No one anticipates this life disruption. You have a routine and a rhythm to your days, and then an accident changes everything. Besides repairs to your car, perhaps you have injuries. Maybe you can’t work, or at least not the way you did before. The medical bills are rolling in. If you’ve been in an accident, you’ll need help, and fast. Those who were at fault aren’t just going to knock on your door with a smile and a big check. When it’s time to find an advocate, consider Kroll & Johnson. Helping those injured in auto accidents is what they do. It’s not new to them. Waiting only makes things more difficult.

A car crash doesn’t have to define your life. Once you get a qualified personal injury attorney like Ed Kroll, you’re well on your way back to normal. Your life is waiting to be lived. The person injured in this accident probably never thought this late night trip would be so jarring. All you can do is go forward. Go forward with an attorney you can trust. Kroll & Johnson have 2 offices to serve you. The consultation is free.

Wrongful Death Suit In Multnomah County

The estate of Kristi Leigh Oliver is suing Multnomah County, and landowners Mark and Jill Harrington, for wrongful death after a falling tree fell on the pregnant Oliver as she drove down the road, the Oregonian reports. She was just 30 years old. The estate of Ms. Oliver seeks 9.5 million dollars. Mark Harrington says the county refused him permission to cut down the huge rotting tree, which had also suffered damage from woodpeckers. The 100-foot cedar toppled without warning, by all accounts, and the event is certainly tragic.

It will be interesting to see how a jury assesses fault in this case, if it gets to a jury. They could put the blame on the landowners for failing to cut down the rotting tree. Or the blame could be placed on Multnomah County for denying Harrington the permission to cut down the massive tree. Did Mark Harrington believe the tree was dangerous, or simply unsightly? If he believed the tree was dangerous, might a jury find that he had an obligation to remove the tree, even though doing so at that time would have been illegal, in the absence of permission to remove it? It is difficult to imagine any fault imputed to the victim, but no one can be absolutely certain before it is tried in court. Oliver’s estate retains another local firm, but the incident reminds us of the importance of good representation by a personal injury attorney.

If you have been impacted by a wrongful death, and believe someone else is at fault, seek out a skilled Portland personal injury attorney. Ed Kroll and Justin Johnson know how to win. That skill and experience means they can offer you much more than just thoughts and prayers. They’re ready to serve you in your difficult time of grief and loss.

No Money Awarded To Baby Infected With Herpes

A Multnomah County jury has awarded no money to a baby who contracted herpes from his mother. The mother, Angela Johnson Musa, had been a sex worker previously, and had failed to inform her physician. She also missed a follow-up with an obstetrician/gynecologist. Musa had sought a total of $46.5 million from Dr. Carrie Miles, who treated her. It is not routine to check for herpes in the United States. Musa settled out of court with Dr. Joseph Elia, a Portland pediatrician, who treated her son Jonah ten days after he was born.

Dr. Miles had ordered testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea, because signs of sexually transmitted disease were present. Expert testimony on Miles’ behalf said it was their opinion that Musa contracted herpes after Miles examined her. If caught early enough, herpes can be treated, without damaging effects. Unfortunately for Jonah, it was not diagnosed early, and he’s been left with severe disabilities. A crucial aspect of the case was whether the signs of illness were obviously indicative of herpes. If the jury thought so, Miles would have been negligent.

This personal injury case has emotional resonance on both sides. It’s not difficult to feel pity for Jonah, nor is it difficult to see why the jury found no fault with Dr. Miles. Now Angela Musa has to care for a disabled child, as a result of some combination of fault and tragic misfortune.

Whether a case is clear-cut or tough, people need tough, smart, and compassionate attorneys to represent them. A good Portland personal injury lawyer might be the difference between getting what you deserve, and getting nothing. Kroll and Johnson have been advocating for people like you for years. They’re ready, willing, and able. If you’re ready to be made right, they’re ready to take your call. It’s a free consultation.

Interstate 5 Expansion Under Discussion

Citizens of Portland weighed in on Interstate Highway 5 expansion Thursday, as well as on proposed changes to regulations governing building height in the city’s central core. All the matters under discussion highlight the difficult balancing act of living in a modern city like Portland. Aesthetics, safety, economic development, and the need for more housing are a few of the topics and legitimate concerns given voice at the meeting.

Highway expansion likely means higher driving speeds on longer stretches of road in our community. Higher speeds means more auto accidents. More accidents means injuries, and those injuries will increase the need for good personal injury attorneys. Most people would say that a more prosperous and vibrant city is worth taking a chance on. As the article indicates, city leaders are planning long-term. Commuting is often a part of economic development, and obviously part of professional success for most people. So not driving is out of the question for most of us.

We’d all like to think well of our fellow citizens, even in regard to conscientious and safe driving. We can imagine perhaps what it would be like if every driver used best practices, whether in speed, tactics, or simply in reacting to other drivers. But if you’ve been hurt in an accident, what ought to happen gives way to what has happened. In addition to doing your best not to let the accident get you down, you’ve got to get the best representation you can. Especially if you believe the accident is someone else’s fault. The only thing worse than being in an accident is getting taken to the cleaners afterward. Kroll & Johnson won’t let it happen. They’ll look out for your interests before their own. If you don’t win, they don’t cash in. Let them get you back on the highway, and back to life. Call for a free consultation today.

Winter Weather Increases Slip & Fall Injuries

Ice and snow make walking on sidewalks, driveways, and streets hazardous. Some mishaps are unavoidable, but some result from negligence. Walking should not be an occasion for major life disruption. Head, neck, and spinal injuries are common in slip and fall injuries. If you believe you have been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, it’s imperative that you call an experienced personal injury attorney right away.

The CDC reports that 1 in 5 falls results in serious injury. This type of injury can be especially serious for older adults. Falling doubles the risk of falling again. The fear of falling can curtail everyday activities, and that’s a tragedy. Walking should be a normal part of living, not a cause for anxiety. If you’ve been seriously injured from a slip and fall injury, the medical bills are growing. Perhaps you can’t work. This troubling situation can’t stand. Get help from Kroll & Johnson. They can handle slip and fall cases like yours. They can make the difference between simply suffering, and walking away with hope.

We’d all like to enjoy the holiday season worry-free, and to celebrate the year gone by with our family and friends against the backdrop of a majestic snowfall. We sort of laugh at the Hallmark movies, but in the end, that’s a picture of what we really want: peace instead of pain. No one plans for serious injury. What you can do is plan for a better aftermath by getting an outstanding personal injury attorney who’s got your back. Go into the new year with a trusted partner, ready to help you put these injuries behind you.

Don’t wait for the pain to get worse. Your peace of mind will only suffer if you do. The consultation is free. You’ve got a pain-free life to live. Start living that life today.