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.

Truck Accidents Are Serious And Common

Truck accidents are all too common. As you may know, the mass and speed of a commercial truck tends to make injuries in these types of accidents more severe. Numerous reasons for these truck accidents can be found. Negligence, bad equipment, bad practices, and risky conditions due to weather are some of the reasons these crashes occur.  When you seek out a truck accident attorney, you’ll want one with experience, one who knows that fault should be established early.

As with any accident, it’s important to get representation as soon as possible. Other parties in your case, like the driver’s insurance company, will be working from the start to deny you fair compensation for your injuries. Time is money, and they know it. You need a truck accident attorney who knows it, too. Kroll and Johnson know this, and they’ll move quickly to help you set things right after a truck accident.

Perhaps a wider conversation about safety, traffic patterns, and commercial activity needs to be had. But that won’t be of immediate help to someone suffering because of an accident. If you are such a person, the trouble is neither abstract, nor theoretical. You need concrete help now. Ed Kroll and Justin Johnson are no-nonsense guys who know how to get it done.

Truck accidents can impact anyone, from an average Joe, to Portland Trail Blazers star Evan Turner. You want an attorney who will fight for you, no matter who you are. If you’re looking for a Portland truck accident attorney, consider Kroll & Johnson. They advocate for fairness and justice in truck accidents for people like you, and they’ve done it for a long time. There’s no risk in a free consultation. And who knows? You might find the advocate and partner you really need. Don’t let the pain and misfortune of an accident define you. Call today!

Injured In An Auto Accident?

Nearly forty fatal auto accidents took place in the Portland area in 2017. Reasons are various, from reckless driving, negligent driving, driving under the influence, and other causes. We never know when we could be the victim of an auto accident. Fortunately, most are not fatal. Still, there are costs: physical, financial, and emotional. Knowing that there are experienced, skilled, and compassionate personal injury attorneys in the Portland area is at least one less thing to worry about. Kroll and Johnson are the personal injury attorneys you need.

You want to know that the fees are reasonable. You want to know that the people you hire can do the job. There could be no end of questions. No one knows what’s around the next corner, but we make the best choices we can with what’s in front of us. Choosing the right personal injury attorney is one of those choices we can make to take control again. No one likes to feel that life is simply happening to them. Ed Kroll and Justin Johnson know that feeling. They know what their clients want and need. They’re ready to be your partner in getting back to making life happen, instead of life happening to you.

Kroll & Johnson have 2 offices to serve you. Call today for a free consultation.

Most Common Injuries From Car Accidents

serious injuries can be the result of auto accidentsAlthough many serious injuries can stem from car accidents, certain ones are seen most often. Those injuries fall into two categories: impact injuries and penetrating injuries and can cause varying degrees of problems and long-term issues.

One of the most type of injury is damage to the body’s connective tissues, which includes the muscles, ligaments and tendons. Many people know the injuries commonly referred to as whiplash, which is injury to the neck and upper back, but these issues can occur in other parts of the body as well like in the back.

Another common injury is scrapes and cuts. If anything inside the vehicle becomes airborne in a crash, they can easily cause scrapes and cuts. Think of your coffee cup, cell phone, purse, laptop and bag and anything else that is not secured in your vehicle being jolted in ­an accident. These injuries may require no medical attention, but can require stitches or may result in loss of blood or worse. This can cause cuts and bruises on any part of the body, but especially the arms and legs.

Serious injuries to the head may be in the form of muscle strains in the neck and back, like whiplash, or may be in the form of a concussion. If the occupant’s head makes contact with a window or steering wheel, there may be more severe head caused to the head. Anything from scrapes and cuts to closed-head injuries can more seriously affect the brain in the long run.

Another commonly injured area is the chest. Especially in drivers involved in the crash, chest injuries can be the result of slamming up against the steering wheel or serious bruising where a seat belt holds the person in place during a crash.

If you or your loved one has suffered serious injuries in a car accident, call today to request your free initial consultation.


Understanding Oregon’s New Distracted Driving Law

distracted drivingLegislation passed in May takes effect this month, imposing stiff fines for anyone caught even holding their cell phones or other electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. The new distracted driving laws were modified to close some loopholes from earlier legislation.

House Bill 2597 makes it so Oregon drivers may face fines of up to $2000 for using any “mobile electronic device” while on the road.

A first offense could trigger fines of $1000, but may be erased if the driver agrees to take a state-approved distracted driving avoidance class at their own expense.

Legislators have worked to close a gap in Oregon’s 2009 hands-free law that although it requires drivers to use a hands-free device to make phone calls and banned texting while driving, didn’t explicitly block users from playing games or program a navigation device when driving.

The revised law prohibits any drivers from holding or touching a phone or electronic device at all while operating a vehicle.

While a vehicle doesn’t need to be turned off to use a handheld device, it must be parked safely like on the side of the road or in a parking lot, not stopped at a traffic light. Additionally, a driver is not banned from using navigation, but can only use what’s referred to as a “one touch” action, so a driver may access a preprogrammed route or end navigation after he or she has found the way as long as they can do it with one touch.

There are few exceptions, like if there is an emergency, a drive may use their device to call 911, but only if there is no one else in the vehicle able to do so.

The penalties have drastically increased with an escalation for multiple offenses or seriousness of incidents. For examples if the driver is involved in a crash or has had a previous offense, he or she will be facing a higher fine and possible jail time due to the circumstances.

If you have been injured in a distracted driving crash, it is important to speak with an experienced Portland personal injury attorney. Call today for your free, initial consultation.