At our firm, we are committed to seeking justice for our clients. We provide
compassionate assistance to individuals and families who are facing extremely
difficult situations. Here is one story of how we helped a client get
nearly $300,000 in a wrongful death lawsuit.
On June 28, 2013, Jason Rodriguez was driving in southeast Portland, with
his friend Michael Dominguez as a passenger. At about 8 pm, still daylight
hours, he failed to see a stop sign and drove into an intersection. The
stop sign was almost completely hidden by an overgrown tree branch. A
2012 Smart car hit their Honda Civic and smashed it into a utility pole,
knocking all passengers unconscious and killing Dominguez.
Police reports showed that Rodriguez was driving at 35 mph in a 20 mph
zone. He admitted that he was at fault, and also stated that he didn’t
see the stop sign because of the overgrown tree branch. It was determined
that the industrial company whose property bordered the tree was partly
responsible for the accident, and thus liable for damages.
In order to pursue justice for the incident, Dominguez’s family filed
a lawsuit against Rodriguez for bad driving, as well as Portland Engine
Rebuilders, the industrial company responsible for not trimming the tree
that covered the stop sign. They tried to sue the city as well, but a
judge dismissed it based on an ordinance that puts liability for pruning
street trees on businesses and residents whose properties border the vegetation.
At the trial, the 12-person jury determined that Dominguez’s family
was entitled to $969,000 in compensation for the incident. They found
the driver, Rodriguez, 70 percent responsible for the accident, and Portland
Engine Rebuilders 30 percent responsible. That meant Rodriguez would have
to pay $678,000, and the industrial company would pay $291,000.
At the very least, Portland Engine Builders will have to pay $291,000 to
Dominguez’s family because of their failure to trim the tree branch.
However, they may have to pay more. Our attorney, Patrick Angel, alongside
attorney Jeff Bowersox, represented Dominguez’s estate. An investigation
showed that the industrial company received 2 warnings (in 2006 and 2008)
to trim the tree. Furthermore, Portland Engine Builders is insured up
to $2 million, while Rodriguez may not be able to pay more than $100,000
of insurance coverage.
Depending on the judge’s decision, the industrial company may have
to pay a huge sum of compensation to Dominguez’s family. For now,
the family will receive nearly $300,000 in settlement from Portland Engine
Builders, not counting the amount from Rodriguez’s insurance company.
The tree that covered the stop sign has been cut down.
Call Angel Law, P.C. Today for Passionate Representation at (503) 862-8666
This case is just one example of how Attorney Angel fights for justice.
If you have been injured due to another’s negligence, or a loved
one has been killed in an accident, we can aggressively represent you
in court. Our firm has a thorough understanding of federal, state, and
local laws regarding personal injury claims and wrongful death lawsuits.
We can guide you through the legal process as you seek the compensation
Contact our firm
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