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Under Oregon law, anyone who has been the victim of sexual abuse or assault can file a civil lawsuit against not just the person who abused them but also against churches, schools, or other third parties who negligently enabled the abuse to happen. This post will look at the basic elements of a sex abuse lawsuit in Oregon. We will also analyze the potential settlement value of Oregon sex abuse lawsuits.

How is Sexual Abuse Defined in Oregon?

Sexual abuse and sexual assault are defined in Oregon as any deliberate or intentional sexual touching or contact without the other individual’s consent, motivated by sexual gratification, arousal, or humiliation. In the context of a civil lawsuit, sex abuse or assault is often referred to as “sexual battery.”

A Jury Verdict Research study found that the average motor vehicle accident case jury verdict in Oregon is $36,721.  Car and other motor vehicle accident plaintiffs received money damages in 75% of these Oregon personal injury accident cases, a much higher percentage than the national average.

If you have been injured in a car accident in Portland, Eugene, Salem, Gresham, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Medford, Springfield, Bend, or Corvallis and need a car accident lawyer, call 1-800-553-8082 or get a free online consultation.

Settlement Value of Oregon Car Accident Cases

Below is a list of GEICO settlements and verdicts in Oregon in 2016.  GEICO is not a company we are fond of, underscored by this 2019 California appellate opinion.

  • Oregon: $120,000 Verdict. An adult female is driving in the left lane of a three-lane, one-way road when she is struck by a vehicle attempting to make a left turn from the center lane. She was insured by GEICO, and filed a claim to recover underinsured motorist benefits. GEICO argues the extent of her injuries, but a jury awards her $1,991.69 for economic damages and $73,008.31 for non-economic damages.
  • Oregon: $99,978 Verdict. The plaintiff is traveling on an off-ramp in front of the defendant’s vehicle. The plaintiff stops her vehicle at a stop sign. She inches out to look at traffic, and the defendant’s vehicle strikes the rear of her vehicle. The plaintiff suffers a left shoulder injury requiring surgery as a result, as well as thoracic and lumbar sprains. The defendant is insured by GEICO, and ordered to pay $74,978 in medical expenses, $20,000 in lost wages, and $5,000 in non-economic damages to the plaintiff.

Oregon Health and Science University is looking to move past claims of medical malpractice that have been brought against the hospital, settling 6 malpractice case on Friday for $38.6. Oregon Health and Science University has insurance through Washington Casualty, which will cover $21.35 million of the settlement costs of these six medical malpractice lawsuits.

Not everyone is happy. Scott Gallant, of the Oregon Medical Association, says that now that these lawsuits have been resolved, it means that “schools, special districts, and others, are going to pay substantially higher premiums to try to cover essentially unlimited liability where there’s an unfortunate injury that might occur in their official duties.”

Gee, Scott, what is the alternative? One of the cases involved a $9.3 million settlement to a boy who suffered prolonged oxygen deprivation causing permanent and profound brain damage because of medical malpractice at OHSU. How much do you think the boy should have received?

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