A Deschutes County man is seeking nearly $300,000 from the city of Bend because of a 2015 incident in which a snowplow lifted and dropped the truck he was driving.
Bend-based personal injury law firm Dwyer Williams Dretke filed the suit Wednesday on behalf of Brian Fletcher, who alleges he was injured in a collision with the snowplow. Fletcher is suing both the city of Bend and Tony Cota, the city street utility worker who operated the plow.
Around 10 a.m. Nov. 25, 2015, Fletcher was driving north on NE Purcell Boulevard when the front blade of Cota’s plow caught the driver’s side rear wheel of Fletcher’s pickup truck, according to the complaint. The impact lifted the vehicle into the air and dropped it onto the ground, according to the complaint.
Because of the collision, Fletcher suffered headaches, neck strain, shoulder pain and herniation of his left lumbar disc, which required surgery, according to the complaint. He’s spent nearly $8,000 on medical expenses thus far and expects to spend another $40,000, according to the lawsuit.
Fletcher is also asking for $250,000 in noneconomic damages. The suit alleges that Cota was negligent in failing to keep his snowplow under control, failing to keep a proper lookout and driving too fast for the conditions.
Fletcher’s attorney, Arne Cherkoss, did not immediately return a voicemail.
Tort cases are handled by the city of Bend’s insurance department, not the city attorney’s office. None of Bend’s city attorneys were in the office Wednesday, and city spokeswoman Anne Aurand said the city has not yet been served.
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