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Tort Claims Act

Oregon Tort Claims Act Liability Limits

 

Damage Limits in Tort Actions Against Public Bodies

 
 

Effective July 1, 2019

The Office of the State Court Administrator (OSCA) has calculated the annual adjustment to the limitations on liability of state and local public bodies for personal injury, death, and property damage or destruction. See ORS 30.271(4), 30.272(4), and 30.273(3), as amended by 2019 SB 186 (effective March 27, 2019).  Based on these calculations, the limitations are adjusted as shown in this table:
Public Body Claimant(s) Claim Adjusted Limit
state single injury or death $ 2,247,000
state multiple injury or death $ 4,494,000
local single injury or death $ 749,000
local multiple injury or death $ 1,498,000
state or local single property damage or destruction $ 122,900
state or local multiple property damage or destruction
$ 614,300

These new limitations become effective on July 1, 2019.  They apply to all causes of action arising on or after July 1, 2019, and before July 1, 2020.
 
OSCA opened a public comment period on the adjustments from March 21, 2019, to 5:00 p.m. on May 17, 2019.  We received no public comment.

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