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Oregon Tort Claims Act Liability Limits

DAMAGE LIMITS IN TORT ACTIONS AGAINST PUBLIC BODIES

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EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2016

The Office of the State Court Administrator (OSCA) has followed the required statutory methodology identified in ORS 30.271(4), 30.272(4), and 30.273(3) to calculate the annual adjustment to the limitations on liability of state and local public bodies for personal injury, death, and property damage or destruction.  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
$ 2,073,600
state
multiple
injury or death
$ 4,147,100
local
single
injury or death
$ 691,200
local
multiple
injury or death
$ 1,382,300
state or local
single
property damage or destruction
$ 113,400
state or local
multiple
property damage or destruction
$ 566,900

These new limitations become effective on July 1, 2016, and apply to all causes of action arising on or after July 1, 2016, and before July 1, 2017.

OSCA opened a public comment period on the adjustments from March 11, 2016, to 5:00 p.m. on May 2, 2016.  We received no comments challenging the calculations.
 
 
To view a list of past and current limitations on liability of public bodies, click here.