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In October 2009, Rob’s parents were killed in an auto accident while traveling to Seattle to visit family. Rob’s mother was ejected from the vehicle and died instantly from her injuries. His father suffered traumatic head injuries and passed away en route to the local hospital.
Several weeks had passed since the auto accident; Rob and his family had completed the funeral services and were mourning the loss of their parents. The insurance company had called several times since the accident, but the family had not been ready to speak with them at the time. Rob did return the insurance company’s call, but after expressing their condolences, the company’s representative told Rob that the family did not have a case, and the case file was being closed.
In addition to funeral expenses, Rob was left with bills totaling close to $45,000 for the life-flight and the emergency treatment administered to his late father. Rob was at a loss and knew instinctively that his parents’ case should not be closed. Fortunately, a friend of Rob’s had requested a free copy of The Utah Wrongful Death Book, and after seeing the treatment Rob was receiving from the insurance company, he gave the book to Rob and suggested he give us a call.
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We met with Rob and his family and did a lot of listening. We listened to the family talk endearingly about how their parents had come to America from a communist nation so their children could have a better life, and how they had sacrificed everything for the family. We listened to each of the adult children talk about the impact of their parents’ death on their relationships with other family members. The insurance company had given Rob and his family the clear message that their parents’ lives had no value. Having never dealt with a death in the family, let alone their parents, Rob and his siblings had many questions. We talked about insurance claims and wrongful death actions, and together, we outlined a plan of three specific ways we would present the case to the insurance company and ultimately settle their cases.
We began searching out whatever information we could, and gathered photographs, witness statements, and medical bills. We also met with the insurance adjustor, and in doing so, discovered that his reason for initially denying the claim was incorrect. When we challenged the adjuster on his rationale for denying the claim, he responded by offering a small settlement. Of course, the proposed settlement left Rob and his family in a substantially better position than the initial denial of the claim, but we knew that even this proposed settlement was insufficient. This family had suddenly and unexpectedly lost their parents. As auto accident attorneys, we knew the deaths of Rob’s mother and father were preventable and avoidable.
We eventually settled the case, receiving the maximum amount allowed under three different insurance policies. This settlement came after the insurance company said the family didn’t have a case! It felt good to assist Rob and his family, to help when they were clearly not in a position to find justice on their own.
Rob’s case is not unusual, and that, in a nutshell, is why our law practice focuses on cases where a family member has been killed in a Utah auto accident. It is also why we have written several Utah accident books, including The Utah Wrongful Death Book.
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Today, it is more difficult than ever for people to receive honest answers to their questions following an accident. If you have been in an auto accident in Salt Lake City, I would certainly like you to contact our firm and allow us to evaluate your claim. You will never be under any obligation to hire us. As auto accident attorneys in Salt Lake City we have written The Utah Wrongful Death Book, which is free to Utah residents, because we want you to have this valuable information – whether you hire our firm, another firm, or no attorney at all. Family members can read this book in privacy and discuss important issues among themselves before they even contact a lawyer.
We also offer a free consultation at your home or in our office where we will explain which family members and loved ones can bring a claim as an heir. We will also review all applicable insurance policies and help you decide whether you should hire our law firm – the best Utah auto accident lawyers for family members killed in car accidents – or because of small insurance limits, simply handle the claim on your own.
Call the auto accident lawyers at Christensen & Hymas today at (801) 506-0800 or request a free copy of our book by clicking on the book image to the left.