Had our client’s UIM policy limit been higher, the compensation would have been significantly greater
Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) September 19, 2012
The Utah personal injury attorneys at Christensen & Hymas recently recovered $110,000 for a 3-year-old girl whose head was slashed open by a rearview mirror in her parents’ car. Court documents show that the young girl was struck by the mirror after an inattentive driver failed to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic and turned left directly into the path of the girl’s parent’s car. The force of the impact caused the mirror to dislodge from the windshield, striking the girl, creating a 7cm gash in her forehead.
According to Kenneth Christensen, a Salt Lake City car accident attorney at Christensen & Hymas, the 7cm laceration across her small forehead went from her hairline to her right eyebrow; it was so deep that her skull was visible. The force to her head was so great that she was held under constant supervision for three days at Primary Children’s Hospital for fear of a traumatic brain injury.
A court document presented the testimony of a clinical psychologist who diagnosed the young girl with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and stated that this psychological condition would “likely have long-term side effects.” To mitigate the possible psychological challenges the girl will likely encounter, individual and family therapy was suggested, along with medication.
In order to recover fully, this young girl will need long-term aid, including revision surgery to lessen the impact of scarring, and psychological therapy; both will need to be paid for. This settlement between Christensen & Hymas and Allied Insurance will help with those bills, but was limited by the $110,000 available insurance policies.
As we see here, motorists often don’t have sufficient auto insurance coverage to cover long-term side effects. With the proper insurance coverage, any motorist can better secure their family’s protection.
Russ Hymas, a personal injury attorney in Utah, urges every motorist to obtain good car insurance. He said, “Every motorist should acquire uninsured (UM) and underinsured motorist coverage (UIM). Had our client’s UIM policy limit been higher, the compensation would have been significantly greater.” The fact of the matter is that compensation is limited to insurance policy limits, unless the claim goes to court, in which case a jury would then decide; but more than 95% of cases settle outside of court, thus leaving the client to their own policy limits.
About: Christensen & Hymas, Personal Injury Lawyer Utah
The personal injury attorneys at Christensen & Hymas represent clients who have been injured in car accidents, Utah bicycle accidents, dog bites, or a client who has lost a loved one in a wrongful death in Utah. They have won cases amounting to millions of dollars, which have ultimately enabled those who have been injured to better deal with the effects of personal tragedy that accompanies wrongful injuries. They have also written multiple free accident books, covering in great detail how to handle a personal injury and the repercussions therefrom.
For a free consultation with a Salt Lake City brain injury attorney, call Christensen & Hymas today at (801) 506-0800 or visit their website at http://www.utahpersonalinjurylawfirm.com/.
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