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TBI Cases in Salt Lake City

Every year our law firm successfully handles numerous brain injury cases. Each case is unique and requires personal attention and significant legal resources to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients. Since we do not run a high–volume, take-any-case-that-comes-through-the-door type of practice, we are able to limit the amount of cases that we handle. This ensures that each one of our clients get the personal attention they need and deserve after an accident – something that’s especially important for someone who’s suffered a brain injury.

We are actively involved in the brain injury community. Our founding partner, Ken Christensen, serves alongside Utah’s finest neurologists, neuropsychologists, rehabilitation specialists and cognitive therapists on the board of directors for the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah. This non-profit organization provides help and resources at no cost to people with brain injuries and has given Ken the opportunity to better understand brain injuries and how they can change a person’s life.

 

Since a traumatic brain injury, or “TBI,” is so much more than a diagnosis in a medical record, it’s important for insurance companies to see the person behind the medical records and understand how your injury affects every aspect of your life. As authors and attorneys, there’s no one better qualified to tell your story than the attorneys at Christensen & Hymas.

Our Recent Utah Brain Injury Settlements and Verdicts

King v. State Farm Insurance

Mr. King was driving his scooter down State Street in Midvale when a driver that wasn’t paying attention struck Mr. King’s scooter from behind, sending him crashing onto the hood of the car and then onto the street.

Mr. King was badly injured. He fractured his skull and sustained a brain injury. He was hospitalized for six days as doctors monitored the blood on his brain. He also suffered from memory loss and underwent extensive cognitive therapy as part of his rehabilitation process.

We were honored to represent Mr. King and make sure that he was able to receive the medical care he needed after this devastating event. We were successful in receiving the full insurance policy limits as settlement of his claim, ensuring that all of his medical bills were paid, and that he received additional funds to help him as he completed his rehabilitation.

Behunin v. State of Utah

Mr. Behunin was driving on Highway 6 in his vintage pickup truck when a school bus was going too fast for the road conditions and rear-ended his truck. The impact whipped Mr. Behunin’s head backwards, shattering the rear window of his cab with the back of his head, and causing a serious brain injury.

Mr. Behunin operated a backhoe for a living, but couldn’t work after the accident because he had cognitive deficits and balance issues, making it impossible to dig straight lines and complete his daily tasks in an orderly manner.

Since Mr. Behunin was hit by a school bus driver, he had to file a government notice of claim within 2 years of the accident, so he contacted our office and we immediately filed the proper paperwork with the state and then hired the right medical experts to properly document his brain injury and his inability to work. We eventually received a great settlement from the State that included past and future lost wages, future medical care, and money for pain and suffering.

Earl v. Mutual of Enumclaw

Earl, an avid cyclist, was out for a training ride one afternoon on Redwood Road in Bluffdale. Suddenly, a driver who hadn’t seen Earl traveling in the bike lane attempted to make a U-turn and steered his truck right across the bike lane. Earl collided with the passenger side of the truck, and although he was wearing a helmet, he was knocked unconscious and sustained a concussion (a mild TBI), in addition to several other injuries.

Earl’s athletic conditioning helped his body recover fairly quickly following the accident, but his brain injury was another story. He came to our firm uncertain of how to proceed. We were able to help get Earl to a concussion specialist at the University of Utah, with whom Earl worked for several months before he was finally able to overcome the symptoms he was experiencing due to his concussion.

The insurance company initially refused to acknowledge Earl’s concussion, attempting to characterize it as nothing more than a bump on the head. But after our firm documented the extensive treatment Earl received with the concussion specialist, the adjuster was forced to recognize the gravity of Earl’s injury, and settled for an amount three times their initial offer.

What Is a Brain Injury and What Causes It?

Traumatic brain injury (or “TBI”) occurs when a hit to the head causes the brain to collide with the inside of the skull. Sudden, jerking motions of the head like “whiplash” can also cause brain injury.

Being “knocked unconscious” can result in brain injury, but the two don’t always go hand-in-hand. You can suffer a brain injury without ever losing consciousness.

Don’t rely on your insurance company or its doctors for a diagnosis. Proper tests by a responsible brain specialist (such as a neurologist or neuropsychologist) will demonstrate whether you suffered a brain injury.

Traumatic brain injury can occur in countless different ways, but some of the most common causes are: