Paid From Insurance
Client compensated $1,210,000.00 for injuries and damages suffered in Automobile/Pedestrian Accident
A Larson Larimer Schneider client was a pedestrian when struck by Jeep Cherokee. The client was walking from a party to a friend’s car when he was struck by the Jeep Cherokee. As result of the collision, the client suffered severe injuries, substantial medical bills, and was required to undergo months of physical rehabilitation.
The insurance company that insured the driver of the Jeep Cherokee was unwilling to take responsibility for the driver’s conduct, denied coverage and refused to pay policy benefits to the client. The experienced attorneys at Larson Larimer Schneider were eventually able to convince the insurance company to pay their policy limits of $960,000. In addition to recovering from the driver’s insurance company, the attorney’s at Larson Larimer Schneider were able to recover policy limits from two additional insurance policies totaling $460,000 and directly from the at-fault driver in the amount of $250,000.
Insurance Bad Faith
Client awarded $800,000 for the unreasonable denial of insurance benefits
A Denver judge ordered that an insurance company pay its insured $890,000 in damages for its unreasonable delay in paying Underinsured Motorist Benefits (UIM). The Larson Larimer Schneider client was the driver of a motorcycle when involved in an accident with a pickup truck. The accident was caused by the driver of the pickup truck who did not have sufficient insurance to cover the client’s injuries. Although the client had $400,000 in UIM coverage with his own insurance company, his insurance company delayed paying these benefits to the client for several months.
After trial in the Denver District Court, the presiding judge determined that the client’s own insurance company unreasonably delayed paying the client his UIM benefits and acted recklessly in delaying these payments. The judge ordered the insurance company to pay the client 2 times the amount of the benefits that were delayed ($800,000 in addition to the $400,000 in benefits that had eventually been paid to the client by the insurance company); $90,000 in damages for their bad-faith conduct in delaying payment; and, interest and attorney fees.
The insurance company appealed the District Court’s Order to the Colorado Court of Appeals. The Colorado Court of Appeals reversed the judge’s order related to the $90,000 in damages for bad faith, but affirmed the judge’s order related to $800,000 in damages for unreasonable delay and the attorney fees award. Final judgment, including costs, interest, and attorney fees, collected from the insurance company totaled $1,307,929.00.
Paid to the Family
Trucking Accident/Wrongful Death
Family compensated $300,000.00 for the wrongful death of their daughter/sister.
A Larson Larimer Schneider client’s sister was returning home from the airport in the state of Washington when she collided with the rear end of a tractor trailer truck. The operator of the truck failed to pull over after having a flat tire and was unlawfully moving 5 MPH on a public highway. The truck also was operating with broken rear brake lights that were inoperative.
The at-fault driver’s and trucking company’s insurance carrier denied coverage. The insurance company claimed that the policy had lapsed 24 hours prior to the collision, the insurance company refused to accept liability for the unlawful acts of the company they insured, and then claimed that the deceased woman was somehow at fault.
After the attorneys at Larson Larimer Schneider filed a Federal lawsuit and demonstrated that insurance coverage was in effect at the time of the accident, the insurance company finally accepted liability and paid the family of the woman $300,000 to settle the lawsuit.
Client compensated $100,000 for injuries and damages suffered in Automobile/Bicycle accident
A young girl was riding her bicycle in her own neighborhood when she was struck by a teenage boy who was driving his car too fast and was not paying attention to his surroundings. The young girl was knocked off of her bicycle and suffered a fractured ankle when the tire of the car rolled over her foot.
The teenage boy’s insurance company refused to take responsibility for the accident and claimed that the young girl was at fault in the accident because she was not in a cross-walk or crossing the street at an intersection. After the young girl’s family hired the attorneys at Larson Larimer Schneider, an accident reconstructionist was hired by the firm. This expert determined that the driver of the car was driving too fast and had he been paying attention to his surroundings, he would have had ample time to avoid the accident with the young girl.
After the attorneys at Larson Larimer Schneider presented the results of the investigation to the driver’s insurance company, the insurance company agreed to pay their policy limits of $100,000.
Awarded to the Client
Uninsured Motorist Claim
Client awarded $498,000.00 after damages hearing.
A Larson Larimer Schneider client was rear-ended by a drunk driver in Denver. The drunk driver attempted to flee the scene of the accident, causing even further damage and injury to the client. The drunk driver was not insured at the time of the accident. Fortunately the client had uninsured motorist coverage. Unfortunately, the client’s insurance company refused to pay the claim and the attorneys at Larson Larimer Schneider were required to file a lawsuit.
After a five-day trial in Denver District Court, the court awarded the client $498,000.00 in damages. The court also awarded additional punitive damages against the drunk driver.
Paid to the Family
Client compensated $500,000.00 for injuries sustained in a bar fight.
A Larson Larimer Schneider client was at a local bar when a fight broke out between gang members and other patrons. While the client was attempting to protect several people and employees from the mayhem, he was attacked and injured by several of the gang members.
The attorneys at Larson Larimer Schneider P.C. filed a lawsuit against the owners of the bar for failing to provide appropriate security and protection for its customers. Based on an investigation initiated by Larson Larimer Schneider, it was discovered that the owners of this establishment were aware of the gang members frequenting this location, the owners catered and marketed to these gang members, and there had been previous incidents of violence from these gang members. The bar owners and their insurance company agreed to compensate the client $500,000.00 for his injuries prior to the scheduled trial in this case.
Awarded to the Client
A Larson Larimer Schneider client was riding home from work on his motorcycle when he was struck by a pickup truck. The client sustained substantial injuries as a result of the accident and eventually had to have his leg amputated. The driver of the pickup truck only carried $50,000 in bodily injury coverage. After hiring the attorneys at Larson Larimer Schneider, the pickup truck driver’s insurance company immediately agreed to pay the policy limits of their policy.
Fortunately for the client, he had four additional insurance policies on his family’s vehicles which each had $100,000 in underinsured motorist coverage (UIM). However, his insurance company initially denied the existence of multiple policies and then, contrary to Colorado law, claimed that the policies could not be stacked. The attorneys at Larson Larimer Schneider were able to get the client’s insurance company to pay the client his full UIM policy limits under all four policies which totaled $400,000.
In addition to the obtain full policy limits on all 5 insurance policies, the attorneys at Larson Larimer Schneider were also able to obtain a personal settlement with the driver of the pickup truck for another $50,000.
Paid to the Client
Construction/Breach of Contract
A Larson Larimer Schneider client hired a contractor to build a new home. The contractor failed to live up to the terms of the contract, failed to complete the project, and failed to pay various subcontractors. The client hired Larson Larimer Schneider to pursue various claims against the contractor including breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation. The contract contained a mandatory arbitration clause, so the attorneys at Larson Larimer Schneider initiated an arbitration proceeding against the contractor. The arbiter eventually awarded the client damages in excess of $2,000,000.