the evening of June 4, 2005, seventeen year old Jonathan Kristof,
a bright, handsome, articulate young man about to enter his senior
year of high school, was leaving the fast food restaurant he worked
at as one of two passengers in a car driven by a friend. After
waiting for their red light to turn green, the boys entered the
intersection of a busy urban road and were broadsided by the pick
up truck of Henry Wolf, a 46 year old construction worker.
The force of the collision was so great that the driver of Jonathan's
vehicle was completely ejected from his car while still strapped
in his seat. Our client was seriously injured and none of the
boys were conscious when paramedics arrived.
Sublette received the case on a referral from an American Cancer
Society colleague. When Bill first met with Jonathan's parents
it was unclear whether there would be any insurance against which
Jonathan could recover for his extensive injuries. Jonathan had
fractured 12 bones in his face and had spent a week in intensive
care, during which time he underwent numerous emergency procedures
as he fought for his life. Fortunately for Jonathan, his parents
had the foresight to carry adequate uninsured motorist coverage,
because the driver who hit Jonathan's car carried only $20,000
in liability insurance coverage, which meant that there was inadequate
insurance available from the at fault driver.
the investigating police agency placed all the blame for the accident
on Henry Wolf, who ran a red light and whose blood test showed
he was under the influence of illegal methamphetimines at the
time of the accident. Because our philosophy is to exhaustively
investigate all serious bodily injury and death cases, we refused
to accept the conclusions of the investigating police agency and
conducted our own, independent investigation. After obtaining
the cassette tapes of the recorded interviews taken by the investigating
officer, we learned that in actuality the witnesses were split
on who ran the red light, Henry Wolf or the driver of Jonathan's
car. This allowed us to make a claim against the driver's liability
insurance carrier and to maximize Jonathan's recovery.
to a loving family, excellent medical care, and the resiliency
of youth, Jonathan has made a full recovery today and is able
to enter college financially secure, and at no cost to his parents,
as a result of the settlement obtained on his behalf.