Poor Road Conditions Caused Fatal Cyclist Crash in LOTOJA Race

10 September 2012 Published in News
Robert Verhaaren, a Mesa Arizona resident, was a bicyclist competing as a cyclist in the LOTOJA bike race (the longest one-day bicycle race in the country, beginning in Logan, Utah and ending in Jackson Hole, Wyoming) on Saturday, September 8, 2012. He was approximately 8 miles south of Jackson Hole, Wyoming on Highway 89 when he crossed a bridge over the Snake River and encountered a hazard in the road, believed to have been a pothole, causing him to crash and fall 35 feet into the foot deep river below.  Sheriff Jim Whalen with Teton County said, "Verhaaren swerved to miss the hazard, over-corrected, lost control of the bicycle and crashed into the guardrail." Verhaaren was later pronounced dead and leaves behind his wife and three children.  Local residents have complained about the poor roads in that particular stretch of the LOTOJA race.  For More Information visit and

Paul Simmons & Alan Mortensen prevail in Fire Insurance Exchange v. Brady Blackner et al.

20 August 2012 Published in News
Paul Simmons and Alan Mortensen prevailed in the recent case of Fire Insurance Exchange v. Brady Blackner et al., decided by the Utah Court of Appeals on August 16, 2012.    

Workers' Compensation Granted to Client in Plane Crash Case

24 July 2012 Published in News
Alan W. Mortensen recently won workers?۪ compensation for a client involved in a plane accident in Guatemala. An administrative law judge at the Utah Labor Commission ordered the employer and insurance company to pay ???all medical expenses reasonably related?۝ to the accident, ???and the medical and surgical fee schedule of the Utah Labor Commission, and any travel allowances,?۝ plus ???eight percent (8%) per annum?۝ according to Utah Codes, finding that the injury happened during and in the course and scope of employment.