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Quadriplegic missionary obtains record $26 million payment from Southern Baptist Mission Agency and its insurers.

GREAT FALLS, Mont.  — A college aged student who was rendered a brain damaged quadriplegic following a rollover car accident near Bozeman, Montana, will receive a $26 million payment for his claims against the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Inc..  The Plaintiff was represented by Anders Blewett and Zander Blewett of Hoyt and Blewett, in Great Falls.

Jeremy Vangsnes, an Academic All-American track star from South Carolina, traveled to Montana in the summer of 2009 for a 10 week recreational missionary program, known as the Yellowstone Christian Innovators, which was sponsored by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Inc.  The car accident, which was caused by a fellow missionary, occurred while the missionaries were traveling back to West Yellowstone, Montana, where they resided during the summer.

Jeremy’s dad, Mark, has served as his son’s full-time care giver since the accident.  “Mark has heroically dedicated his life to care for his son 24 hours a day, seven days a week and he can finally take comfort in knowing Jeremy will receive the world-class medical care he desperately needs,” said Anders Blewett.

The $26 million payment, which represents the full insurance policy limits, is the largest single-plaintiff personal injury recovery in Montana history.  While Jeremy’s lawyers first demanded that NAMB’s insurers pay the $26 million in January of 2013, the insurers only agreed to pay after three years of litigation and almost six years following the accident. “The insurers of the Southern Baptist Convention should have stepped up long ago and taken care of Jeremy but, instead, Jeremy and his Dad were cast aside to fend for themselves through this ordeal,” said Anders Blewett. “Nothing will undo the tragedy that robbed this talented young man of his future, but this money will allow Jeremy to live the fullest life possible.”

Hoyt and Blewett is a nationally renowned law firm dedicated to handling all types of personal injury and wrongful death litigation.  Alexander “Zander” Blewett III, who represented the Plaintiff in this matter along with his son Anders, recently made a $10 million donation to the University of Montana School of Law.


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