Insurance Company that Refused to Pay Injured Woman $95,000 Ultimately Settles Lawsuit for $11.7 Million
After an insurance company failed to pay a woman who was injured in a car crash $95,000 in policy limits, Yarborough Applegate attorneys have settled a personal injury lawsuit against the company for $11.7 million.
In 2019, the 57-year-old woman was driving in Orangeburg County when she was rear-ended and suffered serious injuries. These injuries—which included a dislocated disc in her back and injuries to her knee, leg, and neck—put her out of work, saddled her with some $170,000 in medical expenses, and have left her with ongoing residual pain.
State Farm carried both the injured woman’s underinsured motorist policy and the at-fault driver’s liability policy. Following the wreck and issuance of a “Tyger River” demand for a tender of all available insurance coverage, the underinsured motorist adjuster tendered the $50,000 policy limits, but the liability adjuster refused to do so. Shelly Leeke and Jessica Corley of Shelly Leeke Law Firm in Columbia promptly delivered a lawsuit to the insurer.
But the insurance company’s negligence didn’t end there. State Farm failed to hire legal representation and defend the lawsuit in a timely manner. That negligence caused a default judgment to be entered against the at-fault motorist. Finally, State Farm swiftly paid the $11.7 million settlement in response to an escalating time-sensitive demand sent by Yarborough Applegate founding partner David Yarborough.
This financial recovery provided critical compensation for our client’s physical pain and suffering. Following the crash, she was burdened with far more than $170,000 in medical bills. Because her injuries prevented her from working, she was forced into bankruptcy and nearly lost her home.
Read more about the case from South Carolina Lawyers Weekly here.
Disclaimer: Every case is unique, and prior results do not guarantee future outcomes.