State Farm ordered to pay $2.5 million in benefits to two policyholders
On September 22, Harrison received $1,005,000 after she sustained a back injury in 2019. She was represented by Woodruff R. Jones of Gamble, Gamble, Calame & Jones in Selma and Taylor T. Perry, Jr. of Manley, Traeger, Perry, Stapp & Compton in Demopolis.
“Ms. Harrison received a serious disc injury in her back and State Farm still refused to pay her benefits,” Jones said. “The jury was able to see through the State Farm smoke screen and make State Farm pay the benefits they sold Ms. Harrison.”
“I am proud that the jury saw through the ridiculous position taken by State Farm,” Perry said. “I am proud of this jury’s decision and we will defend it if necessary.”
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On the other hand, Windell Rand Jr. was hit by an uninsured motorist who, according to his attorneys, seriously injured him. He was awarded $1,500,000 the day after Harrison’s win.
Rand was represented by John M. Gibbs of Gibbs & Sellers in Demopolis and Rickman E. Williams, III of Pitts, Williams & Jones in Selma.
“Justice was served by this verdict. Mr. Rand was seriously injured in this accident,” Gibbs said.
“I am proud that this jury made State Farm pay Mr. Rand the benefits that it sold him,” Williams said. “We are proud that the jury made the correct decision.”
Last month, State Farm was also caught in another lawsuit settlement where the insurer had to pay $100 million in restitution to the federal government and $12 million to affected homeowners over its alleged mismanagement of flood insurance claims related to Hurricane Katrina.