Woman sues State Farm for denying auto wreck claim

Kelly Holleran Feb. 9, 2011, 4:27pm

A Louisiana woman claims her insurance company refuses to pay for damages she incurred to her neck, back and right leg after she got into a collision with an uninsured driver.

Judy Harrington filed a lawsuit Jan. 26 in Jefferson County District Court against State Farm Insurance.

Harrington claims she drove north on Eastex Freeway in Beaumont on Dec. 15, 2007, when uninsured driver Traylor Shmiker failed to control her speed and struck Harrington.

In addition to her injuries, Harrington suffered extreme physical pain, mental anguish and physical impairment and lost her enjoyment for life and her earning capacity, according to the complaint. Harrington also incurred medical costs, the suit states.

Following the collision, Harrington applied for benefits from State Farm, which had insured her at the time of the collision. Even though her insurance policy should have provided benefits for a collision with uninsured drivers, Harrington alleges State Farm denied her claim.

In her complaint, Harrington seeks an unspecified judgment, plus interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Travis McCall of McCall and McCall in Beaumont will be representing her.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B189-253

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