Farmers named in under-insured driver suit

Kelly Holleran May 23, 2011, 10:40am

A woman has filed suit against the insurance agency that she claims denied her claim for benefits after she and an under-insured driver collided.

Felicia Jones claims she was driving on Proctor Street when an under insured driver, Theresa Taylor, failed to yield the right-of-way and slammed into her.

Because of the collision, Jones incurred serious damages and injuries, according to the complaint filed May 2 in Jefferson County District Court.

At the time of the collision, Jones had an insurance policy through defendant Farmers Texas County Mutual Insurance Co., which included a provision that should have provided coverage for accidents with under insured drivers, the suit states.

However, Farmers refused to pay all of Jones' medical bills, the complaint says. Farmers decided to refuse a portion of Jones' claim after its adjuster, defendant Reneysha Belton, investigated the claim, Jones claims.

In her complaint, Jones alleges breach of contract, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, violations of the Texas Insurance Code and violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act against the defendants.

Jones is seeking a judgment for statutory, actual and punitive damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest at the highest rate allowed by law, attorney's fees, costs and other relief the court deems just.

She will be represented by Jonathan C. Juhan of Beaumont.

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

Case No. B189-932

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