Beaumont woman sues insurer after auto collision

Kelly Holleran Jun. 20, 2011, 10:20am

A Beaumont woman claims an insurance company refuses to pay her for the full amount of damages she claims she sustained in an automobile collision.

Sonya Briscoe filed a lawsuit June 14 in Jefferson County District Court against Texas Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Companies, Texas Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Companies and Milton Overstreet.

In her complaint, Briscoe claims she rode in a vehicle Valencia Aplon drove on Park Street on June 17, 2009, when Robert Griffin failed to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign and slammed into their vehicle.

Because of the collision, Briscoe sustained serious injuries, according to the complaint.

At the time of the crash, Aplon had an insurance policy with Texas Farm Bureau, which should have provided protection against a collision with uninsured motorists, the suit states.

Griffin had no insurance at the time, so Briscoe attempted to collect full policy limits under Aplon's insurance coverage, the complaint says. However, Texas Farm Bureau and its agent, Milton Overstreet, refused to consider some of the medical bills Briscoe submitted, she claims.

Because of the defendants' actions, Briscoe has experienced mental anguish, according to her complaint.

In her complaint, Briscoe seeks statutory, actual and punitive damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest at the highest legal rate, treble damages, attorney's fees, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Jonathan C. Juhan of Beaumont will be representing her.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. D190-267

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