State Farm sued for not paying underinsured benefits

David Yates Aug. 24, 2012, 7:42am

Vidor resident David Watson is suing State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance, alleging the company did not pay him all the benefits he sought following an automobile collision.

The suit was filed Aug. 21 in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show that on Oct. 22, 2011, Watson was stopped at a red light on Dowlen Road in Beaumont hen Peyton Smith negligently failed to control his rate of speed and rear-ended him.

On July 24 Watson informed State Farm, who insured him at the time of the incident, that he intended to claim underinsured motorist benefits, asserting that his recover was insufficient to compensate him, the suit states.

The suit states that Smith was an underinsured motorist and that State Farm has failed to pay reasonable benefits owed under the policy.

The plaintiff is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Attorney Chris Portner of the Beaumont law firm Portner Bond represents the plaintiff.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. B192-923

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