David Yates Aug. 15, 2016, 3:33pm


BEAUMONT – A four-year old lawsuit against an insurance company was recently tried, ending with jurors awarding $150,000 in total damages.

Plaintiff Charlene Odom Garsee filed suit against Texas Farmers County Mutual Insurance on July 30, 2012.

According to the original petition, on Oct. 24, 2006, Garsee was operating a motor vehicle in Jefferson County in a safe manner when she was involved in a collision with a vehicle owned and operated by Mark Harvard.

Garsee accused Harvard of several acts of negligence, including failing to maintain control of his vehicle and keep a safe distance.

At the time of the collision, Texas Farmers insured Garsee. She contended she was entitled to underinsured motorist benefits, for which she made a claim for under her policy but was denied.

At trial, jurors were asked what sum of money would fairly compensate Garsee, awarding $22,000 for pain and mental anguish, $53,000 for impairment, $35,000 for lost earnings and $40,000 for medical expenses, according to the charge of the court, filed Aug. 9.

The trial began on Aug. 8.

The plaintiff is represented by Adam Terrell, attorney for the Beaumont law firm Weller, Green, Toups & Terrell.

Judge Kent Walston, 58th District Court, presided over the trial.

Case No. A192-756

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