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Allstate hit with back-to-back plaintiff verdicts in JC court, awards total more than $212K

By David Yates | Feb 5, 2019


BEAUMONT – Allstate didn’t fare to well at the Jefferson County courthouse in January, as the insurance company was hit with back-to-back plaintiff verdicts.

The trial of both cases took place in the second to last week of January in the same courtroom, with the juries awarding more than $212,000 in damages.

First up, Whitney Probst, who filed suit against Allstate Fire and Casualty in November 2017 seeking underinsured motorist benefits.

According to her lawsuit, Probst was traveling on I-10 in Beaumont on April 24, 2017. While exiting on to Highway 69, another vehicle took the turn too wide and slammed into the rear of her vehicle.

A jury awarded Probst $57,359.42 for her past medical expenses, $55,000 for her past and future mental anguish, and $70,000 for her past and future impairment.

Next up, Lauren Davis (Sturrock), who sued Allstate Indemnity in December 2017, also seeking to recover underinsured motorist benefits.

According to her lawsuit, Davis was struck by another driver on Dec. 14, 2014. She claims her damages exceeded the driver’s liability coverage and that Allstate refused to pay her underinsured motorist benefits.

At trial, jurors awarded her $15,000 for her past and future mental anguish and another $15,000 for her past and future mental anguish.

Judge Justin Sanderson, 60th District Court, presided over both cases.

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