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JC jury renders 231K verdict against Allstate following trial over underinsured motorist benefits


By David Yates | Nov 12, 2019

Car accident 42

BEAUMONT – A Jefferson County jury recently awarded a verdict of $231,540.18 in damages to a local man who filed suit against Allstate County Mutual Insurance.

Seeking to recover underinsured motorist benefits, Jesse Lynn White Jr. filed the suit on June 2, 2017.

According to the lawsuit, White was in an automobile collision on April 24, 2015. He was a passenger in a vehicle owned by Starcom Electric that was traveling west on Gladys when another vehicle failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign and struck the passenger side of the Starcom vehicle.

White asserts he was protected by policy Starcom had with Allstate, which included uninsured and/or underinsured motorist benefits. 

White made a claim with Allstate but the company allegedly refused to pay reasonable benefits, according to the suit.

The case was called up to trial earlier this month and ended on Nov. 5.

According to the charge of the court, the jury awarded white $10,000 for loss of earning capacity in the past, $31,340.13 for past medical expenses, $130,000 for past and future mental anguish, and $60,000 for past and future impairment.

White is represented by Trenton Bond of Portner Bond in Beaumont.

Allstate is represented by Susan L. Florence & Associates in Houston.

Judge Justin Sanderson, 60th District Court, presided over the case.

Filed in Jefferson County District Court, case No. B-200161.  

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