MONTGOMERY, ALA. (December 10, 2014) – Julia Beasley, a lawyer with Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., secured a verdict on behalf of her clients, Tyrone Powell Johnson and Thomasine Boyd-Johnson after Mr. Johnson was injured in an automobile accident with an underinsured motorist. The liability insurance carrier had paid its limit of $50,000. At the conclusion of the trial, the jury awarded Mr. Johnson $260,000 in compensatory damages, and Mrs. Boyd-Johnson $25,000 in compensatory damages. The Johnsons’ claim against State Farm Insurance Company was based on a policy of insurance that provided for underinsured motorist coverage. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have been policyholders with State Farm for 25 years and paid premiums for this type of coverage. Mr. Johnson suffered a serious neck injury, which his doctors say will require surgery.
“The jury verdict was important because of the nature of the claim involved,” Beasley said. “It’s unfortunate that State Farm would not take care of their policyholders and elected to put them through a trial. The jury’s verdict will do what State Farm should have done. Fortunately, the Johnsons had adequate underinsured motorist coverage with State Farm. Many people don’t realize how important underinsured motorist coverage is because so many companies only offer the minimum amount of underinsured motorist insurance in their policies.”
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