$14.5 million jury verdict for Geico failing to pay a viable claim

The Washington Times reports that a former chiropractor and his wife have won a $14.5 million jury verdict in a lawsuit filed against Geico over a 2004 car crash that involved a motorist with no insurance.  The crash happened on Interstate 95 in Miami after motorist Miguel Gonzalez collided with an 18-wheel oil tank truck and careened into the path of the Zuckers’ car.
According to Crane Johnstone, attorney for the Zuckers, said a Miami-Dade jury sided with David and Carrie Zucker, who claimed the insurance company Geico owed them because the others involved had no insurance.  In the Nov. 2nd verdict, the $14.5 million is for past and future lost earnings, medical expenses and pain and suffering damages. David Zucker suffered permanent spinal injuries and urologic injuries as a result of the accident. The total damages also included $2.5 million awarded to Carrie Zucker for loss of consortium, or her suffering as a result of her husband’s injuries.
The Zuckers’ policy had uninsured benefits that under Florida law require auto insurance carriers like Geico to pay damages in such cases. The company had rejected their claim.
Geico may appeal.

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