Model/blogger Lauren Scruggs–who suffered severe injuries when she walked into a moving plane propeller late last year–rejected a settlement offer and is suing the plane’s insurer, Aggressive Insurance Services. Apparently the company offered Scruggs $200,000, the cap for injuries suffered by those they define as passengers. Scruggs contends she was not technically a passenger:
Scruggs said Aggressive offered to pay her the $100,000 sublimit for each of the policies for a total settlement of $200,000. She said the insurer took the position that she was a “passenger” as defined by both policies. Scruggs disagreed, saying that the sublimits are not applicable because she was not a “passenger,”and that “she was not in the aircraft or getting in or out of it at the time of the incident.” She claims that “she had completed her exit from the aircraft prior to the time of the incident and was physically located on the tarmac when the incident happened. Until struck by the propeller, she was not in physical contact with the aircraft after her exit.”
For those of you who are into that sort of thing, here’s the full suit. Scruggs will not be suing the pilot of the plane.
(Courthouse News via HuffPost)
[UPDATE: Courthouse News has filed a correction: there's been no suing. Here's what they said:
"A model who lost a hand and an eye to an airplane propeller did not "reject" an insurer's settlement offer of $200,000 as Courthouse News reported Tuesday morning - she neither accepted nor rejected it, but asked a judge to clarify the meaning of the policy, NBC and the Dallas Morning News reported later Tuesday, citing the CNS report and Lauren Scruggs' attorney.
Both NBC and the Morning News reported that attorneys for Scruggs and for Aggressive Insurance had reached an agreement on Scruggs' complaint in Dallas County Court, the terms of which were not released."
Though indeed there was some discussion of what it meant to be specifically a "passenger," Scruggs and Aggressive Insurance have apparently resolved the issue. Our headline has also been updated to reflect this.]