DALLAS (CN) – 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.
Scruggs asked a judge to determine the meaning of the word “passenger” in her insurance policy, as she was on the tarmac when the propeller accident happened.
The Morning News reported that it received a “release” called “A Joint Statement by Lauren Scruggs Attorneys Hightower Angelley, LLP, and Aggressive Insurance, LLC On Declaratory Judgment Action.”
The Morning News reported that the statement said, in full: “Contrary to an earlier report from Courthouse News Service that Lauren Scruggs, the 23-year-old Texan struck by a moving propeller, rejected an offer of settlement, attorneys for Ms. Scruggs wish to clarify that she neither accepted nor rejected the insurance company’s offer. Instead, during ongoing negotiations, Ms. Scruggs filed a declaratory judgment action in Dallas County seeking interpretation of the insurance policy by the court.
“This afternoon, Hightower Angelley, LLP, attorneys for Ms. Scruggs, and Aggressive Insurance Services, LLC, jointly announce that they have resolved the issues raised in the declaratory judgment action. William Angelley compliments Aggressive Insurance for its professionalism and open communication in working to resolve this dispute.”
Courthouse News apologizes for the error.
Here is is a link to the story as it was published on Tuesday (with the correction added below it).