In one of the costliest injury verdicts in Lancaster County history, a jury on Thursday ordered Farmers Mutual Insurance to pay $3 million in damages to a Lincoln woman who was seriously injured after being hit by a van in September 2019.
LuAnn Milius, then 66, was struck as she crossed A Street between 77th Street and Sycamore Drive near Seacrest Field as a high school football game ended there on September 13.
In an interview with the Journal Star, his attorney, Vince Powers, said the verdict was only possible because of Milius’ friends and family who spoke up and described the impact of the crash. on Milius.
“As a good friend described her before the collision, she was ‘invincible,'” Powers said. “And he now describes her as ‘trying to be invincible’.”
A 16-year-old girl was driving the 2010 Dodge Ram pickup when it hit Milius, permanently injuring the woman and leaving her hospitalized for more than a month while she underwent surgery, filings show. by the civil court.
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Milius initially sued Farmers Mutual – his own insurer – and the girl’s parents, but the case against the couple was dismissed.
In the complaint against the insurer, Powers wrote that Milius had suffered multiple bone fractures and contusions, including a fracture at the base of his skull. His medical expenses totaled over $330,000.
Milius and her husband’s policy with Farmers Mutual included a provision providing coverage for underinsured motorists, Powers said in the complaint.
The girl’s insurance policy was “demonstrably insufficient to compensate” for the damage Milius suffered, according to Powers. The woman therefore sued her own insurer, which he claimed had failed, refused and neglected to pay benefits in accordance with Milius policy.
Ultimately, a jury agreed, finding Farmers Mutual liable for $3 million in damages.
Powers credited both the Milius family – who he said described “why Lincoln is a great place to live – and the people who served on the jury, who he said took their duties seriously in the case against Farmers Mutual.
“The system worked,” he said.
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