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Trayvon Martin’s Mother Sued by Insurance Co. to Prevent Payout

Tue., Aug. 7, 2012 7:14 AM EST
by Terry Shropshire

Trayvon Martin’s mother is being sued by an insurance company in order to avoid a hefty payout as liability for her son’s shooting death.

Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America has sued Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, and The Retreat at Twin Lakes Homeowner’s Association, the gated community where Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in late February.

Travelers says it cannot be held financially liable for the homeowners association because of various clauses in the association’s policy, specifically a “wrongful act” exclusion.

“Travelers is in doubt of its rights under the policy and, by this petition, seeks a declaration of its rights and obligations with respect to the claim and demand made by Fulton upon Travelers and The Retreat at Twin Lakes as a result of the fatal shooting of Martin, and a finding by the court that under the above-referenced policy of insurance Travelers has no duty to indemnify or defend The Retreat at Twin Lakes in connection with the Fulton claim because coverage is precluded by the above exclusion,” the insurance company wrote in federal court paper filings.

On March 30, about a month after Trayvon Martin was killed, the homeowners association took out a liability policy with Travelers. Almost immediately thereafter, Trayvon’s mother, Fulton, made a claim for monetary damages in her son’s death, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Travelers in its suit seeks clarification of its protections against Fulton’s claim, saying that it “is in doubt of its rights” under the policy.

Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Martin’s family, said the insurer’s suit essentially is seeking clarification on its obligations.

“It’s real simple: They are filing against the homeowners association and Sybrina because we are making a claim against them,” Crump said. “As lawyers we have to look out for our clients’ interest. We are trying to see what coverages there are for the homeowners association and what’s applicable. And Sybrina and Tracy [Martin, Trayvon’s father], they’re concerned about getting justice for their child.”

Crump adds that Fulton has yet to file suit against the homeowner’s association. She merely filed a claim for compensation for wrongful death, but a suit can be filed in the future, he explained.

In addition, Fulton is also seeking an undisclosed amount of money from the Crimes Compensation Trust Fund, which offers victims as much as $30,000, The Associated Press reports. The state attorney general’s office made the determination that Fulton eligible for compensation benefits but no check has been issued to date. More than 16,000 claims, totaling more than $25 million, were paid from the fund to victims in the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

Disbursements are generally used for the following reasons: to cover funeral expenses, compensate for lost wages, help cover medical expenses and grief and mental health counseling.

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  • http://www.zoboprepublic.wordpress.com/ zobop republic

    How much is a Black person worth?

    Serious questions to ask in this day and age!

    • TheRealTruthSerum

       Depends on how much stolen merchandise they have. Considering ol’ tray-tray was booted out of school 3 times for theft you’d have to take that into consideration.

    • odmel` bouley

      depends on how thin you slice them?

  • http://www.qoam.com/ Q.O.A.M.

    depends on how much they can steal before going to jail and/or how much crack they can sell without developing a habit of their own.

  • open your eyes peeps

    This POS wants nothing more than to get a BIG payout from ANYBODY! Doesn’t matter that the insurance policy wasn’t in force at the time George Zimmerman protected himself. I think George Zimmerman should sue both them losers for medical expenses and all he has gone through since their son so brutally attaked Z-man. Now go put THAT in your pipe and smoke it!!!!!! 

  • youreamoron

    Great sue a company that had ZERO to do with this at the time. What makes it even worse is they KNEW the policy was written afterward and still tried to sue them. Money grubbing family and scumbag lawyers.

  • http://www.qoam.com/ Q.O.A.M.

    so basically this article “Travelers says it cannot be held financially liable for the homeowners
    association because of various clauses in the association’s policy,
    specifically a “wrongful act” exclusion.”

     is saying that she would have to admit that her son’s death was NOT a murder …  that Zimmerman was protecting the condos from being robbed and TM was shot because he was a punk..

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    Thanks for this informative post.Keep it update in future too.

  • odmel` bouley

    Rachel Jeantel one limp brained subhuman feral animal syphilitic degenerate retarded ape sure made the defense look good. at least that was the way it looked when on about her fourth smart ass answer to the judge the DA, was in the bathroom seen trying to cut his wrists.

  • Enuff is Enuff

    Those crocodile tears, all those lies and using a picture four years old. Had me going, until more and more truth came out about TM. Hope the HOA insurance company sues them for falsifying a claim. And word has it GZ has also filed a civil suit against his parents.

    • Gal1000

      Amen these parents a money hungry and will extort their son at all ends to get millions

  • HMMM

    YOU REDNECK/SKIN CANCER MOFOS ARE WORTHLESS.. IF ANY CAUCASIAN THAT MAKE 6 FIGURES WROTE ANY COMMENT ILL GIVE YOU A $1,000.00 PP..