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Insurance Company Sues the Mother of Trayvon Martin


Insurance Company Sues the Mother of Trayvon Martin

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of the late Trayvon Martin, is being sued by an insurance company that is trying to avoid paying the family for the death of her son.  Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America is suing Ms. Fulton and The Retreat at Twin Lakes Homeowner’s Association, which is the community where Martin was shot in February.

The company is arguing that it’s not responsible for the loss, largely due to a “wrongful act” exclusion in his policy.

Just one month after Martin was killed, the homeowner’s association took out a liability policy with Travelers, which is about when Sybrina filed a claim for financial compensation for her son’s death.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Travelers “is in doubt of its rights” about the policy and may have a case to argue that it doesn’t owe anyone anything for the shooting.

“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.”

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Benjamin Crump, the attorney for the Martin family, says that the suit is simply designed for Travelers to clarify its obligations.  Rather than the company seeking to avoid liability, he is arguing that the suit is a mere clarification.  But he doesn’t note whether the conclusion could lead to a zero liability for the insurance company.

“It’s real simple: They are filing against the homeowners association and Sybrina because we are making a claim against them,” Crump told HuffPost.

“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.”

There is no word for which insurance companies are most liable for Trayvon’s death, or whether the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman is going to play a role in the payouts.





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  1. Insightful

    August 7, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Ms. Martin I am sorry of ALL you are going through! It is not enough that you lost your son in such a hateful manner, now you have this. Trust In The Lord With ALL OF YOUR Heart! I pray you get the VICTORY In ALL of this.

    Gz see how much TROUBLE YOU HAVE CAUSED!! I KNOW you DON’T CARE I just wanted to make note of it!!!!!

    • BigWill

      August 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Unfortunately, the Martin’s liability claim for financial compensation is limited to the Homeowners Association not the insurance company because there was no insurance policy ‘in force’ during the time this tragedy happened. Stay strong.

      • Montely

        August 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

        If the Homeowners Association is found liable, without insurance a commercial lien can be placed upon the entity and different avenues of recourse will be available at that time. Travon’s parents lawyers should have known to file against the association and they file an insurance claim, not file a lawsuit that names the insurance company. That’s not how insurance works. They made a simple process difficult as a result. It would be sensational without naming the insurance company I guess.

  2. Shirlene Armstrong

    August 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    What will happen next.

  3. JustSaying

    August 7, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    My prayers are with the Fulton & Martin family! Ms. Martin you are such a strong woman & I pray that GOD contunues to comfort you, & just when you think you had enough STAND STILL & and let GOD WORK! “HE” ALWAYS shows out! God Bless you!

  4. Satchel

    August 7, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Go get’m Ben, nothing gets the rats throwing each other under the bus, but a good ol’d Law Suite.

  5. What?

    August 9, 2012 at 9:03 am

    “Just one month after Martin was killed, the homeowner’s association took out a liability policy with Travelers…”

    Are we reading the same article? Trayvon is tragically killed a month before the home owner’s association purchases insurance from Traveler’s and you think they need to payout? Does that mean I can buy a car, run it into a tree, buy insurance after the fact and have it replaced? How does this even make sense?

  6. Ms. Miller

    August 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I feel so bad for Trayvon’s parents and all this crap that they have had to endure…starting with George Z…and then the police dept….and then the other officials. Now it’s the Insurance Co. That nutcase Zimmerman appeared on FOX NEWS channel telling a bunch of twisted tales, he collected tons of money on a website …for being a killer …and then he and his wife fabricated stories about in Court. But somehow it is Subrina and Tracy Martin who are getting sued??? It’s all outrageous !!

    I hope they finally get some form of justice and restitution, payment…whatever is available to them for this awful situation. Florida seems to have so many neanderthal laws, rules, and ways of doing things that it is sickening.

  7. Just Me

    August 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Ms. Fulton and Mr Martin, after you have done all you can do, STAND!!, Stand still and see the salvation of the LORD!!!
    Contrary to the worlds opinion God is still on the throne sitting high and looking low. He is concerned about everything you are concerned about, so continue to cast your cares on HIM , because He cares for you. Gods has the LAST WORD and know that it is a fixed fight! You ALREADY HAVE THE VICTORY! in JESUS Name!!

    • Know the Truth

      August 9, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      Just Me, I couldn’t have said it better. Thank you.

  8. rzar

    August 11, 2012 at 1:22 am

    OH, God this hurts so much..their suffering causes me to suffer. This reminds me of Malcolm X. His Father was killed -run over by a Trolley car, it was a deliberate act of murder, but never proven-many attempts were made on his family’s life prior to that. Their insurance company also refused to pay, and Malcolm’s mother with so many children and no way to support them- eventually cracked…May God Bless the Trayvon Martin family.

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