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.”
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.