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Re-examining demands made by insurance companies

Robert Widner gives a US-based perspective on a trial that attracted widespread media attention and the ire of social media users

5 November 2015

Over the last month a social media storm has brewed with users attacking a woman for suing a person who injured her. There was no debate as to whether she was harmed, nor over who caused her suffering and mounting medical bills, nevertheless the court ruled she will have to pay for her own care.

At a 2011 party in Connecticut, the woman was tackled by one of the hosts. She fell and fractured her wrist, which subsequently required two surgeries. Since then, her quality of life has diminished, and she may require further surgeries to remedy the issue.

The homeowner attempted to file a claim to cover the woman's medical bills, though the company reportedly offered just US$1 in settlement, and said she needed to sue the perpetrator directly in order to collect the funds necessary to cover her medical bills.

Here's where things gets murky. The woman is on good ...

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