Jefferson County woman claims insurer failed to fully compensate for auto accident

Kelly Holleran Aug. 30, 2012, 2:13am


A Jefferson County woman claims she was thrown about in her car after a driver failed to yield the right-of-way at an intersection and crashed into her automobile.

Keeondra Brown filed a lawsuit Aug. 9 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against American Standard Insurance Company of Wisconsin and Jorge Gonzalez.

In her complaint, Brown claims she drove a 2004 Saturn Vue south on Salem Road approaching its intersection with Oakland in Mount Vernon on Sept. 28, 2010, when Gonzalez, who drove north on Salem, attempted to make a left-hand turn and struck her vehicle.

Because of the collision, Brown incurred more than $14,000 worth of injuries; experienced great pain, suffering, disability and disfigurement; and lost her enjoyment of life, according to the complaint.

She blames Gonzalez for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to yield the right-of-way, failed to stop or swerve to avoid a collision, failed to keep a proper lookout and drove too fast.

At the time of the collision, Gonzalez had no automobile insurance, the suit states. In turn, Brown had to make a claim with her insurance provider, American Standard Insurance Company, the complaint says. However, American Standard Insurance Company refuses to fully compensate Brown for her claim, she alleges.

"At a minimum, defendant American Family was required to tender payment to plaintiff of its low $12,000 offer of settlement and $5,000 of medical pay, and agree to negotiate or litigate the remaining amounts due," the suit states. "Defendant American Family failed to do so."

In her three-count complaint, Brown seeks a judgment of more than $160,000, plus attorney's fees, pre-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Hrant "Hud" Norsigian Jr. of Norsigian Law Office in O'Fallon will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-411.

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