OR: Ore. man injured in hunting accident sues insurer
October 20, 2009
Ore. man injured in hunting accident sues insurer
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A man paralyzed from the neck down by a hunter has
sued his parents' auto insurance company.
Jesse McLaughlin was playing paintball with friends two years ago when a
hunter rolled down his window and fired at what he thought was a skunk
southwest of Eugene.
The bullet struck McLaughlin in the neck.
The hunter's auto insurance policy had a $250,000 limit for bodily
injury. Because the shot was fired from a vehicle, the insurer paid that
amount to McLaughlin.
As a college student, McLaughlin was covered under his parents' Travelers
Insurance policy, which included up to $1 million in coverage for claims
arising from accidents caused by underinsured drivers. The suit says
Travelers should pay McLaughlin the difference between that $1 million cap
and what he received from the hunter's insurer.
Travelers disagrees, but says it does not discuss pending litigation.
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