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Jury's Math Gives Teacher About $300K

Verdict factored in inevitable reduction in economic damages

ibScarlett Pipkin v. AIU Insurance:/b/i Retired Bridgeport schoolteacher Scarlett Pipkin, 58, sustained back injuries when she was struck in a low-impact collision by an uninsured motorist. Her uninsured motorist carrier, the AIU Insurance Co., initially offered to pay her $24,000. New Haven plaintiff's lawyer bWilliam S. Palmieri,/b whose initial demand for his client was $75,000, took the matter to trial before New Haven Superior Court Judge bMark Gould/b. During jury selection, said Palmieri, "Potential jurors expressed surprise that people have to sue their insurance companies for the coverage that one contracts for.The court informed them that this was appropriate, if the [insurer] contests liability. It's just a contract."

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