State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. has agreed to pay $10 million to a Michigan man paralyzed in a 1977 accident who claimed the Bloomington, Ill.-based company didn’t tell him his insurance policy covered lifetime attendant care.
State Farm paid Kenneth Tyson nothing for nursing care for more than 10 years and limited benefits for another 15 years, even though Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance law required lifetime coverage of such expenses. Ken Tyson was forced to pay many of these expenses himself. Fortunately, Ken had family, friends, and other competent and loving care givers. Without them, Ken would never have survived to see justice done.
In addition to the $10 million settlement, State Farm must continue to pay Ken full attendant-care benefits in the future.
FR’s co-counsel in Michigan, Paul Zebrowski, has been doing an outstanding job for clients deprived of attendant care benefits under Michigan’s unique no-fault law. In Ken Tyson’s case against State Farm, Paul teamed up with Rick Friedman. Their teamwork paid off, resulting in the largest known attendant care recovery in Michigan history.