Model Lauren Scruggs Seeks Resolution With Plane's Insurance Company After Accident That Took Her Eye, Hand

Company's policy says as a "passenger" she's entitled to a $200,000 settlement, but Scruggs claims she was not a passenger at time of accident

By Rebecca Macatee Mar 27, 2012 6:00 PMTags
Lauren ScruggsStern/DoubleVisionMedia

Update 5:30 PT: Attorney for both parties jointly announced that they have resolved the issues of the declaratory judgment.

Lauren Scruggs continues her battle against the insurance provider of the plane that severely injured her in December.

According to court documents obtained by Courthousenews.com, the 23-year-old model and fashion blogger has rejected a $200,000 settlement and is taking the plane's insurer to court.

Aggressive Insurance Services' policy states that as a "passenger," defined as "any person, other than the pilot, who is in the aircraft or getting in or out of it," Scruggs is only entitled to the $200,000 they've offered.

But Scruggs, who lost her left hand and eye in the propeller accident, disagrees…

She claims that "she had completed her exit from the aircraft prior to the time of the incident and was physically located on the tarmac when the incident happened. Until struck by the propeller, she was not in physical contact with the aircraft after her exit."

She's seeking declaratory judgment and asking the court to interpret the definition of "passenger" in the policy.

According to her parents' blog, Lauren is currently "busy with rehab" but grateful for the encouragement and prayers she continues to receive.