By Debbie Emery – Radar Reporter
The model and fashion blogger who was severely disfigured when she walked into a small plane propeller has reached a settlement with an insurance company after initially rejecting a $200,000 compensation offer.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Lauren Scruggs was suing Aggressive Insurance Services, the insurer of the plane and pilot, Curt Richmond, involved in her horrific December 2011 accident, and had asked a court to define whether she was considered a “passenger’’ under the terms set forth by the insurance company.
The company stated the amounts were $100,000 from each of the plane’s two policies, and according to her lawsuit that amount is the limit per passenger, but she contended that she was not a passenger on the plane because “she was not in the aircraft or getting in or out of it at the time of the incident.
The 23-year-old blonde from Plano, Texas, lost her left eye and hand, and suffered severe cranial damage when she walked into the small plane’s propeller after a sight-seeing tour of Christmas lights in the horrific accident that left her “severely and catastrophically injured,” according to legal papers.
The Scruggs family and their attorney both declined to reveal the terms of the settlement, and the insurance company has yet to confirm the agreement, but the two sides jointly announced that they have resolved the issues raised in the declaratory judgment action, reported MSNBC.com.
According to her legal complaint, Lauren said “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.”
An editor for LoloMag.com, the plucky young woman is well on her road to recovery after being fitted for a prosthetic eye earlier this year and enduring intense rehabilitation treatment.