Trayvon Martin’s Mother Is Sued by Insurance Company

Sybrina Fulton is seeking money from a state of Florida fund that assists the families of victims of crimes.

Posted: 08/07/2012 06:47 PM EDT

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, is being sued by the Travelers Insurance Company over a disagreement over her claim that the company is responsible for damages in the killing of her son.


Fulton is considering seeking about $75,000 in damages as a result of the fact that the insurance company carried a policy with the homeowners group where Trayvon was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer, The Washington Post reported.

The company did not act on the claim by Fulton, instead filing a suit that would compel a Florida court to determine what damages it considers legitimate.

The unarmed Trayvon Martin was shot by George Zimmerman, who was charged with second-degree murder in the killing of the teenager. He has pleaded not guilty, saying he shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense. 

He invoked Florida’s controversial "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows citizens to use deadly force against another person if they consider themselves to be in danger. 

Meanwhile, Fulton has requested an undisclosed amount of funds from a fund in the state of Florida that assists the families of victims of crimes. The fund helps with money for funeral expenses.

In a statement, Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for Trayvon Martin’s mother and father, Tracy Martin, said: “Ms. Fulton felt it was important for the State of Florida to recognize her son as the victim in this case in order for justice to be served and for George Zimmerman to be arrested.”

 

He added, “As the attorneys for the estate of Trayvon Martin, we have encouraged Ms. Fulton and Mr. Martin to complete the application for the funds. These funds are collected from perpetrators of crimes as reparations to victims. If eligible for the funds, the family of Trayvon Martin intends to donate the money to the Trayvon Martin Foundation in hopes of preventing other parents from suffering the pain they have had to feel due to senseless gun violence.”

 

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