Trayvon Martin’s mother filed an insurance claim against the homeowners association of the gated community Retreat at Twin Lakes where her son was killed. She’s seeking $75,000 in compensation for the death of her son. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Personally, I think it’s ridiculous on her part. I could be wrong, but, did Trayvon die as a result of the actions of said association? It’s just my opinion, but I believe Sabrina Fulton, by no fault of her own, is being pimped by her attorneys. Unfortunately, just like the parents of George Zimmerman who recently set up a website to raise funds for themselves. I’m quite sure that Sabrina’s decision to do this came under the advice of her attorneys.
She may be legally entitled to compensation — how so I’m not quite sure, especially since the insurance policy was not opened by the home owners association after the death of Trayvon Martin. However, I think the perception such a move casts does her cause more harm than good. In my opinion, this makes her appear no different from the money hungry Zimmerman’s who are asking the public to assist them in paying their bills. According to the website robertandgladys.com, things have changed drastically for the parents of George Zimmerman.
“My wife and I have only requested prayers thus far and we have refused to accept any donations or payments whatsoever for any purpose. However, we fully realize that the peaceful, secure life we once knew is now just a memory. Therefore, I am providing a link for those supporters who would like to leave us a personal message or contribute to our greatly increased living expenses, and our eventual relocation.”
Relocation? Excuse me, but where exactly are they going? Oh, I get it, they’re counting on their son George beating the case, and creating a situation which would force them to go into hiding just like Casey Anthony. But in the mean time, it’s like, “Can you put something on that cable bill?” Now of course Sabrina Fulton’s claim isn’t as bold as the Zimmerman’s, but given an already hostile environment brought on by race and racism as the backdrop, her claim doesn’t may be used by Zimmerman supporters to cast negative dispersion of her character.
This from the Orlando Sentinel:
Recent court filings show Trayvon Martin‘s mother, Sabrina Fulton, has filed a claim for monetary damages against an insurance company for the Retreat at Twin Lakes homeowners association in her 17-year-old son’s death.
The insurance claim was revealed in paperwork filed last week by Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America. In those documents, the insurer seeks clarification of its responsibilities in the teen’s death and asks a federal judge to absolve Travelers of liability.
[...] About a month after the shooting, the federal filings show, Travelers issued an insurance policy to the homeowners association. “After the inception of the claims-made policy, Fulton made a claim for monetary damages …” Travelers says “… as a result of the fatal shooting of Martin.”
Travelers writes in its filing that the company “is in doubt of its rights” under the policy and “seeks a declaration of its rights and obligations with respect to the claim” made by Fulton.
The insurer has asked the court to rule that Travelers “has no duty to defend The Retreat at Twin Lakes” against Fulton’s claim. The amount of Fulton’s claim is not explicitly stated in the court filings, but the insurance company writes that the “amount in controversy exceeds the sum of $75,000.”
Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the teen’s family, said that the Martins are investigating possible claims with “all the insurance companies that might be applicable” and was seeking to determine “whatever the insurance limits were.”
“It’s our job, as lawyers, to make sure that we protect our client’s interest,” Crump said.
Meanwhile, records released by the Florida Attorney General’s office show Fulton also filed a claim with the state’s Bureau of Victim Compensation for emergency crime-victim assistance. The records show Fulton’s claim was approved March 29.
Crump said the Martin family has not completed all the paperwork needed to get the funds, but if they do, they plan to donate the money to the foundation they created in their son’s name to prevent gun violence.
I don’t know just how expensive it is to fight gun violence. But at the end of the day, this will solve nothing. That is, unless George Zimmerman is convicted of murder. And from where I’m sitting, we’re a long way away from even the start of that trial to even start talking about cashing in on money. But hey, maybe the attorneys do know better than I do. Maybe for them, it’s better to get the money than a conviction. Maybe they see a conviction as next to impossible, as I do.