Colorado Jury Awards $37 Million in Damages Against Insurance Company

On January 29, 2010, a Boulder County, Colorado jury awarded $37 million to Jennifer Latham of Lafayette, Colorado, whose health insurance was canceled after the woman sustained severe injuries in an auto accident, including multiple fractures and a brain injury.
Latham had purchased a health insurance policy from Assurant Health just five months before the 2005 accident. After she spent a month in the hospital and another month in rehabilitation at a cost of about $185,000, Assurant Health canceled her policy and refused to pay her medical bills, claiming that Latham had failed to disclose in her application an emergency room visit for shortness of breath and treatment for a uterine prolapse. Latham claimed her insurance company acted in bad faith. The jury agreed with Latham.
Assurant Health was one of the companies investigated by the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations for its policy cancellation practices.
It is not known if Assurant Health will appeal the verdict.

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