Sybrina Fulton filed paperwork last week to jumpstart a lawsuit against the insurance company for the Retreat at Twin Lakes homeowners association, seeking monetary damages in the death of her 17-year-old son within the gates of the townhome community.
In the documents, Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America is seeking clarification of its responsibilities in Trayvon’s and requested the judge to strike down any chance of the company having liability in the case.
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According to a report from the Orlando Sentinel, Travelers is asking the court for defense against paying monies to the Martin family and to rule that the company “has no duty to defend The Retreat at Twin Lakes,” according to the filing. While the courts are not releasing the amount of damages sought by Fulton, Travelers’ documents reveal that the amount exceeds $75,000.
Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump said that while Travyon’s parents are committed to seeking justice for their son, he also feels that his office should pursue the claims against other entities that could be responsible as well.
The Associated Press, via a public records request, have obtained documents showing that Sybrina Fulton also filed for compensation under a Florida crime victim fund which assists families with funeral costs, counseling and other resources.
The state Attorney General’s Office, which oversees the Crimes Compensation Trust Fund, would not disclose the amount sought by Fulton and her ex-husband, Tracy Martin. According to the report, payouts can reach a maximum of $30,000.
On March 29, records show that Fulton was approved for the Fund’s benefits but no payments have been made to the family. Although Tracy Martin had an insurance policy in place through his employer, which covered much of the funeral costs, Trayvon’s father still had to pay $1300 out of pocket.
George Zimmerman, who has pleaded not guilty in the second-degree murder charge, is awaiting trial. A hearing to schedule the trial will take place next week.