Court approves attorney fee award for publication
Last month, the Court of Appeals awarded Minnin Tinnin attorneys fees after Farmers Insurance Exchange unreasonbly delayed paying her doctors' bills. Farmers objected to the award on the grounds that the jury did not award Tinnin the substantial attendant care that she had sought. This week the Court approved its opinion for publication (and gave it precedential impact). The Court reasoned that Tinnin's expenses and fees were appropriately incurred to prove her basic--and legitimate--claim, and the fact that jurors did not approve the entirety of her claim did not mean that the insurer should not be subject to the statute awarding fees for PIP benefits that are unreasonably delayed.