Tarrant County insurance attorneys need to be able to interpret policies when discussing possible cases with clients. The Texarkana Court of Appeals issued an opinion in a 1967 case, styled Willeford v. Home Indemnity Company that is helpful to read. Here is some of the relevant information.
Lewis Willeford, as plaintiff, sued defendant insurance company for $10,000.00 on an insurance policy covering defendant’s deceased wife, Cordia Willeford, allegedly due as a death indemnity benefit under said policy. Plaintiff and defendant both filed motions for summary judgment and the trial court entered summary judgment for defendant and denied plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment. However it appears that there was no dispute that plaintiff was entitled to recover $3,500.00 for the loss of sight of one eye sustained by Mrs. Willeford and the summary judgment awarded this amount to plaintiff. Plaintiff appealed, contending that he is entitled to judgment for $10,000.00, rather than $3,500.00.
Defendant issued its Family Automobile Policy to Lewis Willeford effective August 15, 1964, with endorsement 157 M. Under such endorsement, Willeford contends that he is entitled to the principal sum of $10,000.00 as a result of the death of his wife, Cordia Willeford, which occurred more than 90 days after the hereinafter referred to accident. The policy of insurance and endorsement provided in part as follows: