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by Mark Scruggs |

Successful Claims Repair

“Claims repair” is a big part of what we do at Lawyers Mutual and July brought two successful claims repair efforts that enabled two of our insureds to avoid a malpractice claim.  With the help of one of our defense lawyers in Wilmington, Vaiden Kendrick, we successfully argued that a default judgment that had been entered against our insured’s client should be set aside. Now the case is back on track, and the client is able not only to defend against the plaintiff’s claim, but also to assert his counterclaim for damages.

In the other successful repair effort, our outside defense counsel, Ed Schenk of Teague, Campbell, Dennis & Gorham, was successful in persuading the Full Commission to reverse  a deputy commissioner’s Opinion and Award dismissing our insured’s client’s workers’ compensation claim. 

 Both of these successful claims repair efforts would not have been possible without prompt reporting of a potential claim by our insured, quick action on our part in recognizing the repair potential and lining up the appropriate outside counsel to do the job, and finally the excellent courtroom work that all of our defense counsel are able to do.

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Mark Scruggs

Mark Scruggs is senior claims counsel with Lawyers Mutual specializing in litigation, workers compensation and family law matters. You can reach Mark at 800.662.8843 or at

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