High court rules woman who fell isn't entitled to car insurance benefits

LANSING (AP) -- The Michigan Supreme Court says a woman who successfully sued her insurance company after breaking her ankle outside her parked truck isn't entitled to no-fault insurance benefits.

The court on Wednesday reversed the Michigan appeals court's earlier decision and sent the matter back to a trial court. The Supreme Court ruled that Mona Lisa Frazier's injury didn't arise out of the use of a parked vehicle as defined by Michigan law.

The Macomb County woman says she fell on ice while trying to close the passenger door. A jury awarded her $433,000.

Allstate Insurance had cut off benefits after claiming that Frazier's fall was on icy pavement and had nothing to do with her vehicle.

Published: Fri, Dec 23, 2011