The New Jersey Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision Thursday supporting the insurance industry's views that wrongful death and survival actions do not trigger separate "per person" coverage claims under an automobile liability insurance policy.
State Supreme Court justices reversed the New Jersey Appellate Division holding in Vassiliu v. Daimler Chrysler Corporation that a plaintiff's wrongful death and survivor claims constitute separate bodily injuries under the policy, which would have entitled the plaintiff to separate bodily injury coverage for each injury alleged.
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