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Model Lauren Scruggs

REJECTS $200k Settlement

in Airplane Propeller Accident

3/27/2012 6:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lauren Scruggs -- the model who lost a hand and an eyeball
Lauren Scruggs -- the model who lost a hand and an eyeball when she was struck by an airplane propeller last year -- claims she shot down a $200k settlement offer from the plane's insurance company ... and now she's suing for much, much more.

Scruggs filed legal docs in Dallas, Texas ... claiming the insurance company "verbally offered" to pay her $200k for the Dec. 3, 2011 accident ... and they explained it's the MOST the insurance company can pay out to a "passenger."

But Scruggs is calling BS ... claiming she shouldn't be considered a "passenger" because "she was not in the aircraft or getting in or out of it at the time of the incident."

The 23-year-old model argues she had "completed her exit from the aircraft prior to the time of the incident and was physically located on the tarmac when the incident happened. Until struck by the propeller, she was not in physical contact with the aircraft after her exit."

Scruggs is asking for unspecified damages ... but we're guessing she wants WAY more than $200k.

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121.

pam    

When a propeller is spinning it is very hard to see. At night it is almost impossible. The pilot was more interested in loading his next fare than making sure his current passengers were escorted safely from the runway. If a pilot is going to leave his prop running he had better make sure he has some one else to safely see passengers off the plane. He more or less leaned out the window and yelled (over a the engine noise) for her to go around. Total disregard for passenger safety. Most people don't fly on small planes and probably don't even know there is a propeller to look out for. It is the pilot's job to keep the passengers safe.

835 days ago
122.

Mazor    

Stupid b*tch WALKED INTO A PLANE PROPELLER and now she's suing? Pathetic.

835 days ago
123.

sibbyjaydee    

wth? She walked into the dang propeller.....why do we ALL have to pay for HER accident....like airfare prices aren't high enough...pfft....watch where the heck you are walking!

835 days ago
124.

soulofanangel    

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How many classes did she have to "do-over"?
How many grade levels did she have to "do-over"?
How many other "disasters" before THIS ONE?
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LIFE catches up with everyone at some point.
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835 days ago
125.

JJ    

BEFORE READING THIS ARTICLE I FELT COMPASSION TOWARDS THAT BEAUTIFUL GIRL HER FACE DISFIGURED BY THE PROPELLER I HAD FELT REMORSE TOWARDS HER AND HER STRENGTH PULLED HER THROUGH THIS HORRIBLE ACCIDENT BUT NOW I FEEL DISGUSTED. LAUREN SCRUGGS WAS WARNED ABOUT THE PROPELLER AND STILL SHE WALKED RIGHT INTO IT I HONESTLY DO NOT KNOW HOW ANYONE COULD BE THAT ABSENT MINDED I HOPE SHE DOES NOT GET A PENNY, AS A NATION WHEN ARE WE GOING TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR ACTIONS IN THIS CASE MISFORTUNES.....
JITESH PATEL

835 days ago
126.

Sincerity    

GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!!! It could be quite a while before this matter is resolved. The insurance company knows she's entitled to a little more money but they're going to force her to "FIGHT" them for it!!!

835 days ago
127.

Lil    

Unbelievable!. She didnt follow instructions and walks where she was told not to and she is sueing. the pilot should sue her for the trauma she caused by her stupidity!
Not to mention our tax dollars to treat her!

835 days ago
128.

debbiedoesnothing    

Why was the plane engine running - therefore the propellers - when passengers were getting on or off the plane? Every time I've ever boarded a small plane, the engine was off. It's not the same as a helicopter. The pilot is at fault for allowing her to be so close to the plane when the propellers were going.

835 days ago
129.

Cravin Morehead    

For all of you who say a propeller is invisible at night, the sound of the engine is not. It's quite loud actually!

There is NO way this idiot didn't know the engine was still running and the prop turning.

835 days ago
130.

peoplearesilly    

Good God. She walked into it HERSELF. She shouldn't be awarded anything. Makes me sick.

835 days ago
131.

Stephiemark    

Didn't that dummy walk into a propeller? She should get nothing. She wasn't pretty to begin with - who did she model for Horse Weekly? Now her and mommy and daddy are trying to milk the press for all it's worth. Typical christian hypocrites.

835 days ago
132.

justme1123    

Accident investigation:
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20120106X45542&key=1

If she doesn't want to be considered a passenger for the sake of getting more money, then should she give up her passenger's rights?

The title under which the pilot was operating: (read for yourself, this is a long piece of information)

http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&rgn=div5&view=text&node=14:2.0.1.3.10&idno=14#14:2.0.1.3.10.2.4.29

In all of this information it states that a pilot has to orally brief passengers, if she was told not to walk a certain direction, she is responsible for walking in that direction. Pilot states he told her not to walk a certain direction and even used his arm to guide her elsewhere, she still went that same way. Her parents even say on tv, "it's no one's fault." Now she is suing? While he kept the plane running, expecting another passenger, there is no law against doing so. I haven't read anywhere that she denies what and how it happened, but now she wants money for it. I'm just a little confused as to the logic behind this.

835 days ago
133.

natasha    

Why should they have to pay at all? She did it to herself!

835 days ago
134.

kent    

Really! She gets out and walks into it...and someone else is to blame! Sad...sad!

835 days ago
135.

pixxxie    

I hope she loses and ends up with 0 and has to pay attorney fees for the defendants.

835 days ago
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