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Williams v. Glash
Citation:Supreme Court of Texas, 1990. 789 S.W.2d 261.
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Margaret Williams (Plaintiff) was a passenger in her family car when it was struck from behind by Stephen Glash (Defendant). Damage to the car was apparent at the time of the accident, but there were no visible injuries. Plaintiff contacted the defendant’s insurance company, State Farm, who advised her to bring her car to its local office for an appraisal of the property damage claims. State Farm had plaintiff sign a claim form that included a release for personal injuries, and the company wrote her a check for the amount of damage to the car. Plaintiff was later diagnosed with temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), causing head and neck pain, as a result of the accident.
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