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Strickland v. Gulf Life Insurance Company

Supreme Court of Georgia
240 Ga. 723 (1978)


Mr. Strickland (plaintiff) obtained a life-accident policy in 1946. This policy provided coverage for amputation of a limb if the amputation occurred within 90 days of the injury that led to it. Strickland injured his lower right leg. His doctors tried to save his leg but were unsuccessful, and Strickland’s leg was amputated 118 days after the injury occurred. Gulf Life Insurance Company (Gulf) (defendant) denied coverage to Strickland because his leg was amputated more than 90 days after the injury. Strickland sued Gulf for coverage under the life-accident policy. The trial court granted Gulf’s motion for summary judgment. The court of appeals affirmed. The Supreme Court of Georgia granted certiorari.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Undercofler, J.)

Dissent (Bowles, J.)

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