The Insurance Institute of Indiana, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, and the Property and Casualty Insurers of America have filed a joint friend of the court brief with the Indiana Supreme Court on a case that sets a potentially serious precedent for emotional distress claims in the insurance industry.

In the case of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Jakupko, an appellate court ruling stated that physical manifestations of emotional distress or suffering can be classified as bodily injuries, a significant change from what is typically covered under an insurance company’s standard automobile policy.

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