Penn State line backer sues Lloyd’s underwriter for $1.5 million

Injured football player undrafted in NFL this year

Penn State line backer sues Lloyd’s underwriter for $1.5 million

Professional Risks

By Allie Sanchez

After being passed over in the National Football League draft last month, former Penn State line backer Nyeem Wartman-White has sued his insurance firm for allegedly reneging on his policy.

Wartman-White, who filed the suit as Nyeem Wartman, lodged his complaint against International Specialty Insurance Co.(ISI), a Lloyd’s of London underwriter, with the US Middle District Court. North Carolina based ISI began operating in 1991 and brands itself as the “High Risk, High Limit specialists” offering a range of products for athletes, physicians and pilots.

Wartman changed his name in 2015, as, he said, a mother’s day gift.

Penn State organ The Daily Collegian reported he is suing for a total of $1.5 million, which is the value of his disability policy.

Wartman-White went undrafted this season after he suffered a torn ligament in his knee playing for Penn State against Temple in week three of the 2016 season. It is his second knee injury in his Penn State career.

The line backer chose to forgo the draft after his junior season as he held out for the opportunity of being in the early round selection in last year’s draft.

According to his complaint, he purchased the policy to recover or mitigate any financial losses that may result from his injury. The policy is in effect until August 1, 2017.

However, Wartman-White alleged that his insurance company has failed to contact him after he filed a notice of injury twice, first on November 18, 2016 and then February 14 this year.

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