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The Story of Kay Shea

Katherine Shea, an 83-year-old widow in excellent health, had worked hard all her life to achieve security and happiness in retirement. An inspiration to her family, she was an embodiment...

Kay’s Miracle Survival

Kay’s life changed forever on August 3, 2011 and the list of Kay’s injuries from that day is extensive. Doctors were forced to insert numerous pins, screws and plates onto her bones...

"Even if you won a large settlement, we will appeal it for years"

-Insurance Company Representative
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Insurance companies spend tens of millions of dollars telling us what good companies they are, but this is what they do when they think no one is looking.

February 28, 2014

San Diego Business Journal

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February 24, 2014

Insurance companies pay in full

February 24, 2014

Article appears in the San Diego Union Tribune

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February 21, 2014

Insurance company offers to settle if Dan gives them a $5000 discount off the jury award (Dan refuses)

February 17, 2014

Insurance company lawyer says they “might” settle on three conditions

  • Dan stops the media blitz

  • Dan agrees to a confidentiality agreement so the settlement terms can never be spoken about

  • Dan to discount the jury award as an “incentive” for the insurance companies to settle (Dan refuses)

February 10, 2014

Insurance company lawyer threatens to sue Dan personally.

February 1, 2014

Dan launches a media blitz against the insurance companies, this includes mainstream news, social media, national blogs, and 2.5 million emails telling the story of insurance company threats of endless appeals.

January 7, 2014

The insurance companies threatens to ask for a new trial.

October 2, 2013

Jury rules in Kay's favor.

Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2013

Trial held in Washington Franklin County, Missouri

February 2013

Preliminary deposition is held in San Diego

May 2012

Farmer's fails to follow through on mediation

January 10, 2012

Kay goes to Spokane, WA to live with Pat and Uschi

January 9, 2012

Kay is released from the hospital

August 3, 2011

Kay Shea is hit head on by a 17-year-old boy

CALL TO ACTION: Creating Change
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

-Martin Luther King

The Iron Lady

As human beings, we hold within us powerful and meaningful narratives about our experiences that provide insight into the complex world around us. The story of Kay Shea is a perfect example of such a narrative that compels us to dig deeper into the inner-workings of insurance companies and their tactics to avoid paying claims. “The Iron Lady” was brought to the screen in order to create awareness about insurance company bad behavior, by telling a story about how the pursuit of profit took precedence over the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of one woman after enduring a tragic accident that was not her fault.

Take the time to watch the film and engage with the supplemental information on this website. As consumers, we need to educate ourselves about how insurance really works and call into question the practices of the companies we pay our premiums to. It is upon us to start local, talk to our insurance agents about the fine print, write to our state representatives, and share this link in the hope that someone at a state or federal level will see the film and feel inspired to be a catalyst for change.


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