WHEELING – An Ohio County woman is suing an insurance carrier, claiming they failed to notify her late husband that his coverage had lapsed ahead of a fatal wreck.
Keisha Nagy, individually and as mother and natural guardian of Stephen Hanchin, a minor, and the estate of Stanton Hanchin II, filed a lawsuit March 17 in Ohio Circuit Court against Progressive Classic Insurance Co., also known as Progressive, and its claims adjuster, William Schleicher, alleging common law misconduct, breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and violations of the Unfair Claims Settlement Practice Act.
According to the complaint, Nagy, her infant son, Stephen, and Stanton Hanchin II, her fiancé, were struck by another motorist on April 23, 2015, on Route 40 in Ohio County. The suit says Stanton Hanchin died in the accident, leaving behind a son and fiancé who have incurred medical costs of $33,255 and $30,283, respectively.
Although Nagy has settled with the other driver’s insurance carrier (also Progressive), the suit says Progressive claims Stanton Hanchin II let his policy lapse and neither he nor his dependents are not entitled to coverage.
Nagy seeks a jury trial and punitive and compensatory damages, plus interest and litigation costs. She is represented by attorneys Don A. Yannerella and Quan S. Le of Wheeling. Judge David J. Sims is assigned to the case.
Ohio Circuit Court Case number 16-C-82