Parkersburg insurance company sues roofing business

By Dan Harkins | Aug 24, 2015

POINT PLEASANT -- An insurance company that insured roofing work allegedly done under standards is suing the roofing business for its cost of having a new roof installed.

Erie Insurance Property and Casualty Co. of Parkersburg filed a lawsuit Aug. 13 in Mason Circuit Court against Pro-Handyman Services of Proctorville, Ohio, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, Lillian Swann entered into a contract with David G. Lowe, and Lowe's Contracting Service Inc., to install a roof at 927 Ruff Road, Milton. In return, Swann would pay $14,983, the suit says.

The plaintiff insured Lowe's work, the lawsuit states, but Lowe wasn't able to complete the roof, so Pro-Handyman Services was subcontracted to do the work. But shortly after the roof was replaced, the lawsuit states, the property changed hands, at which point the roof began leaking.

After paying for an inspection of the roof, Erie Insurance learned "the defendant had installed flashing tape in such a manner that water was able to stream down vertical boards behind flashing and roof shingles and that flashing tape used around the chimney was installed in such a manner the water was able to breach the roof," the lawsuit states.

As a result, the plaintiff had to pay for the roof to be replaced for $19,650.40, the suit states.

Erie Insurance Property and Casualty seeks to be compensated this amount, plus interest and court costs.  It is represented by attorney Charles G. Johnson of Jackson, Kelly in Bridgeport.

Mason Circuit Court case number 15C95.

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