BECKLEY – A Crawley man alleges his insurer acted in bad faith in the handling of his flood damage claim.

Robert Hunter filed a complaint Oct. 16 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia at Beckley against Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Co. alleging breach of contract and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that his property damaged by a flood in June 2016 and he filed for a claim with the defendant. He alleges that the defendant's adjuster failed to adequately assess the damage to the property and the amount the defendant offered, $10,035.85, is less than the actual damage sustained.

The plaintiff holds Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Co. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide insurance benefits sufficient enough to cover the damage to the plaintiff's property.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks actual damages, punitive damages, court costs and any further relief this court grants. He is represented by Bren J. Pomponio of Mountain State Justice in Charleston.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia case number 5:17-cv-04165

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