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New Cumberland couple alleges State Farm wrongfully denied coverage

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 28, 2018

NEW CUMBERLAND – A New Cumberland couple allege their insurer acted in bad faith by denying coverage of their claim.

Leslie Anne Patterson and Joshua Patterson filed a complaint Feb. 5 in Hancock Circuit Court against State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. alleging breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 26, 2016, Leslie Ann Patterson was injured in a motor vehicle collision negligently caused by an underinsured motorist in New Cumberland. The suit states that after the settlement with the tortfeasor's insurance carrier, the plaintiffs subsequently submitted a claim for underinsured motorist coverage under the policy issued by the defendant. 

The plaintiffs hold State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to make an adequate offer to compensate Leslie Ann Patterson's injuries and damages.

The plaintiffs seek all damages allowed by law, plus interest, attorney's fees, costs and such other general and special relief. They are represented by Thomas J. Decapio and Kevin M. Pearl of Frankovitch, Anetakis, Simon, Decapio & Pearl LLP in Weirton. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Ronald E. Wilson.

Hancock Circuit Court case number 18-C-13

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