Insurance company sues contractor over alleged negligence

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 3, 2019

BECKLEY — An insurance company is suing a general contractor, citing alleged negligence.

State Farm Fire and Casualty Company filed a complaint in Raleigh Circuit Court against Built on the Rock, Inc. alleging that it was negligent in the construction and/or inspection of the Neal's home and the flue pipe for its wood-burning stove, resulting in a fire.

According to the complaint, on Nov. 20, 2016, State Farm Fire and Casualty Company insured's Jeffrey Neal and Heather Neal's property that suffered a fire, and sought insurance compensation. Pursuant to the policy, plaintiff paid the $408,297.67 to compensate for the damages and is liable of subrogration from the defendant. 

State Farm allege the defendant's errors installing the flue pipe for the Neals' wood-burning stove were dangerous and defective, and that caused the fire. 

The plaintiff holds Built on the Rock, Inc. responsible because it allegedly failed to inspect the Neals' home and/or flue to the wood-burning stove and/or it permitted the flue to the burning stove to remain in a defective, dangerous and/or unsafe condition.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in the amount of $410,103.67 exclusive of interest and costs. They are represented by Christopher D. Deegan of Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Raleigh Circuit Court Case number 18-C-504-H

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