Accident victim says driver, repair shop and insurance company were all negligent

By Bree Gonzales | Jan 4, 2019

CHARLESTON — A West Virginia resident is suing a motorist and others, citing alleged negligence before and after a vehicle accident.

Jack Rossi filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Kurt Spradling, Bert Wolf Inc, Transportation Network V LLC d/b/a Todd Judy Ford and Matthew Searls, Ohio Corporation, insurance agent, West Virginia Corporation and a West Virginia citizen alleging that Rossi's car was struck by Searls, was wrongfully repaired by the body shop and his claims were rejected by the insurance company.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on April 26, 2018, Matthew Searls struck Rossi's car. Rossi sustained physical injuries. Prior to the collision, Rossi's 2017 Audi A6 was insured. Following the incident, Rossi's car was towed to Bert Wolfe Audi Shop for the purpose of checking if the car could be safely repaired, and if it could, then to repair it. Rossi did not know that Bert Wolfe Audi Shop had been sold to a different owner, Todd Judy Ford Body Shop, which unlike Bert Wolfe was not a certified Audi body shop. Rossi's car was wrongfully and unsafely repaired. Spradling and Nationwide Insurance rejected Rossi's claims and allege that he selected Todd Judy Ford Body Shop. Rossi holds Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Kurt Spradling, Bert Wolf Inc, Transportation Network V LLC d/b/a Todd Judy Ford and Matthew Searls responsible because they all allegedly were negligent in performing their duties.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory damages, punitive damages, pre-judgment and post-judgment interests, costs and disbursements of suit. He is represented by Marvin W. Masters and Roger A. Decanio of The Masters Law Firm LC in Charleston.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 18C451

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