Couple claims Weirton's leaking water lines led to home's condemnation

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 8, 2019

NEW CUMBERLAND – A couple is seeking damages, claiming that their home was caused damage by the city and then was demolished.

James and Rita Rood filed a complaint in Hancock Circuit Court against City of Weirton, City of Weirton Water Department, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff is seeking damages for an incident that took place on Feb. 21, 2018 when the plaintiff's property began to slip from its foundation due to a number of breaks in waterlines that were owned by the defendant. The plaintiff's home was condemned on March 28, 2018 and demolished on June 15, 2018. The plaintiff's claim for property damage, however, was turned down by their insurance provider.

The defendant is accused of property damage and negligence.]

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by M. Eric Frankovitch in Weirton.

The case has been assigned to Judge Ronald Wilson.

Hancock Circuit Court case number 19-C-11

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