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Homeowner alleges Westfield Insurance wrongfully denied property damage claim

Lawsuits

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 9, 2019


WHEELING – A Valley Grove man alleges his insurer wrongfully denied his claim for property damage allegedly caused by mine subsidence.

Charles Howard Patterson filed a complaint in Ohio Circuit Court against Westfield Insurance Co.

The suit states the defendant issued an insurance policy that included a mine subsidence endorsement for the plaintiff's property. The plaintiff alleges he discovered damages to his property on Sept. 26, 2017, and reported the damage to the defendant. The suit states the defendant performed an inspection in December 2017 and denied his claim the following month.

The defendant is accused of breach of contract.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by James G. Bordas III and Erica Cross Conti of Bordas and Bordas in Wheeling.

The case was removed from court to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia by the defendant.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia case number 5:19-CV-00017-JPB

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