NEW ORLEANS – A homeowner is suing his property insurance company for allegedly not properly covering damage to her home caused by a storm.
John Dipietro filed suit against ASI Underwriters Corporation on April 20th in the Orleans Parish District Court.
The plaintiff claims that on April 24, 2013 a wind and rain storm caused damage to the plaintiff’s home. Due to direct physical damage from the winds, rain water was allowed to enter the premises, causing damage to the wooden floor. An adjuster representing the defendant visited the property and assessed the damage to the plaintiff’s home on May 7, 2013. On that date the defendant received satisfactory proof of loss, the suit says. The defendant sent the plaintiff an estimate totaling $1,127,43.
But, the plaintiff contends that despite evidence of wind damages to the structure and throughout the immediate area, the defendant refused to pay the plaintiff for all the damage caused by the wind and rain.
An unspecified amount in damages is sought for penalties against the insurers in an amount not to exceed two times the amount in damages sustained for $5,000.00.
The plaintiff is represented by Bruce C. Betzer.
The case has been assigned to Division F Judge Christopher J. Bruno.
Case no. 2015-3733.