Property insurer sued by Jefferson Parish couple for allegedly not covering hurricane damage to home

By Louisiana Record reports | Jul 3, 2014

GRETNA – A local couple is suing their property insurer for allegedly not covering their home’s damages due to Hurricane Isaac.

Annie Holmes and Morise Conerly filed suit against Lighthouse Property Insurance Corporation in the 24th Judicial District Court on June 6.

The Conerlys allege they purchased a homeowners’ insurance policy from Lighthouse Property Insurance Corporation for their home located at 321 Coretta Drive in Avondale and the policy was in effect when Hurricane Isaac struck the area. The plaintiffs claims their home received severe damages to their roof as well as interior and exterior water damage due to the storm. The Conerlys assert that the defendants failed to promptly and properly adjust their property insurance claims and when they did assess the damage they ignored much of it.

The plaintiffs allege that the $3,300 payment provided by Lighthouse Property Insurance Corporation was far lower than the actual damage to their property, which has not allowed them to properly and adequately repair their property.

The defendant is accused of breach of contract, bad faith claims handling, negligent claims handling, non-prompt payment, violation of state law and negligent misrepresentation.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for mental anguish, diminution in value of property, repair and remediation expenses, amount due under the policy not previously paid, cost to hire investigative and engineering firms, consequential damages, loss of use and attorney’s fees.

Conerly is represented by Shelly R. Hale of New Orleans-based Speights & Worrich.

The case has been assigned to Division D Judge Scott U. Schlegel.

Case no. 739-207.

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