PENSACOLA, Fla. - May 16 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Four Florida homeowners, who suffered substantial property damage as a result of last year's Hurricane Ivan, have filed class action lawsuits against their insurance companies for refusing to pay on their claims. Attorneys Samuel Bearman and Edward Zebersky filed the suits on behalf of the plaintiffs.
In the complaints filed in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, and amended May 5, 2005, Bearman states plaintiffs should be paid the full face value of their insurance policies to compensate them for their extensive property damage. Under current Florida law, if a property is a total loss - either partially or totally due to windstorm damage - a homeowner's insurance company must pay the full value of the policy.
Bearman asserts all four properties had windstorm damage, yet insurance companies refuse to pay.
"The plaintiffs are simply asking that the insurance companies follow the law. They're not asking for anything extreme or outrageous - just what the law says they're entitled to. Unfortunately, many other Florida residents are in the same boat. That's why we've filed these suits as class actions," Bearman says.
The titles of the cases and case numbers are as follows:
1. Anthony Wheeler v. Allstate Floridian Indemnity Co., Case #: 2005 CA 797 (Escambia County)
2. Richard Hoffer v. Allstate Floridian Insurance Co., Case #: 2005-CA-792 (Escambia County)
3. George Turner and Nancy Turner v. USF&G Specialty Insurance Co., Case # 05-166-CA (Santa Rosa County)
4. Jimmy and Betty Eubanks v. State Farm Florida Insurance Co., Case #: 05-260-CA (Santa Rosa County)
The current windstorm damage law is based on Mierzwa v. Florida Windstorm Underwriting Association, a hotly contested case.
For more information, or for an interview, contact Samuel W. Bearman, Esq. (Plaintiffs' attorney) at the Law Office of Samuel W. Bearman, 820 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola, Florida 32501. Telephone: (800) 760-6065; email: sbearman @ bellsouth.net, or visit www.bearmanlaw.com.