PITTSBURGH – Two Pittsburgh residents allege their insurer put its interests above their own after they filed a claim after an auto accident.
Karen Brundage and Tashada Brooks filed a complaint on March 8, in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County against GEICO Casualty Co. alleging breach of contract.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs were named on an insurance policy for a Chrysler vehicle issued by GEICO. The suit states on Nov. 20, 2017, Brooks was driving the Chrysler and slid on ice, causing her to strike another vehicle. The suit states the plaintiffs filed a claim and the defendant refused to provide coverage "once it learned plaintiff Brooks had been involved in a motor vehicle accident and it became clear that claims would be made against its insurance policy."
The plaintiffs holds GEICO Casualty Co. responsible because the defendant allegedly initially accepted the claim and then attempted to retroactively cancel it and failed to promptly and fairly evaluate the plaintiffs' claim.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against the defendant in the amounts of $1,248.32 for collision liability coverage; plus $3,227.01 less a $250 deductible for collision coverage; plus $119.79 for rental coverage, court costs and any further relief the court grants. They are represented by Michael J. Colarusso of Colarusso and Cohen LLC in Pittsburgh.
Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County case number GD-18-003291