Insurer failed to pay Highland fire claim, suit says

Kelly Holleran Dec. 7, 2009, 5:21am

A Madison County woman has filed suit against her former insurance company, alleging it has not paid her in full for more than $500,000 worth of damages caused to her property after a fire.

Jody Jakel claims she secured an insurance policy with Illinois Casualty Company on Sept. 24, 2008, after making a premium payment of $1,097. The policy was supposed to cover Jakel's property located at 1301 Ninth Street in Highland if a fire were to break out.

According to the complaint filed Dec. 2 in Madison County Circuit Court, a fire destroyed Jakel's building on Dec. 5, 2008.

Even though the fire should have been covered under Jakel's policy, Illinois Casualty Company has only partially reimbursed her for her claim, the suit states.

Jakel is seeking a judgment of more than $300,000, plus costs and attorneys' fees.

John P. Geismann of Highland will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1300.

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