Fairview Heights couple sues over denied fire claim

Kelly Holleran Apr. 8, 2010, 12:00pm

A Fairview Heights couple has filed suit against their insurance company, alleging it wrongly denied their claim for damages caused to their home after a fire.

Valentine and Christina Zagorski claim they owned a home 1413 Third Ave. in Fairview Heights which was insured by defendant Allstate Insurance Co. when a fire occurred on Aug. 26.

The Zagorskis claim their insurance adjuster, Theresa Robinson, asked them to assist Allstate in determining the extent and value of their damages.

"Defendant, through its agent Theresa Robinson, stated to the Plaintiffs 'we're here to help you,'" according to the complaint.

On Oct. 14 the Zagorskis submitted a sworn statement in proof of loss itemizing their damages, then Allstate requested the plaintiffs to give sworn statements, the suit states.

So, on Nov. 12 attorney Robert Brady took depositions from the Zagorskis, the complaint says.

Despite their attempts to satisfy Allstate's request, Allstate denied their claim through a letter on Jan. 5.

The Zagorskis are seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus attorney's fees and penalties for Allstate's unreasonable delay.

The Zagorskis will be represented by John H. Leskera of the Leskera Law Firm in Collinsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-148.

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