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Man sues insurance company for failing to settle claim from cat attack

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 20, 2017

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EDWARDSVILLE — A Maryville man is suing an insurance company and the special representative of a deceased woman's estate, alleging breach of duty for failing to settle injury claims brought against them for injuries caused by the woman's pet cat.

William Juenger filed a complaint on June 15 in Madison County Circuit Court against the estate of Jennie Juenger, deceased, and Standard Property and Casualty Insurance Company, alleging the defendants violated the Animal Control Act and failed to settle claims.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on June 15, 2015, the plaintiff was at Jennie Juenger's residence in Collinsville while she was still alive and was attacked by her house cat. The plaintiff claims that because of the attack, he slipped and fell down the basement stairs and struck a concrete floor. 

The plaintiff alleges he sent a demand for a settlement within the decedent's insurance policy to Standard Property, but he claims he did not receive compensation. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to respond to the plaintiff's policy limits settlement offer, refused to engage in settlement negotiations and denied his claim without knowing the statute the claim fell under.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in such sum over $50,000, plus attorney's fees, costs and such other and further relief the court deems just and proper. 

He is represented by Gregory M. Klote of Gregory M. Klote Attorney at Law in Chesterfield, Mo.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 17-L-840

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