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Expert's Opinions On Causation Leads Way To Summary Judgment For Insurer

August 10, 2017
Tred R. Eyerly - Insurance Law Hawaii

Although the insured claimed damages to her home was caused by vibrations from nearby construction, the court held she failed to overcome the insurer's expert's opinion that the damage resulted from excluded causes such as wear and tear, cracking and settling. King v. Am Family Ins., 2017 Ohio App. LEXIS 2565 (Ohio Ct. App. June 26, 2017).

The insured had a homeowners policy with American Family. The insured sued American Family, alleging that damage to her home was caused by vibrations caused by construction equipment at a nearby high school. The damage included cracks, leaks and mold.

American Family moved for summary judgment, attaching an affidavit from a structural engineering consulting firm. The report outlined alleged damages, including cracks throughout the house, and opined that the areas of concern had been present and progressing for years. Some damaged areas were discolored and patched. Accordingly, the report concluded that the damages were not caused by vibrations from construction.

Mr. Eyerly may be contacted at te@hawaiilawyer.com



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