Three-C Body Shops File Lawsuit Against At-Fault Driver
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Three-C Body Shops Files Lawsuit Against At-Fault Driver

Suit filed due to Allstate’s alleged failure and refusal to provide a Three-C Body Shop customer full payment for numerous reasonable and necessary charges for processes and materials.

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On behalf of their customer, Three-C Body Shops has filed suit against the at-fault party due to their insurance company’s denials and underpayments.

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The complaint was filed in the Municipal Court of Franklin County in Ohio against Caleb Brickey due to Brickey’s insurer’s (Allstate) failure and refusal to provide a Three-C Body Shop customer full payment for numerous reasonable and necessary charges for processes and materials.

The issues stemmed from an auto accident in which the at-fault party was negligent and admitted liability for damages to Three-C Body Shop’s customer’s 2005 Jeep Liberty.

Three-C submitted their estimate to the at-fault party’s insurer and, after four supplemental attempts to attain the full and proper compensation, proceeded, at the direction of their customer, with the recommended and proper repair.

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The final cost of the authorized repair was $5,687.83. Allstate tendered the underpayment of $3,585.43 toward the repair, leaving a difference and deficit of $2,102.40 of which Three-C has incurred and is now seeking recovery on their own behalf.

The lawsuit seeks full payment to Three-C of the difference plus costs, expenses, attorney fees, prejudgment and post-judgment interest.

“Up to now, many repairers have found that to properly meet their customer’s needs and expectations, it is necessary to make a proper and thorough repair and take an Assignment of Proceeds and, through ensuing litigation, seek recovery against their customer’s own insurers by an assignment contract clause and a Power of Attorney signed by the customer,” said Bob Juniper, second-generation president and owner of Three-C. “This matter involves a third-party claimant seeking recompense for the insurer’s denials and underpayments directly from the at-fault party. This process exposes the insurer’s poor behavior to their policyholder and places the at-fault party in a position of vulnerability and exposes them to liabilities – liabilities they expected their own insurer to shield them from. Their failure to shield their policyholder may place the insurer in a position of potential breach of contract and other potential legal liabilities. Our hope is this exposure will cause a positive change in insurer behaviors, regardless if a first- or third-party claim.”

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