FORT LAUDERDALE – A Broward County resident alleges her insurer's estimation of damages to her Pembroke Pines property was lower than the actual amount.

Janice Gessa filed a complaint on March 23 in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida - Broward County against Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Co. alleging breach of contract.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Nov. 7, 2016, she sustained physical damage to her property. The suit states the covered loss was estimated by the defendant in the amount of $2,517.48 and a partial amount of $1,517.46 was issued to plaintiff. However, the actual amount of damage far exceeds the amount paid and determined by the defendant, the plaintiff alleges.

The plaintiff holds Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Co. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to consider and pay plaintiff for the entirety of damages, and failed to provide plaintiff with timely notice of the right to attend mediation.

The plaintiff seeks judgment against defendant for damages, interest, attorney's fees and other relief deemed just. She is represented by Zoltan Hovanyecz of Schatzman & Hovanyecz PA in Hollywood.

17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida - Broward County Case number 17-005708

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