CLEARWATER — Policyholders are suing USAA Casualty Insurance Company alleging breach of contract.

Bill and Melinda Patides, individually and as the parents of three minor children, filed a complaint on Jan. 23 in the Pinellas Circuit Court against USAA Casualty alleging that the insurer breached its duty of good faith and fair dealing.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on March 20, 2016 their family suffered serious injuries resulting in pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, and aggravation of a previously existing condition, as a result of the negligence of an underinsured motorist who collided with the plaintiffs' vehicle. 

The plaintiffs hold USAA Casualty responsible because the insurer allegedly failed to cooperate with plaintiff for an amicable settlement of a minor's claim and failed to adequately compensate the plaintiffs for damages.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against the defendant for an amount in excess of $15,000, exclusive of costs and interest. They are represented by Eduardo R. Latour of Latour & Associates PA in Tarpon Springs.

Pinellas Circuit Court case number 18-CA-443

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