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Apopka property owners allege insurance company failed to cover sinkhole damages


By Philip Gonzales | Feb 21, 2019

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ORLANDO — Two Apopka property owners are suing a licensed insurer, alleging breach of an insurance policy in failing to cover damages from a sinkhole.

Emilio Ruiz and Iraida Ruiz filed a complaint Jan. 30 in Orange County Circuit Court against American Security Insurance Company, alleging refusal to admit coverage for the plaintiffs' property loss.

According to the complaint, on March 14, 2016, the Ruiz property at 819 Don Wilson Ave., Apopka, suffered covered damages caused by a sinkhole. The Ruizes say they duly made application for insurance benefits under the American Security policy. 

The plaintiffs allege American Security Insurance improperly denied the Ruizes' claim or otherwise refused to pay all benefits due and owing for the property loss.

The Ruizes seek trial by jury, damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of pre-judgment interest, attorney fees, and court costs, plus and all other just and reasonable relief. They are represented by attorneys Ryan S. Burke and Wesley Dicus, Sr. of Dicus & Burke PLLC in St. Petersburg, and by Robert L. Nipps in Tampa.

Orange County Circuit Court case number 2019-01-30

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