May 6, 2024

Kelley Kronenberg Secures Impressive Settlement in Hurricane Ian Property Damage Suit

Kelley Kronenberg Partner Austin Miniard orchestrated a remarkable outcome in a recent property damage case stemming from Hurricane Ian through diligent legal strategy and skillful negotiation. 

In this Clay County, Florida case, the plaintiff alleged breach of contract against the defendant, claiming failure to reimburse for necessary repairs, damage to personal property, and alternative living expenses.  

Upon examining the plaintiff’s claims, Austin began meticulously countering each with a series of strategic defenses. These included wear and tear assertions, pre-existing damages, failure to mitigate damages, lack of prompt notice, and damages attributed to faulty workmanship and maintenance issues. 

Through a comprehensive legal analysis, Austin demonstrated that a significant portion of the alleged damages fell within policy exclusions or were the result of pre-existing conditions and inadequate maintenance. Leveraging targeted discovery demands and aggressive motion practice, he effectively dismantled the plaintiff’s case. 

Ultimately, Austin secured an excellent outcome by way of a nominal settlement amounting to less than 7% of the original demand and protecting our client from over $55,000 of total estimated exposure.  

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