For the next two weeks, a dozen area residents will hear testimony on whether National Lloyds Insurance and Compass Adjusting Services failed to fully compensate Latosha Lewis following Hurricane Ike.

Lewis filed suit against the two companies on Sept. 9, 2010, in Jefferson County District Court.

Jury selection in the case began Monday in Judge Gary Sanderson’s 6oth District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on Sept. 13, 2008, Ike struck, causing serious damage to Lewis’ property. Following the hurricane, she filed a claim with Lloyds, needing compensation to repair her Beaumont home.

“The claim was not properly investigated or paid,” the suit states. “Lloyds hired Compass to adjust the claim. The adjuster assigned to the claim failed to conduct a thorough and complete inspection of the property.”

The suit accuses Lloyds of breaching its contract by failing to perform its contractual obligations.

Lewis further alleges the insurance company is guilty of deceptive trade practices and insurance code violations.

She will ask jurors to award her economic damages.

Beaumont attorney Clint Brasher represents her.

Case No. B194-017

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