A Brooklyn, New York couple has been awarded one million dollars after a Manhattan Supreme Court jury ruled in favor of their claim to Allstate Insurance for damages to their home caused by vibrations from an airliner taking off from John F. Kennedy Airport.
John and Annette Ferranti had a custom-built steel and concrete home in Mill Basin , Brooklyn . In July of 2002, the Air France Concorde had trouble gaining altitude upon take-off, buzzing Belle Harbor at a hazardously low altitude.
Residents of the area complained about cracking plaster and shaking foundations, including the Ferranti’s who experienced leaking thorough cracks in concrete blocks of their 12 year-old home after rainstorms.
According to Wilkofsky , Friedman, Karel & Cummins of Manhattan , Jonathan Wilkofsky of the firm offered evidence that the house developed cracks in the reinforced concrete blocks used to build the upper floors , which were caused by an external force.
Allstate had insured the home since 1990, but refused to pay the claim alleging that the damages were caused by bad construction and poor maintenance, and that Allstate received notice of the loss 14 months after the event.
Evidence presented at the three-week trial showed that the Ferranti’s claim was under investigation for two years before Allstate denied it, and made no offer to settle the claim.
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