|Volume Number: 30
Category(s): STIPULATED CLAIMS
|Opinion Issued August 27, 2013|
|CATHERINE D. MCLAUGHLIN|
|DIVISION OF HIGHWAYS|
Claimant appeared pro se.
Andrew F. Tarr, Attorney at Law, for Respondent.
This claim was submitted to the Court for decision upon a Stipulation entered into by Claimant and Respondent wherein certain facts and circumstances of the claim were agreed to as follows:
1. On July 21, 2012, the Claimant, Catherine McLaughlin, was traveling along U.S. Route 50 near Salem, Harrison County, when her 2005 Dodge Caravan struck a large hole in the travel portion of the road.
2. Respondent was responsible for the maintenance of U.S. Route 50, which it failed to maintain properly on the date of this incident.
3. As a result of this incident, Claimant’s vehicle sustained damage in the amount of $557.63. The Claimant’s collision insurance requires a $500 deductible amount; therefore, Claimant is limited to an award in that amount.
4. The Court finds that the amount of $500.00 is fair and reasonable.
The Court has reviewed the facts of the claim and finds that Respondent was negligent in its maintenance of U.S. Route 50 on the date of this incident; that the negligence of Respondent was the proximate cause of the damages sustained to Claimant’s vehicle; and that the amount of damages agreed to by the parties is fair and reasonable. Thus, Claimant may make a recovery for the damage.
It is the opinion of the Court of Claims that the Claimant should be awarded the sum of $500.00 in this claim.
Award of $500.00.