MLB star’s South Florida mansion at center of insurance dispute

It may seem hard to believe, but opening day of the 2016 Major League Baseball season is now less than a month away. If you need convincing, you could travel to a host of spring training sites throughout Florida, including right here in Tampa, where the New York Yankees call George M. Steinbrenner Field home.

Given that we are so close to the first pitch being thrown out, the majority of the news coverage is understandably dedicated to team reviews and projections for the upcoming year. Interestingly enough, however, recent reports indicate that one of the league’s premier talents is currently involved in an insurance dispute here in the Sunshine State.

The insurance dispute in question involves Yasiel Puig, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers who defected from Cuba in 2012, and has since enjoyed considerable success, including being named runner-up for National League Rookie of the Year in 2013 and an All Star in 2014.        

According to reports, Puig, who calls South Florida home, has filed a lawsuit against the insurance company that issued the $2 million policy on his Miami-based mansion over its alleged failure to cover a claim for damages he filed last November.

The complaint centers around a malfunctioning water supply line for a refrigerator that caused over $15,000 in damage to Puig’s six-bedroom home. Specifically, it claims that the damage was reported promptly and a claim number was assigned, but that only a partial payment was ever made.

It will certainly be interesting to see what transpires in this case. At a minimum, it demonstrates how these types of insurance disputes can happen to anyone regardless of their home, their income or their coverage level.

If you believe that your insurance company has improperly denied or underpaid your claim, consider speaking with an experienced legal professional to learn more about your options.