Tampa Sinkhole Attorney
Many property owners in Florida and certain other parts of the world have started to experience damage to their homes and business properties caused by sinkholes. Sinkholes are created when portions of land shift or even collapse, potentially leaving behind crater-like depressions. If you have noticed signs of property damage related to sinkhole activity, such as foundation cracking in a step pattern or soft spots in your yard, you may be able to file for compensation from your insurance company.
At Corless Barfield Trial Group, we are dedicated to helping property owners like you with sinkhole insurance claims. Whether a sinkhole is affecting your home or business, we will thoroughly evaluate the situation, explain your options and advise you regarding the best way to proceed. Call our office in Tampa at 813-498-1623 or 877-517-5595 to schedule a free initial consultation today.
Signs of Sinkhole Activity
Florida is prone to sinkholes due to the land's geological composition. Sometimes the damage caused is subtle, such as a slight crack in a driveway. Other times, the damage is more obvious, as when a cavity is left in the ground. Below are some common indications that your property may be experiencing sinkhole activity:
- Noticeable cracking in the walls, ceiling or driveway
- Floor tiles coming loose
- Interior walls separating from the walls
- Nails pushing through the drywall
- Soft spots around plants and in the yard
- Doors and windows become difficult to close
- Vegetation dying in strange patterns
- Cavity forming in the land
Sinkholes come in all sizes. They are unpredictable, but they all are formed in the same manner. As rainwater soaks into the ground, acid in the water dissolves layers of limestone, which lie underground across the state. Layers of soil sitting on top of the limestone then shift and sometimes fall into the gaps, creating sinkholes.
It is important to note that not all property damage described above is necessarily the result of a sinkhole. There are other causes that can lead to these kinds of damage. Our legal team can determine whether there is confirmed sinkhole activity in your neighborhood, evaluate the damage and advise you about whether or not to make a claim.
Experienced Sinkhole Property Damage Claims Assistance
Founding attorney Ted A. Corless has handled more than 1,300 sinkhole claims since 1998, and is a recognized leader in this area of the law. He understands not only the legal aspects of these cases, but the technical aspects as well. He formerly represented powerful insurance companies and now use this insider knowledge to build strong cases for property owners.
While some attorneys prefer to settle cases outside the courtroom, we are not afraid to take on prominent insurance companies at trial. When we take on your case, we will aggressively fight to protect your rights and interests.
Strategic Legal Solutions
Are you concerned about potential sinkhole activity in your neighborhood? Schedule a free consultation with Ted. A Corless by contacting us online or calling 813-498-1623 or 877-517-5595. We answer phone calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Evening and weekend appointments are available by request.
We handle sinkhole damage claim cases on a contingency fee basis. Therefore, you owe nothing until we obtain compensation for you.