Sinkhole Laws and Your Rights
Florida sinkhole laws are constantly evolving. Major changes can be made to existing statutes, which can significantly impact the rights of property owners. You may have heard about recent laws that have given insurance companies more power in sinkhole claim cases. To be sure you have all the facts, speak with an experienced sinkhole attorney.
At Corless Barfield Trial Group, we stay current on all changes to Florida sinkhole laws. We have helped countless residential and commercial property owners obtain the financial compensation they need to effectively deal with damages caused by sinkhole activity. Whether you are just filing a claim or your claim has been wrongfully denied, we will help protect your rights and interests.
Experience With Sinkhole Insurance Policy Disputes
Until fairly recently, all property insurance policies sold in Florida offered sinkhole damage coverage. A few years ago, the state legislature changed the law, drastically reducing the consumer protections. The new law, which substitutes for sinkhole damage coverage, is referred to as catastrophic ground cover collapse.
Before, if a property sustained sinkhole damage, it would be covered by the homeowners insurance plan, even if the damage was subtle such as:
- Stair-step cracks
- Tile damage
- Cracked driveway
Now, however, the damage caused by sinkhole activity must be severe, virtually making the home or building uninhabitable, to qualify for coverage. This law renders current insurance coverage nearly useless to property owners dealing with sinkhole damage.
We Are on Your Side
Our experienced legal team can help you with all aspects of your sinkhole claim. We will take the time to explain relevant laws, what sinkhole activity means, when you should file a claim and how investigations occur. If your claim is wrongfully denied, we can help you fight for your rights.
To schedule a free consultation with our Tampa sinkhole attorney, contact us online or call 813-498-1623 or 877-517-5595. Phone calls are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We arrange evening and weekend appointments by request.
Corless Barfield Trial Group handles sinkhole damage claim cases on a contingency fee basis. Therefore, you owe nothing until your claim is successfully resolved.