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Worried About Sinkholes In Florida? You Should Speak To A Lawyer

These days, it seems there are more sinkholes opening up throughout the state of Florida than ever. Although sinkholes are relatively rare, residents of Florida live at enhanced risk of these disasters — since 2010, nearly 300 sinkholes have opened up all across Florida.

The latest sinkhole — found in Hillsborough County, near Tampa — is more than a hundred feet wide and thirty feet deep as of the time of this writing. Because of the nature of sinkholes, it is impossible to know whether it is done growing or will continue to expand.

Homeowners have very little warning when it comes to sinkholes. In March, 2013, a man in Hillsborough “disappeared” after a sinkhole suddenly opened up under his bedroom. That man’s body was never recovered.

Sinkholes are highly unpredictable and can happen at any time. In the event of a sinkhole, the only safe course of action for anyone within a home is to depart the premises as fast as possible. However, that does not mean that your legal options are limited.

These days, sinkholes make news regularly in Florida and elsewhere.

Plus, municipal authorities and emergency services respond to sinkhole reports.

That means there will often be sufficient photography and video of a sinkhole in action to establish the chain of events and give a clear picture into the extent of the damage. This can be critical when it comes to mounting a legal inquiry on your behalf and winning the damages that you may be entitled to in the event of a sinkhole.

Let’s explore the topic further and discover more.

What Can Homeowners Do In The Event Of Sinkholes?

Homeowners are not without recourse when it comes to sinkholes. More and more homeowners are equipping themselves with insurance that can help them in the event that a sinkhole opens.

A sinkhole will generally destroy an entire home and leave the property around it uninhabitable. However, even under these circumstances, it can be difficult to get insurers to pay up properly.

An aggressive attorney can help you when it comes time to collect on the insurance for such a claim, especially if insurers are giving you the runaround or trying to obfuscate what should be a clear-cut issue.

Sinkholes are generally caused by heavy rainfalls or by drastic changes in the nearby groundwater. However, sinkholes can also be caused by industrial activity. That being the case, it is sometimes possible to sue for negligence in the event of a sinkhole.

Earlier this month, residents of Bayou Corne, Louisiana won a $48.1 million class action lawsuit against a local company, which was facing allegations that the collapse of one of its underground salt dome caverns resulted in a sinkhole.

That sinkhole threatened approximately 90 local properties and displaced many residents.

Major Acts Of Negligence Could Be Responsible For Your Injury — Even If It Seems Random

Here in the state of Florida, the most dramatic circumstances can arise and leave you with personal injuries to be concerned about. However, even when something might seem like an “Act of God,” negligent behaviors may still be a key factor when it comes to your injuries.

With the experienced legal minds here at Goldman Babboni & Walsh, you’ll have every possible advantage in pursuing your wrongful injury case and fighting hard for the monetary compensation that you may deserve.

No matter where you are in Florida — Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, St. Petersburg and much more — contact our law office today. We look forward to the opportunity to help you defend your legal rights.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

Worried About Sinkholes In Florida? You Should Speak To A Lawyer

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