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Pensacola Sinkhole Damage Lawyer
Seeking Justice for Victims of Sinkhole Accidents
Sinkhole accidents can happen in an instant and without warning, leaving victims with devastating injuries and financial losses that can be difficult to recover from. Those affected by sinkholes need to understand the risks of this natural disaster and the need for legal guidance during such a traumatic time.
Crawford Law has a deep understanding of sinkhole damage law and the complexities that come with making claims against insurance companies. Our experienced team will not only approach your case delicately, but also be aggressive in seeking rightful compensation for damages on your behalf. With years of experience in personal injury law, we have extensive knowledge of sinkhole accidents and can help you navigate this difficult situation.
If you or anyone you know has been affected by a sinkhole accident, don’t hesitate to contact us for professional legal advice and personalized guidance. Call (850) 220-2098 or complete our online form to schedule a consultation!
What Causes Sinkholes?
Sinkholes are geological formations that form when water erodes underlying soils, counterbalancing the weight of the ground above it. This can happen naturally over time or suddenly due to environmental changes such as a heavy rainstorm. They can be found on land or in bodies of water.
The ways that sinkholes can form on a property include:
- A sudden collapse of an underground cave or void in limestone or other soluble rock
- Heavy rains seeping through an eroded soil layer, allowing for surface material to slip into the void
- Leakage from underground pipes, causing soil erosion and creating a space below the surface
- Excavation and construction on a plot of land that disrupts its natural balance, leading to sinkhole formation
Sinkholes can form suddenly, sometimes occurring overnight or even in just minutes when soil erosion weakens underground cavities. This sudden collapse of land causes severe property damage, as well as potential physical harm to anyone nearby.
Even after a sinkhole has been filled in, it may leave behind lasting structural issues that could cause further damage down the line. The costs associated with repairing any damage caused by a sinkhole accident can add up quickly, making it essential for victims to seek out experienced legal help right away.
Are Sinkholes Covered by Homeowners Insurance in Florida?
Even though Florida law states that most homeowners insurance policies should cover damages caused by sinkholes, insurance companies will often unlawfully deny claims. This can occur due to a variety of reasons, such as inaccurate paperwork or technicalities in coverage.
Insurance companies may also use a tactic called "lowballing" to try and get away with paying out far less than what is actually owed for the damages caused by a sinkhole. Unfortunately, these tactics are used to take advantage of unsuspecting policyholders who lack the necessary legal knowledge to fight back against large insurance companies and their teams of lawyers.
Crawford Law is dedicated to holding insurance companies accountable and making sure our clients receive rightful compensation for sinkhole damage. We have extensive knowledge of how insurance companies operate and are well-equipped to fight for your rights.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you or someone you know has been affected by a sinkhole accident.
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