Tag Archives: Sinkhole

Insured Can Challenge Insurance Sinkhole Remediation Plan

In Roker v. Tower Hill Preferred Insurance Co., 40 FLW D764b (Fla. 2nd DCA March 27, 2015), the Second District Court of Appeal was asked to review a Summary Judgment granted to the homeowners insurer in a sinkhole case.  The insurance company and the homeowner agreed that sinkhole activity caused damage to the insured home.  The… Continue Reading

Lawsuit Filed in Sinkhole Case

My clients noticed cracking around the outside of their home.  They also noticed that they were having trouble closing doors in their home.  They reported the claim to the homeowners insurer for suspected sinkhole damage. The homeowners insurer sent out engineers to do testing.  The engineers did testing, and then said that there was no … Continue Reading

The Dangers of Sinkholes

 
This past week an unfortunate nightmare came true – a family had the unthinkable horror of hearing and watching a loved one perish when a sinkhole opened under the man’s bedroom in his Florida home.  As has been reported, sinkhole los…

Sinkhole Lawsuit Settled

About 3 months ago I filed a lawsuit on behalf of a homeowner as a result of his homeowners insurance company denying a sinkhole claim. 
In preparation of the case, I hired an engineer, a geologist, and a forensic general contractor.  Up…

Sinkhole Lawsuit Filed Against Homeowner’s Insurer

My client noticed cracking around the exterior of then garage, and then in her living room.  She was concerned that this may be a sinkhole so she contacted her homeowners insurer.  The homeowners insurance company retained an engineering…

Sinkhole Lawsuit Settled

About 3 months ago I filed a lawsuit on behalf of a homeowner as a result of his homeowners insurance company denying a sinkhole claim.  In preparation of the case, I hired an engineer, a geologist, and a forensic general contractor.  Upon receiving reports from our experts, instead of fighting, the homeowners insurance company agreed to … Continue Reading

Sinkhole Lawsuit Filed Against Homeowner’s Insurer

My client noticed cracking around the exterior of then garage, and then in her living room.  She was concerned that this may be a sinkhole so she contacted her homeowners insurer.  The homeowners insurance company retained an engineering firm (which I have seen on hundreds of sinkhole claims) and not surprisingly, the engineering firm declared that … Continue Reading

Second DCA Rules Homeowners Must Enter Contract for Subsurface Repairs in Confirmed Sinkhole Cases

In Pena v. Citizens Property Insurance Co., ____ So.3d ____ (Fla. 2nd DCA June 6, 2012), Citizens confirmed the existence of a sinkhole, and that the insureds’ home was damaged by sinkhole activity.  Geotechnical Engineers retained by Citizens rec…

Neutral Evaluation Statue Found Constitutional

In two recent decisions rendered on June 29, 2012 and on July 11, 2012, the Second DCA held that Florida Statute Section 627.7074 – the Sinkhole Neutral Evaluation Statute – was constitutional.  The two cases are entitled State Farm Florida Insura…

Second DCA Rules Homeowners Must Enter Contract for Subsurface Repairs in Confirmed Sinkhole Cases

In Pena v. Citizens Property Insurance Co., ____ So.3d ____ (Fla. 2nd DCA June 6, 2012), Citizens confirmed the existence of a sinkhole, and that the insureds’ home was damaged by sinkhole activity.  Geotechnical Engineers retained by Citizens recommended a subsurface remediation plan.  It appears from the opinion that Citizens paid for the damage to … Continue Reading