Sinkhole Alley and Sinkhole Claims
If you are in the Tampa area, you live in Sinkhole Alley. Should a sinkhole starts on your property, you need to take action immediately. If your water, gas or power lines are damaged, obviously contact those companies first. Then contact your insurance agent. Finally, contact an attorney like Brian Hoag.
What Does a Sinkhole Look Like?
We are all familiar with the really big sinkholes that appear suddenly. However, the little ones can leave only hints. These include:
- Trees, fenceposts, and other objects slump or slant
- Land subsides around fence posts, foundations, etc.
- Small areas, usually circular, of vegetation dries out or dies
- Pools of water form where it hasn’t before
- Well water changes from clear to cloudy
- Doors and windows stop closing or won’t stay closed
- Foundations, driveways, porches, ceilings, walls, or floors crack
- Loud, unexpected noises as your house begins to pull apart
If your property is affected by a Tampa sinkhole, seriously consider hiring a lawyer. Your insurance company will have experts on its side. You should have experts on your side. Brian Hoag specializes in sinkhole law and in dealing with insurance companies.
Filing Your Sinkhole Claims
Once you contact your insurance agent, they will inspect and document the damage. Some insurance companies may conduct “drive-by tests.” These are not legal under Florida law. They may send a professional geologist or geo-technical engineer, who must be certified by the State of Florida. Your claim must be tested by industry-proven geophysical testing techniques. Once the tests are complete, the insurance company will request repair estimates. At that point, your claim will be confirmed or denied.
If your sinkhole claims are denied, contact Brian Hoag. He will help you work with your insurance company to get the best possible settlement. If you have just found a sinkhole, he can help you file the paperwork and then deal with the insurance company. The initial consultation is always free.
About Brian Hoag
Hopefully, you will never be in a position in which you need the legal services of a Tampa personal injury lawyer that specializes in insurance claims, but if you do, please give Hoag Law Firm a call or complete your online Free Case Evaluation. A free consultation can help you understand your rights. With honest advice and an experienced attorney at your side, you can recover the largest possible settlement and get back to living your life.