As Floridians, we are all at a higher risk for experiencing sinkholes.
It’s the limestone and carbonate in our beautiful landscape that
makes the incidence higher. So what exactly is a sinkhole? It occurs when
ground material collapses either suddenly or gradually, causing property
damage. And sometimes the severity can be even more extreme, bringing
personal injury to the owner. In fact, earlier in the year one of our
neighbors in Lutz tragically fell
victim to a sinkhole that swallowed him in his sleep.
The real danger is that most people don’t know what to do when dealing
with this problem.
The knee-jerk reaction is to call your insurance company and immediately
file a claim,
but this is a wrong decision! Insurance companies will protect their own interests before yours, often
times neglecting to tell you of your rights under your policy. A lot of
legal professionals that you might think to seek out aren’t much
better; they’re often unqualified and only enter the field for the
At Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, we want to help make sure you fully understand
this scary situation and all of the compensation that you are entitled
to. From the terms of your insurance policy, to the engineering report
that comes with property inspection, we’re here to translate every
step that comes with filing a proper claim. You deserve to know your rights
and be protected.
To help you spot the problem before things escalate, we’re sharing
these common signs of sinkhole activity:
- “Stair step” type cracking in exterior walls
- Cracking in walls, floors, ceiling, driveway, and pool deck
- Separation of walls from floors and/or ceiling
- Windows and/or doors sticking or jamming
- Sinking or slanting fence post or trees
- Plumbing problems and high water bills
If you spot any of these signs, have been a victim of sinkholes, or have
any questions, please
call us to schedule a complimentary appointment with our attorneys.