So far this year, 137 sinkhole claims have been filed so far this year in Miami Dade County as compared to 261 claims filed over the previous four years. However, the most sinkhole claims have been filed in the “sinkhole belt” of Pasco, Hernando Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
Our Miami insurance dispute lawyers handle sinkhole claims for homeowners. Our attorneys represented insurance companies before 2006, when we opened a firm dedicated to fighting for the rights of consumers. We understand how insurance companies work. And we have the knowledge and experience necessary to represent homeowners in disputes over an insurance claim.
According to a recent briefing by the State of Florida’s Insurance Commissioner, Kevin McCarthy, there have been more than $1 billion dollars paid out on sinkhole claims.
Part of the reason for the surge in sinkhole claims is due in large part to the recent explosion in real estate development throughout Florida, and especially in South Florida. Over development has left the ground susceptible to sinkholes. Plus, while sinkholes occur in other U.S. states, Florida is more prone to sinkhole related problems because of underground limestone that dissolves under certain conditions, especially in areas that have been over developed, according to many leading geologists.
Florida property insurance must cover damage from sinkhole activity. If your property has damage from sinkhole activity, which may include cracks in the walls and foundation, sunken, cracked, or caved in flooring, and holes underneath your home or business, you may be able to obtain money from your insurance company to repair these damages.
If you are facing a dispute over an insurance claim in Florida, contact Alvarez & Barbara, LLP at 305-263-7700 or toll free at 866-518-2913 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.