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Tampa Florida Sinkhole Attorneys

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Tampa Sinkhole Attorneys: Serving all of Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Manatee Counties

Brian Crim Sinkhole Attorney

Tampa sinkhole attorney Brian Crim joined FL Legal Group in 2010 and concentrates his practice in the areas of Personal Injury Protection insurance and first-party homeowner's insurance disputes, focusing largely on cases regarding sinkhole damage to homes in the latter case.

We hope you will find this website informative on sinkholes in the Tampa Bay area, as well as the process surrounding filing a sinkhole claim and your associated legal rights, including their geology and the damage they can cause to Florida homes.

What if my insurance company denies my sinkhole claim?

If you have filed a sinkhole claim and it has been denied in Tampa or Tampa Bay areas, do not take the insurance company’s word for it that you do not have a sinkhole on your property or affecting the structural integrity of your home. While you may receive a fancy and glossy geologist or engineering report from your insurance company denying there is sinkhole damage or activity, it is often a boilerplate report and is written by someone who is hired by the insurance company to protect their interests, not yours!
Our Sinkhole Attorneys can assist you in obtaining a second opinion for your sinkhole claim from an independent professional and who can even review the “raw” data from the insurance company’s own report that may be subject to an entirely different interpretation, one that isn’t motivated by saving the insurance company lots of money. We can help you place your initial sinkhole claim, or if you have already placed the claim and received a negative outcome, we are equipped to litigate your claim against your insurance company in the event that independent and qualified professionals have come to a conclusion that a sinkhole may indeed be causing damage to your home.
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Tampa Sinkholes: What Every Floridian Should Know!

There are more sinkholes reported in Florida than in any other state in the nation, making it a hazard of special interest and concern to Florida homeowners. And the Tampa area being the highest in the state. Sinkholes can cause damage to the structural integrity of your home, and can be costly to repair. Often times insurance companies can be resistant to recognizing the presence of sinkhole activity at an insured home, or reluctant to offer the full amount necessary to adequately repair the damage. A recent change in Florida law requires authorized insurers to cover "catastrophic ground cover collapse" but damage caused by a sinkhole may not be covered by your policy. Even if you do not live in an area prone to sinkhole activity it does not mean you do not have one.
All Florida homeowners should be we aware of the potential for sinkhole related damage to their home...(READ MORE)The rest of the article
If you believe your home may have sinkhole damage, please explore our website to learn more about sinkholes and the insurance claims process.

What are Sinkholes?

Sinkholes are depressions or holes in the land surface that occur throughout west-central Florida. Sinkholes are extremely common in Pasco County, Polk County and Hernando County, but they do and can form anywhere in the state. They can form slowly and gradually, or abruptly and suddenly, but all are a result of the dissolving of the underlying limestone. While they are found throughout the world, they are abundant in Florida due to our unique geology which includes subsurface limestone and flowing water all of which contribute to sinkhole development. Even if you do not live in the Tampa Bay area which is prone to sinkhole activity it does not mean you do not have one. All Florida homeowners should be we aware of the potential for sinkhole related damage to their home. For more facts about sinkholes...
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What if my insurance company only offers to pay for my cosmetic damages, or has recommended grouting repairs?

Sometimes an insurance company will offer to pay compensation for cosmetic sinkhole repairs—sometimes called “above the slab” repairs—while ignoring potential substantial structural damage to the home that requires subsurface remediation. Other times, they will offer only to remediate subsurface sinkhole activity by grouting, which essentially involves pouring cement into the sinkhole cavities in hopes of propping up the structure, with varied results. Often an independent structural engineer will recommend using underpinning to prop up the home, but due to their expense insurance company hired experts very rarely make such a recommendation. Before you accept a settlement offer that includes just grouting repairs, be sure to consult with a qualified professional who was not hired by the insurance company. Once you sign a release of claim, you are usually barred from recovering additional money. It will be our aim to make sure your home is restored to its original condition and value, and that your rights are FULLY protected. Contact Us For a Free Consultation.

Sinkhole Claims Pasco County Fl

Fl Legal Group Attorneys handle sinkhole claims and litigation and serve the entire Tampa Bay Area including Pasco County and Hernando County. Our attorneys appreciate the concern and worry that accompany the possibility for a homeowner that sinkhole activity may be affecting their property along with the possibility of having to deal with an insurance company that may not be as sympathetic to your plight. We are committed to representing homeowners who have dutifully paid their insurance premiums and simply expect they will be treated fairly when the need to file a claim arises. We will stand up and protect your rights and interests! Remember, the insurance company is looking out for its own interests, and negotiating with them can be complicated and time consuming. Often the assistance of an attorney can help make sure homeowners have access to a level playing field when making a claim or appealing a denied claim. If you believe that a sinkhole has caused damage to your home. Contact M. Brian Crim, Esquire sinkhole attorney today!
Complete our FREE Online Consultation Form now, or you can call us at the toll free number (1-800-984-9951), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Sinkhole Claims In Spring Hill or Hernando County Fl

We at Fl Legal Group handle sinkhole claims and litigation and serve the entire Tampa Bay Area including Pasco County and Polk County.
Sinkholes cause millions of dollars worth of damage each year. Generally the only sinkholes you here about are the ones in the news, or when one swallows a house. There have been over 500 reported sinkholes in or around Spring Hill. If you think you may have a sinkhole or are filling a sinkhole claim, It is usually a good idea to consult with a legal professional about your options. Contact M. Brian Crim, Esquire sinkhole attorney today!
Complete our FREE Online Consultation Form now, or you can call us at the toll free number (1-800-984-9951), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How will I pay for my legal representation?

We accept sinkhole cases on a contingency fee basis, and if we do not obtain a recovery, settlement or judgment on your behalf, you will not owe us any fees or costs.
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What if the insurance company asks for a Neutral Evaluation or demands an Examination Under Oath (“EUO”)?

Recent changes in Florida law created what is known as Neutral Evaluation. Either you or the insurance company may request it, at the insurance company’s expense. While purportedly “neutral”, given that the professional that will be retained by the insurance company to conduct the Neutral Evaluation will be paid by them, and usually do most of their expert work for them, a homeowner should be wary of this process .Before requesting a Neutral Evaluation yourself, or in the event that your insurance company demands one, it is usually a good idea to consult with a legal professional about your options. Additionally, your policy likely contains a requirement that you submit to a sworn examination, or Examination Under Oath or “EUO”, where an insurance company representative who is usually a lawyer will ask you questions about your claim before a court reporter who will type every word you say in response to make a permanent record. This can be an intimidating process and you are entitled to have a lawyer present for your EUO if you so choose. Even if the insurance company wants to simply take a recorded statement or look around your property, you are entitled to have an attorney present. We are equipped to provide such representation to you. So do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation should you receive any request by your insurance company to submit to a Neutral Evaluation, EUO or home inspection, or for a consultation regarding any step of the claims process.
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Signs that you may have sinkhole activity

The following maybe signs of damage caused by sinkholes:

  • Interior: Cracking in your Walls, Floors, Doors & Windows do not open or close properly.
  • Exterior: Cracks in Stucco, Block, Driveways, Patios, Pool decks.
  • Landscape: Fresh exposures on Foundations, Trees, Fencing or other objects.
  • Depressions or Wilting of small, circular areas of vegetation because the moisture is draining into the sinkhole that is developing below the surface.
  • Ponding: small ponds of rainfall forming where water has not collected before.
  • Water: Unusual sediment in water supply.
  • If you experience any of the signs above and your neighbors have already reported sinkhole activity.

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