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Morgan Barfield

who has written 376 posts for Sinkhole Damage Blog.

Feb
28
2017

If you are going to file a sinkhole claim don’t wait

Tweet One common issue we run into is the timing of sinkhole damage and the timeliness of when a homeowner reports the problems to their carrier. While most sinkhole damage appears gradually and gradually worsens over time and most homeowners don’t inspect their house all day every day, homeowners are still expected and required to [...]

Feb
20
2017

Why forced placed coverage is so horrible

Tweet I have posted numerous times on this but I can’t get enough of it and apparently no one listens to me. Forced placed policies are policies purchased by your mortgage company when you fail to buy a policy on your own. Forced placed policies often go hand in hand with homeowners that are in [...]

Feb
12
2017

What does catastrophic coverage actually cover?

Tweet In light of some recent discussions on catastrophic ground cover collapse (or CGCC) it may be a good time to recap what that coverage actually covers. CGCC is a mandatory coverage included in all Florida policies as long as it is a policy written by a domestic carrier (companies like Loyds of London or [...]

Feb
8
2017

Another Orlando resort in danger of a sinkhole collapse

Tweet Bahama Bay, a condo resort community just miles from Disney World experienced a terrifying event none of us hope to be a part of. A 30 foot sinkhole opened up the morning of Friday December 9th and forced the evacuation of the building which has since been declared uninhabitable in its current state. Our [...]

Dec
31
2016

Happy new year

Tweet Just wanting to wish a happy new year and a thank you to everyone we worked with this year. 2016 was a fantastic year. We went undefeated in every trial, won a huge Supreme Court appeal and negotiated some truly remarkable settlements. 2017 looks just as good if not better with some large and [...]

Dec
29
2016

Downfalls of a forced placed insurance policy

Tweet Many people come into my office with policies that their own mortgage company bought. Most don’t see what the big deal is and never even thought about changing it. These are bad, bad policies that no homeowner should carry unless absolutely faced with no other choice. Essentially, if you have a mortgage you have [...]

Dec
16
2016

Johnson v. Omega continues to grow teeth

Tweet We wrote about a case this firm handled from the trial court assisting up to the Florida Supreme Court in September. The case, Johnson v. Omega, has become a hallmark whenever attorney fee issues arise in sinkhole claims now. It really has set the standard moving forward and put insurance companies on notice to [...]

Dec
12
2016

Getting the firm more active in the property management community

Tweet Over the years our firm has become more and more active in the property and community management community. We have decided to join several organizations dedicated to providing services to property managers as well as HOA board members. It is such a fun group and very informative for us to learn the inner workings [...]

Dec
9
2016

Corless Barfield gets great result for client in Ocala structural damage trial

Tweet It has been a busy trial season and our trial team had another successful result in November. The trial was focused solely on the issue of whether structural damage was present or not, without anyone having even tested for sinkhole activity, the first of its kind as far as we can tell. The trial [...]

Sep
30
2016

Corless Barfield wins sinkhole trial in Hillsborough County

Tweet Our firm took a denied sinkhole claim on a commercial property here in Tampa Florida to a jury last week and prevailed. The trial lasted four days and the jury returned a verdict in favor of our client, a local business owner, Thursday afternoon. The insurance company presented four experts and a corporate representative [...]