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Sinkhole Lawyers

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
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 [...]

Sep
29
2016

Corless Barfield wins huge case in front of Florida Supreme Court in Johnson v. Omega Insurance

Tweet In 2010 my firm assumed representation of Kathy Johnson, an insured in Ocala with horrific damage to her home. Her claim was denied by Tower Hill (also named Omega Insurance). We hired another engineering firm who did more testing and found clear evidence of sinkhole activity. We moved forward with a lawsuit and shortly [...]

Sep
13
2016

Florida District Courts of Appeals continue to refuse to allow fee multipliers in sinkhole cases

Tweet As background to this issue, when a homeowner prevails against their insurance company on a sinkhole claim (or any insurance claim) the insurance company is required by statute to compensate the homeowners lawyer for their services. The court will look to how many hours the lawyer spent working on the case and then multiply [...]

Jun
12
2016

We are moving

Tweet No great legal insight here, just a notice that we are moving our offices as of June 13th. We have purchased a building just for us and our growing law firm (now five lawyers). The new office address is 6812 W. Linebaugh Ave, Tampa, Florida 33625. Phone numbers and emails will all remain the [...]

May
30
2016

How is commercial sinkhole insurance different than residential?

Tweet The coverage itself is usually quite similar. Remember that the sinkhole insurance offered here in Florida is written by Statute so all domestic insurance companies follow the same guidelines. Big differences in the coverage can arise when you have surplus lines carriers which often are the only options for a large, riskier commercial property. [...]

May
23
2016

Should I pay the $2,500 to get the sinkhole testing done when they tell me I don’t have “structural damage”?

Tweet I say no usually. Of course every situation has to be looked at uniquely but I frequently deter people away from this option. To make sure we understand what it is we are talking about, the current law requires a structural evaluation to determine whether structural damage is present at your home first. If [...]

Apr
7
2016

Supreme Court to rule on sinkhole case soon

Tweet The Supreme Court recently heard arguments in the case of Johnson v. Omega Insurance. Kathy Johnson came to our firm with a denied sinkhole claim. Despite severe damage to the building itself, the insurance company claimed that the damage was not covered under the policy and sinkhole activity was not discovered. We identified that [...]

Sep
6
2013

Tower Hill admits they were wrong but, not until a year after trial

Tweet We tried a case against Tower Hill last year where the sole issue was does chemical grout need to be performed at the property in addition to the compaction grout that the insurance company’s engineer recommended. The engineer for Tower Hill was SDII and at trial SDII testified that no way would chemical grout [...]

Sep
4
2013

Am I getting a fair offer to settle from my insurance company?

Tweet Q: I have a home with sink hole activity. My insurance company has offered me a cash settlement as soon as they received their engineer’s report.Their offer does not not cover their engineer’s estimate for ground settlement and their estimator’s cost for cosmetic repair.I am preparing a counter offer to cover these estimates. Also [...]