Category: Sinkhole Lawyers

July 14, 2017 by Ted Corless

Attorney Ted Corless is on the scene investigating the latest large sinkhole incident in the State of Florida. A large sinkhole opened on the morning of July 14 and it has already swallowed two homes. Authorities are scrambling to keep people safe from the massive, fast-growing sinkhole. Corless learned repairs were done on the sinkhole…

January 1, 2017 by Morgan Barfield

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 interesting…

September 29, 2016 by Morgan Barfield

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 after…

September 13, 2016 by Morgan Barfield

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 that…

June 12, 2016 by Morgan Barfield

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 same…

May 30, 2016 by Morgan Barfield

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. (More…

May 23, 2016 by Morgan Barfield

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 they…

March 11, 2016 by Morgan Barfield

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 is…