Category: Sinkhole Lawyers

August 7, 2011 by Morgan Barfield

This past week State Farm Florida Insurance decided to try its luck in a claim where State Farm”s experts had denied sinkhole activity was affecting their insured”s property. After nearly five days of testimony the Hillsborough County jury returned a verdict in favor of the homeowner, not only confirming that State farm should have provided…

September 27, 2010 by Morgan Barfield

As Florida”™s sinkhole issues continue to become national news, the recently decided to get into the fray. Unfortunately, the article had a very pro-insurance slant and went out of its way to place those fighting for homeowners in a very negative light. The article focuses on public adjusters here in Florida and their role in…

July 12, 2010 by Morgan Barfield

Sometimes the website are designed to inform, persuade, or, honestly, confuse you about the issues, each for their own reason. Our purpose is to provide you the most balanced sinkhole information available, so that you can make informed decisions, whether you are attempting to determine whether to file a sinkhole claim, repair a sinkhole home, or determine whether to file a sinkhole lawsuit. This may be too much information for some, or too little for others, but we believe it suits most.






May 11, 2010 by Morgan Barfield

Ted Corless is getting involved in a pro bono (that’s free) capacity, representing as many as 71 homeowners in about 5 counties, to see if he can shut this guy down or make him resolve the problems so many of these people are having. I know from my experience that cracking, settlement damage, or subsidence at homes cannot be resolved by simply painting the cracks. You have to resolve the problem be it related to sinkholes, clay damage, or construction defects. Taking money from elderly people and then painting their driveways for such large sums of money appears to be getting Mr. Stanko into a lot of heat.






May 10, 2010 by Morgan Barfield

Essentially, the insurance company is taking a position that they want to cancel or “rescind” your policy because you failed to provide information that you either knew they wanted, or should have known to disclose. Honestly, in my experience, these defenses are about as thin as they come. Not a defense I would make, when I represented insurance companies. Here are the issues you are dealing with, when an insurance claim asserts what is commonly referred to as an “MMR” defense to your claim, which stands for “material misrepresentation” on the application.






April 28, 2010 by Morgan Barfield

Any suggestions on how to hire a public adjuster for my sinkhole claim, or should I hire a sinkhole attorney? There are reasons to do both. For purposes of this question, I would suggest you contact the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (FAPIA), who provides a good framework for people looking for these services.