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Sinkholes in the News

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
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 [...]

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
28
2016

Scientists discover deepest oceanic sinkhole in the world

Tweet Scientists have discovered a sinkhole in the ocean off the South China Sea that they believe to be the deepest ever recorded. This one called the Dragon Hole has been recorded at 300 meters or 987 feet deep. The previous record holder was the Blue Hole in the Bahamas at 202 meters. The hole [...]

Sep
9
2016

Sinkholes in NYC?

Tweet Thats right, well kind of. A sinkhole opened up on the Upper West Side of New York swallowing a BMW and part of a dance studio several weeks ago. Granted the sinkhole was the result of a water main break and not necessarily natural causes like we associate with sinkholes here in Florida. In [...]

Sep
5
2016

How does a hurricane affect sinkholes?

Tweet While the two may seem completely unrelated, a hurricane on the surface and a sinkhole below the ground, hurricanes, storms and heavy rains can have a dramatic impact on sinkhole formation. In fact, heavy rain may be the biggest driving force in sinkhole development. Everyone probably thinks of sinkhole activity as a hole below [...]

Dec
12
2013

Citizens sends out “settlement” letters to every insured, 5 reasons why this is ridiculous

Tweet Citizens has decided to try to restore its public image and send out “settlement” offers to every one of its insureds with a confirmed sinkhole claim. The offer is three pages long and is clearly a form letter with nothing but the dates and names changed. This “offer” is a joke and here is [...]

Nov
18
2013

Sinkhole in Dunedin, I'm sure you have heard

Tweet I am guessing I am not telling you anything you do not know if you follow sinkhole news but there was a massive sinkhole in Dunedin that opened up last week resulting in at least two homes having to be destroyed. The hole opened after several days of grouting had taken place. The hole [...]

Sep
24
2013

Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times bash Citizens litigation tactics

Tweet The Miami Herald printed an article on September 21st that was soon followed up by the Tampa Bay Times the next day bashing Citizens for the litigation tactics and for denying claims. I appreciate the articles mostly because it exposes Citizens for what we see everyday in the legal community. Citizens has taken the [...]

Aug
17
2013

Orlando Sentinel article does a good job providing a summary of most asked sinkhole questions

Tweet Q&A: What you should know about sinkholes August 12, 2013|By Eloísa Ruano González, Orlando Sentinel A 100-foot-wide sinkhole that swallowed buildings at the Summer Bay Resort near Walt Disney World late Sunday was a sudden — and scary — reminder that sinkholes are a Florida reality. Quick evacuations meant that no one was injured. [...]