Category: Sinkholes in the News

September 29, 2016 by Morgan Barfield

The Johnson v. Omega Insurance case In 2010, the firm represented Kathy Johnson in a case against her insurance company, Omega Insurance. Omega had denied her sinkhole claim under the premise that there was no significant damage to her home. We hired another engineering firm who did more testing and found clear evidence of sinkhole…

September 9, 2016 by Morgan Barfield

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 similar…

Why does Florida have so many sinkholes?
September 5, 2016 by Morgan Barfield

Why does Florida have so many sinkholes? With the ever-present threat of sinkholes for Florida’s property owners, it’s reasonable to ask why there are so many sinkholes in Florida as opposed to any other state. To understand the answer to this question, one must understand what causes sinkholes in the first place. Why does Florida…

March 25, 2016 by Morgan Barfield

Citizens sends “settlement” letters Citizens Insurance has recently executed a public relations move that may sound great to insureds but is no surprise for legal professionals. This move is sending “settlement” offers to every insured client with a confirmed sinkhole claim. This offer is three pages long and largely too good to be true. “Confidential…

September 24, 2013 by Morgan Barfield

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 stance…