Category: Sinkholes in the News

January 31, 2013 by Morgan Barfield

Citizens occasionally has meetings to discuss the status of different claims they are dealing with. Sinkholes are usually the hot topic these days. During these meeting Citizens discussed several different aspects of the sinkhole claims. First, the volume of claims. It was disclosed that the number of claims received were down by 27% compared to…

January 30, 2013 by Morgan Barfield

In the past ten years or so sinkhole cases very rarely went to trial. They are extremely risky for insurance companies since they have to pay attorney fees, costs and interest if they lose and unless you are Citizens could face bad faith damages as well. For an insurance company to lose a trial it…

October 15, 2012 by Morgan Barfield

Our firm has been working a huge sinkhole case in the New Port Richey area for the past several years. It involves a large condo rental community insured for approximately $16,000,000. The carrier is Citizens and as usual with Citizens we do not expect the case to settle prior to trial. The case has been…

August 9, 2012 by Morgan Barfield

Sometimes in your legal career its all about just doing the right thing and trying to make it right for a client. We have discussed a case against Citizens in the past where the homeowner filed a sinkhole claim, was informed she had coverage, they tested, found sinkhole, filed the report with the county and…

August 4, 2012 by Morgan Barfield

We discussed an upcoming trial last month against State Farm. The trial concluded on Wednesday with a victory for the homeowner, albeit not everything he asked for. This was a different case. The homeowner suffered a confirmed sinkhole and, as State Farm demanded, repaired his home to State Farm’s engineer’s specifications. Post-grout, he continued to…