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Sinkhole Insurance No Help for Pasco Homeowner – Thanks for Nothing!

Posted in Catestrophic Ground Cover Collapse, Insurance Policy, Sinkhole, Uncategorized

Yesterday, a large sinkhole opened up in the driveway of a Pasco County homeowner.  I attached a picture of the sinkhole – which I’m sure was quite a surprise to the homeowner when she began to back out of her garage yesterday morning!  The question now arises – would this issue be covered under your… Continue Reading

Sinkhole Stabilization Repair Program – Only Suckers Need Apply

Posted in Citizens Property Insurance, Laws, Legislature, Sinkhole, Uncategorized

As part of an ongoing effort to give the shaft to Florida consumers, a bill was recently filed with the Florida Legislature which would greatly restrict – or even eliminate – the rights of property owners attempting to properly repair damage caused to their homes by sinkhole activity.  Senate Bill 416 (blandly titled, “Sinkhole Coverage”) is a… Continue Reading

Dunedin Sinkhole Saga – The REAL Facts

Posted in Catestrophic Ground Cover Collapse, Citizens Property Insurance, Grout, Insurance, Sinkhole, Uncategorized

By now, you’ve most likely seen the stories about the large sinkhole that opened in Dunedin, Florida this week.  The Dupre family was awakened early Wednesday morning to what sounded like someone noisily attempting to break into their house.  Upon inspection, the homeowners were shocked to see that their entire back porch was sliding into… Continue Reading

Citizens Denying Claims While Paying Its Lawyers Million$$ of Dollars

Posted in Citizens Property Insurance, Insurance, Insurance Policy, Sinkhole, Uncategorized

Citizens Property Insurance Corporation has been earning a reputation for systematically denying almost every insurance claim asserted by its policyholders.  Instead of honoring valid claims, Citizens spends millions of dollars each month “defending” claims – the same type of claims that other insurance companies would routinely pay without question.  Although those of us in the… Continue Reading

Failed Sinkhole Repair? The Insurance Company is Still Responsible.

Posted in Grout, Insurance, Lawyer, Repair, Sinkhole, Uncategorized

Over the past year or so, we have been getting an increasing number of calls from property owners who continue to experience sinkhole damage to their property – even after their property has been repaired by the insurance company!  The factual circumstances are almost always the same – the insurance company mandates that the insured repair the… Continue Reading

Jury Verdict against Tower Hill Select Insurance Company – Justice Prevails!

Posted in Experts, Insurance, Sinkhole, Uncategorized

For the past three years, my clients have had to battle with their insurance carrier, Tower Hill Select Insurance Company, to obtain coverage for the repair of damage caused to their home by sinkhole activity.  Time and time again, Tower Hill Select refused to provide any assistance to our clients and instead, threatened to pursue legal action against… Continue Reading

Citizens Property Insurance Ignores Neutral Evaluation Process

Posted in Citizens Property Insurance, Insurance, Legislature, Neutral Evaluation, Sinkhole, Uncategorized

Back in 2007, the insurance industry lobbied for the passage of an alternative dispute resolution mechanism for disputed sinkhole claims – a process which they cleverly entitled “Neutral Evaluation”.  The concept was that if there was a disagreement between a property owner and an insurance company as to any issue related to a sinkhole claim,… Continue Reading

Catastrophic Ground Cover Collapse Coverage? WORTHLESS!

Posted in Insurance, Insurance Policy, Laws, Legislature, Sinkhole

Back in the good old days of yore (which, at this point, was approximately 4 years ago), whenever an insurance company provided you with a policy of homeowner’s insurance, it automatically included coverage for any damage caused by sinkhole activity.  In 2007, as part of the insurance industry’s never ending attempt to limit coverage to its clients, insurance… Continue Reading

But They Said the Sinkhole Was Fixed – What Now?

Posted in Experts, Grout, Insurance, Insurance Policy, Laws, Pin Piles, Repair, Sinkhole

Over the past several years, many homeowners in Florida have had the misfortune of incurring damage to their property as the result of sinkhole activity. For many homeowners, the headaches and inconvenience caused by having to undergo the initial repair of this damage turned out to only be the beginning of the battle. In almost every… Continue Reading

What is so “Neutral” about Neutral Evaluation?

Posted in Experts, Insurance, Insurance Policy, Laws, Legislature, Neutral Evaluation, Repair, Sinkhole

If you’ve filed an insurance claim for sinkhole related damage in the past few years in Florida, you’ve most likely seen the term “neutral evaluation” in various correspondence or heard the term mentioned by an insurance adjuster.  A few years ago, the Florida Legislature enacted a law whereby if there is a disagreement as to whether sinkhole activity… Continue Reading

Hire an Insurance Claim Lawyer? Won’t the Insurance Company look out for me?

Posted in Insurance, Insurance Policy, Laws, Lawyer, Sinkhole, Storm Damage, Water Damage

After watching scores of television commercials and other paid advertisements touting the supporting and nurturing nature of insurance companies, one can’t help but feel that the “good hands people” will always act “like a good neighbor” once a policy holder incurs a loss.  After years of practicing insurance claims law, we have learned the unfortunate truth that insurance companies – like all… Continue Reading