Have You Been the Victim of Sinkhole Damage?
Many people across Tennessee and around the country have started to experience damage to their homes that may be unlike anything many of us have experienced before. If soft spots have started to develop in your yard or a cavity has started to open up in the ground and this has caused damage to your home, then you may have been experiencing sinkhole damage. Sinkholes happen when large amounts of water come in contact with minerals and rock and cause cavities to form. Sinkhole activity is most common in places where there are large amounts of water or the construction of lakes and rivers. They have been happening more often because there have been large amounts of groundwater movement. If you have this type of damage, one of the experienced attorneys at The Higgins Firm may be able to help you with your claim.
What Are Some Common Signs of Sinkhole Damage To Look for?
Many other factors can cause soil and property damage to a home besides sinkholes, so it is important to know what to look for before contacting your insurance company about sinkhole claims. Some common signs of this activity are:
- Noticeable cracking in the inside of the home
- Soft spots around plants in and around the yard
- Doors and windows become almost impossible to close
- Large amounts of standing water that was not there before
- Actual forming of a cavity in the ground
Steps that Need To Be Taken When Dealing with Sinkhole Damage
First, the insurance company should be contacted about the damage and the claim. Then they will send out experts to do testing and see if the damage was really due to a sinkhole. If it was in fact sinkhole damage, then it is the insurance company's responsibility to determine how they will handle compensation and repairs regarding your claim and your damage. If you do not agree with how the insurance company handles your situation, then it is best to contact an experienced attorney.
Steps an Attorney Will Take To Help with Your Claim
If you decide to hire an experienced Tennessee sinkhole attorney, then they will hear your case and help you review the results from your sinkhole testing. If they are able to determine that your claim is valid, then they may hire their own experts and specialists to test your property again. An appeal will be filed under law because your claim was denied. Then they will work with you and your insurance company to make sure you get the compensation you deserve for the damage that was caused. They may even be able to help you find an experienced contractor to help with the repairs. At The Higgins Firm, we personally have experienced damage due to flooding and even sinkholes. We want to make sure you know that there is something you can do and that there are people here to help you. If you or someone you know is the victim of a sinkhole and its damage, please contact one of our sinkhole damage attorneys right away. We will make sure your case is heard and you get the treatment you deserve.
Contact us online or call us at 800-705-2121 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.