Only this week, a Hillsborough County resident was killed when a sinkhole opened under his home in the middle of the night. J.B. was swallowed up by the earth but the five other people were able to escape. Although rescue workers tried to save J.B., they were not able to help him in time. The ground was so unstable that they had to demolish what remained of the house.
Unfortunately, sinkholes are more common in Florida as compared to other parts of the country. The Florida Sinkhole Research Institute has worked extensively to understand sinkholes and how and why they occur. In some cases, these sinkholes form over time, but in other cases, such as the tragedy of J.B., they appear suddenly and without warning.
A lot of the land in Florida is limestone and other types of easily-dissolvable rock. When there is water flowing underneath this rock, it can eat away at it and cause the earth to not be structurally sound. With thousands of sinkholes appearing across the state, these dangerous phenomenons could appear at any place at any time. In fact, according to the owner of a geology consulting company, there really is not anywhere in Florida that is not safe from sinkholes.
Since sinkholes appear naturally, the best thing people can do is to have their property tested and to take out a sinkhole insurance policy for sinkhole damage. Our team at the Distasio Law Firm has experience in handling these types of cases and will do everything possible to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve following a sinkhole case. Whether your family suffered from injury, wrongful death, or property damage, you will be able to have peace of mind knowing that a member of our team is on your side!