Sinkhole Attorneys in Gainesville, FL

Property & Construction Lawyers

Sinkhole problems are common in Florida. When an issue like this occurs, you should contact a construction law attorney who is experienced in sinkhole and property issues.

Sinkholes in Florida

Sinkhole identification is sometimes less than an exact science. Just because your insurance company says you don’t see a sinkhole doesn’t mean one is not opening up below the surface. You have the right to have your own experts evaluate your property. You also have the right to a neutral evaluator. In some cases, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit against your own insurance company to get the coverage you are entitled to.

The construction law attorneys at Warner, Sechrest & Butts have experience handling all phases of a sinkhole dispute.

Other Settlement and Foundation Problems

Sinkholes are not the only cause of foundation and settlement problems. “House settling” can be caused by several factors. Expansive clay is present in veins throughout Florida. If clay is too close to the foundation of a building, it can cause significant damage as it expands and contracts. Cracks in the foundation, cracks in walls and ceilings, problems with doors not closing properly because they have moved, are all problems that can be related to expansive clay. 

Failure to use the right type of material under the slab, or failure to properly compact the material under the slab, can also cause significant settlement problems. The subsurface conditions under a building should be tested and properly prepared before construction.

The board-certified construction lawyers at Warner, Sechrest & Butts have experience dealing with expansive clay and other foundation problems. Contact our Gainesville law office today.