Given the unique geographical location of South Carolina, fatal accidents and injuries can be easily caused by sinkholes and other naturally occurring ecological disruptions. If you have been injured due to a sinkhole, please contact the Anastopoulo Law Firm today. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to litigate successfully on your behalf.
Regardless of whether you are the owner of property containing sinkholes, or have been injured by a sinkhole accident, the Anastopoulo Law Firm can provide the legal representation and advice that you deserve. Reach out to us today by calling (800) 313-AKIM(2546).
Understanding Sinkhole Personal Injury Law
A sinkhole is a cavity depression in the earth caused by water erosion that is often found in land possessing limestone bedrocks. Last year, the presence of sinkholes on South Carolina land created craters across the state that produced enhanced risks of personal injuries to innocent bystanders. According to the United States Geological Survey, even the smallest sinkhole can be more dangerous than it may seem at first glance. Sinkholes can naturally occur when water enters below the surface, and the amount of water becomes so large that it attempts to flow outward. In recent years, because of increased construction and building, sinkholes occur most often when underground pipes or other water dispersing products burst, creating new underground routes for the trapped water to flow.
Sinkholes present significant risk of injury if someone falls in. In 2013, concerns about sinkholes became more pronounced when a Florida man fell to his death into a 20-foot wide sinkhole that, unbeknownst to him, was located under his home. In addition to presenting risk of accidents and injury, sinkholes also raise insurance liability claims for the property where the sinkhole exists. A property owner with an insurance policy for their land should be capable of recovering compensation for damages and injuries caused by the presence of a sinkhole. However, the following issues can affect insurance recovery from sinkholes:
- Whether the sinkhole is present on private or public property;
- The property owner’s knowledge of the sinkhole’s existence;
- Whether the property owner who knew of the sinkhole’s existence took proper precautions to warn others of its presence;
- If routine inspections of the property were conducted by an insurance coverage provider; and
- Whether a property owner acted negligently with regards to the sinkhole and/or the injured party.
Contact the Anastopoulo Law Firm Now For Your Free Case Evaluation
Sinkhole’s are ecological occurrences that can cause fatalities and other serious injuries. At the Anastopoulo Law Firm, we can provide legal representation and advice to property owners and those injured by sinkhole accidents. Contact our South Carolina personal injury attorneys today for a consultation and to begin working on your case.