Our client came to us because his insurance claim for sinkhole damage had been denied by State Farm Insurance Company. Prior to our involvement in the case, State Farm had paid two separate experts to render opinions that our client’s house had not been affected by sinkhole activity, despite the fact that several other homes in the neighborhood – including his immediate neighbor’s home – had been confirmed as sinkhole-damaged properties. State Farm had also obtained a “neutral evaluator” who gave the requested opinion that the property had not been affected by sinkhole activity.
After presenting the case to a jury during a weeklong trial, the jury agreed with us that sinkhole activity was the cause of damage to our client’s property. The court awarded our client an amount of money equal to 150% of his insurance policy limits, plus accrued interest on that amount from the date the claim was filed and additional amounts for attorney’s fees and costs.