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Florida homeowner has multiple insurance company issues due to sinkhole
A sinkhole claimed two Florida homes this week.
One of the homeowners has had multiple insurance company issues due to cracks & other damage preceding the collapse.
The back story on this sinkhole echoes in other court cases all over.
Florida Attorney Josh Barnett represents the owners of hundreds of sinkhole homes.
"We have filed hundreds of suits against citizens based on the same exact scenario you described"
Dupre, a homeowner, said "Two years ago we saw some cracks and that is when we called the insurance company."
Michael Dupre says citizens hired their own engineer and he hired one as well.
Everyone agreed his home sat on a sinkhole but they offered two different plans for remediation.
Citizens says they are only willing to do what their expert says. In their case the Dupres hired an Attorney telling us they did not agree with citizens.
Recommended repairs which delayed the work until this week.
It was the process of going back and forth back and forth until they started repairing it.
Michael Peltier said "In an email a citizens' spokesperson told me: The litigation appears to be about payment and the repair work. Under state law we are required to have the property repaired in compliance with the assigned engineer's recommendation.
Sinkhole expert and the owner of Bracken Engineering says it is unusual for two engineers to prescribe entirely different repair plans for the same sinkhole.
Bracken said, "If the first and second opinion are black and white something is wrong."
Bracken advises that homeowners need 3 experts on board anytime they are dealing with an inspection or remediation.
"You want to make sure you have a geologist, a geo technical and a structural engineer," said Bracken.
Only time will tell if the same fate awaits others who aren't willing to settle for what their insurance company says is best.