You see them in photographs on websites and as moving images on the nightly news. Where you do not want to see one develop is in your backyard or the middle of a four-lane superhighway. They form without giving any advanced notice, as if an invisible magician walked over a parcel of land while waving a wand.
They are called sinkholes, which have become an increasingly serious health hazard in the United States.
Once considered the exclusive domain of Gulf Coast states such as Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, sinkholes can develop anywhere in the United States where there is the perfect combination of soil and moisture content. For example, the New Madrid Fault region covering the Bootheel of Missouri, Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky, Western Tennessee, and Northeastern Arkansas is fertile ground for the development of sinkholes.
In addition to an incredible amount of property damage, a sinkhole can cause catastrophic injuries that take years to recover from if a victim receives the finest medical care. If you sustain injuries caused by the development of a sinkhole, you should know the answer to the question, “What to do if I get injured in a sinkhole?” The first thing to do is receive medical treatment for your injuries. After taking care of your injuries, you should contact a personal injury attorney to schedule a free case evaluation.
For over 30 years, the personal injury lawyers at Morgan & Morgan have helped clients recover more than $15 billion in monetary damages. Because of the rise in the number of sinkhole injury cases, we specialize in helping clients file a sinkhole personal injury claim with their insurance companies, as well as prepare a persuasive case before filing a civil lawsuit that seeks just compensation.
Schedule a free case evaluation with one of the experienced personal injury attorneys at Morgan & Morgan.