Repairing potholes requires a city to spend a considerable amount of money out of an annual operations budget. However, potholes pale in comparison to the amount of money a county has to pay out because of the development of a sinkhole.
In 2017, a woman driving in the Studio City section of Los Angeles County fell 20 feet into a massive sinkhole. According to the lawsuit filed by the woman, the sinkhole contained raw sewage, which she had to deal with for several hours before a Los Angeles County rescue team pulled her out of the sinkhole. Before a judge had the opportunity to rule on the case, the sinkhole injury lawyers representing the woman agreed to settle the lawsuit with Los Angeles County for $4 million.
As a form of personal injury law, sinkhole injuries do not receive the same attention as other types of personal law cases, such as car accidents and product liability cases. However, because of increasing media scrutiny, especially for sinkholes caused by the negligence of a corporation or government agency, sinkhole injuries have become one of the primary types of personal injury litigation for the lawyers at Morgan & Morgan.
With a nationwide presence, Morgan & Morgan handles sinkhole injury cases in places such as Florida and California, where the incidence of sinkhole lawsuits has increased over the past 10 years. One of the most important reasons for hiring a personal injury litigator from Morgan & Morgan is to discover what type of law applies to your unique case. Another reason to get an experienced sinkhole injury lawyer involved with your case is to ensure you receive just compensation for the financial losses that are associated with your injuries.
Sinkhole accidents can cause serious injuries that quickly rack up medical bills that run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Take action today by contacting one of the sinkhole injury lawyers at Morgan & Morgan to schedule a free case evaluation.
How Does Science Define a Sinkhole?
Sinkholes require a certain type of topography called karst rock to develop underground. Karst topography consists of easy to dissolve rocks such as limestone and dolomite. When in contact with moisture, the carbonate-rich rocks start to disintegrate, and eventually, the loss of matter can lead to the ground surrounding the rocks to lose structural support. The rocks that form karst topography are found throughout the United States, but certain regions such as the Southeast experience more sinkholes than average because of the composition of the soil. Sinkholes develop as wide as hundreds of acres and as deep as more than 10 feet.