Tough Advocacy For Sinkhole Accident Victims
A sinkhole is a hole in the ground that is created when the surface layer collapses. Sinkholes can occur through natural means such as the erosion of bedrock or a lessening of the water table. Natural sinkholes are often due to some geological formation. Sinkholes can also occur through human conduct. Mines can collapse, water mains can break, sewers can collapse and pipes can give way. Improper excavation techniques can also create sinkholes. Changing water-draining patterns, creating new water diversion structures or changing the landscapes through industrial runoff can also create a sinkhole.
If the reasons for a sinkhole are due to human negligence, then victims who are injured in any way have the right to hold wrongdoers accountable. That is where Crandall & Pera Law comes in. We have the experience and resources to handle any type of construction-related injury claim. We work with professionals to understand what caused the surface layer to collapse. We work with doctors to determine the full extent of your injuries.
Injuries can happen if a car or a person is at the spot where and when the sinkhole collapses. Smaller sinkholes can cause a vehicle crash while a driver is operating the vehicle.
The possibility of a sinkhole collapse should be explored by construction site owners and contractors before any work begins and during the work stages. This is especially true if the construction is in a mine or on a street where collapses are likely and injuries can be serious or even deadly. If proper precautions were not taken, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the construction company in charge of the site.
You may also be able to file a claim against the government. Ohio and local governments typically have the duty to maintain the roads they own. When construction crews are called out to fix a road or build a new road, government often makes that request for work. Governments should hire competent work crews and conduct their own investigations to make sure sinkhole accidents do not happen.
Suing the government is different than other lawsuits. Typically, the government has to be given notice of the claim within six months of the accident. Governments often try to say they are immune from lawsuits. Some exceptions do apply. Our firm makes sure the right procedures are used in governmental claims, and we argue that the government should be held accountable.
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Sinkhole accidents can cause severe physical damage for victims who are unlucky to fall into one, be crushed by one, or impacted by one. At Crandall & Pera Law, we are ready to help you get the compensation you deserve. We know how to prepare a case with your best interests in mind.