At the turn of the last century America was booming. Industries were sprouting up and America was just returning home from war. We were also building our towns and cities are remarkable rates. During this time we built the infrastructure that would last us 100 years. The problem is, we have done little since that time to maintain this infrastructure.
If you look around our country today you will see crumbling roads and bridges and bursting water pipes. In fact, its so bad that I have been told by city officials here in Charleston that they basically run around all day fixing leaks from these 100 year old water pipes. In some smaller towns they have names for these old pipes and often refer to them as "old collapsing clay pipes."
These types of water pipe problems have led to a unique phenomena that is becoming more prevalent in recent years here in West Virginia -- sinkholes.
A recent client (16 year old child) stepped into a sinkhole caused by a local municipality's inability to correct the problem it knew about. This client was lucky that he only broke his ankle, but other around the country have not been so lucky, and these sinkholes have been known to cause death. Children are most susceptible to these sinkholes.
As our infrastructure continues to deteriorate injuries will result if we do not take the steps to invest in new bridges, roads, and pipes. At Gaskins Law Group, we are West Virginia Sinkhole Lawyers and we know how to represent those injured as a result of these odd occurrences. Call us if you or someone you know, especially a child, has become injured as a result of sinkholes.
Seth S. Gaskins, Esq.