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Insurance companies battle while sinkhole swallows Hillsborough home

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Josephina Sosa has been battling been battling insurance companies for five years, trying to get her home fixed. Josephina Sosa has been battling been battling insurance companies for five years, trying to get her home fixed.
Josephina Sosa has been battling been battling insurance companies for five years, trying to get her home fixed. Josephina Sosa has been battling been battling insurance companies for five years, trying to get her home fixed.
Josephina Sosa says she's at her wit's end.

For five years, she's been battling insurance companies, trying to get her home fixed. A sinkhole swallowed up her pool and there are numerous cracks in her home on Turner Drive in Palm River.

Five years ago, she filed a claim with her insurance company for sinkhole damage. Her company at the time, Sunshine State Insurance, hired an engineering firm which determined sinkhole damage did exist. So why didn't the company pay to fix the problem?

Sosa says the company claimed it was a pre-existing condition and Citizens Insurance is responsible.

Maria Barrios is Sosa's friend and translated for her, as she only speaks Spanish. She says she called Hillsborough County Code enforcement yesterday, looking for help.

"These two individuals came from the county," Barrios translated.

Related: Hillsborough homeowner says insurance companies won't pay for sinkhole

"She has a case number. We called, they came over, took pictures. Yes, she does have a sinkhole, really bad. Her swimming pool is going to sink first."

Sosa is a single mother. She and her teenage daughter and son have been sleeping in the front room of the home. The room farthest away from the sinkhole. But she wonders, is it far enough?

She hired an attorney, who is in the process of filing a motion to have a judge determine which insurance company is responsible to pay for the damage.

Sunshine Insurance issued a statement saying "Since this matter is involved in litigation, we believe it would not be appropriate to make any statements or comments about this case."

Sosa says she just wants someone to fix the issue. Soon.

"Five years waiting," Barrios translated for Sosa.

"What are they waiting for? For her to die?"

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