Kasdorf, Lewis & Swietlik regularly provides legal representation and client advice regarding major fires, gas explosions, and chemical explosions, including the largest property loss catastrophes inside Wisconsin. Our senior fire practice attorneys have decades of Hands On fire and explosion scene investigation experience and courtroom victories involving fire, explosion and property loss litigation. Our fire practice attorneys have been invited guest lecturers at professional association meetings of fire investigators and forensic engineers including the Wisconsin Chapter International Association of Arson Investigators and have presented fire litigation seminars to insurance company claims departments and property claims professional associations.
Kasdorf, Lewis & Swietlik has specialized knowledge and legal expertise to apply and enforce the requirements of NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations at fire scenes and to develop appropriate protocols for handling, collection and testing of physical evidence recovered after fire and explosion losses. Our law firm has been instrumental in applying and enforcing professional investigation techniques and evidence collection standards at Wisconsin fire and explosion scenes. Garfoot v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co., 228 Wis. 2d 707, 599 N.W.2d 411 (Wisconsin Ct. App. 1999). Our attorneys have defended and prosecuted hundreds of fire and explosion lawsuits involving electrical and mechanical fire causation, LP and natural gas fires and explosions, and hazardous condition property losses. Our attorneys know, and regularly work with, the best qualified Wisconsin based Origin and Cause investigators and forensic fire engineers and, when appropriate, national practice fire investigators and forensic engineering expert witnesses.
Whether you have just received notice of a potential fire liability claim and are rushing to respond to Defendant’s one time opportunity to inspect and collect fire scene evidence while it remains undisturbed and fresh, or whether you need to undertake immediate investigation to professionally and competently identify Origin and Cause evidence and assess potential subrogation rights following a multi-million dollar industrial fire or explosion loss, our attorneys are prepared and well qualified to assist you. There is no fire, explosion, catastrophic injury and property loss event occurring inside Wisconsin that cannot be professionally investigated “on the ground” and fully litigated in the courtroom by the attorneys at Kasdorf, Lewis & Swietlik.