Fires and Explosions
When a fire or explosion results in significant property damage or serious personal injury, an investigation of the "origin and cause" inevitably follows. In many cases, the evidence developed during the investigation determines whether a lawsuit will be initiated against a product manufacturer or supplier and, if so, whether the defendant will be able to mount an aggressive defense. Ellis & Winters attorneys are intimately familiar with NFPA 921 and the investigatory process. We are frequently retained by product manufacturers and suppliers as soon as they are placed on notice of a fire. Together with a team of nationally recognized experts, we attempt to prevent litigation at the outset by assembling evidence that debunks an alleged causal association between the product and the fire. When litigation is inevitable, we capitalize on the investigatory process to build the best defense available under the facts. By representing clients aggressively at the investigatory stage, Ellis & Winters attorneys place our clients in the best position to reduce the expense and risk of litigation and trial.