Fire and property damage claims present a unique issue. The cause of the damage may often be lost to time, even through a poorly conducted investigation by someone else. The attorneys at Issaquah Law Group are knowledgeable in fire and property damage investigation, and have even litigated the largest fire loss case in Washington history. We enlist the experts needed to ensure your interests are properly preserved. We handle these complex matters from the inception of the incident through trial.
Obtained summary judgment dismissal of $48 Million fire loss claim where insurance company claimed its insured’s building was destroyed due to a fire allegedly caused by the negligence of our client, a nearby business, despite a widespread fire in the surrounding neighborhoods that had been started by an arsonist, and which had destroyed our client’s business, as well as several other nearby businesses.
Represented general contractor in largest fire loss case in Washington State history. Consolidated Plaintiffs alleged our client engaged in inappropriate welding activities, starting the fire. Through thorough investigation, we were able to show the subcontractor was performing metal cutting, the fire investigation was fatally flawed in that it did not bother to record the location of the point of origin, and negligence of the Washington State Department of Transportation was an intervening factor which led to the spread of, and the majority of damage caused by, the fire. This allowed for a settlement which allowed the client to remain in business, despite severe excess exposure.
Obtained summary judgment dismissal of retailer in fire claim where plaintiff had no proof fire was caused by negligent installation as opposed to faulty condition within the product itself.
Obtained pre-filing walk away of claim where early investigation with counsel and expert witnesses revealed origin of fire was not the product claimed, but an unrelated product which claimant had initially claimed could not have been involved in fire.