Knowing the Difference Can Help You Avoid Costly Pitfalls in Selecting and Instructing Experts
Expert witnesses are the lynchpin of fire and explosion cases. If an expert is insufficiently qualified or performs poorly in the heat of litigation, even a most promising case can sour quickly. In many fire cases, the insurance claims handler or SIU supervisor are under severe time pressures to hire one or more experts for a given case, often without the help of the attorney who will ultimately handle the case. Without having experienced first-hand the ways that expert testimony can go wrong in depositions or trials, they are at a disadvantage in selecting and instructing experts.
There are a plethora of arson cases decided every year and it can be time consuming to follow each ruling. These cases can contradict others and may be decided based on the specifics of a particular jurisdiction. But, there are 5 Critical Cases claims personnel should know. These cases are the basics and the building blocks for all the others.
Fire claims, and particularly those involving intentionally set fires, pose unique and tricky issues for the claims representative. These issues range from the legal and moral battles of Good vs. Evil, to potential Bad Faith disasters (if not handled properly). This webinar will focus 5 things or tools a beginning claim representative should consider when handling a fire claim.
ATTORNEYS: A FRESH LOOK AT THE 2014 EDITIONS OF NFPA 1033 AND 921
In 2014, and for the first time in sixteen years, the NFPA published in the same year new editions of both NFPA 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator and NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations. While the changes in the new editions of these industry standards have tremendous potential to improve the quality of fire investigations, they also provide additional ammunition to attorneys wanting to challenge investigators in court. In this webinar, two fire attorneys will share their insights into the most significant of these changes from a litigation perspective.