Kightlinger & Gray, LLP has a long history of handling fire losses, ranging from automobile and residential losses to major commercial and industrial losses. We represent clients in defense of first party actions involving allegations of arson and fraud, as well as third party claims involving all types of fires and explosions, including many high profile losses in Indiana. We take pride in being available at any time to respond to a fire scene or explosion investigation immediately after the incident has occurred. The initial investigation can often be critical to help identify needed expertise and to address issues of notice to all interested parties, as well as to coordinate inspections and the preservation of evidence.
Many of us have working relationships with the independent origin and cause forensic experts, as well as experts from a variety of other disciplines who might become crucial to any given investigation. This rapport with the experts typically involved in fire loss investigations makes for a very thorough initial investigation and minimizes the amount of any backfilling that needs to be done should an investigation evolve into litigation.
We are also routinely retained by many of our insurance company clients to pursue subrogation claims throughout the state. Prosecuting fire subrogation claims for our insurance company clients and defending such cases on behalf of insureds of those same insurance company clients provides the attorneys of Kightlinger & Gray, LLP subrogation and fire-related casualties group with a unique perspective from which to view fire and explosion cases. We believe that this perspective allows us to more effectively represent and advise our clients concerning the difficulties often encountered in fire-related litigation.
Our commitment remains one of efficient claim handling and early resolution in order to maximize recovery in the subrogation context or minimize exposure and expense in the defense context. As fire-related losses can be expert and discovery intensive, care must be taken throughout the process to strike the appropriate balance between expert and other litigation expenses and the client’s ultimate resolution strategy.
The firm is an ongoing and active member of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) and regularly conducts educational meetings for the local Indiana Chapter of NASP.