Wiedner & McAuliffe’s product liability team maintains a special focus on fire and explosion litigation. This combination of trial skill and focused knowledge gives our clients a strong advantage for defense and settlement of fire and explosion claims. We have a solid record of appellate success in fire and explosion litigation, preserving client victories and reversing losses before federal and state appellate courts.

We combine our understanding of investigation procedures, science and liability defense with that of our expert witnesses to create an effective defense based on:

• Chemistry, physics and materials science
• Forensic techniques
• Quantification of damages using toxicology and behavior studies, computer science and mathematical modeling
• Empirical, regulatory and historic aspects of fire and explosion testing
• Current and effective liability defense precedents

Wiedner & McAuliffe’s experience in evidence spoliation prevention and accident scene preservation favorably influences the way in that insurers deal with insurance recovery cases. Our emphasis on timely expert retention and accident investigation allows us to circumvent lengthy and expensive litigation. Our team has successfully excluded plaintiffs’ expert witnesses based on the strength of our own investigation and testimony, positioning our clients for favorable settlement, summary judgment or defense verdict.

Our professional recognition in fire and explosion defense includes leadership in the National Propane Gas Defense Association, extensive participation in the Defense Research Institute, and authorship of articles on such topics as the spoliation defense, federal preemption defenses and Illinois product liability law.