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Residential Gas Explosion

The defendant, who was known to do a lot of tinkering around the home and working on his own cars, was planning something and had removed the cap on the gas line of his home. Of particular significance, was the fact that the defendant had sent a message to a person he was communicating with on a local dating website, where he indicated he “smelled propane and had to go see what was going on” and that he “hoped he didn’t blow the place up”. Afterwards, the defendant’s home exploded. The explosion, and subsequent fire, killed the defendant and damaged the insured’s home. The insured’s home was damaged beyond repair and had to be torn down.

Product Recalls and Defects

If you are a property adjuster, you are familiar with losses caused by defective products. We are seeing a significant increase in property damage caused by water and fire as a direct result of a defective product. We are working with our clients to bundle these cases to increase the settlement value and decrease your… Read More »

Electronic Cigarettes a Potential Fire Hazard

While viewed as a healthy and safer alternative to tobacco smoking, the advent of e-cigarettes has created its own set of hazards. E-cigarettes use lithium-ion batteries to power a heating element, which vaporizes a liquid, resulting in the simulated “smoke” of a tobacco cigarette. The lithium-ion battery presents the biggest fire hazard while in use and while being charged.

Illinois Animal Control Act

Pets have a tendency to make their way into subrogation files. The inevitable question we ask is whether a cause of action to base recovery upon exists. In Illinois, the Illinois Animal Control Act supplements the general common law rule. The owner or keeper of an animal is liable for injuries caused by the animal… Read More »

Tort Times: Litigate or Die Writing

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to assist a partner in a jury trial. I had only recently been admitted to the Bar, and had only been employed by Keis George for a few months, so the chance to assist in one of our large loss property cases was a rare opportunity that I… Read More »

Intentional Versus Negligent Spoliation

Spoliation of evidence generally involves the destruction of evidence that is relevant to a civil action that results in harm to a party’s case. Some states recognize it as a separate cause of action, which means that it can be a claim separate from the underlying case. Ohio is one of those states. The state… Read More »

Contributory Negligence and Comparative Fault

Comparative fault and contributory negligence are two seemingly simple terms that can cause severe headaches in our daily lives if we don’t understand these terms. Each concept is applicable to an event where two or more persons may be responsible for the damages. Comparative fault and contributory negligence only apply to negligence claims. Though these doctrines can be complex in practice, below are a few ideas to consider when pursuing your subrogation claim.

Recent Product Recalls and Defects

As recalls of defective products continue to rise, we are seeing a significant increase in property damage caused by water and fire as a direct result of a defective product. We are working with our clients to bundle these cases to increase the settlement value and decrease your operational costs. It is critical to identify… Read More »

Keis George Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers

Keis George is proud to announce Warren S. George, managing litigation partner, Andrew C. Stebbins, associate, and Kevin F. Keeley, associate, have been recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Pictured from left to right, Warren S. George, Andrew C. Stebbins, and Kevin F. Keeley.  Super Lawyers acknowledges attorneys with a high degree of… Read More »

Recent Product Recalls and Defects

More and more, we are seeing property damage caused by water, fire, and explosions as a direct result of a defective product. Many firms litigate but few actually litigate a product recall or defect case to completion. This is why we are trying to work with our clients to bundle these claims to increase the… Read More »