Why You Need an Explosion Lawyer Right Away
We act quickly to preserve evidence at the scene
Explosion and burn lawyer David Coyle, who represents survivors and next of kin, said it boils down to protecting the truth. “Theories of cause and origin may be in dispute, and you need to have evidence on your side,’’ he said.
Scenarios vary from case to case. At many sites, controls go into place quickly. But there’s also instances when security is lacking. Last fall in Aurora, Colorado, for instance, an explosion at an apartment building displaced residents for more than a week. The site was so poorly secured that thieves combed through the building, potentially compromising evidence.
“Our goal is to get there as soon as possible and dig in right away,’’ said Coyle, whose legal work in personal injury cases has contributed to several multi-million dollar results for clients.
In cases of substantial human loss and suffering, Coyle said his law firm of Pritzker Hageman pushes to deploy as many experts as necessary. It’s goes hand in hand with safeguarding the evidence. Without it, the justice system doesn’t receive a complete picture of what happened, he said. Once cause and origin are established, juries can begin to hold wrongdoers accountable.
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Explosion lawsuit: Staying ahead of the curve
He said it’s fair to note that other parties will be at the scene who potentially may have different incentives.
“We are there to represent those who were injured,’’ Coyle said. “When it comes to examining the evidence, you want to make sure you’re not behind the curve.’’
Coyle recently was recognized by Best Lawyers in the 2023 edition of “Ones to Watch: Best Lawyers in America” for high caliber work in the area of personal injury litigation. His career includes time spent as a full-time investigator for the City of New York.
In some explosion and fire cases, evidence of what truly happened can go missing or become trampled.
In other cases, authorities secure the site and protocols are set up for interested parties to receive equal access to potential evidence, including items that require forensic lab inspection. Regardless of the situation, Coyle said, the best explosion lawsuit investigations begin on the heels of the tragedy.
Given the time-sensitive nature of collecting evidence – or examining it in a laboratory – he urges families affected by gas explosions and fires to get to a fire and explosion attorney as quickly as possible.
“The sooner you can get to an attorney the better,’’ Coyle said. “They are the most knowledgeable about timing and the extent of the investigation. There’s not a one size fits all approach.’’