Staff Investigations personnel have been participating in toxic tort insurance defense since 1980 when Congress passed the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA” or Superfund) which imposed liability upon responsible parties for cleaning up hazardous waste sites and those parties began to try to shift the liability to someone else- either another responsible party or their insurer.
Our litigation and claims support teams have extensive experience in the areas of environmental contamination including MTBE (methyl tertiary-butyl ether) claims, mesothelioma and related asbestos claims, black mold litigation, lead paint claims and pharmaceutical negligence issues involving claims as simple as two party actions arising out of residential oil spills, and as complex as multimillion dollar and multi-party superfund actions.
We are well versed and have participated in the defense of mesothelioma and other asbestos related claims including significant matters involving the shipyards in Baltimore and the rash of claims presented against the brake lining industry.
A key component of Staff’s toxic tort defense services is subrogation support including the identification of alternate responsible parties and research into the available insurance coverage and the financial viability of those potential co-defendants. Asset research is supported by our status as licensed private investigators which status provides us with the unique ability to take the research further than may be accomplished by non-licensed claims investigations firms.
In one noted explosion of a chemical plant in New Jersey, control of the site was turned over by the New Jersey State Police to Staff Investigations personnel who physically maintained the integrity of the site, secured the area to prevent additional injury to area residents throughout the cleanup and concluded an in depth investigation into the cause of the explosion to identify all responsible parties other than the named insured.
“How can Staff help you?”
Our mandate is to locate all responsible parties, identify their ability to fund any settlements and, through our private investigation division, to minimize damages by intense plaintiff background and current financial profile research.