This article was originally published in the Subrogator, a publication by the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Winter, 2013. © Copyright 2013 by NASP. All rights reserved. Republished by Butler with permission from NASP.
There comes a time at the end of every case involving retained evidence when the file handler, whether that be the adjuster, lawyer or third party claim handler, receives an evidence disposal form. Many times it is second nature to simply sign these forms and fax or email them back to the party storing the evidence. However, before doing so, thought needs to be given to any party that might have an interest in that evidence before it is disposed of, especially the insured. Otherwise, you may have just traded in a subrogation claim for the defense of a claim based on spoliation of evidence.