Popular crime-solving television shows in recent years have brought to light the importance of forensic science. Many people are not aware of how forensics play an important part in many areas. Forensic engineering is an important area of expertise that provides valuable information when issues concerning structures and damages are in focus. Litigation involving insurance claims is one area where an expert witness skilled in forensic engineering plays a crucial role.
What Exactly is Forensic Engineering?
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) defines forensic engineering as, “the application of engineering principles to the investigation of failures or other performance problems. Forensic engineering also involves testimony on the findings of these investigations before a court of law or other judicial forum, when required.”
This basically means that a forensic engineer uses their knowledge, training and experience to investigate the causes and consequences of structural failures. This could be collapsed bridges, damaged buildings, sinking support structures or other structural issues. They use various tools and scientific knowledge to render an option as to what caused the failing.
How Does Forensic Engineering and an Expert Witness Aid in Litigation?
This is a particularly important area of expertise that attorneys can use to great benefit in insurance litigation. The expert witness testimony of a licensed and experienced forensic engineer can be considered credible and reliable evidence that could establish responsibility for a structural failure. This responsibility may be partly or completely on a builder, engineer, contractor or other party.
Legal judgements concerning structural failures can be instrumental in saving insurance companies millions of dollars in damages if another party is deemed responsible. Structural incidents that result in personal injuries can also be grounds for civil litigation that seeks compensation for medical expenses and other damages.
Beryl Project Engineering provides expert witness services involving forensic engineering on numerous types of structures. Contact our office to gain more information about our specific areas of expertise and how our expert witness services could help you.