Forensic Engineering

100 Hinman Street

Cheshire,  Connecticut  06410

203-699-9137      Fax  203-272-7512

 


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About Forensic Engineering

Forensic Engineering is a consulting firm in its 41st year of business, specializing in technical investigation and analysis of incidents which result in severe property loss, injury or fatality. Our practice is very evenly balanced between plaintiff and defense clients. Our technical staff includes two registered Professional Engineers who are well known and respected among Connecticut attorneys, judges and insurance claim managers. We undertake approximately 150 assignments annually and work primarily within the New England and New York area. We do not accept assignments from expert service brokers.

We are experienced in assisting attorneys during the litigation discovery process and in offering testimony at depositions, trials, and hearings. Although knowledgeable in automotive, manufacturing, construction, premises liability, and fire cause and origin investigation and analysis, we will not hesitate to refer other engineers when our staff is not adequately qualified for a particular assignment. Whenever chemical or metallurgical testing is required, it is our practice to engage independent laboratories in blind tests, to assure confidentiality and unbiased results.

We are equipped with a complement of electrical, mechanical, energy and noise/vibration test instrumentation, as well as state-of-the-art technical computer capabilities, which allow us to accomplish reliable technical analysis of very complex incidents far less expensively than our competitors. We also are able to print poster-size trial exhibits of diagrams, photos and documents, in-house. A few examples of our capabilities are:

Motor Vehicle Accident Reconstruction:

We can reconstruct the dynamic parameters of a complex motor vehicle accident, utilizing our own vehicle specification databases, physics computations and various reconstruction programs which individuals who are not engineers with advanced automotive engineering education are unable to understand or perform.

Fire Cause and Origin Investigation:

Investigations often fail when investigators have limited understanding of thermodynamic engineering and scientific principles regarding how electricity and fuels act to generate fire ignition energy. In addition to having the necessary education and background, we have sophisticated computer programs which can reconstruct a fire by modeling the building's dimensions and contents, prevailing weather conditions and occupant locations, to determine the progression of heat and smoke, the time in which smoke detectors should operate and the tenability of survival and escape.

Workplace Accident Investigation:

Our engineering professionals have previous experience in supervising industrial operations and safety in a number of varied industries. In addition, our principal officer has been trained and authorized by OSHA to conduct workplace safety training on its behalf. We own electrical, mechanical, noise, vibration and illumination measuring and test instruments for use when appropriate.

Ergonomics / Human Factors:

We can analyze the relationship of an injury to:
  •  The anthropometrics of the victim such as position, reach, range of motion and ability to exert force in a particular direction;
  • The ability of an individual to perceive, react and respond to the sudden presence of a hazardous condition;
  • The effects of loud sounds;
  • Visual aspects of the incident environment, such as illumination, color and contrast;
  • Response of human skin to elevated temperatures and duration of exposure;
Warnings, Cautions and Instructions:

People respond to verbally and visually presented warnings, cautions and instructions the way they perceive them (or fail to perceive them), not always the way you think they will. There is much scientifically validated information regarding such communications.
 
Slip, Trip and Fall Investigation:

We have an extensive library of building and fire safety codes and standards, in addition to a device for testing the traction capabilities (coefficient of friction) of a walking surface.