Electrical Cases

Electrical Cases

  • Advice to the Forest Service regarding investigating the possibility of a fire having been started by electrical transmission lines.
  • Shocked fireman. I demonstrated that the shock was due to current forced through his gloves and coat by a 480 volt supply and I successfully refuted the arguments of both expert witnesses brought by defendant. Case settled.
  • Electric shock. Determining whether an electrical injury was faked or a valid Workers’ Comp. case: I judged the relative plausibility of alleged malingering vs. alleged fall from electric shock startle.
  • Electrical explosion. Engineering analysis of the cause of a multiple explosion in high power electrical equipment which caused severe burns, using the written testimony of many unskilled witnesses, the oral testimony of some of them in court, and my technical knowledge about the equipment involved. The polled jury said that they understood my technical testimony and awarded $1.1 million. Deposition, Declaration, and court testimony in two trials.
  • Electrical fire. Engineering analysis demonstrating that an alleged cause of a fire, blaming a neon sign transformer, could not have caused the fire. I successfully refuted the adversary’s expert testimony and demonstrated that it did not support his case. A $2.5 million case was settled for $30,000.
  • Electrocution from an electric drill. I demonstrated that the electrocution resulted from water ingested into the tool causing an electrical connection to the case and that dependence on a wide blade two prong plug was inadequate. Product liability case against the drill manufacturer was settled with a commitment to secrecy.
  • A second electrocution from the same kind of drill.
  • Electric shock from an electric drill. I examined the drill and found that the ground wire had not been properly connected to the drill body.
  • Flash burn of a backhoe operator who dug up a buried power cable. A short circuit caused by cut insulation created a power arc.
  • Flash burn of an electrician replacing a fuse blown by a short circuit without checking to see if voltages had been switched off and the short repaired.
  • Analysis of an industrial fire. I visited the site and made electrical measurements of the defective device.
  • Cause of electrical fire in a utility pole transformer.
  • A repaired electric generator failed. I studied the records and reported my opinion that both sides failed to require an acceptance test of a repaired machine.
  • Telephone advice to a victim of electric shock on the preparation of her evidence.
  • Advice to a different victim of electric shock on the preparation of his evidence. Physical examination and photography of the defect in the responsible appliance.
  • Electrocution due to inadequate grounding of an electric tool.
  • Alleged electric shock. My opinion that a shock in the circumstances was impossible influenced a settlement.
  • Electric shock incurred during work on live wires. Based on the evidence, I told the plaintiff’s lawyers that the plaintiff was working improperly and I could not give favorable testimony. We agreed to transfer me from expert to consultant and I gave them a tutorial on electric shock.
  • Electric shock through the head from a research instrument.
  • Electrocution. Boys electrocuted at play by touching a high voltage wire with a long metal pole.
  • Electrocution of a boat owner when connecting shore power to his boat using a damaged connector.
  • Consultation with a European engineer to analyze certain high voltage electrocutions.
  • Report on the absence of burns in a low voltage electrocution.
  • Electrical fire. Product liability; cause of fire My opinion was that the fire was caused by a very old attic fan having no protective device but made and installed long before such devices were required. The case was abandoned.
  • Alleged product liability of a medical device. I demonstrated, from the surgeon’s deposition, that the accident was due to her error and not from a device defect.
  • Electric shock from an electrified manhole cover. My photograph with the cover lifted showed the loose wire under the cover which electrified it. Case settled.
  • I rebutted the ‘expert’ allegation that an overloaded transformer started a fire by examining the transformer and showing that its insulation was not damaged.
  • I analyzed witness evidence and demonstrated that an electrical fire in a factory was caused by the utility wires and not by the factory wiring, all in American Somoa.
  • Patent infringement. Interpretation of patent claims on a consumer product. I submitted declarations including rebuttals of the adversary’s expert’s declarations.
  • Patent infringement, an electro-mechanical device.
  • Study and report on an alleged patent infringement. I explained why the product did not infringe.
  • Trade secret lawsuit. I advised the client how to present to the court his evidence of invention.