Miscellaneous Cases

Miscellaneous Cases

  • Wrongful discharge. I evaluated the technical merits of the employee’s proposals and safety actions which were part of the excuse for the discharge and I evaluated the employee’s excellent competence, based on an extensive interview.
  • Telephone advice and internet research for an insurance adjuster faced with a vandalism case in an electrical system.
  • Machine operator injured by reverse rotation of a three roll rubber mill as a consequence of a “lockout-tag out” situation neglected by both codes and contracts. I demonstrated that the defendant had performed his electrical wiring task properly and fully under the informal procedures then in effect.
  • Visit to the site of rain damage to an electron microscope and submission of a report.
  • Telephone advice to people needing attorneys
  • Tutorials to attorneys on engineering details of their cases
  • Phone consultation with an attorney to determine whether his client fell because of an electric shock, as he claimed, or a medical condition.
  • Seller sued buyer for inadequate specifications for a complex electrical product. My function was to demonstrate what an adequate specifications would have been.

Evidence

As an engineering expert witness I am called upon to explain what happened in an accident, including the cause or causes (‘Accident Reconstruction’.) My opinion may result in benefit to either plaintiff or defendant but I do not accept employment with the understanding that my opinion will benefit the side which employs me. I “calls em as I sees em.” If my opinion benefits the side which employs me I am named to the court as that side’s expert witness; if it is unfavorable to that side I am dismissed but my opinion remains useful to it in settlement bargaining. As long as I am a consultant my work is priviledged but when I become a named expert my files are open. Therefore, while a consultant, I communicut only verbally until I am directed to write.

Typical kinds of evidence useful in forming an expert opinion are:

  • Photos.
  • Medical reports (Death, symptoms, surface burns, etc.)
  • Non-deposed reports by police, fire department, OSHA, utility technicians, insurance adjusters, victims, witnesses.
  • Depositions.
  • Laws, Specifications, Codes, Standards, by government and industry, for equipment, installation, guarding, warnings & instructions.
  • Internal data of an involved company.
  • “Standards of Care.”
  • Product instructions and warnings. (Inadequate instructions or warnings are product defects.)
  • Product design drawings and specifications.
  • Factory inspection records of incoming components and finished products
  • Product hardware involved in the accident
  • Test data on hardware involved in the accident
  • Product accident history.
  • Training adequacy, manufacturer and user people.
  • Site visit, if all else is inadequate to form an opinion.
    (Kinds of evidence for auto accidents are not included here because I am not expert in auto accidents.)