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New Risks for Commercial Building Managers as Covid-19 Restrictions Ease

TASA ID: 2619

Office buildings, “non-essential” stores and malls, some restaurants, university campuses, hotels – there is a long list of buildings that have been idled or had extremely low occupancy for the last month or more. As state governors begin the process to gradually restart the economy and ease restrictions, there are new risks – risks that building managers might not think about.

Are You Selecting the “Right” Expert for Your Product Liability Case?

TASA ID: 12079

One of the most important decisions to be made by counsel in any litigation is which expert or experts to retain. A primary consideration in this decision is to determine whether there are any potential specialties or sub-specialties involved that are of importance to your case. For instance, in a product liability case involving a consumer appliance, an expert who has had experience in the design and manufacture of similar appliances might be a more appropriate candidate as an expert than one who has not been so involved with these products or processes.

Types of Engineering

Choosing The Appropriate Engineering Expert for Your Case

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Do you want your Proctologist doing your Neurosurgery? 
They are both licensed MDs aren't they? 

Do you want your Wills and Trusts Attorney working on your Subrogation case? 
They are both licensed Attorneys aren't they? 

Do you want your Workman's Comp adjuster handling your Large Property Liability loss?
Adjusters are all licensed adjusters aren't they? 

Similar concerns exist among the various professional engineering disciplines and licenses. 
All licensed engineers are the same aren't they?

In a word, No, No, No, and No. 

While there are over 10,000 different types of experts nationally, in California there are 18 types of licensed professional engineers. The main three types are: 

To read the rest of the article, download the PDF below. 

 

What is Failure Analysis?

TASA ID: 17993

Failure analysis for machinery, equipment and products may be viewed as a series of intentionally planned, sequential activities geared to understanding how the subject component came to be unfit for its original purpose. 

Failure analysis may be undertaken by people from many different career paths and professions. But for the type of failure analysis where something broke / got deformed / corroded / worn out, materials engineers are often involved, because a natural primary question is “Was there something wrong with the material?” When materials engineers get involved, then failure analysis is essentially an engineering process. 


100% Defense Verdict in Forklift Case

Reviewed by a Mechanical Engineering Expert Witness

TASA ID: 7934

About 10:30 am on the morning of 26 October 2007, Jose Avalos was delivering slabs of granite to a local installer.  The countertops were being loaned to the installer to be displayed at an open house barbeque for customers that was to take place later that day.  Mr. Avalos brought two A frames and between four and eight slabs of granite on a 20' flatbed gooseneck trailer.
 
Upon arrival, two of the installers employees proceeded to unload the truck.  One of them drove a Hyster forklift that had a custom boom attached to the forks and had a gravity clamp (Abaco Lifter) that hung down from the end of the boom.  The lifter was at the end of the boom. The setup is shown below:

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