Forensics

Forensic Analysis | Expert Testimony | Insurance Claims

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There are many causes of structural failure – often caused by a combination of several factors. Natural disasters, inadequate design, poor materials, construction errors, insufficient maintenance or fraud can lead to failure.

Our licensed structural engineers assess the cause of damage(s) and can provide a written report documenting observations. Forensic services for Lawyers, Contractors, Real Estate agents, and Comeowners, we prepare defensible litigation support reports, consult with additional experts as needed, educate homeowners and attorneys, and provide expert testimony in depositions, hearings, trials,

What Are Forensic Services?

An engineer who specializes in the analysis of structural failures. They evaluate and determine what happened and provide recommendations and repairs for the buildings going forward.

“Forensic” literally means having to do with the court system. So any engineering effort that may result in court testimony or litigation service.

Attorneys, homeowners, contractors, and insurance companies typically reach out to us due to:

  • Failure to disclose existing issues
  • Construction defect
  • Existing lien on property
  • Insurance claim
  • Water intrusion / leak / flood

Ultimately, we are experts is answering, what happened, why did it happen, who is responsible, how can we fix it?

Foundation concrete cracking

Our Forensic Services include:

  • Litigation Support
  • Contract Dispute Resolution
  • Failure to disclose existing Real Estate issues
  • Foundation assessment and repair
  • Structural evaluation
  • Foundation evaluation
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Expert Testimony
  • Insurance Claims
  • Structural Reports
  • Site evaluation
  • Property analysis
  • Contract review
  • Foundation cracking
  • Reinforce and retrofit framing
  • Upgrading of a building system
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Failure Investigations

How it Works

Site visit & document research for initial report

Final reporting for 26a disclosures

Review opposing reports and prepare rebuttal

Provide deposition testimony & Support attorney

Provide trial testimony

Some of our clients

With decades of A&E experience, we use engineering analysis of structures and our judgment to create solutions to unique problems.

Projects vary widely in scope. We usually need to evaluate the current home to be able to evaluate the project scope. We meet on-site to inspect an issue and discuss possible solutions or designs to address them. Design is an iterative process, so we continue dialogue with our clients throughout the process as we refine our preliminary design ideas into a final working solution.

The $275 I spent with LEVEL saved me more than $100,000 in potential repair costs.
Mike E.
Level Engineering came in, understood our situation and quickly turned around a clear concise structural observation letter that allowed me to complete my remodel. Very much appreciated!
Calvin S.
LEVEL came out and analyzed my sagging porch roof, determined it was a supporting post and sunk several inches over time and drew up a plan to jack up the beam, shim the post and attach metal brackets to brace the post and beam. Nice solution at a fair price.
Bill B.
They then helped me navigate communications with the city until they covered the $80,000+ to solve the problem.
Sandra B
We had a fantastic experience getting a structural survey for a home we were purchasing. The engineer Murray was incredibly helpful and friendly too. 10/10 would recommend Level Engineering!
Austin Klemmer
Prompt, knowledgeable, creative and professional.
John Berg

FAQ

Following the initial site observation

  1. Document research
  2. Prepare initial report
  3. Follow Colorado CDARA process (notice of claim, offer to repair) and each of the following IF REQUESTED
  4. Prepare final reporting for 26a disclosures
  5. Review opposing reports and prepare rebuttal
  6. Provide deposition testimony
  7. Support attorney research and discovery efforts
  8. Provide trial testimony

Without technical support, attorneys and property owners do not have the evidence they need to pursue an issue or the defensible repair recommendations required to set the damages.

If you’re not sure, give us a call and we will help you navigate your situation.

 

Forensic Analysis | Expert Testimony | Insurance Claims​ and more.

We prepare defensible litigation support reports, consult with additional experts as needed, educate homeowners and attorneys, and provide expert testimony in depositions, hearings, trials, etc

“Forensic” literally means having to do with the court system. So any engineering effort that may result in court testimony or litigation service.

An engineer who specializes in the analysis of structural failures. They evaluate and determine what happened and provide recommendations and repairs for the buildings going forward.

When you call our team, we will clarify the details of your project and answer any questions you have before finding a time for one of our experts to come out. Availability varies, so call as soon as you can.

Varies wildly depending on the matter and the point in the process. Initial work can be done in a few weeks or months. The rest is dictated by the litigation process.

Depends on the project. It’s hard for us to know how much it will cost before we see the structure. We will give you the best estimate we can and be transparent throughout the process.

Why do I need a LEVEL A&E Forensics Expert?

Without technical support, the attorneys and property owners do not have the evidence they need to pursue an issue or the defensible repair recommendations required to set the damages

We help you or your client answer questions like:

  • Who do we talk to?
  • How do we repair it?
  • Is it worth repairing?
  • Cost/Benefit analysis?
  • Can it be saved?

What issues can arise if action isn’t taken

Clients may be left to pay for the issues themselves and see continued, cracking, deterioration and failure of the foundation (or framing) systems.

Mistakes to Avoid

The biggest mistakes are:

  1. not hiring an structural forensics expert.
  2. not hiring an attorney (before we get involved)
  3. agreeing to bad deals/fixes or letting the clock tick on statutes of repose/limitation.