Our Failure Analysis experts can evaluate a system and its components to determine how and why an accident occurred for product liability litigation matters involving personal injury and property damage.
Failure Analysis is an engineering discipline in which a determination is made as to how and why a system or component malfunctioned, failed, or otherwise did not operate in the manner for which it was designed or intended to be used. The system could consist of assemblies and components made from metal, polymers (plastic), elastomers (rubber), glass, or a composite of a combination of these materials. The system or component failure could result from defective materials, inadequate design, improper manufacturing process, or faulty assembly.
Failure Analysis is used in the investigation and evaluation of structural collapses, machinery, and operating mechanism failures.These failures could result in accidents involving buildings, transportation vehicles, or household products that are utilized in consumer, commercial, and industrial applications. A system and its components can be the subject of product liability litigation involving personal injury and property damage.
Issues relating to components failing on automobiles and trucks can stem from inadequate design, defective materials, or improper manufacture and assembly. Issues can also arise from overloading or misuse. The evidence from the failure has to be closely studied to determine if the failure caused an accident or whether the accident caused the failure. CE&SI has the facilities, the engineers, and the experience to determine what occurred.
Commercial products are used by people with a variety of knowledge, capabilities, and skills who at times cause failures or injuries to occur. Consequently, the product itself may fail in a variety of ways, resulting from improper use or misuse, overloading, improper maintenance, inadequate warnings. The product may have also been used in a manner for which it was not designed or intended. Our engineers have investigated and are able to assist with the determination of how and why the product failed.
When a consumer is injured as a result of a faulty product, we can determine where the issue originated and what steps should have been taken to prevent the injury from occurring.
Industrial Products can be as simple as a chain hoist or as complex as a paper mill. Our engineers have investigated and have experience with incidents involving Industrial Products such as soft tissue injuries, amputations, burns, lacerations, contamination, faulty operation, improper maintenance, fires, and lack of safety mechanisms and warnings.
As with any other product, medical & surgical equipment may fail or can be improperly designed, manufactured, and used. With specific experience with medical and surgical equipment, our experts determine what the failure was and why it occurred, as well as if the equipment was properly or improperly used, designed, manufactured, or maintained during surgery or a medical procedure.
Products failures occur in various types of material. With specific experience in the design, manufacture, and failure testing of rubber, plastic, wood, and glass products, we have the expertise that you need for your failure issue.
Warnings or cautions are sometimes required on consumer, commercial, and industrial products and components to facilitate their safe use. Sometimes these warnings may be non-existent, inadequate, or incomplete and can result in the product or component being used in an unsafe manner that can result in personal injury and/or property damage. Our professional staff can assist clients to determine if warnings or lack of warnings contributed to the cause of an accident.
Paul K. Goldberg, P.E. - President×
Michael G. Bird, Ph.D., DABT, FRSC×
Andrés J. Calderón, Ph.D.×
Ronald J. Cohen, P.E. - Vice President×
Richard E. Daniels, P.E.×
Albert L. de Richemond, P.E.×
Michael E. Goldberg, CIH, CSP×
David M. Kenney, A.I.A., NCARB×
Joseph M. McCarey, C.F.P.S.×
Karl E. Schreiter, Jr., P.E.×
Paul J. Boerner, CFI, CFEI×
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