Last week, the Panamanian flag container ship, Ever Given, ran aground on the bank of the Suez Canal in Egypt. The 220,000-ton ship, with a carrying capacity of 20,000 twenty-foot-long containers (TEU), remained stranded and blocked all ship traffic from transiting the canal for six days.
A medical or laboratory refrigeration system can fail, and the contents can be compromised for multiple reasons including the loss of power, power surge, mechanical breakdown, communication failure, controller malfunction, or user error.
The catastrophic winter weather events can wreak havoc on the electric utility grid. We will walk through how to help you better understand all the issues contributing to the outages, the impacts of weather events on the main components of our electric utility grid, and how to navigate the property damage claims that will result from catastrophic weather events.
Thousands of new criminal cases take place every year where the location of a cell phone is of critical importance and the activity of a person holding a cell phone can be the deciding factor in a case. From drug overdose fatalities and homicides, to terroristic acts, bomb threats, carjacking, and other major crimes, phone records are a common and reliable source of evidence. Given the connected world we live in, people may not be aware of the fact that everything they do, and nearly everywhere they go, their phones or devices can potentially track it.
Companies that are ill-prepared for sudden loss of system access caused by human error, outside threat actors, or disgruntled employees are at a greater risk for longer-term business disruption than are those that have a response plan in place. To avoid these missteps, it is imperative to have your incident plan, and incident response team in place prior to any event occurring.
Most insurance carriers experience an increase of fraud-related losses following a catastrophe, such as a wildland fire, flood or hurricane. This year, the fraud-related activity has been compounded by the global pandemic, COVID-19, which has made the adjustment process even more difficult.
A qualified, experienced forensic electrical or mechanical engineer can be critical in successfully handling a product liability case. These experts can provide the detailed and in-depth understanding needed to fully assess a product failure and provide guidance on how to best proceed with the case.
With the accessibility of so much information, and the ease and ability of moving that data in and out, comes a myriad of challenges. This is the very reason we are seeing so many issues related to cyber breaches of personal health, financial, and identifying information being lost by major entities all over the world.
If a situation arises where litigation is even a remote possibility, it is in an organization's best interest to ensure that the collection of digital data is done in such a way that it is above reproach. Digital forensics tools and methodologies allow for data to be collected in a forensically sound manner that meet industry standards, best practices and have been tested in the court of law.
Selecting the expert with the appropriate technical expertise and experience is vital, but just as important is the expert’s ability to explain technical concepts, forensic procedures, and digital artifacts in plain language, as the use of jargon and acronyms can be detrimental to the triers of fact.
Everyone has one – an opinion that is. On the face of it, an opinion seems so basic, so understood. An opinion is a view, judgment or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular subject. One thing everyone does not have is a professional opinion.
Passenger Road Vehicle Event Data Recorders (EDR): What Are They and How Do They Benefit Motor Vehicle Claims?October 08, 2020
If you have ever watched one of the many documentaries on the topic of air crash investigations, you will appreciate that the first components an investigator wants to locate at the crash scene are the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, but have you ever considered why? The data recorded by an EDR can be invaluable to aiding the reconstruction of a motor vehicle accident and understanding vehicle, environmental and driver behavioral factors which may have contributed to the cause of a crash.
Burning wildfires, or bushfires, can cause severe havoc on structures and landscapes with an equally aggressive aftermath. Understanding the cause and path of the fire, how weather or terrain can affect movement of the fire, and if structures are built within high-risk areas and built with combustible material can all provide insight on how to conduct insurance claim investigations and determine potential liability or subrogation opportunities.
In recent years, technological innovation has both improved and disrupted our everyday lives, especially for those involved in claims and litigation. Recovered data is proving to be more effective in resolving claims and assigning liability, with expert witnesses everywhere welcoming the reliability of such data; however, the quality and volume of data available can at times prove difficult to process.
On Tuesday, August 4, a catastrophic explosion rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut. Initial reports point to Ammonium Nitrate being stored in a portside warehouse as the cause of this devastating event. Many questions remain as the investigation into this explosion commences.
As we enter Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution, past technologies used in the manufacturing or production infrastructure, called SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), are being merged with technologies, called Internet of Things (IoT), to enhance the ability of control and augmentation of the production environment.
Major data breaches occur quite frequently, where thousands, sometimes millions, of people’s credentials and data are compromised. With privacy laws evolving, organizations are heavily focused on perimeter security, the secured boundary between the private and public side of a network, and keeping hackers out of the company’s private network and away from their assets. Though, many organizations continue to lack awareness and internal controls required to protect themselves from potential damage caused by its very own people.
The desert southwest, including California and Arizona have been hit with a blazing wildfire, and for Arizona in particular, it's the seventh-largest in history. As of early June, the fires have burned nearly 90,000 acres, displaced thousands, and it isn’t stopping any time soon. Wildfire season is always dangerous, and it’s important for residents to take the necessary safety precautions and stay informed.
Across the United States, vehicle fires occur daily. Passenger vehicles, heavy commercial trucks and heavy construction equipment all have the necessary fuels and ignition sources available to cause a fire. Finding the origin and cause of the fire becomes the pivot point in determining what fuel and ignition source are in proximity to one another to have caused the fire.