Harlan-McGee Associates, Inc. offers Technical expertise assessments in most of the engineering and scientific fields. We have the experience and expertise to perform technical assessments of product related accidents arising from : industrial machinery, home use tools, and appliances, commercial equipment, gas, electric and water utility industry equipment, vehicles, chemical and petrochemical industry equipment, construction equipment, process,design, and explosions.
Our approach to product liability assessment is based on the issues involved in each accident and our client's wishes. The issues may include; and accident avoidance evaluation; and equipment design evaluation; and an evaluation of machine guarding and hazard warnings. Our general approach to product liability assessment is:
CONSULTATION: We consult with our client to become familiar with all available information regarding the accident. Such information may include statements of witnesses, photographs, the equipment it self if available, bulletins or other literature describing the equipment and the accident.
SITE EXAMINATION: We visit the accident site to examine the site and the equipment. During this visit we take photographs and required dimensions. We analyze the equipment, and may request that the equipment be operated for our benefit. Depending on the type of equipment involved, we may request the opportunity to operate the equipment ourselves in order to gain firsthand knowledge of its operation.
TESTING: We perform testing when necessary to evaluate the equipment and the accident. Testing maybe of a mechanical, electrical, or materials nature. Sometimes testing is conducted on the actual piece of equipment or involved part. If testing will be destructive, we assist our client to coordinate with other involved parties. On occasion we test similar equipment.
RESEARCH: We perform research necessary to evaluate the equipment and the accident. Research may include codes and standards, government regulations, standard and accepted industry practices, and the design of other similar equipment.
REPORT: After completion of our site examination, testing, research, and analysis, we prepare a report of our findings. The report may be verbal or written. Two sample reports are attached.
TESTIMONY: We are available for deposition or courtroom testimony as necessary.