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Case of the Month: Hit While Parked?

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Hit While Parked?

Our client reported that a 2008 Ford F150 pickup truck was parked and unattended when it was struck by another vehicle. The unidentified vehicle then fled the scene. There were no eye witnesses. GEI was assigned to review the materials provided and determine if the damage to the vehicle was consistent with a hit-and-run collision, as described. The materials provided for review included photographs and a repair estimate for the vehicle. Examining photographs of the Ford, our expert noted minor paint damage to the left side of the pickup...

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President’s Message: Rental Vehicles and Cell Phone Data

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in President's Messages | Comments Off on President’s Message: Rental Vehicles and Cell Phone Data

It is common to fly to another city, rent a car at the airport, attend an event, maybe stay overnight, return the car, and then fly home. It is also common to connect a cellphone to the rental car to make phone calls, use the GPS, check emails, and recharge the battery. What most people are not aware of is that when the cellphone is connected (by cable or by Bluetooth) to the vehicle infotainment and telematics systems of the rental car, the cellphone’s information is frequently copied into the vehicle unit’s memory, so it can more quickly...

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Case of the Month: Roof Damage from the Cable Installer

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Roof Damage from the Cable Installer

The claimant owned a two-story commercial building with four retail storefronts. The building was constructed of reinforced concrete and concrete masonry units with a flat roof, and was constructed circa 1929. One of the tenants ordered cable/internet/ voice service from a major cable service provider. The cable company dispatched a technician who installed a new cable starting from the rear of the building, traveling over the roof, down the front of the building, under a front fabric canopy, and then into the front of the store. The...

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Case of the Month: An Auto Engine Fire

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: An Auto Engine Fire

The insured’s 2004 Mercedes-Benz C240 suffered an engine fire. GEI was assigned to determine the origin and cause, as well as to research all applicable recalls. A search of recall notices found no open manufacturing recall issues that might have been related to the fire. Three Mercedes-Benz dealer service order/repair invoices were provided by the client for our examination. The first was dated June 20, 2012. It reported that the engine was not running well,and service was performed on number 3 and number 6 cylinders. The second invoice was...

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Case of the Month: Falling Stucco

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Falling Stucco

The homeowner reported the collapse of the stucco that was on the soffit (ceiling) of their attached patio. GEI was assigned to determine the possible causes. Our expert visited the home and observed a portion of the roof/ceiling structure and soffit stucco of the patio structure at the side of the house. The construction of the house was completed in 1994, and the homeowners were the original owners. The covered patio structure was approximately fourteen feet wide by twenty-two feet long, and the soffit in the patio area formerly had a...

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Case of the Month: Engine Rebuild

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Engine Rebuild

The 1968 Chevrolet Nova was taken in for body and paint work. While it was at the body shop, it suffered an engine failure. The engine was removed and disassembled for inspection and repair by an engine rebuilding shop. They provided a repair estimate to the insurance company prior to authorization to begin the repairs. GEI was hired to review the situation and advise on the reasonableness of the proposed repairs.   The ‘68 Nova was originally offered with a variety of engine options, from the base model 90 hp, 153 cubic inch straight 4...

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Case of the Month: Faulty Tile Work

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Faulty Tile Work

The ceramic floor tiles in the kitchen and dining room sounded hollow to walk on and some were lifting. The homeowners thought that maybe their neighbor’s landscaping or irrigation system was the cause. GEI was hired to get to the root of the problem. A leak check test was performed and provided for our review. The leak detection report identified that there was no evidence of water leaking from plumbing systems under the slab. In addition, their report identified that a neighbor’s irrigation system overflow may have been running across the...

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Case of the Month: Faulty Electrical Work?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Faulty Electrical Work?

The house caught fire. After extinguishing the blaze, the fire department said the fire cause was a faulty electrical outlet. GEI was assigned to analyze the evidence and provide an opinion on the fire causation. About five months earlier an electrical contractor added some extra electrical outlets to the house. Our expert ascertained which electrical codes were applicable, drove to the site, and inspected the area where the outside wall burned. The fire started in an open breezeway at the back of the residence. Our expert then checked one of...

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Case of the Month: Why did the Corvette burn?

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Why did the Corvette burn?

The classic red 1977 Chevrolet Corvette was a total burn loss. What was the cause? The Corvette was to be shipped to Hawaii, so it was loaded on a trailer by a tow company and delivered to the port for shipping. While loading the vehicle on the trailer, the owner of the transport company smelled gasoline. After they arrived at the port, they attempted to restart the Corvette to drive it off the trailer and into a staging area. The car would not start, and the driver of the tow truck drained his jumper battery box trying to start the engine....

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Case of the Month: Why the Wall Cracks?

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Why the Wall Cracks?

The residential concrete block wall was damaged, reportedly during recent heavy storms. GEI was assigned to inspect and photograph the site to identify the predominant cause and approximate age of the damage and to provide a general scope of work to repair it. Our expert visited the property, in the presence of the tenant. The property was a single-family residence, constructed circa 1962. The expert took a series of photographs of the site and damaged wall. While near the general vicinity, the residence was not located in the Alquist-Priolo...

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