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Larry Finley, P.E.

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Expert Profiles | Comments Off on Larry Finley, P.E.

Mr. Finley is a Registered Civil Engineer in the State of California with more than thirty years experience in a wide range of related matters. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Northridge and an Electrical Engineering degree from Northup Institute of Technology. His expertise includes residential, commercial, and industrial construction distress matters, contract and plan check reviews, steel/wood/concrete structures, soils and foundations, waste water, slope influences, grading and...

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Case of the Month – Auto/Pedestrian Accident

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month – Auto/Pedestrian Accident

Imagine you are driving in stop and go traffic. It is night. You have two other lanes to your right, and a left hand turn lane on your left. Traffic comes to a stop. Then it begins to creep forward and then it stops again. Then it slowly starts rolling again. Then all lanes come to a stop again. You have been patiently waiting to approach the next traffic light, where you will turn left. While all traffic is stopped, you slowly edge into the empty left turn lane, taking care not to pull into the path of an overtaking vehicle already in the...

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Case of the Month – Boxster Valves

Posted by on Oct 1, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month – Boxster Valves

The claimant’s 2002 Porsche Boxster was rear-ended by the insured. The claimant took it to a shop for repairs, but due to financial issues, no work was done for over a year. When work began, the shop diagnosed engine damage, including possibly bent valves. GEI was assigned to investigate. The vehicle was inspected at the shop in Huntington Beach, California. The Boxster was generally in good condition, except for a year’s worth of accumulated dust. The odometer had nearly 150K miles on it. The damage to the rear of the vehicle from the impact...

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Case of the Month: Swelling Floor Planks

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Swelling Floor Planks

The homeowner’s bedroom floor was laid with laminate hardwood tongue-and-groove planks, over a slab-on-grade concrete pad. The flooring was swelling and lifting, presumably because of moisture. GEI was assigned to identify the predominant cause and determine the approximate age of the damage seen. Swelling and “tenting” of flooring in bedroom Our expert visited the property and the homeowner accompanied him on his inspection. The property was a single-family residence of timber framing with a stucco exterior finish and a plaster interior...

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Case of the Month: Road Hazard

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Road Hazard

The insured said he “ran over something” in his Nissan Altima and then the engine blew up. There was smoke, but no fire. The last service was two months earlier for an oil change and a coolant flush. GEI was assigned to find out what really happened. The vehicle was inspected at a body shop in Temecula. It was a 2006 model with 81,200 miles on it. Our expert observed a jagged hole in the side of the aluminum engine block and the engine components and the underside of the engine compartment were covered with a fresh, thin coating of oil. He...

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Case of the Month: Diesel Fuel Contamination

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Diesel Fuel Contamination

The insured bought a Dodge diesel pickup truck. He was the sixth owner. Three months and 691 miles later the engine would crank but not start. He had it towed to the dealer for service. During the partial disassembly of the engine, the dealer’s mechanic identified a contaminant, such as “black sawdust”, in the fuel injection system. He cleaned what he could and removed and replaced the high-pressure fuel injection pump. He also recommended that the fuel tank be cleaned but this was declined by the insured. The engine was reassembled and the...

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Case of the Month: Hot Shock Light Bulb Examination

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Hot Shock Light Bulb Examination

It was a dark morning before sunrise. One car rear-ended another. The allegation was that the lead car was driving with its lights off, so the striking car could not see the lead car until it was too late. GEI was brought in to shed some illumination upon the situation. Our expert inspected the lead vehicle. It sustained major damages from a rear impact. The trunk lid, rear panel and floor, taillight assemblies, rear quarter panels, and rear bumper assembly were heavily damaged. The left and right side taillight assemblies each included three...

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Case of the Month: A Backing Accident

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: A Backing Accident

It was summer camp time. Moms were dropping off their kids at about 9 am. Unfortunately, two of the drivers backed into each other. There were two different versions of the collision, plus the story of an unrelated witness. GEI was assigned to evaluate which version the evidence supported and to address the likelihood of injury in this incident. The vehicles involved were a brown Ford Flex and a silver Chrysler Sebring. The photographs and the repair estimate for the Chrysler showed the rear right corner was damaged. The strike was on the...

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STEVEN M. ERWIN

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Expert Profiles | Comments Off on STEVEN M. ERWIN

Mr. Erwin is a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Certified Motor Vehicle Crash Reconstructionist. He has 18 years of experience with NHTSA as a crash reconstruction analyst with over 1,500 crash reconstructions personally conducted. He has held the position of the primary crash reconstructionist for the NHTSA Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN) in the County of San Diego. His expertise for GEI includes speed analysis, Delta V and principle direction of force analysis, occupant kinematics and injury...

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Case of the Month: Refrigerator Leak

Posted by on Apr 1, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Refrigerator Leak

The homeowners discovered water damage to the kitchen floor of their residence. The apparent source of the water on their kitchen floor was the water and ice-dispensing unit in the door of their refrigerator. GEI was assigned to examine, test, and photograph the water and icemaker dispenser unit, and determine the cause of its malfunction. The failed water dispenser and icemaker dispenser unit was replaced with a new unit by a local repair technician prior to our involvement. The failed unit was subsequently shipped to our office for...

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