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Case of the Month: Engine Failure

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Engine Failure

An automotive repair shop serviced a 2006 Ford F450 turbo diesel engine.  Roughly 100 miles later the engine failed.  GEI was assigned to determine why the engine failed and if the work performed had anything to do with the engine failure. The repairs that were recorded on the invoices included replacement of the head gaskets, valve cover gaskets, and O-rings.  The truck had a little over 202K miles on it. Our expert inspected the vehicle at a local Ford dealer.  The vehicle’s engine was partially disassembled before he arrived. Engine after...

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Case of the Month: Fire Wall

Posted by on Jul 1, 2018 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Fire Wall

The Thomas Fire of 2017 was a massive wildfire that burned approximately 282,000 acres, becoming the largest wildfire in modern California history. The insured’s home in Ventura was threatened by the fire but not lost to it. It had three or four cords of firewood stacked in the back yard against a side retaining wall. The uphill neighbor had a driveway that ran along the edge of the retaining wall. The wildfire destroyed the backyard woodpile, the neighbor’s home, and over a thousand other structures in Ventura and Santa Barbara...

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Case of the Month: A Door Dent

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: A Door Dent

The Accord driver admitted to backing into the left side of an unoccupied Silverado pickup. The pickup owner said he was inside the vehicle and was injured. Did that really happen? Due to the claim timeline, the client needed a fast turnaround so GEI analyzed the accident and produced a report in under a week. Typically this kind of analysis is a three-step process. First, the vehicle speeds are estimated based upon vehicular damage. Second, forces upon the occupants from the estimated speeds are calculated. Third, those forces are compared...

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Case of the Month: An Inline Collision

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: An Inline Collision

Three vehicles were involved in an inline nose–to-tail, nose–to-tail accident. The insured, driving a Mercedes-Benz, rear-ended a second vehicle, a Scion. The Scion driver rear-ended the third vehicle, a Ram Laramie pickup. The question was, “Who hit whom, and who was pushed into whom?” GEI was assigned to review the materials provided and determine what was the most probable version of the collision. Front of Mercedes-Benz The materials provided included color photographs of all three vehicles and repair estimates of both the Mercedes-Benz...

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Case of the Month: A Wiring Issue

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: A Wiring Issue

The Kia needed a new battery.   The owner of the vehicle asked for help from a tow truck driver. He agreed to help her and he replaced the battery in her vehicle.   Three days later she started to have electrical problems. Her turn signals didn’t work. Her taillights worked sometimes, and sometimes they did not. Eventually she took the vehicle into a dealership for diagnosis. They took a look at the vehicle and said a bundle of wires were crushed and exposed. The owner’s insurance company then hired GEI to find out what really happened....

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Case of the Month: Soapy Vandalism

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Soapy Vandalism

The insured’s late model vehicle was vandalized with a white powder (possibly a cleaning powder or laundry soap) poured into the oil filler opening in the engine. After the vandalism was found, he reportedly drove the vehicle for three days, at which point, it would no longer run. He then turned in a claim to the insurance company for the vandalism damage. GEI was brought in to answer the following questions: 1) Was there damage from a forced entry to the hood or elsewhere? 2) Would we observe the mechanical disassembly and inspect and...

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Case of the Month: Auto Body Damage

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Auto Body Damage

The insured owner of a Chevrolet Cruze filed a claim for front and rear damage to his vehicle while parked in a shopping mall. Reportedly it was parked and unattended when it was struck from behind and pushed into a shopping cart storage area. Subsequently, the driver withdrew that claim and submitted a different claim. The second claim reported that he ran over an object that fell from a truck resulting in impacts that caused damage to the vehicle as well as injury to the occupants of the vehicle. GEI was assigned to examine the supplied...

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Case of the Month: Crumbly Concrete

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Crumbly Concrete

The homeowner’s kitchen floor seemed to have soft spots. The vinyl flooring was pulled back to reveal “crumbly” concrete. The concrete in the hallway under that same kind of vinyl flooring seemed okay and the concrete garage slab was okay. The client needed to know the cause of the “crumbly” concrete in the kitchen. GEI was assigned to inspect the home to identify and determine the predominant cause and approximate age of the damage observed. Front of residence   Our expert inspected the residence in the presence of...

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Case of the Month – A Recurring Question

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month – A Recurring Question

‘Twas the day after Christmas and we were called by an attorney whose client wanted to sue someone for emotional distress and for disturbing the peace. Her client vaguely described a noisy midnight vehicle collision at his neighbor’s residence. We asked our client what particular question she wanted answered. After a long conversation, we concluded we needed to take the team approach. We assigned an accident reconstructionist, a biomechanist, a general contractor, a chemist, a fire origin and cause expert, a locksmith, a mold expert, an...

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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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