According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 5,190 fatal work injuries in 2016, with the construction industry having the highest injury rate. Approximately 230,000 workers were injured in slips, trips, and falls, which constituted the number three cause of workplace injuries in 2016. These personal injuries not only occur in the workplace, they also frequently happen on public or private property.
Slips, trips and falls, and numerous other injuries, can be caused by a number of problems, including the victim's own negligence. However, the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of a facility's floor, lighting, stairs, ladders, tools, equipment, and other areas often contribute to the personal injury.
VMAR engineers investigate a wide range of personal injury claims, from workplace injuries to injuries occurring at a place of business or residence. We evalute the facts of loss, inspect the location of the incident and any related equipment, and analyze applicable safety and building codes. We then determine the cause of the accident and if the employer or property owner was in compliance with the relevant codes. Our biomechanical engineers can also address the human factors aspects of these cases and determine if the injuries are consistent with a person’s description of the incident.
When You Need to Know . . .
- Does the existing condition satisfy applicable building codes?
- Was the defect inherent in the design?
- Was the defect caused by the construction?
- Was the defect caused by the property owner?
- Was the lighting adequate?
- Were light switches placed in the proper locations?
- Were grab bars / handles provided adequately?
- Did the floor have adequate traction?
Detail of Personal Injury Investigation and Analysis Service
- Review and evaluate case file
- Review approved construction plans, construction inspection reports, O&M reports, and scope of work for available architect, engineer, and contractor contracts
- Determine "as designed", "as-built", and "existing" conditions
- Research and analyze applicable building codes
- Measure lighting / illumination
- Measure floor traction
- Measure locations, height, and dimensions of handrails and grab bars
- Measure locations and height of light switches
- Analyze tread and riser heights and widths
- Analyze landing dimensions and layouts
- Analyze sources of nearby leaks, such as water pipes, machinery, equipment, etc.
- Determine effects of overuse or improper use, along with effects of age, weathering, and environmental conditions
- Preparation of a fully detailed written report
Our 21 Day
In the world of claims adjusting we know that you usually have only a 30-day window in which to determine the merits of a claim. That's why we promise to handle your assignment and get the completed report into your hands within 21 calendar days.
And we back our promise with this guarantee:
If we do not get your assignment completed within 21 calendar days, then we cut your cost in half.