Omnia Forensis Ingenariae 
"All Things Forensic Engineering"
News and Views for the Forensic Engineer
and Their Legal/Insurance Clients
Richard A. Rice, PE - Editor
Edition XXXVI - July 2019
Editor's Thoughts
Rash of Deck Collapses Plague North America
Is it me, or does it seem that there are a rash of deck failures throughout North America? Almost every week this year there are reports of serious injuries, even a death, involving a failed exterior deck. Apparently, there are researchers who are keeping up with the number of exterior deck collapses. Click Here for their results.

Think about it. Exterior decks are THE most exposed structural frame on most residences. Yet, they are an afterthought when it comes to proper construction and maintenance. Check your deck!!!
NAFE Summer Seminar in July!!!
It is not too late!!! The National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) is having its summer meeting in Denver, CO. The dates are July 26-28, 2019. If you are interested in becoming a sought after Board Certified Forensic Engineer, you should consider joining NAFE. Any engineer can call themselves a Forensic Engineer. Only a few have the qualifications to be Board Certified. Go to for more information.
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Richard A. Rice, PE
In the News...
Your Expert is Discovered a Fraud
It's a really bad day when the council for the other side finds out that your expert knows about the subject at hand because he saw it on television. I am not making this up. Click Here.

Another Case of Hoping You Didn't Need an Expert
A medical device was thought, by the Plaintiff, to be defective. Yet, no expert report was offered by the Plaintiff to support the argument. A summary judgement went to the defense. Predictable. Click Here

OSHA Harshly Criticizes FIU Bridge Designer
OSHA has published its report after the investigation into the collapse of the FIU pedestrian bridge that killed six people. Click Here.

Defective Sidewalks Create Liability for Governmental Entities
Many claims and lawsuits arise when people are injured when they trip on cracked or broken sidewalks. This article provides great examples on when there is governmental liability. Click Here .

Jurors and Expert Testimony
From the Journal of Law and Policy we have "How Jurors Deal with Expert Testimony and How Judges Can Help". A great article on what jurors actually hear experts say, and what judges can do to help the jurors when the content gets too complicated. Click Here.

Are You Qualified to be an Expert Witness?
Many people offer themselves as an expert witness when they are not ready. This article provides the five questions you must ask yourself before putting yourself out there. Click Here.

Subrogation in the News
A great article involving waivers of subrogation and limitations of liability provisions in contracts. Click Here.

Expert Referrals
I have the privilege to work with many great forensic experts in the United States, Asia and Europe in the fields of Accident Reconstruction, Electrical Failures, Mechanical Failures just to name a few disciplines. Please allow me to refer to you one of these court tested experts for your next insurance claim or legal matter. There is no charge to you. I do not get a finders fee from anyone. This is my way of helping you. Plus, I can help my Forensic Engineering colleagues. Please email me or call 404.395.7441.  

Note:  No warranties, expressed or implied, are made to the suitability of any expert referred to you. Do your homework to make sure you have the right expert.
...about the Editor
Richard A. Rice, PE is President and Forensic Engineer for Mutual Engineering, Inc. - MEI. Because of 30+ years of continuous civil/structural design services, and his early and continued exposure to his friends and families many construction businesses, Mr. Rice is uniquely qualified to provide Civil/Structural Forensic Engineering services to the insurance, legal, and construction industries. Services include building design and construction, roadway design and construction, building inspection and code compliance, building/foundation collapse, construction site incidents, and other property loss subjects. Mr. Rice is a licensed professional engineer in several states, and a Fellow and Board Certified Diplomate of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE). Mr. Rice has written a novel and numerous technical articles published in professional journals for NAFE, the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), and the Georgia Defense Lawyer Association (GDLA). Please call/email Mr. Rice or visit his company's webpage:

Richard A. Rice, PE - Civil/Structural Engineer
Mutual Engineering, Inc. - MEI
13009 Panhandle Road
Hampton, GA 30228
(Phone): 404.395.7441


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