Always Get the Science Right
Smart Forensics begins with the science.
There is nothing more vital than getting to the root of what happened. Proving it with certainty. And not diluting fact with unfounded opinion, omissions or shading.
Once an investigator goes down the advocacy road, his reputation is devalued. And his clients risk being blind-sided by better science and bad faith claims.
By knowing the exact limits of what can be said for sure – and what can’t – you are best able to plan your strategy. You will win more cases. Settle to better advantage. And reduce management costs.
Do the Forensics First – And Often
It’s hard to make smart decisions on a file unless you know the facts – right at the start. And that’s where forensics comes in.
The way a scene looks to a forensic engineer or accountant is vastly different than other professionals. Far too often, forensics are called in late in the game – if at all. By then, time, effort and money can be wasted. Crucial evidence can be overlooked or destroyed. Reputations tarnished.
By making forensics the rule and not an exception for many kinds of cases, you will realize an overall Return on Investigation. Clearer negotiating positions. More subrogation opportunities. And more efficient case handling.
Take a Step Back
It’s important not to be blinded by just doing the science. There’s a business case to be considered too.
How much should you spend investigating the matter? How should an investigation be sequenced? What are the economics of repair, replace or reinvent? Is this case worth fighting? Where should you settle? Can we save the client money by not writing up the full report if it’s not needed?
Because our success is based on long-term client relationships, our first question is always: What’s the best way to serve the client's best interest? – in addition to a clear, unbiased account of the facts.
To see how we can serve you, contact Chris Giffin at 416.368.1700.