Journal Article Title: Malpractice Prevention for Engineers and Architects
Article Author(s): ZEMSKY, CALVIN L., P.E.
Volume: 7
Volume #: 1
Month: June
Year: 1990


Based on our past experience, we will present what problems an engineering design firm should be cognizant of to avoid a litigation problem. In these days of tight money, engineering firms are being sued more and more frequently by contractors and owners alike. Our firm has performed forensic engineering studies on several professional liability cases involving engineering and/or architectural/ engineering firms during the past several years. We will discuss the background of one of these cases, and answer the fundamental questions that every good forensic engineer must answer in the preparation of his case; what happened, where did it happen, when did it happen, why did it happen, how did it happen, who caused it to happen, and how much did it cost? Today, we will review the facts of a particular case concerning a design engineering firm. This case concerns the design of a high-voltage electrical transmission line.

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