I just finished sitting in and testifying in a 4 day Arbitration. As a Forensic Scientist I was asked how I can be a Scientist if I don’t have a degree in science.
I explained that Forensic Science is the accumulation of evidence, both written a tested for in your field if expertise, which is not a science.
I was asked to evaluate the testimony of percipient witnesses and others who claimed to be expert witnesses. None of these witnesses produced either empirical or practical evidence to make their claim. The Arbitrator left it up to me to provide the data that was the foundation for the conditions presented in the litigation.
It is particularly important that expert witnesses do no espouse to be expert in areas that are beyond their initial scope of testimony. My client, Capshaw and Associates, was particularly please when I presented a complete summary of my findings and the business conditions when the Arbitrator asked me for my views
As a Flooring Forensic Scientist I use the “Scientific Method” to evaluate floor failures. I test materials in a laboratory or on site, as a floor expert to that California State Contractors License Board I judge the quality of installation. As a floor covering contractor and member of the National Wood Flooring Association, the Marble Institute of American and ASTMI, I study the protocols required my each material manufacturer, and the industry at large. As an expert in slip and fall litigation I am aware of the standards of practice in the safety industry.
As a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Technologists and Engineers I present all reports and testimony in conformity to SATM E-620.
As a floor safety expert witness, I have been asked my opinion of over 500 floor conditions. Recently I was shown this photograph, and asked “is this rug dangerous”?
This area rug was on the display floor of a retail store. There are specific guidelines published by American Testing and Materials International regarding the placement and maintenance of area rugs and floor mats in a commercial environment. As a member of the floor safety committee of ASTMI I am fully aware of all of these standards.
4Floors’ Flooring Expert Kenneth Newson, has been selected to be the national flooring expert for the fast growing hair solon chain known as DryBar. He has been tasked to evaluate and recommend floor covering products, develop installation protocols, and create the maintenance protocols.