Erosion occurs when an area of earth, whether it is land, soil, or rock, is worn away from naturally occurring elements. Erosion may become the subject of a lawsuit for various reasons, as it can cause substantial damage to structures and different types of real estate. Erosion expert witnesses may have backgrounds in several areas, so it is imperative to select an expert that possesses the proper knowledge for your particular case.
Erosion-related lawsuits often involve damage to a property after an instance of erosion, which has an increased chance of taking place in coastal areas because of the ocean waves. A coastal engineering expert focusing on coastal land development would be able to offer an expert opinion on whether the proper safety measures were in place along the ocean beaches and slopes. Construction defects should also be taken into account, which may be the fault of the property owner or the construction company. Geology and geotechnical engineers can also provide a failure analysis to evaluate the damage and determine the source of the erosion.
Certain precautions, such as drainage systems, sturdy foundations, and retaining walls, should all be properly implemented for properties in areas that are at a higher risk for erosion. If residential damage were to occur, an erosion expert witness may also have experience with landscape, architecture, minerals, hydrology, geomorphology, oceanography, structural engineering, meteorology, environmental management and remediation, and soils and water conservation. Contact ForensisGroup today or Submit An Expert Request Form to retain the right erosion expert witness for your case.