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Property Loss & Expert Witnessing

Forensic Engineering Consultants

Lerch Bates Forensics is recognized as a leading national forensic engineering company. Our forensic engineers, architects, and specialists provide a broad array of services including forensic building investigations, structural engineer inspection, building condition assessments, and building leak investigations.

With over 200 years of combined forensic investigations experience, Lerch Bates Forensics applies its engineering, architecture, construction, and technical knowledge to serve clients nationwide and across all sectors. Lerch Bates Forensics’ clients include local, state, and federal agencies, private developers, design professionals, contractors, owners, property management companies, commercial and residential property insurers, and attorneys.

Our clients benefit from Lerch Bates Forensics’ staff expertise, which includes the following disciplines:

  • Structural Engineering & Analysis
  • Roofing and Building Envelope Consulting
  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fire Investigation
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Material Science
  • Electrical Engineering

As forensic engineering consultants, Lerch Bates Forensics routinely investigates complex failures of building materials, assemblies, and systems. The involved parties and/or their representatives retain forensic engineering consultants to determine the causes of the building failure. Our investigations involve visual observations, measurements, and documentation, and may also include research and testing as necessitated by the specific project. Ultimately, Lerch Bates Forensics is able to provide our clients with comprehensive conclusions and solutions for complex failures of all types.

“Lerch Bates Forensics’ staff was very responsive to our needs following a recent tornado event. They quickly contacted the insureds, scheduled site observations, and continually communicated to us the status of their investigations. Lerch Bates Forensics was instrumental in handling claims for clients in a way that made a very difficult situation surprisingly manageable.”

— Catastrophe Adjuster, V.P. of Field Operations