COVID-19 Support Services: Insurance Claims and Litigation Support

Exponent’s trusted advisors are actively helping insurance companies and clients across industries investigate property damage and cost and schedule impacts related to COVID-19.

Our Expertise:

Exponent's multi-disciplinary team of scientists and health, building, materials, and ecological experts offers clients across industries a diverse set of engineering, environmental, health consulting, investigative, and litigation services. We partner with many industry sectors, including owners, lending agencies, contractors, designers, insurance carriers, and attorneys. In addition to performing insurance claims, investigations, we have performed Force Majeure interpretation and supported the U.S. government, corporations, and insurers when national disasters strike. Our team provides both consulting and expert witness testimony for U.S. federal and state cases as well as international arbitration including:

  • Product Defect/Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Intellectual Property
  • Construction Defect/Delay
  • Environmental
  • Toxic Tort

Our Capabilities:

Investigations of Alleged Damage from COVID-19 Virus Detection and Mitigation Efforts

Exponent's multi-disciplinary team of risk specialists and experts can help insurance companies and clients across industries investigate alleged damage from virus detection and mitigation efforts. Our advisory work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Investigative protocol development to ensure accurate and consistent investigations
  • Training of adjusting staff regarding technical issues associated with claims investigation
  • Evaluation of damage claims from use of cleaning products
  • Evaluation of claims of unusable facilities due to virus contamination

Scientific Engineering and Construction Support Related to Force Majeure Contracts

Exponent's multi-disciplinary team of legal experts and investigators can provide clients an unbiased perspective of the true nature of an event and, in some cases, eliminate the need for formal litigation or arbitration. Our advisory work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Interpretation of what does and does not constitute a Force Majeure event
  • Definitions of property damage and business interruption across policies
  • Investigations of business interruptions to construction projects across the globe

Documenting, Proving, and Recovering Cost and Schedule Impacts from COVID-19

Our multi-disciplinary team of engineers and scientists can help insurance companies and clients across industries quantify impacts to supply chain disruptions, labor shortages, staggering of shifts, site shutdowns, and reduced employee morale. Our advisory work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Quantification of material escalation, labor premiums, and onboarding/training costs
  • Tracking of labor, equipment, productivity, and schedule impacts to construction projects
  • Disruption/delay impacts to non-essential projects experiencing government restriction
  • Disruption/delay impacts to essential projects continuing during the COVID-19 response
  • Navigation of contractual considerations for insurance claims

Expert Testimony Regarding Alleged Adverse Effects from the Use of Chemicals or Control of Microorganisms

Exponent's multi-disciplinary team of health scientists, toxicologists, materials scientists, and life sciences experts can assist with litigation regarding allegations of toxic exposure from the use of chemicals or control of microorganisms in response to COVID-19. Our advisory work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Appraisal and mediation preparation and assistance
  • Litigation support services
  • Exhibit preparation
  • Consulting and expert testimony

For more information on our services, please contact 888.656.EXPO (within the U.S.), 650.326.9400 (outside the U.S.), or info@exponent.com. Additional information is also available here.

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