A Lawyer's View of Engineers' Responsibility

by Arnold K. Graham, Laskin & Graham, United States,
Richard B. Williams, Laskin & Graham, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


When presented with a case involving damaged property, a lawyer typically will seek to determine the point of the failure and then work backwards in an effort to analyze each of the factors which may have contributed to it. This analysis involves an investigation into the role played by each of the engineers involved in the construction project and a determination as to their responsibility for causing or contributing the defect or failure. This paper provides a brief outline of the professional responsibility and consequential exposure to liability for damages caused by or related to defective design or construction.

Subject Headings: Failure analysis | Legal affairs | Construction management | Hydraulic engineering | High-rise buildings | Forensic engineering | Defects and imperfections | Professional practice

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