Civil & Structural Engineering

TYPES OF  LOSSES WE DEAL WITH

Civil and structural engineering losses can be complex in nature and it can be difficult to decide who was responsible for which parts of a building project. 

At Hawkins we have a good knowledge of typical policy cover and the information we provide assists clients with decisions on:

  • Policy liability
  • Breach of warranties
  • Breach of Policy conditions
  • Recovery

Much of our work in this field centres on establishing the facts, where possible and providing informed, professional opinion where dispute remains. We are independent and impartial and we are instructed by both Claimant and Defendant solicitors and insurers. We work within the relevant Civil Procedure Rules and are effectively agents of the Court in all work we do.

Our clients are especially interested in causation when establishing liability and subrogation opportunities.

Examples of recent cases include: 

  • The collapse of free-standing walls
  • Water ingress into properties
  • Corrosion of structural elements
  • Snow loading of structures
  • Incorrect use of building materials and its effect on the project as a whole
  • Collapse of hoardings
  • Sink holes
  • Tunnelling works causing collapse of structures above
  • Sewage treatment plant

HOW DOES HAWKINS INVESTIGATE ENGINEERING LOSSES?

In most investigations we start by obtaining witness evidence, usually in the form of statements. Consideration of such evidence is the first step in establishing a narrative of events and often important in determining policy liability.

The forensic investigator will collect and evaluate all the available physical evidence and this often leads to analysis of failed parts in our laboratories. As part of our investigation we might study architects' plans, schedules of work and relevant Regulations.

Liaison with official agencies is often an important part of civil and structural engineering investigations, particularly where there are injuries or fatalities. Hawkins is well versed in handling losses involving the Police, Fire Brigade and the HSE.

Much of our work in this field centres on establishing the facts, where possible and providing informed, professional opinion where dispute remains.

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