OCCURRENCE OF DAMAGE EVIDENCE
Damage evidence is commonly encountered in: civil cases involving
product liability and traffic accident insurance claims; industrial trouble-shooting and failure analysis, and criminal investigations of fires, explosions, vandalism, robbery, housebreaking, drug trafficking, sexual and violent assaults, homicides and suicides. The evidence types encountered are extremely diverse and include the following:
- Consumer product parts and components, medical devices for product safety and liability claims
- Textile damage on ropes, seat belts and clothes
- Obliterated serial numbers on valuable items
- Damage to glass panes, leather products, polymeric or plastic tubings
- Vehicular damage in traffic collisions
Examples of cases and research studies by our Experts:
- Damages on flexible compressed air tubings in a pharmaceutical plant
- Causes of damage to leather products
- Superbowl Development Pte Ltd v Powergas Ltd (Underground explosion)
To find out more, read about selected cases involving damage evidence.
VALUE OF DAMAGE EVIDENCE
Examination of damage evidence often reveals how a process or event transpired. This information is essential for trouble-shooting the failure of consumer products and components. Understanding how manufacturing defects arise and trigger product failure can facilitate swift, appropriate counter-measures. Forensic scientists characterise the materials and properties of the product, and perform simulation experiments to identify potential causes of the damage, thus ascertaining whether damage resulted from natural wear and tear, misuse, accident, deliberate human action or criminal activity.
To find out more, read our article “Damage and Marks – A Primer for Lawyers” featured in the October 2015 issue of the Singapore Law Gazette.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
If you are seeking a solution to a damage problem, do not hesitate to approach our experts with your queries.
Please call us at 6459 0494 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHY THE FORENSIC EXPERTS GROUP
While heading the Forensic Chemistry & Physics Laboratory at the Health Sciences Authority from the mid-1990s till 2013, TFEG’s senior consultants developed forensic examinations of damage on clothing, and new sub-disciplines such as manufacturing marks, newspapers and plastic bags. This forensic discipline gained the acceptance of the Singapore courts, and was successfully applied to many local cases.