Expert Witness

Snow & Ice Control and Removal Expert Witness Services

Allin / Rose Consulting, Inc., has worked with lawyers for years on both sides of the legal table, providing expert witness testimony for plaintiffs and defendants. They are qualified as expert witnesses on snow plowing in numerous states around the country, and regularly assist legal representatives in winter accident actions including slip-and-fall incidents on commercial sites involving snow and ice. Having worked in most states performing snow and ice management as well as doing expert witness cases, no one is better qualified to opine on whether involved parties have performed in an acceptable fashion before, during, and after a snow or ice event.

John Allin and Lisa Rose have spent over 50 years developing and testing snow management strategies in one of the most intense, lake-effect, snow-belt regions in the world:  The south shores of North America's Great Lake Erie.

Allin / Rose Consulting, Inc., expert witness services include:

• Snow and ice slip-and-fall case review
• Expert witness testimony related to snow and ice mitigation
• Snow plowing and removal operation and technique review

At small scale, snow plowing too often comes down to an independent operator in a pickup truck with a plow. But whether a case involves a modest parking lot at a private business, an airport, or a property owned by a large municipality or private enterprise, snow plowing is actually a complex endeavor involving planning, communication and execution.

Snow Plowing Testimony: Plaintiff and Defense

Plaintiff attorneys who focus on what they believe to be the basics, are likely leaving out a host of critical issues that can expose defendant liability as well as other liable third parties. On the other hand, defense attorneys who are not properly prepared to address a wide range of complex issues may be blindsided by a prepared plaintiff.

Among the most common issues involving snow plowing:

  • Equipment: There are an endless array of snow plow manufacturers and equipment choices and they are not all interchangeable. Each has particular uses for which it is best suited.
  • Ice-Melter: There are five basic types of Ice melters; Sodium chloride (rock salt), Magnesium chloride , Calcium Chloride , Potassium Chlorides, and Acetates. Other types of ice melters you may consider when making ice melter comparison are Ammonium Sulphates, Urea, and Glycols.
  • Technique: How an area is plowed depends upon many issues, including topography, drainage, wind direction, traffic flow, equipment available to use, and composition of underlying hardscape.
  • Drainage: A critical issue such as poor drainage may create icing issues during pile melt which may create other property hazards and may infringe upon the property rights of adjacent land owners.
  • Visibility: Where snow is piled and how it impacts visibility of motorists and pedestrians is an important consideration. This includes not only visitors to your property, but the impact on visitors to adjacent properties as well as passing motorists and pedestrians.
  • Hardscape: Whether an underlying surface is concrete, asphalt, gravel, or dirt can impact how an area should be plowed.
  • Contractual obligations: Whether plowing and snow and ice management is done in house or whether an outside service is hired, such as an independent contractor, contractual obligations (or omissions) can be important considerations.
  • Third-Party Liability: Those responsible for an incident involving plowing may include a property owner or manager, a plowing service, equipment manufacturer, adjacent property owner, or any other party that can be deemed partially responsible. Even an alleged victim may be at comparative fault.

John and Lisa have been qualified as expert witnesses on snow and ice management in numerous states around the country and regularly assist legal representatives in actions involving winter accidents including slip-and-fall incidents on commercial sites.

The truth of the matter is that plowing is an incredibly complex endeavor. Consulting with Allin / Rose Consulting, Inc., will put years of extensive experience in your corner.

Allin / Rose Consulting, Inc., is located in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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