Often, there are situations where trees are the cause agent of litigation. They experience structural failure with property damages or personal injury. In these scenarios, investigations create the work product for factual decisions to determine source of failure as well as for case preparation and for the court’s decisions.
Trees are bi-modal organisms. They are both botanical and architectural. The “green” nature of a tree is primary - trees either grow or die, there is no static state. The “wood engineering” is a function of that growth and its interaction to the conditions of the site. Understanding the specifics of each species is critical to understanding the condition and causation of events involving trees.
Green trees can fail structurally, even without a weather event. Each tree has a “body language” and in its tissues, its story is told. A dead tree also holds a record and a report of its life and cause of death.
Trees and landscapes hold value. Their loss due to physical damage, fire, chemical trespass or management incompetence can be the source of a financial claim. In cases of disputed values, bona fide appraisals based upon defensible national protocols can be produced.
ARBORWISE, LTD. has a Midwest focus. With regard to plant physiology and pathology, concentration is placed upon USDA Growth Zones 4-7. Jeffrey Ling RCA #337 is Indiana’s Senior Registered Consulting Arborist and has served as both a consulting and as a testifying expert, and has provided depositions, affidavits and court approved testimony in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio. Jeffrey has also given testimony and deposition in the U.S. Federal Court; Louisville, Kentucky and New Mexico.