As one of the most reliable weather expert firms in the country, thousands of professionals have called upon us to assist them with their weather-related insurance claims and lawsuits. Since 1999, we’ve been retained more than 6,500 times and have testified in court more than 115 times. We’ve always been admitted as experts in various courts around the country, including Federal Court, Supreme Court, Circuit Court, and the United States Military Court.
Our clients include plaintiff and defense attorneys, insurance carriers, engineers, public adjusters, state and federal government agencies, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the United States Air Force, private corporations, and many others. Our work spans across all of the United States and we have worked on cases in Mexico, the Virgin Islands, Africa, and Asia.
Why Choose Us? As you review our website and sample reports, you’ll find that we provide very detailed meteorological analyses, written expert reports, and affidavits for each specific incident or loss location. The cases we work on typically involve insurance claims, property damage, personal injury, and sometimes fatalities. Some of the more common cases we work on include slip and fall on snow and ice cases, reported hail damage claims, hurricane cases (wind, or wind versus storm surge), flood cases, roof leaks, severe thunderstorm and wind-created opening claims, tornado claims, motor vehicle accidents, scaffolding and crane collapses, and other types of personal injury incidents.
With the latest technology, decades of experience, and the expertise to do in-depth research, the different types of weather data and Doppler radar images allow us to determine what the weather conditions were on a specific day or time, at any specific incident or loss location. Forensic Weather Consultants also provides a variety of automated weather reports, and we develop products that insurance company CAT teams, claims departments, and other professionals can use to identify areas that were affected by high winds or large hail following significant events.
Our team consists of Certified Consulting Meteorologists, Consulting Meteorologists, Computer Modelers, and Computer Science Experts.
Some of the more common cases we work on involve slip and fall accidents on snow/ice, falls on interior wet floors of a building, hail damage and wind damage claims, flooding events, hurricane wind (or wind v. storm surge) cases, motor vehicle accidents in fog or sun glare, and other property damage and personal injury claims. Our sample reports will show you the advanced experience, attention to detail, and accuracy that we work so hard to provide. Each report we work on is specifically catered to each incident.
Find out why so many attorneys, insurance companies, and adjusters become repeat clients and referrals for these claims and lawsuits. Attention to detail, our meteorological expertise, decades of experience and great customer service help us grow year after year. We’ll help you understand exactly what the weather conditions were when and where the incident occurred so you can make informed decisions how to proceed. Contact us to learn how we can help you on your next case.
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Testimonial from Mark Nation, Nation Law Firm
My client’s beachfront home was damaged by winds and flood waters resulting from a hurricane. My client’s homeowners’ insurance company paid a pittance for the wind damage while claiming that all the remaining damage was from the flood waters home. I hired Howard as an expert witness to help me explain to the jury the wind speeds that impacted the home, when the wind damaged the home, how long the wind was battering the home, and also explain how the flood waters didn’t arrive until after the home was already damaged by the wind. Howard was one of the best witnesses I’ve put on the stand in my 33 years of practice. He explained everything to the jury in simple and understandable terms, helping me prove the home was total loss from wind damage. His demeanor, cadence, intonation and professorial approach with the jury was simply superb. I would hire him again in a heartbeat.
Howard's Work Will Be an Integral Part of Our Hail and Wind Claim Packages
As the challenge of getting insurance claims properly paid becomes increasingly difficult, it is really great to have in our tool kit, a meteorologist that understands what kinds of information and details we need. We have utilized Forensic Weather Consultants meteorological services on several cases that require site specific weather data and find that our claims are treated more seriously not only by the adjusters but also the experts that insurance companies increasingly rely upon.
I highly recommend them to either side of a complex insurance litigation.
In conducting a meteorology review as part of a matter in litigation, the key criteria is to have an experienced and balanced expert - one who relies on sound, verifiable scientific data, and has extensive experience working both with policyholders and the insurance industry. Howard Altschule and Forensic Weather Consultants have consistently taken a data-driven approach, with accurate and testable opinions, sound methodology and comprehensive reports that are professionally prepared, well written and scientifically verifiable. I highly recommend them to either side of a complex insurance litigation matter.
Juries want scientific proof. Good science and meaningful and understandable presentation are essential to presenting any forensic evidence. Howard Altschule and Forensic Weather Consultants provide that service with exceptional diligence and professionalism. In a recent nine year old double homicide case they gave us the proof and showed the jury exactly what it needed to debunk a fantastic story by the now convicted killer. You can’t argue with the weather. In the criminal justice system I believe we will see this proof being presented routinely.
An Integral Role
Good Morning Howard. I am happy to report that the case was able to settle late yesterday evening and, as you know, you played an integral role in the happening of it all. We are indebted to you. Thank you again.
A Big Role
Dear Howard, This motion was just recently decided and it was denied in its entirety. Your report and affidavit played a big role in that decision.
A Qualitative opinion
Under a very tight time frame, Howard Altschule was able to collect and analyze literally dozens of NWS reports and warnings and offered a qualitative opinion of the storm event, setting it in its proper historical context. I would recomend his services to anyone involved in litigation where weather conditions may have been a factor.
Recommended for all weather related cases
Thanks so much Howard. I will recommend you from now on all weather related cases.
"Great expert witness!"
Howard Altschule made a great expert witness in a complex motor vehicle vs. tractor trailer case where the weather played a critical role in understanding the liability aspect of the case. Howard was easy to work with and quite knowledgeable in the area of forensic meteorology. He also adapted well to some unpredictable rulings received from the Court and developed a good rapport with the jury. I would not hesitate to use Howard again in any future trials!