Product Liability

Knott Laboratory conducts in-depth reviews of current designs on the consumer market


Knott Laboratory conducts in-depth reviews of current designs on the consumer market for specific issues pertaining to product design, safety, and designer responsibility. Other issues, such as manufacturing defects, are investigated to determine if the safety or integrity of a product can be compromised by quality control issues.

Depending on the application, the design of an item made available to the general public has to follow certain codes and in some cases, must be certified by regulatory agencies before the item can be sold. Knott Laboratory can help review the origin of the product’s design to determine if certain regulations were adhered to during design and manufacturing.

Publications List

The experts at Knott Laboratory have been published in many engineering journals. While most of these essays are quite detailed, these short abstracts express a summary of the overall papers that were published.

Working With the Manufacturer in Product Cases

Forensic Engineering, The International Journal, Vol. 3, No. 4
1991

The Forensic Engineer’s Relationship to Manufacturers in Product

Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers
June, 1992

Forensic Engineering Use of Computer Animation and Graphics

Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers
December, 2006

Forensic Engineering Investigations of Product Liability Cases

Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers
December, 2008

Newest Trends in Accident Reconstruction

The Lawyer’s LogBook, Vol. 2, No. 5
2013

Forensic Engineering Investigation of Incidents Involving Corded Window Coverings

Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers
June 2013

Forensic Engineering Investigation of Workplace Incidents Involving Machinery

Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers - June 2015

Forensic Engineering Investigation of Above-ground Pool Submersion Accidents

Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers
December 2015

Engineering A Pool Ladder To Prevent Drownings In Above-Ground Pools

ASME 2018 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
2018

Boom Lift Operator Protection From Stored Energy Hazards

ASME 2016 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
November 2016

Experts in the Field

Our forensic engineers are experts in accident reconstruction, failure analysis and cause & origin. Our forensic engineers work directly with our in-house animation department to create state-of-the-art forensic animations for use in court, arbitration, mediation or settlement negotiations.

Richard M. Ziernicki, Ph.D., P.E., DFE

President & CEO, Principal Mechanical Engineer

(303) 925-1900
rziernicki@knottlab.com

Steve D. Knapp, P.E., CFEI, CVFI

Senior Engineer

(303) 925-1900
sknapp@knottlab.com

William H. Pierce, P.E.

Manager, Mechanical Engineering

(303) 925-1900
wpierce@knottlab.com

Ricky L. Nguyen, M.S., P.E.

Senior Engineer

(303) 925-1900
rnguyen@knottlab.com

David C. Neidig, B.Sc.

Engineer

303-925-1900
dneidig@knottlab.com

Henry “Hank” V. Mowry, P.E., CFEI

Senior Engineer

303-925-1900
hmowry@knottlab.com

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Since 1982, Knott Laboratory has been providing comprehensive forensic engineering and computer animation services to reconstruct accidents.

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High Profile Cases

Knott Laboratory has become the leader in forensic engineering and computer animation by investigating high profile cases and conveying our analysis effectively during litigation.