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Expert Witness Services in Personal Injury Cases
Involving Slips, Trips, and Falls, and Premises Liability

When providing litigation support to my clients, I call upon my extensive experience in building inspections, my technical knowledge, and my observational and communication skills to render objective and accurate evaluations.  My areas of service focus on premises liability, building safety, slip, trip, and fall matters, floor slip-resistance testing, accessibility on paths of egress, and conformance to building codes and consensus standards.


I use the knowledge gained when earning code-certified inspector credentials in multiple categories with the International Code Council (ICC), to evaluate the design, construction and maintenance of stairs, handrails, walkways, ramps, decks, and paths of egress from a building.  My training at the National Floor Safety Institute allows me to evaluating slip hazards and test the coefficient of friction of walking surfaces.  Peer reviewed scientific studies, consensus standards, and historical publications are referenced to ensure that my opinions, reports, and advice advance from industry recognized and defensible positions.


As a professional property inspector operating a practice since 2002, I observed and reported on the condition of nearly 3,000 commercial, institutional and residential buildings.  I draw on that large bank of experience to establish a standard of comparison I can bring to my clients’ cases as a consulting and testifying expert.


Attorneys representing plaintiffs and those representing defendants have retained my services.  In the course of providing consulting services I have performed site inspections, provided consultations, written reports, analyzed opposing expert witness reports, performed floor slip resistance tests, and testified.  The cases I have worked on involved personal injury or death.  My credentials as an expert have never been subjected to legal challenge.


If your case involves the complexities of safety standards, building codes, or inadequate maintenance, please consider me to augment your legal team.  I can use my skills and knowledge to better inform counsel, the clients, and the trier of fact.


Please feel free to contact me for more information and a copy of my CV.


Blair Pruitt, CFLC, ACI, WACH


Areas of Expertise:Expert Witness  slip trip fall, Floor Slip Resistance Testing  Seattle Washington State

Stairs, Walkways, Ramps, Decks

Facility Maintenance

Accessibility on the paths of egress

Building Code Compliance

Premises Liability

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Floor slip resistance testing

Coefficient of friction measurement

ADA

OSHA


Experience:

• Provides property condition assessments of commercial buildings for investors, owners, and lessees.  Building types include: office, industrial, hotel, multi-family residences, retail, laboratory, educational, and places of worship.  


• Provided building surveys for construction companies prior to, and after major construction and infrastructure projects.  Responsibilities include evaluating and documenting structural conditions of commercial, institutional, and residential buildings, and municipal infrastructure that could be influenced by nearby construction projects.  



Case Summary:  The plaintiff was a tenant in a multi-building apartment case.  He sustained serious injuries when he fell down the down the common stairs at the third level of the building.  I determined at the site inspection that the stairs had a handrail that was too large to be graspable and therefore wasn't effective in providing support when the plaintiff lost his balance.  Also contributing to the fall were stairs with a sharp metal nosing on each tread that didn't provide adequate traction and poor illumination.  As  part of my consulting services I analyzed the expert’s report provided by the opposing side.  The case settled with a payment to the plaintiff.


• Provides litigation support as a consulting and testifying expert.  Areas of specialty include assessment of the design, construction, and condition of stairs, walkways, ramps, decks, lighting, and other building components and floor slip resistance testing.  Retaining counsel for both defendants and plaintiffs have requested consultation in personal injury cases involving slips and falls, and premises liability issues.