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Improper Investigation

In re Bombardier, 2018 VT 11

By Andrew Delaney

Here’s another blast from the past. This case is about a professional engineer’s required standards of conduct when inspecting a home for an insurance claim.

Naturally, this reminds me of a humorous saying about engineers. The optimist sees the glass as half full. The pessimist sees the glass as half empty. The engineer sees the glass as twice as big as it needs to be. This has little to do with the case, but when have we ever let that get in the way of mildly related humor? That's right: never. 

In 2014, an insurance adjuster hired Mr. Bombardier—a licensed professional engineer—to take a look at Mr. Larson’s property. Mr. Larson had filed a claim against a plumbing and heating company because he believed that when the plumbing and heating company notched one of the support beams in his house, it caused the floor to buckle.

Mr. Bombardier showed up when Mr. Larson was away. There was some remedial shoring work in progress and Mr. Larson…

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