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Insurance Claim Evaluation

We provide technical review and evaluation of environmental insurance claims for both the insurers and the insured. We provide technical support during the evaluation of coverage issues associated with environmental insurance claims, management and review during payment of investigations and cleanup, and litigation support as consulting experts and/or testifying experts. We provide technical support for sites where environmental cleanup is ongoing or anticipated. We also complete investigations and cleanup actions that are funded under insurance coverage for the insured or directly for the insurance carrier.

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For work on behalf of the insured, we provide technical support to the insured as they navigate the environmental claim process. For insured parties seeking to obtain coverage for environmental claims, we assess the potential sources and timing of releases of hazardous substances that are a risk to human health and the environment. For covered claims, we assess cleanup costs to support potential cash-out settlements by insurance companies. We also provide litigation support as consulting experts and/or testifying experts for cases against insurance companies.

For third-party technical support on behalf of insurance carriers, we review past and estimated future costs, either incurred or proposed by others; evaluate whether costs are “reasonable and necessary”; and categorize costs as either investigation (defense), cleanup (indemnity), or other non-covered costs.  As part of the review process, we assess whether the releases of hazardous substances were either sudden and accidental or expected and intentional. We also provide expert litigation support during cost allocation and mediation for third-party claims cases against insured parties.

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Proficiencies

Initial Claim Analysis

During the initial stages of an insurance claim, we conduct a review of the technical information and regulatory background for the project and provide documentation to empower the policyholder to ask informed questions to assess the...

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Ongoing Claim Monitoring

For claims where environmental cleanup is anticipated or ongoing, we provide continued technical support throughout the cleanup process.

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Cost Audits

As part of our cost auditing services, we assess the reasonableness and necessity of investigation and cleanup expenses. We also support categorization of costs as indemnity versus defense, estimate future costs to support forecasting...

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Insurance Litigation Technical Support

We act as experts and use our industry and regulatory knowledge to provide opinions about the timing of damage and the nature and extent of contamination.

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Projects

Project Experience

Identifying and Documenting Excessive Fees

Identifying and Documenting Excessive Fees

An insurance company responsible for a cleanup effort lasting more than 6 years at an annual cost of...

Manufacturing Plant

Manufacturing Plant

Farallon was contracted for technical support by an insurance carrier covering the investigation and...

Aluminum Manufacturing Facility

Aluminum Manufacturing Facility

Farallon currently is providing insurance carriers with Expert Opinion and technical support for...

Landfill insurance claim support - man picking up trash in a landffill

Landfill Insurance Claim Support

Remedial actions previously conducted by others included source removal, soil vapor extraction, and...

Manufacturing Insurance Claim Support

Manufacturing Insurance Claim Support

The contaminant plume extended beneath a residential neighborhood, posing a potential threat to...

Metal Recycling Facility

Metal Recycling Facility

Interpretation of aerial photographs was used to identify historical activities, potential on- and...

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Meet Our Team

Headshot of Emerald Ericksonn Emerald J. Erickson-Mulanax Senior Geologist

Emerald has more than 11 years of environmental consulting experience, and conducts services for clients in Washington and Oregon that include soil, air, and groundwater monitoring and site assessments. She also...

headshot of Mark Havighorst Mark Havighorst Principal Engineer, Portland Office Manager

Mark has 20 years of experience providing consulting services for projects involving property acquisition, cleanup, redevelopment, and compliance. He has worked with clients in wood products, high-tech,...

headshot of Matt Nusenow Matt Nusenow Principal Engineer, Irvine Office Manager

Matt has more than 30 years of experience in construction and remediation projects for industrial and government clients. He has expertise in the characterization, evaluation, selection, design, and...

headshot of Clifford Schmitt Clifford T. Schmitt Principal Hydrogeologist, Cofounder

Cliff is a licensed geologist and hydrogeologist in Washington and California. He has 35 years of experience in investigation and cleanup project management

headshot of J. Riley Conkin J. Riley Conkin Principal Geologist

Riley is a licensed geologist and licensed hydrogeologist in Washington with more than 25 years of experience in contaminant hydrogeology and cleanup. His expertise includes investigation and delineation of...

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