Cost Audits

insurance claims cost audits

As part of our cost auditing services, we assess the reasonableness and necessity of investigation and cleanup expenses. We evaluate whether the releases of hazardous substances were sudden and accidental or expected and intentional and provide categorization of past and estimated future costs as investigation (defense), cleanup (indemnity), or other non-covered costs based on regulatory requirements. We also estimate future costs in order to support insurers with forecasting reserves and to inform potential cash-out settlement of claims.

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Project Experience

Metal Recycling Facility

Metal Recycling Facility

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

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...

Wood-Treating Facility

Wood-Treating Facility

Farallon provided Expert Opinion, including an Expert Report and Rebuttal Report, for litigation...


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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

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