Every product liability claim involves a product, right? And the most basic rules of evidence dictate that that product be stored in an appropriate manner, such that the evidence is not damaged, destroyed or altered in any meaningful way from the time of an incident. You should always insist that your evidence be stored properly and appropriately by an experienced evidence storage facility. Leaving evidence in a barn or in someone’s garage or closet is a sure way to invite a spoliation of evidence claim.
When it comes time to inspect the evidence by experts from all sides, the evidence storage facility personnel should have knowledge of the appropriate ASTM procedures and understand the protocols prepared in advance and agreed to by all parties. From initial pickup, to transfer of custody, to proper storage at appropriate inspection facilities, your evidence must be handled correctly. Whether your evidence is a failed sprinkler head, a tractor trailer or even a section of a highway bridge, appropriate storage and preservation are essential.
ARCCA’s subsidiary – Evidence Storage Inc. – offers a secure facility with state-of-the art resources for storage and handling of all of your forensic evidence.