Element combines years of materials testing experience with advanced analytical instrumentation to provide litigation support services to insurance and legal firms when their clients need expert witness testimony to settle materials related disputes. Our expert knowledge areas include a wide range of materials from rubber and elastomers to composites, glass, metals and alloys. 

Element’s litigation support services include complete testing programs to provide scientific evidence to lawyers and claim adjusters that enables them to bring clarity to the most complex materials science and engineering cases. 

Our experts frequently arrange for video documentation of joint investigations. We author articles, testing protocols and issue third-party reports with or without expert opinion. 

Litigation support expertise 

Element’s engineers and scientists possess work experience, advanced degrees, and certifications in many sub-disciplines allowing us to offer insurance and litigation support services to clients in a broad range of industries, testing a variety of materials and products. We are experts in Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science, Metallurgical Engineering, Welding, and Corrosion.

Among other qualifications, Element engineers and scientists have expertise and specialties in:

  • Detecting defects or evidence of abuse
  • Determining physical, mechanical or chemical properties of materials
  • Assisting with legal claims
  • Developing precision evidence analysis protocols
  • Determining specification compliance
  • Evaluating patent infringement
  • Delivering detailed and convincing deposition and trial testimony
  • Advanced instrumentation and qualified expertise

In support of our legal and insurance investigations, Element laboratories house highly advanced analytical instrumentation systems relating to microscopy, materials chemistry, radiography, thermal analysis and imaging, flammability, weathering, mechanical, and biological testing.  

Other advanced material and component testing, and characterization techniques, both destructive and non-destructive in nature, are available encompassing a number of disciplines, from Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) for molecular analysis to Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC).  

Visit our Engaged Experts page to browse Element Corrosion Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Metallurgical Engineers, Polymer Engineers, Chemists and Chemical Engineers, Welding Engineers, and more.


For more information on our insurance and litigation support services, or to request a quote, contact us today. 

Our Engaged Experts provide materials science and engineering litigation support services to a diverse range of industries, including:  

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive
  • Biomedical & Medical Device
  • Fastener Manufacturing
  • Insurance & Legal
  • Manufacturing
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Oil, Gas, & Chemical
  • Plastics & Polymers Manufacturing
  • Power Generation
  • Primary Metals & Mining
  • Shipping & Maritime
  • Transportation
  • Wind Power

As materials specialists, we assist with your toughest material or product challenges. We test:  

  • Advanced Materials
  • Aluminum
  • Asphalt & Bitumen
  • Composites
  • Concrete, Stone & Masonry
  • Copper
  • Glass & Glass Fibers
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Nickel
  • Nonmetals
  • Polymers
  • Rubber and Elastomers
  • Steel
  • Superalloys
  • Textiles 

Our team of over 9,000 Engaged Experts in North America, Europe, The Middle East, Australia, Asia and Africa are ready to help you.