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Omega Expands Daily Service in Orlando

Seasoned Engineer, Gregory D. Loomis, P.E. Leads the Charge into Central Florida

[Orlando, Florida—August 2020] Omega Forensic Engineering has been actively engaged in forensic investigations since the early 1990’s, most notably in South Florida. Over the last decade, Omega has been expanding its service area throughout the state earning them a spot as one of Florida’s top forensic engineering firms in residential and commercial forensic investigation services and failure analysis consulting.

While Omega Forensic Engineering has been conducting inspections in Central Florida for years, for the first time an office has been established in Orlando, offering services and speedy response time in Central Florida, with Gregory D. Loomis, P.E. at the helm.  Mr. Loomis, a seasoned cause and origin expert, has been with Omega Forensic for over a decade.

As one of the top Orlando structural engineers In the Industry, Mr. Loomis brings with him extensive knowledge and practical experience in the evaluation of construction defects and a variety of forensic engineering investigations, including failure analysis consulting and evaluation of damage caused by hurricanes, settlement, construction vibration, water damage, and more.

In addition to Mr. Loomis’s background in structural design of commercial and residential construction, as well as the preparation of structural construction documents, he has been examined under oath on numerous occasions. 

One Broward County attorney remarked:

Greg delivered a stellar performance during a recent deposition, in which he was questioned relentlessly by the attorney who tried to poke holes in his report. Greg never wavered from his opinions, no matter how many times the plaintiff’s attorney tried to manipulate his testimony. Overall I would give Greg an ‘A’ for his performance under pressure and would not hesitate to use him again at deposition and trial.

Jamey Bennett, Omega’s Director of Product Development, says:

For decades we have been known widely for our reliable expertise in South Florida and our top-notch, streamlined forensic reporting, but one of our best-kept secrets is that for over a decade we have conducted active investigations throughout the state. As we’ve grown our presence in Florida, it has been necessary to partner with capable forensic engineering consultants in new areas—but this is the first time we have taken one of our own, a seasoned engineer who has worked with us for a dozen years and moved him to a new market—right in the Orlando metropolitan area. Word is starting to get out that we have boots on the ground in Orlando, and our customers have enjoyed a quicker turnaround closer to the source. Central Florida’s needs are not exactly the same as South Florida, so it’s been great to have a dedicated engineer focused on the unique needs of this area.

Omega Forensic is not only proud of its expansion but Mr. Bennett also goes on to say that  “we are also thrilled to have two brothers, Patrick and Chris Blair—both with extensive construction experience and engineering knowledge—building our presence in the Tampa Bay region as well.”

Bennett says the company has rolled out a new regional map on its website and printed materials reflecting the territorial changes. 

Omega Forensic brings decades of experience in forensic investigations. From residential to commercial inspections, we are known for our technical expertise, our objectivity, and our clear and concise opinions.

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To submit a new assignment, please contact Dan Larkin at dan@omegaforensic.com or 888-284-3049.

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Omega Remains Fully Operational

To Our Esteemed Clients and Colleagues:
Over the past few weeks, it has become clear that the world is facing an unprecedented challenge. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect our communities, Omega Forensic Engineering’s priorities are protecting the health and safety of our experts and staff while continuing to provide the expert investigations, reporting, and customer service that we are known for.

On behalf of Omega’s engineers and support staff, I want to reassure you that we expect to remain fully operational throughout this crisis and will continue to serve your needs in our daily service areas.

  • We have sufficient staff to continue operations without interruption at this time. All Omega engineers and support staff are available to work seamlessly by remote access, so you will see no change in our ability to maintain our normal level of customer service, and our engineers remain committed to scheduling inspections quickly.
  • Omega remains committed to serving our local communities here in Florida. All of our active engineers are based in Florida and are taking the necessary precautions to continue the same Omega inspection and report protocol they have provided for years. (To read more about our engineers, visit our website.) Our main office has been located in South Florida for decades, and we have stood alongside our neighbors through many previous challenging events.
  • Submitting an assignment is easy, either by email or our upgraded submission form. Recent improvements to our submission form ensure continuous and reliable digital service for our clients, and our web host maintains back-up servers to ensure functionality through disruptive events like storms—or something like this. And, as always, you can reach Dan Larkin at dan@omegaforensic.com or by cell at (954) 255-0802.
I have canceled our attendance at all conferences and claims meetings for the time being and will limit most internal meetings to remote access.
If you would like to meet with me in the coming days or weeks, I am more than happy to take advantage of remote meeting technologies or will chat with you by phone.

Bottom line: While we continue educating ourselves on the recommendations and protocols established by the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local health departments in regard to COVID-19, our operation is equipped to remain fully functional during these times.

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the people who have been affected by this unprecedented event and we appreciate everyone working hard on the front lines to contain the virus. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have by replying to this email or calling my cell below.

Cordially yours,

Jamey Bennett
Director of Product Development
Cell: 615-336-1807

Omega CARES!

We care about our neighbors.

As fellow residents of Florida, we care about our friends and neighbors who went through Hurricane Irma. Here are a some ways we are giving back to the community in the aftermath of the storm.

We believe it is important to get relief items to those who faced the worst part of the storm.

SaltWater Brewery on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach is currently collecting important every day items such as toilet paper, cases of water bottles, diapers, formula, and so on. They are working with an organization that will transport these items to Puerto Rico and the Florida Keys.Simply swing by SaltWater with your donation items during business hours and drop them off. We did!

And then this Saturday, September 30, 2017 we will be joining Rebuilding Together Broward County and CrossFit Empirical to do some fixing up at a military veteran’s house in Fort Lauderdale!

The television crew from Military Makeover® will be there as well, documenting the effort for inclusion in a future episode.

The work day will begin at 8 am sharp and go until 1 pm. If you’re interested in joining with us, please reply to this email with your interest and Jamey Bennett will put you on the RSVP list and get you directions to the house.

Florida Insurer Launches New Effort to Reduce Expensive Litigation

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According to an article in the Sun Sentinel Times published in the Sunday newspaper, July 6, 2014, Citizens Insurance Corporation has faced an onslaught of customer lawsuits related to water damage claims. Half of all claims state-wide for Citizens are water-related, and in a 42 month period, they averaged 385 disputed water claims per month.

The Citizens report cited in the article reveals that 96% of all lawsuits related to water damage originated in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties over the last few years, costing the insurer $135.5 million in litigation fees over a five year period. The article states that many claims are resolved satisfactorily to both the owner and the insurer before getting to court, but even these have involved costly fees.

The article states:

Most often, water-loss claims result from leakage or breaks in a home’s plumbing….The legal disputes drive up Citizens’ costs, which leads to higher premiums for customers.

This has led to the creation of a Citizens team, stationed in South Florida, whose mission is to resolve water claims without litigation whenever possible. This specialized team will try to reduce the number of claims that end up in our costly adversarial court system.

Christine Ashuburn, Vice President of communications related to legislative and external affairs had this to say:

Staff in South Florida will give Citizens the ability to provide a higher level of training on policy language and estimated damages that will result in better claims decisions.

The article highlights a frequent point of contention in water damage claims: long-term leaks. “Citizens’ policies require homeowners to report damages within 14 days of a pipe’s breaking or other leakage.” It is important for homeowners to understand their policy language and report claims within the contractual framework of the policy. Long-term damage such as dry rot or wood decay is not covered under Citizens’ current policy language, according to the article.

Over the last year, Omega Forensic Engineering has conducted its own controlled study of water damage, and has succeeded in identifying characteristics of water damage common to different types of wood products, based on the duration and repetition of their exposure to water. This data gives Omega’s engineers a valuable objective basis on which to estimate the age of claimed water damage.

Omega Forensic Engineering is in the process of developing a certified class on water damage that will be offered to insurance adjusters for CE credits.

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