The specter of litigation will never instill peace of mind, but engineers are wise to implement document retention practices to prepare for the moment we all hope will never come. If you find yourself facing a lawsuit, the documents that you provide to your attorney will serve as the foundation of your defense. Keep in mind that the strongest defense is one that doesn’t merely fit your version of a story against someone else’s or require huge leaps in reasoning and facts to overcome missing information. The best defense
is built on the most complete story that you can tell in black and white.
By Terri L. Stough, Esq.
There has been an increase in the number of licensing proceedings being pursued against engineers. If you receive any correspondence from your local or state licensing board, you should immediately provide notice of the licensing proceeding to Underwriters via Pearl Insurance for coverage under your Professional Liability Insurance Policy. Your ASCE Policy may include Licensing Board Proceeding coverage. Unfortunately, many engineers fail to realize that they have purchased this coverage or, alternatively, that this coverage is triggered when the engineer first receives correspondence from the licensing board initiating any investigation.