Understanding Electrical and Electronic Failures

Electrical and electronic failures can potentially cause harm to people and property. Understanding the difference is key for evaluating the factors of a case or claim.

Electrical failures occur when electricity or the distribution of electricity is suspected to have caused loss or injury. Typical failures would be electrical wiring, distribution panels, overloading, and power lines. CED’s electrical engineers have extensive experience investigating these issues.

Electronic failures are accidents where a device that uses electricity is the probable cause of the accident. This type of failure can include consumer products, marine devices, and either motorized or mechanical devices. For these investigations a mechanical engineer is an excellent source for expertise, as they have specific training in mechanical devices and components.

Some cases may require both mechanical and electrical expertise when the accident or loss is from an electrical component installed in a mechanical device. Although the loss or fire may have resulted from a mechanical device like a scissor lift, the electrical components, such as its circuit boards and internal fuses, may require the evaluation of an electrical engineer.

CED’s electrical engineers have investigated numerous cases where electrical components or electronics were the major cause of the loss or injury. Simplify the search for the right expert and contact CED to find experts who are trained to understand proper inspection procedure. See our full list of engineers here.