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Expert Witness Services
Whether you are filing a lawsuit, conducting a criminal investigation, or just trying to resolve an ordinary river dispute by informal negotiation, it helps to have an expert witness involved. An expert witness can write an impartial report on the relevant facts, helping both sides separate fact from fiction and perhaps get closer to an agreement. He or she can attend negotiation meetings to answer questions about historic and current uses of rivers, river safety, water flows, water pollution, and related topics.
River disputes often involve questions such as these:
- Was this river usable in the past by fur trade canoes and similar watercraft? (U.S. Supreme Court decisions have confirmed, in modern times, that rivers that were usable in the past by fur trade canoes and similar craft are still legally navigable, public rivers in today's world.)
- Was this river usable in the past for transporting logs, or sections of logs, including shingle bolts (sections of logs as little as two feet long, to be cut up later into roofing shingles. Federal courts have confirmed, in modern times, that rivers and creeks that were usable in the past to transport shingle bolts are still legally navigable, public rivers in today's world.)
- Was a commercial river trip operation reckless in the way it conducted a particular river trip? Did the recklessness cause wrongful death or permanent injury?
- Was a barbed-wire fence across a river, an irrigation diversion dam, a bridge support extending down into a river, or some other man-made structure on a river, built in a way that was likely to cause death or injury, on a river that is a legally navigable, public river?
NOR may be able to connect the parties involved in a dispute with a qualified expert witness. NOR directors have decades of experience with river issues, and have helped settle numerous legal disputes, sometimes even after a trial had been underway for days or weeks. They also have contact information for other experts in a variety of river-related disciplines, in a variety of locations.
Attorneys, paralegals, government officials, sheriffs, affected individuals, and other parties are invited to inquire—initial consultation is at no cost.
Find out today if we can help you resolve your dispute. Call 719.579.8759 or send us an Email.