LegalWeather.com – Historical Past Weather for Attorneys & Law Firms
Site-Specific Weather Analysis Combined with a Full Range of Legal Services to Support Your Case
“We used to wait until right before trial to get a weather expert. Working with CompuWeather earlier rather than later gives me a competitive advantage and helps me to better manage my cases!”
Accurate, site-specific weather information is absolutely crucial for legal professionals when managing a weather-related case. Getting this information early on provides you with an advantage that can help you win more cases and settle faster and more favorably. CompuWeather has worked with thousands of attorneys in our 34 years in business. We understand the role that we play in the legal system as a forensic meteorological consulting firm and maintain strict internal guidelines to guarantee that our data sources and our products are legally compliant, knowing that many of our products are used in legal cases.
CompuWeather works with all types of attorneys, plaintiff and defense, from firms of all sizes covering a wide variety of practice areas. Many of our clients include insurance defense, personal injury and maritime lawyers. In addition, we also work with many municipal and corporate law departments as well as many large international and global law firms. We work on many types of cases including slip and falls, motor vehicle accidents, property damage, commercial and large loss, hurricanes, maritime, admiralty and many others. Our clients include legal professionals here in the US and throughout the world. In addition to our many standard products, we also have many specialized products and services (listed below) that are provided specifically for our legal clients.
CompuWeather can pin-point the exact weather conditions that took place for a point of loss and provide you with an advantage when managing all types of weather-related cases. Working with CompuWeather is extremely simple and easy. You may contact us by phone, fax, email or web and it typically takes less than 5 minutes to request our services. We specialize in providing you with the answers you need in a site-specific, comprehensive, “Plain- English” report that is written by one of CompuWeather’s meteorologists based on your specific needs, requirements and questions. Even after the sale, we fully support you by inviting you to speak directly to one of our meteorologists anytime should you have any questions about your report.
General Products and Services for Legal Professionals
CompuWeather Formal Report – A site-specific, plain English, detailed narrative style analysis of weather and ground conditions prepared by our meteorologists. Includes color graphs of weather parameters, a map showing the location of loss as well as the weather reporting stations used in the analysis and a conclusion and determination as to the specific weather conditions at the time of the loss. CompuWeather’s Formal Report is our most popular product. It is used for cases where more detailed information or complex weather issues are involved. Legal professionals typically utilize our Formal Report for all weather-related cases they handle. This product will help you to win more cases by providing you with the accurate weather facts. Many of our legal clients have discovered that having accurate weather information early-on in their case allows them to make better decisions, settle quicker and save money and time. Some of our reports also include a weather synopsis which is a description of recent weather patterns affecting a large area.
CompuWeather Hurricane Report – The CompuWeather Hurricane Report is an expanded version of our Formal Report (see above) that details the weather conditions during a hurricane. Our Hurricane Report is a site-specific, narrative style analysis of a hurricane event and its effect on the loss location. Included is a synoptic history of the storm as well as a detailed, hour-by-hour analysis of wind speeds, wind direction, storm surge and rainfall at the loss location. Our full Hurricane report comes with an included CompuWeather Timeline Chart (see below). This report has become a standard with our clients for all large loss or litigated hurricane claims and cases.
CompuWeather Timeline Charts – A full-color, single page, site-specific graph prepared by our meteorologists that provides an hour-by-hour analysis comparing one or more weather parameters. Typically used to compare the timing and intensity of wind and storm surge at a specific loss location during a hurricane, but can be used to document any storm event. Other weather variables that may be included are: max sustained wind speed, 3-second and 5-second wind gust, wind direction, rainfall and storm surge. Our timeline charts are a simple way to communicate graphically what took place and when. Our timeline charts may be ordered separately or part of the very comprehensive Hurricane Report (listed above). They can be prepared for large areas (cities, neighborhoods, vicinities, etc.) or can be site-specific to an address or GPS location.
CompuWeather Wind Threshold Study – A long term wind analysis that provides a list of dates when the maximum wind speed for that date was equal to, or greater than, a threshold number (i.e., 40mph) at a specific location over the period of interest (i.e., 10 years). This type of study is useful in determining if wind speeds that were recorded when a loss or damage took place are unusual for that particular location, as well as how many times over the study period a structure has been exposed to that level of wind. This is a fantastic tool for roof claims when trying to determine when damaging winds actually took place. This is an extremely helpful tool for disqualifying claims when it has been determined that the damage took place under a different company’s coverage period.
CompuWeather Rainfall Threshold Study – Similar in concept to the Wind Threshold Study (listed above). Here, the threshold number is a 24 hour rainfall total that is compared to historical 24 hour totals at the same location. The report provides a list of dates when the rainfall total was equal to or greater than the threshold number. This tool is often used to accurately assess liability in flooding events.
Maritime and Admiralty Case Support – CompuWeather is one of the only forensic weather companies in the world able to support both land and marine cases under one roof. Our marine division specializes in supporting all types or marine forensic cases as well as performance claims, post-voyage analysis reports, voyage reconstructions, cargo loss, arrival delays and personal injury cases in port or at sea.
Weather Consulting & Projects – CompuWeather’s meteorologists are always available for hire hourly on a time and materials basis. We can assist you with all types of weather-related cases and provide you with customized support anytime when working through difficult weather-related cases. Whether it is pre-trial support, courtroom graphics or long-term studies, CompuWeather can help. Let us help you to review weather-related documents or prepare custom studies when in the process of preparing your case.
Doppler Radar Images– CompuWeather’s meteorologists routinely use Doppler radar to enhance their analysis of weather conditions. It is a particularly useful tool for cases involving intense rainfall at a specific location, or wind speeds resulting from a localized storm event. When preparing your case for a motion or trial, CompuWeather can provide you with certified (admissible as evidence at trial) or non-certified Doppler radar images that were reviewed as part of the data file when your expert report was prepared.
DataPLUS™ -Quality-Controlled Weather Data from CompuWeather – There are times when utilizing CompuWeather’s site-specific services are not required and simply having access to quality controlled raw weather data is preferred. CompuWeather can provide you with quality-controlled, non-certified government weather data from a reporting station near your loss location. This is a convenient, accurate and reliable way to access government weather data without the risk of using wrong, out-of-date or modeled information generally found on the Internet for free. The data is delivered by email in a PDF file. Standard delivery is 2 business days. Expedited delivery is available upon request for an additional fee.
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Specialty Products and Services for Legal Professionals
Rush & Super-Rush Orders – Our aim is to get you what you need when you need it, period. Standard delivery on our expert reports is 5 business days; however, we offer rush service and super-rush service for a nominal fee that will put our report into your hands when you need it. Same-day emergency consultations with our meteorologists are also available.
Phone Consultations– As a special service for legal professionals, we give you the ability to have our meteorologists review your case and determine the site-specific weather conditions. Their findings and opinions are discussed with you in a telephone consultation at your convenience. Once the consultation has been completed, you will be given the choice as to whether you wish to continue and have the meteorologist’s findings documented in one of our printed report formats.
Nationwide Expert Testimony – Our meteorologists are trained and available as expert witnesses. They can provide trial testimony in local, state and federal courts anywhere in the United States.
Site Inspections – Would your case benefit from having one of our meteorologists visit and inspect your loss site? As an added service and benefit to our clients, our meteorologists are available to travel to your loss site and perform a detailed site inspection. Many times viewing the actual site can help our meteorologists provide a more detailed interpretation of the exact weather conditions that took place at the time and location of loss.
Case File & Document Review – One of the very special services that our legal clients sometimes overlook is to have CompuWeather experts review and analyze weather related case documents. Our expert meteorologists typically review other weather expert reports, expert witness disclosures and full case files including documents and photographs. Having an expert review your documents may provide insight that is beneficial to your case, or may help identify mistakes, inaccuracies or flawed procedures made by others.
Certified Data Fulfillment – As a time savings for our clients, CompuWeather can provide weather data relevant to your case or claim, certified by the US Government, which renders it admissible as evidence in court. The certified weather data we provide is certified by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and carries the highest form of certification that the NCDC offers. This is a two part certification (certification and authentication) under the Seal of the United States Department of Commerce with a blue ribbon. This type of certification is signed by both the NCDC Records Custodian and the NCDC Director as the Certifying Officer, or their designated representatives. Many clients find that allowing CompuWeather to manage their certified data needs saves them significant time, confusion, and money. Let CompuWeather assist you with your Certified Data needs each and every time you are preparing to go to court. CLICK HERE to view a sample of the Certified Weather Data Certificate with Blue Ribbon. We offer standard delivery (2-3 weeks) for certified data as well as rush delivery (5-7 business days) and super-rush delivery service (next business day AM or PM service).
Depositions – Our meteorologists are available for deposition either in our offices, at a location of your choosing or via video conference.
Affidavit Review– We will review, sign, and notarize an affidavit that you have prepared based on our opinion of the weather conditions relative to your case.
Other Important Items
Comprehensive Post Sale Support – CompuWeather provides post sale support at all times. Have questions about your report? Call us anytime and you can speak directly with one of our meteorologists. Our job is not complete until you are fully satisfied.
CompuWeather Approved Data Sources – CompuWeather has very strict internal guidelines about the approved data sources we use when producing our products. CompuWeather uses only National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) approved data sources. This guarantees that we are able to provide court admissible certified data for all of our products except STRIKEnet® and HailTrail™ reports.
CompuManage Volume Purchase Program – CompuWeather has a special program recognizing those law firms that utilize CompuWeather’s services frequently and consistently. Our CompuManage Program helps law firms save even more with corporate-wide discounts, exclusive programs and training to make doing business with CompuWeather simple and easy. Please contact us to find out more about this exclusive program
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