Trees are living organisms; they germinate, grow, mature, decline and eventually die. As trees mature, they acquire injuries that become defects that in time become a tree hazard. When environmental conditions create physical forces that exceed a trees weakest structural point, failures occur.
To live with trees implies a certain minimal level of risk and when trees are planted in close proximity to people and property, tree accidents may occur. Whether due to a tree part or whole tree failure, soil or root failure, trees can cause serious, and sometimes fatal accidents. Improper tree selection and location can result in hazardous situations that were not initially contemplated
As a Certified & Registered Consulting Arborist expert witness Mr. Rappoport will:
- Review and evaluate case documents provided by the client.
- Provide legal tree expert services including:
- Forensic tree risk assessment for downed trees.
- Tree risk assessment for standing trees and related risk.
- Perform site investigation and inspections, digital documentation.
- Discovery and due diligence.
- Review and determine the professional standard of care of tree service contractor.
- Review and analysis of industry standards.
- Conduct third party peer review.
- Develop a tree appraisal based on current industry standards.
- Develop or review tree protection plans and best management practices.
- Historical investigation, construction impacts and alterations.
- Develop an impartial expert opinion.
- Assist the client’s technical understanding of tree and arboriculture science.
- Explain the strength and weaknesses of their case.
Mr. Rappoport is a certified arborist and tree risk assessor qualified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Mr. Rappoport is a Registered Consulting Arborist (RCA #564), accredited by the American Society of Consulting Arborists. Combined with his arborist expertise, Mr. Rappoport is a C-27 California Landscape Contractor and a professional horticulturist, with a B.S. degree in Ornamental Horticulture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Mr. Rappoport is an independent tree expert and registered consulting arborist. He consults for and provides forensic tree expert legal opinions for defendant and plaintiff cases based on arboriculture science and merit.
Call Jeremy Rappoport for Certified Arborist Expert Witness Consulting services at 858-205-4748