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Perhaps due to the popularity of television shows that feature forensic medical doctors, archeologists, and scientists solving murder cases, the term forensic seems to have been inaccurately associated with death. The word actually comes from Latin and means “before the forum,” which effectively is a synonym for related to courts.

Forensic engineers use their knowledge of science, mathematics, and engineering to assist in the explanation of evidence and determination of facts, which may involve litigation. Forensic engineers are trained problem solvers who specialize in determining cause and origin of technically difficult claims in accident reconstruction, product liability, premise liability, and work-related injuries.

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