About Chemical Forensic Investigations


Chemical Forensic InvestigationsGerard Macri & Associates provide forensic chemical investigations, technical and scientific analyses and serve as an expert witness in the areas of chemical identification, chemical forensic evidence, comparison of material compositions, chemical reactions and products, causes of chemical fires and explosions, chemical overexposure risks, sources of chemical contamination in air, soil, water and environment and other chemical investigations.

We provide clients with professional chemical forensic investigations and scientific analyses of the available evidence with supporting documentation to prove conclusively the validity of the client’s claim

The ability to identify and examine the relevant pieces of evidence of the case – both the evidence that is known as well as the latent facts that are yet undiscovered that could provide crucial support to the client’s claim.

We also provide risk assessments of chemical overexposures, hazardous chemical properties, hazardous chemical reactions and incompatible mixtures, proper hazardous materials handling, storage and disposal, and compliance with Federal and NY State environmental regulations.

  • Examination/Analysis of Chemical Forensic Evidence
  • Causation of Chemical Fires, Explosions, and Exothermic Reactions
  • Chemical Overexposure and Injury from Consumer Products
  • Scientific/Chemical Forensic Investigations
  • Analysis and Reconstruction of Chemical Reactions
  • Chemical Analyses of Substances Causing a Slip and Fall
  • Determination of Most Likely Chemical Reaction Products
  • Hazardous Chemical Reactions and Incompatible Chemical Mixtures
  • Estimation of Chemical Airborne Concentrations
  • Injury from Chemical Consumer Products
  • Chemical Product Defects and Manufacturer Liability
  • Chemical Analysis and Characterization of Unknown Materials
  • Investigation of Soil, Groundwater, and Storm Water Contamination
  • Compliance with/Violations of Federal EPA and State Environmental Regulations

Our scientific investigative services are unique based on our ability to recognize and focus on the key parameters and critical circumstances of the case that will vindicate the client’s claim.

The unique expertise to conduct an exhaustive search for those relevant facts not yet discovered or known to counsel that are unquestionably relevant and that can provide additional support to the client’s claim.

We utilize internal resources as well as a comprehensive network of diversified analytical laboratories, accident reconstruction experts, and chemical identification experts with the objective of providing the client with the most thoroughly exhaustive and complete analysis of all the facts available.

The single, most important reason for hiring our firm is due to our refusal to accept only the facts and evidence identified in the claim to date. Our specialists search for those relevant facts and latent evidence that is yet undiscovered and could provide crucial support to the client’s claim.

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Personal Injury Caused by a Steam Explosion Triggered by the Exothermic Reaction of a Caustic Sewer Drain Cleaner and Water

Commercial household drain cleaners sold in retail stores around the country contain a combination of fairly aggressive chemicals designed to unclog drains by dissolving grease, hair, food proteins, and other organic waste products. An individual was injured using a caustic cleaner to clear a drain. He filed a claim against the manufacturer. The plaintiff in …

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Personal Injury Claim of Chemical Sensitization Caused by the Vapors Released from a Constructive Adhesive Consumer Product

A New York City pathologist who lived in an upper east side Manhattan apartment claimed personal injury from the inhalation of vapors released from a commercially available construction adhesive used in her apartment while she was present. The plaintiff claimed permanent pulmonary distress, asthmatic symptoms, and sensitization to the smell of virtually all other chemicals …

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An Explosion Caused by the Mixture of Two Incompatible Waste Chemicals without the Support of Air or an Ignition Source

In 2002, a violent explosion from inside the basement of a ten-story building in New York City hospitalized 31 people (four critically) and caused extensive damages to the masonry structure. The blast dislodged portions of the basement ceiling and inside walls, the collapsed the concrete stairwells and portions of the elevator shaft, and shattered glass …

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The Scientific Method in a Slip and Fall Litigation Claim

A slip or trip and fall accident can occur in almost any location, from a wet floor in the grocery store to a dangerously uneven sidewalk. Not every situation gives rise to legal liability, but valid slip and fall claims are filed and settled every year. Oftentimes the defect in or an obstruction on the …

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