Forensic Engineering with Todd Stern – Episode 6

Level Up Claims
January 23, 2023

Episode Description

Galen welcomes Todd Stern to talk about forensic engineering, how it is beneficial to policyholders and carriers, and dealing with different inspections. Todd’s expertise will help guide anyone who is looking to start a career in restoration and insurance work or is expecting to have an engineering inspection.

Who’s The Guest?
Todd Stern started his roofing career at the age of 16. He quickly learned the trade and how to work with insurance companies. Hurricane Katrina was a pivotal moment for Todd’s career. He grew as a person in his career by working in commercial exteriors and on enormous projects with casinos and military bases. He now owns a company where he specializes as a forensic engineer specializing in insurance claims.


  • Reminiscing the past: How Todd Stern got started in restoration and insurance work.
  • How is forensic engineering beneficial to both the policyholder and the carrier?
  • Functional damage: What constitutes it, what works, and what doesn’t?
  • With the different inspections available, what does a real engineer inspection look like?
  • As everyone’s been conditioned that there’s a lower standard of performance, what does Todd see as the more troubling trends in terms of inspections that everyone should avoid?
  • The daily battle: What does it mean to level up for Todd?

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