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Songer Evans Legal Nurse Experts
Joahnna D. Evans Budge RN, CCRN, CLNC
RN Legal Nurse Consultant, Expert Witness Experience
Offices in Bluffdale, UT & Kerman, CA
CA, UT USA
phone: 559-741-3054
fax: 18667282119
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California Office
15662 Orchard Way
Kerman, CA 93630
Utah Office
1581 W Iron Horse Blvd
Bluffdale, UT 84065
Joahnna Evans Budge RN, CCRN, CLNC (formerly Songer) is co-founder and lead Legal Nurse Consultant with Songer Evans Legal Nurse Experts. Ms. Evans Budge has 26 years of Critical Care, Emergency / Trauma, PACU/ Recovery Room, and Cardiac-Cardiovascular Surgery nursing practice at multiple university teaching hospitals, regional medical centers and level-one trauma centers. She is a specialist on CODE BLUE Issues and Procedure.

Ms. Budge actively practices in the hospital setting in Critical Care, Emergency Nursing, Nursing Supervision, Recovery Room/PACU and trauma neuro critical care. She has extensive knowledge and experience in the health care environment. She has more than 25 years of experience as both an Expert Witness & Medical-Legal Consulting Expert, reviewing medical records for case merit, case development and trial preparation.

Services Offered:
  • Critical Care / Intensive Care
  • Emergency Nursing
  • Case Screening for Merit: Screen and investigate medical-legal cases for merit; define the applicable standards of care; identify deviations from and adherences to hospital, state and nationally-accepted standards of care
  • Organize, analyze, summarize and interpret relevant medical records
  • Identify and request additional documents and tangible items relevant to the case
  • Research medical literature relevant to the case
  • Develop comprehensive case evaluations and reports for the attorney's study and case development
  • Identify and recommend potential defendants and witnesses
  • Assess alleged damages / injuries: Identify causative or contributing factors to the alleged damages/injuries
  • Review and analyze Expert Witness reports and testimony
  • Consult with health care providers
  • Attend depositions, trials, arbitration and mediation hearingsReview, analyze and summarize testimony, including past testimony
  • Prepare interrogatories, health care-related questions
  • Assist with medical / health care demonstrative evidence preparation
  • Attend IME sessions / IME reports
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9001 Wilshire Blvd Suite 200
Beverly Hills CA 90211
USA
phone: 310-274-3444
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Steven M. Simons, MD, FACP, FCCP, is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases. Dr. Simons has been awarded the distinction of Fellowship in both of these disciplines, based on his national reputation, quality of care, teaching and publications. He continues to actively teach and is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine.

Dr. Simons has over 25 years of experience as an expert witness, representing both defense and plaintiffs. He is proud of the fact that his meticulous case evaluations often disclose critical information that was not appreciated prior to his review. He is an articulate, highly credible witness and has successfully testified in many high profile cases.

Dr. Simons is highly experienced at conducting independent medical evaluations. He is an expert in quantitating the degree of impairment resulting from a variety of exposures and injuries; his reports are exemplary. Dr. Simons approaches the patient in a warm, unbiased manner. Perhaps the best evidence of this is the number of claimants who, following such an evaluation, requested that he become their physician despite the fact that his conclusions were not in their favor.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Lung Disease
  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Dyspnea
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Cough
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    Jeffrey G. Nicholson
    PA-C, Ph.D., M.Ed., MPAS
    7033 Wellauer Drive
    Milwaukee WI 53213-3734
    USA
    phone: 414-517-6915 (cell)
    The Physician Assistant Experts Network™ is a referral resource for attorneys seeking expert medical opinions on the standard of care provided by physician assistants and advanced nurse practitioners. The PA Experts Network™ was founded by Jeffrey G. Nicholson, PA-C, Ph.D., M.Ed., MPAS, an experienced medical-legal consultant and a leader in the physician assistant profession. He will either help you personally or facilitate a physician assistant expert from his network of board certified Physician Assistant Experts in all medical specialties. See his article on this website.

    Practicing 22 years, a PA Educator, Assistant Professor, and Director of the University of Wisconsin Physician Assistant Program.

    Services Include:
  • Medical Records Review, Deposition, Testimony, Referrals

    Education and Certifications:
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, 2008
  • Master of Education, M.Ed., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1989
  • Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies, University of Nebraska

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    Based on the first seventeen years of data from the National Practitioner Data Bank, nationwide Physician Assistant malpractice demonstrates lower malpractice incidence and average payment amounts over a 17 Year Period Compared to MDs and Advance Practice Nurses

    The physician assistant ("PA") expert witness is a board certified and state licensed health care professional who by experience or training is qualified to give an opinion on the standard of care provided by fellow physician assistants. Although formal training is not required, some PA expert witnesses have completed seminars conducted by and for legal nurse consultants.

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    Laura Burchell-Henson
    LNC, RN, Respiratory Therapist
    P.O. Box 1229
    Lakeside CA 92040
    USA
    phone: 619-749-5476
    fax: 619-749-5185
    Laura Burchell-Henson is a Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) with over 24 years combined experience in Nursing and Respiratory Therapy. Ms. Burchell-Henson has been retained in more than 600 medical related cases which includes testimony 170 times in either depositions, trial, arbitration, mediation or hearings. Ms. Burchell-Henson's Expertise Includes ICU, ER, nurse supervisor, interventional radiology, trauma, surgery, med-surg, Home Care, Nursing Home, decubitus ulcer prevention, fall prevention, IV therapy,policies & procedures & an active participant during JCAHO & DHS on-site visits. Identifies standards of care, life care plans, time-lined reports, locate experts, identify tampering of medical records, medical records review, identify cauation/damages, client interview & physical assessment.
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    Lawson Consulting, LLC
    Andrew Lawson, MD, FACEP
    Emergency Medicine Consultant and Expert Witness
    2618 San Miguel Drive, #460
    Newport Beach CA 92660
    USA
    phone: 949-400-5216
    Andrew Lawson, MD, is a Stanford trained, board certified Emergency Medicine Specialist. He works full time in a high volume regional adult & children’s medical and trauma center that sees over 60,000 patient visits per year. As a Quality Assurance Director for the last 10 years, Dr. Lawson has personally reviewed hundreds of cases and has overseen the review of thousands of medical records. He has been selected as a member of an elite group of physicians to provide hospital wide quality case reviews.

    Dr. Lawson is uniquely qualified to comment on Standard of Care Issues in Emergency Medicine. He has developed expertise in reviewing medical records for quality improvements and for reducing medical-legal pitfalls in his group’s medical practice. As an Expert Witness, he has developed the skills to provide thorough research and background information, pros and cons to the case, precise timelines, a unique approach and understanding of the opponent's expert witness testimony, and the highest quality consultation, chart review, and testimony for any situation. His unique teaching methods and presentation skills transform difficult, complex, and diverse topics into easy to understand information for jury members and other laypersons.

    Areas of Expertise include:
    • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
    • Critical Care Issues
    • Medical Case Review
    • Pre-hospital Care
    • Quality Assurance
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    Glenda E. Flemister, MD, FACP, FCCP
    IL. KY, NM, OK USA
    phone: 815-534-5533
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    Glenda E. Flemister, MD, FACP, FCCP, is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Flemister has over 30 years of experience in her field. She received her MD from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and is licensed to practice in Illinois, Kentucky, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.

    Dr. Flemister has over 10 years of experience in national insurance and payer companies. She has served as Medical Director for Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and Next Level Health Partners. She is currently the Executive Medical Director for Medical Health Solutions, a company involved in predicting trends to optimize healthcare at an affordable and sustainable rate. In this capacity, she provides education, consultation, and resources to the medical industry, medical providers, and managed care organizations.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Flemister has been providing medical legal chart review, depositions, and trial testimony to the legal community since 1994. Her cases involve Pulmonary and Critical Care medical issues. She has performed over 100 file reviews. Her services are available to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant, private hospitals, ISMIE (Illinois State Medical Inter-Insurance Exchange), and the AMA. Dr. Flemister's cases involve:
    • Pulmonary Medicine / Disease
    • Critical Care Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Pulmonary Medical Malpractice
    • Pulmonary Care Quality Assurance
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Transplant Issues
  • Asthma
  • Obstructive Lung Disease
  • Medical Devices
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    Louis Flancbaum
    MD
    5 Trinity Court
    Bergenfield NJ 07621
    USA
    phone: 201-663-1010
    fax: 201-357-2675
    ● Extensive experience in general surgery, bariatric surgery, GI surgery, trauma surgery and critical care

    ● Board Certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

    ● Fellow of American College of Surgeons, American College of Critical Care Medicine, and American College of Chest Physicians

    ● Member of 25 professional societies

    ● Held faculty appointments at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Ohio State University College of Medicine and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

    ● Published 2 books and over 120 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters

    ● Available for review and expert testimony in medical malpractice cases, insurance reviews and appeals and related matters
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    Dr. Kenneth A. Stein
    M.D.
    14312 Aitken Hill Court
    Chesterfield MO 63017
    USA
    phone: 314-495-7009
    fax: 708-585-3348
    Dr. Kenneth A. Stein is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the St. Louis University Health Sciences Center, Department of Surgery/Emergency Medicine Division.He is also a critical care physician at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Dr. Stein has lectured nationally on Pain Management, and Consults in the area of Pharmaceutical and Bio-Medical Product Development and Marketing.

    In litigation support Dr. Stein furnishes an unbiased opinion on medical malpractice and negligence cases, not guaranteeing a favorable outcome but providing an honest assessment.

    Expert Services Include:
    • Survey of case for merit
    • Medical Chart Review and Analysis
    • Preparation for Opposing Expert Deposition and Cross-Examination
    • Medical Literature Search
    • Expert Witness Testimony
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    6340 N. Campbell Avenue - Suite 200
    Tucson AZ 85718
    USA
    phone: 888-790-1399
    fax: 888-315-5705
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    ELITE MEDICAL EXPERTS works with attorneys to provide 100% Board-Certified physicians and surgeons practicing at the professorial level at the nation's leading universities. From Stanford to Yale, and from every medical and surgical specialty, ELITE secures fulltime practicing high-level experts from the nation’s most respected medical institutions. Each specialist is truly unique – a Board Certified professor with a dedicated clinical practice, extensive publications, and top-tier credentials from a major U.S. medical center. When an ELITE expert aligns with your case, you have a powerful voice – ready to testify – on your side.

    ELITE offers:
    • Immediate access to top-tier university physicians and surgeons.
    • Cost-effective case analysis on a flat-fee basis.
    • Panels of expert witnesses for complex cases.
    • Independent Medical Examinations (IME) within a favorable radius of any location
    To minimize expense, ELITE charges a single flat fee for the expert’s initial case review and oral opinion. If the case is non-meritorious, your firm's out-of-pocket expenses are capped. If the case moves forward, then all of our experts utilize standardized terms and fees. ELITE remains available to streamline communications, provide strategic support, and handle the details.  Experts are hand-selected within 14 days and will review records and offer independent opinions shortly thereafter.

    Please visit our web site. You also are welcome to call us.  You'll speak directly with a physician and there is never a charge to discuss your case.

    We welcome the opportunity to work with you on your next case.

    Dr. Burton Bentley II, M.D., FAAEM
    President, ELITE MEDICAL EXPERTS, LLC.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Anesthesiology
    • Bariatric Surgery
    • Cardiology
    • Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • Critical Care
    • Dermatology
    • Ears, nose & throat (Otolaryngology)
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Endocrinology
    • Epidemiology
    • Family Medicine
    • Gastroenterology
    • General Surgery
    • Gerontology
    • Gynecologic Oncology
    • Gynecology
    • Hand Surgery
    • Hospital medicine (Hospitalist)
    • Infectious Disease
    • Intensive Care (ICU) Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Interventional Radiology
    • Laparoscopic Surgery
    • Maternal Fetal Medicine
    • Neonatology
    • Nephrology
    • Neurology
    • Neurosurgery
    • Obstetrics
    • Oncology
    • Ophthalmology
    • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    • Orthodontics
    • Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Pathology
    • Pediatrics
    • Perinatology
    • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PMR)
    • Podiatry
    • Psychiatry
    • Pulmonology
    • Radiology
    • Rheumatology
    • Sports Medicine
    • Toxicology
    • Urology
    • Vascular Surgery
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    Donna S. Jones, RN
    1864 Gordon Manor NE
    Atlanta GA 30307
    USA
    phone: 404-290-2733
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    DSJ & Associates provides an array of expert, medical legal nurse consulting services that include: nursing negligence and malpractice, personal injury, and wrongful death, as well as Medical Care Review and Nursing Care Review for merit and Medical Record Review for adherence for Hospital Standard of Care, and Nursing Standard of Care for plaintiff, defense and insurance companies.

    Donna has over 40 years experience in Critical Care, Respiratory ICU, Cardiac Care, Progressive Care, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Emergency Department and remains clinically active in Critical Care. She maintains current certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Principles and Practices in Pain Management, NIH Stroke Scale and Patient Restraints.

    For more information on DSJ's and Donna's background and experience go to: http://www.linkedin.com/in/donnajonesrn

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    Caron W. Jones, RN, MSN,CNM, FNP
    Caron Jones
    RN, MSN,CNM, FNP
    344 Singing Hills Drive
    Pittsboro NC 27312
    USA
    phone: 919-699-0766
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    Caron Jones, RN, MSN,CNM, FNP, serves as an Expert Witness for Nursing Litigation involving OB / GYN, L&D, ER, ICU / CCU, and Urgent Care cases. A Certified Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner, Ms. Jones has over 34 years of experience. Her practice includes 12 years of advanced practice serving Women and 13 years of Emergency Room, Trauma, Intensive care, Critical Care, and Labor & Delivery / Birth Center Management. She also has over 8 years of High Risk Obstetrics / Labor & Delivery, Emergency Room, and Trauma experience.

    Ms. Jones has been honored with the Outstanding Emergency Nurse award from the Peninsula Emergency Council and the Govenor’s Nomination for Most Outstanding Nurse for EMS.

    Memberships:
    • American College of Nurse Midwives
    • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
    • NC Chapter of American College of Nurse Midwives
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    Carol Janse, MPH, BSN, RN, CLNC, CNLCP
    Janse LLC - CEO
    324 S. Diamond Bar Blvd #644
    Diamond Bar CA 91765
    USA
    phone: 909-590-3909 or 818-468-9914 (cell)
    fax: 909-591-2712
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    Carol Janse, MPH, BSN, PHN, RN, CEO of Janse Consulting, is a Nurse Life Care Planner and Legal Nurse Consultant serving clients in California and throughout the Country. Ms. Janse has 25 years of clinical and administrative hospital experience. She is masters prepared with an MPH, specializing in Health Education and Program Planning. Ms. Janse has a strong foundation in research which supports her judgment and ability to serve the needs of her clients. Her goal is to provide every client with a thorough and diligent case review or detailed cost analysis supported by evidence based medicine and data research.

    As a legal nurse consultant, Ms. Janse assists attorneys by reviewing medical records, identifying Breaches in Standards of Care and Tampering of Records. She functions under the Scope of Practice governed by the Board of Registered Nurses and is able to assimilate voluminous medical records, research issues and synthesize information into a concise report. As a Life Care Planner, Ms. Janse assesses medical costs, needed services, and goods of an injured person over an estimated life span.

    Ms. Janse provides expert testimony supporting plaintiff or defense counsel. She has experience in high profile and complex cases.

    Areas of Expertise are::
    • Spinal Cord Injuries
    • Multiple Traumas
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • CRPS / Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome
    • Amputations
    • Personal Injury / Falls
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Developmentally Disabled / Cerebral Palsy
  • Elder Abuse
  • Defense Critiques: Renal Failure, Multiple Traumas,Traumatic Brain Injuries, Motorcycle Accident, Gun shot wounds, crushing injuries and hip fractures.
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    Weston J. Welker, MD
    Huntsville AL 35802
    USA
    phone: 256-603-8857
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    Weston J. Welker, MD, has practiced Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine for over 30 years. His specialty focus is in the complex areas of Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine, as well as Wound Care, both Acute and Chronic.

    For the last 25 years, Dr. Welker has worked in ER settings providing critical care and trauma medical services. He has been trained by Healogics in chronic wound care in diabetics, pressure ulcers, and burns, and the coordination of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) for appropriate wounds. His background in this area is based on military research, as well as civilian experience. He works with prescribing controlled medical substances, and the legal responsibilities surrounding this in Chronic and Acute Pain Control.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Welker provides litigation support services to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. As a prior Medical Review Officer, he is available to review medical charts and to opine on issues concerning pain management medical malpractice.

    He teaches medical and nursing students within the office and emergency department format, has appeared on television to discuss various medical topics of community interest, and has organized medical lectures within the community.
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    Michael J. Blumenkrantz, MD, FACP, FACN, CNSP
    2080 Century Park East
    Ste 1207
    Los Angeles CA 90067
    USA
    phone: 310-289-9824
    fax: 310-271-3659
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    Michael Blumenkrantz, MD, FACP, FACN, CNSP, has over 40 years of experience specializing in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. Dr. Blumenkrantz is an internationally recognized expert in Internal Medicine, Dialysis, Kidney Disease, Total Parenteral Nutrition, and Nutrition. Achieving the rank of Associate Professor of Medicine (in residence) at UCLA, he has been in private practice for the past 30 years.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Blumenkrantz has been offering litigation support services to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense for 15 years. Approximately 40% of his cases involve renal issues and the remainder are in the field of internal medicine. Dr. Blumenkrantz has been involved in 350 cases in the past 15 years and has been deposed approximately 120 times. He has testified at 30 trials and arbitrations.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Internal Medicine
    • Dialysis
    • Hemodialysis
    • Peritoneal CAPD
    • Kidney Disease
    • Obesity
    • Nutrition Support
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)
  • Critical Care
  • Hypertension
  • Long Term Geriatric Care
  • Medical / Legal Quality Assurance
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
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    8,500 Experts 250 Specialties
    6425 Christie Avenue, Suite 260
    Emeryville CA 94608
    USA
    phone: 800-275-8903
    fax: 510-486-1255
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    Medical Experts for Malpractice & Personal Injury Cases
    AMFS is America's premier medical expert witness and consulting company. We are a trusted partner with the legal community and provide a superior method of retaining medical experts. Since 1990, we have provided board-certified medical experts in over 10,000 medical malpractice and personal injury cases with a 92% win-rate compared to the industry average of 28%.
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    At AMFS, we carefully screen our experts to ensure that they are in active practice and are not "professional" experts. Our internal policy of blind presentation and review ensures objectivity and enables our experts to provide forensic testimony with the highest credibility. We maintain our high standards through oversight from an advisory board of esteemed medical professionals.
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