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Dr. Karen Magarian
The Smart Choice for IME / DME Observers
P.O. Box 25978
Los Angeles CA 90025
USA
phone: 888-977-8393 (888-XPRT EYE ) or 818-786-7412
fax: 818-786-7413
ADVANTAGE REPRESENTATIVES (based in Los Angeles, CA) assists plaintiff personal injury attorneys by providing a reliable, experienced forensic observer to accompany clients (as an attorney's representative) during their Independent / Defense Medical Examination. Our primary function is to uphold limitations (per Response to Demand), audio record, document and evaluate the IME/DME. I am also available for expert witness testimony at deposition, arbitration or trial.

Specifically requested by hundreds of personal injury lawyers, Dr. Magarian is readily familiar with many local orthopedic and neurologic defense experts and can thereby provide valuable insight about their particular style and technique.

Since 1988, Dr. Magarian's gracious and professional demeanor, along with discerning and experienced attention to detail, have ranked her as the most sought-after independent observers in Southern California.

Areas of Specialization:
  • Motor Vehicle (Auto/Motorcycle/Bus) Accidents
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian Accidents
  • Slip/Trip & Fall Injuries
  • Dog Bite & Burn Injuries
  • Train/Plane/Boat Accidents
  • Med Malpractice
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John D. Baker, MD, FACC, FACP, FSCAI
4790 Irvine Blvd. #105-141
Irvine CA 92620-1973
USA
phone: 877- 924-9009
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John D. Baker, MD, FACC, FACP, FSCAI, is dual Board Certified in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Actively practicing, he has over 20 years of experience in Cardiology, Invasive and Interventional Cardiology.. Dr. Baker is currently the Director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories and Invasive/Interventional Cardiology for Anaheim Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Baker provides evidence based opinions regarding the medical facts of each case, for attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense. His services include medical record review for causation, angiogram review, depositions, expert testimony, written reports with writing including statements of merit, case summary opinions, and affidavits.

Dr. Baker also has extensive experience in peer review, in his capacities as prior Chair of Invasive Cardiology, organizing and maintaining high quality accurate peer review for Anaheim Memorial Medical Center, and redesigning the process to meet the Joint Commission's (JCAHO) Standards. He performs guideline and evidence-based reviews and depositions in all areas of Cardiology nationwide.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Stents
  • PTCA
  • Pacemakers
  • Angioplasty
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Radiation Safety
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Rotablators
  • Laser Atherectomy
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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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    Bruce Wapen
    MD, FACEP
    969-G Edgewater Blvd #807
    Foster City CA 94404-3760
    USA
    phone: 650-577-8635
    Experienced emergency physician, teacher & public speaker offers consultation, chart review and testimony as an expert witness for plaintiff or defense involving litigation arising from the Emergency Department. 20+ years of experience as a medical expert with qualification as an expert witness in emergency medicine at trials in the States of California, Alaska, Idaho, Michigan, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada.
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    Carlos M Torres
    M.D.
    3704 Sunrise Ranch Road
    Southlake TX 76092
    USA
    phone: 972-816-3928
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    EXPERTISE IN:

    1. The pathobiology, clinico-pathologic correlation, and histopathologic diagnosis of: diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, anus, liver, and pancreas.

    2. Human neoplasms (cancer) and preneoplastic conditions.

    3. Establishing standard of care, causation and cause of death.

    Dr. Torres was instrumental in creating a rather unique model of GI subspecialty-focused laboratory, that during his 12 yrs tenure became one of the largest private national Anatomic Pathology laboratories-Caris/Miraca Life Sciences.

    BACKGROUND:

    1. Anatomic Pathology Residency: Washington Univ-Barnes Hospital 1991-94.

    2. Oncologic Pathology Fellowship: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center 1994-95.

    3. Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology Fellowship: Harvard-Brigham & Womens Hospital 1995-96.

    4. Instructor at Harvard Medical School: 1996-1998.

    5. Assistant Professor and Director of Gastrointestinal Pathology Division at Univ. of Texas Health Science Center-Hermann Hospital, Houston Medical Center: 08/1998 - 12/2000.

    6. Staff GI Pathologist and Quality Assurance Director at Caris/Miraca Life Sciences, Dallas TX: 01/2001 - 04/2012.

    7. Staff Pathologist, Anatomic Pathology Division of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, Long Island NY: 05/2013 - 05/2015.

    8. Staff Pathologist, Anatomic Pathology Division of Alliance Health Sciences, Dallas TX: 01/2016 - present.

    9. Sole-Proprietor of "Expert Pathology Consultation Services", Dallas TX: 2001-present.
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    Lois G. Hawkins, RN, CLNC
    2266 South Dobson Road
    Suite 200
    Mesa AZ 85202
    USA
    phone: 480-306-6389
    fax: 480-393-4623
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    Lois Hawkins, RN, CLCP of Hawkins Forensic Consulting, Inc, specializes in Medical and Vocational Damage Assessment in personal injury and catastrophic injury cases throughout the United States. For over 10 years, Ms. Hawkins has been evaluating cases involving children and adults with complex, catastrophic injuries, as well as less serious injuries.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Catastrophic Medical Case Management - Traumatic Brain Injury, Acquired Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Amputation, Soft Tissue Injury, Chronic Pain, Burns, Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Delay, Chronic Respiratory Conditions, Visual & Hearing Impaired
    • Life Care Planning - Comprehensive Record Review and supportive documentation / Case Analysis, Case Summary Chronology, Clinical Interview and History with Patient, Medical-Legal Research, Assessment of Future Medical / Rehabilitation Needs
    • Legal Nurse Consulting
    Professional Memberships and Associations
    International Academy of Life Care Planners (IALCP) - Present
    International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) - Present
    American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) - Past
    American Operating Room Nurse (AORN ) - Past
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    Mary Meinhard
    PO Box 704
    June Lake CA 93529
    USA
    phone: 760-648-1115
    fax: 760-648-1125
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    Mary C. Meinhard RN-BC, BS, JD, CLCP, MSC-C is a Nurse Attorney/ Legal Nurse Consultant, Certified Life Care Planner, Board-Certified Nurse Case Manager, and Medicare Set-Aside Consultant-Certified. She has offices in California and Nevada, and provides Medical/Legal Consulting services nationwide. She has over 35 years of experience working with catastrophically injured patients/clients as a Registered Nurse, in addition to 20+ years of experience as a California Attorney, and is retained by both Plaintiff and Defense as a consultant in Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Workers' Compensation cases.

    Representative diagnoses include, but are not limited to:
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Acquired Brain Injury
    • Spinal Cord Injuries / Paralysis
    • Severe Burns
    • Amputations
    • Orthopedic Injuries
    • Complications of Pregnancy, Premature Births and Birth Injuries
    • Complications of Diabetes
    • Chronic Pain / Illness
  • Organ Transplants
  • Chronic Renal Failure
  • End Stage Renal Disease
  • AIDS
  • Non-Healing Wounds
  • Malignancies
  • Toxic Exposure
  • Mental Illness
  • Addiction
  • Services Include:
    • Legal Nurse Consulting
    • Medical Record Review / Summary
    • Case Merit Evaluation/Standards of Care
    • Life Care Planning
    • Mini / Preliminary Life Plans
    • Medicare Set-Aside Allocations
    • Expert Fact and Opinion Testimony
    • Attendance at Independent Medical Exams
    • Litigation Support - Formulation of Discovery Plans, Preparation of Deposition/Cross Examination Questions, Conducting Medical Expert/Opposing Life Care Planner Depositions
    Ms. Meinhard also holds certification from the Pepperdine University School of Law Straus Institute for Alternative Dispute Resolution and is available as a Mediator for personal injury cases of all types - especially when competing Life Care Plans are at issue.

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    Jan Roughan
    President
    114 W. Colorado Blvd.
    Monrovia CA 91016
    USA
    phone: 626-303-6333 ext. 217
    fax: 626-303-8080
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    Ms. Roughan is a Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist who functions in the capacity of case manager, life care planner and expert witness. Her company, Roughan & Associates at LINC, is a nationally recognized Case Management and Medical/Legal Consulting service. It has been in existence since 1987, providing coordination of patient care; construction of Life Care Plans; and, consultative services to both the defense and plaintiff bar on simple and complex cases alike. Ms. Roughan has experience with diagnoses involving both children and adults and are knowledgeable in current treatment philosophies, identification of appropriate resources.

    Diagnoses include, but are not limited to:
    • Neurological Injuries (Brain and Spinal Cord Injury)
    • Burns
    • Orthopedic Injures
    • Amputation
    • Chronic Pain
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Services Include:
    • Expert Testimony
    • Life Care Planning
    • Mini/Preliminary Life Care Plan
    • Video Services
    • Medical Record Review
    • RN Independent Medical Exam
    • Medicare Set Aside Trust Analysis
    • Medical Bill Auditing
    • Questions: Deposition Cross Examining
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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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    Trinity Medical Center
    Mary B. Gloeckner, RN, MS, APN, WOCN
    PO Box 801
    Moline IL 61266
    USA
    phone: 309-236-5328
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    Mary B. Gloeckner, RN, MS, APN, is a Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist who specializes in Wound Care and Ostomy Nursing. She has been a nursing consultant at Trinity Medical Center in Rock Island, Illinois, a 500 Bed hospital, for over 30 years.

    Ms. Gloeckner started the Wound & Ostomy Clinic (WOC) program at Trinity when she began there in 1983. She currently sits on 2 National Boards, the WOC Certification Board, and the Friends of Ostomates Worldwide. Ms. Gloeckner was also elected to sit on the International Board on Skin Tears. She was honored with receiving the 2011 Iowa Affiliate Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society's (WOCN) Nurse of the Year Award.

    Ms. Gloeckner provides litigation support service to attorneys for Plaintiff and Defense. Her cases in include issues related to Wound Care and Colon and Rectal Surgery. Ms. Gloeckner is available to review medical records for standard of care and causation.

    Areas of Expertise and Consultation:
    • Wound Care
    • Decubitus Positions
    • Colostomy
    • Ileostomy
    • Urostomy
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Venous ulcers
  • Vascular ulcers
  • Fistulas
  • Diabetes
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    Silvia O. Aninye, AS RN CLNC FCM
    Hawthorne CA USA
    phone: 310-227-0375
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    Silvia Aninye, AS, RN, CLNC, FCM, CEO for Weber Legal Nursing Consulting LLC, has a lengthy background in the Medical-Legal industry. She is licensed as a Registered Nurse, Certified as a Nursing / Home Health Assistant, and Paralegal.

    Throughout her career as a paralegal, going over medical malpractice liability cases, Ms. Aninye honed her legal and medical malpractice research skills. Her knowledge of the Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation industry is comprehensive and current. She serves as an Independent Medical Examiner, Case Manager, Worker's Compensation PPA, and Life Care Planner.

    Litigation Support - Silvia Aninye has been involved in over 140 cases over the past 4 years which produced 9 trials, 3 depositions, 1 arbitration, and 1 hearing. She is Court Qualified as a Handwriting Expert and Certified Forensic Document Examiner in Nebraska, Nevada and Iowa, in State and Federal Courts.

    Ms. Aninye also provides Translation Services in Ibo (Nigeria Dialect), English, French, and German. She has been exposed to medical insurance in Germany, Nigeria, and France. Her translation services are included with her medical reviews so that a separate translator is unnecessary.

    Litigation Support Services and Consultations:
    • Medical Record Review
    • Translation Services
    • Telephonic Case Management
    • Field Case Management
    • Life Care Planning
    • IME Observation
    • Medical Chronology
    • Handwriting authentication including anonymous writings, handwritten numerals
    • Authentication of originals documents, lifted signatures, cut and paste documents
    • Forensic examination of handwriting signatures, journals, logs, medical records
    • Illustrations and reports providing visual evidence and litigation support
    • Consultations regarding qualifying witnesses
    • Preparing questions for direct or cross examination
    • Personal coaching for accessing the best outcome for client and legal team
    • Jury selection based on Handwriting and Non Verbal body Language
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    Karen Wilkinson, MN, ARNP, LNC
    615 N 137th Street
    Seattle WA 98133
    USA
    phone: 425-367-2275
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    Karen Wilkinson MN, ARNP, LNC is a Legal Nurse Consultant and Paralegal with over 30 years of nursing experience and 20 years of nursing faculty experience. Over those 30 years she has worked in various settings including adult intensive care, medical/surgical, oncology, GYN, infant ICU, special care nursery, OB/post-partum, community health/home care, and pediatric ICU and acute care.

    As a nurse practitioner and paralegal, Ms. Wilkinson has cultivated an excellent relationship between law and medicine. She is uniquely qualified to assess both the medical and nursing issues in a case and has critically analyzed thousands of medical records. Ms. Wilkinson is available to screen cases for merit, define standards of care, identify causation, and generally assist attorneys at both deposition and trial.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Nursing Care Issues
    • Medical Care Issues
    • Ancillary Care Issues
    • Inner Workings of Hospitals
    • JCAHO Accreditation
    • Pain Assessment & Management
    • Neurodevelopmental Issues
  • Staffing
  • Delegation
  • Managed Care
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Life Care Plans
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Medication Error
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