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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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Jan Roughan
President
465 N. Halstead Street
Suite 120
Pasadena CA 91107
USA
phone: (626) 351-0991
fax: (626) 351-0992
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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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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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    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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    Lisa K. Feather, RN, BSN, PA-C, MPAS, CLNC
    PO Box 453
    Wayne City IL 62895
    USA
    phone: 618-731-5292
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    Feather & Associates, LLC are Certified Legal Nurse Consultants and seasoned medical experts dedicated to helping develop informed understanding of relevant technical medical issues of any health or injury-related case.

    Feather & Associates, LLC offers a full range of medical-legal support solutions tailored to each client engagement, including case screening and evaluation, discovery services, data Collection, organization and summarization, and case development and trial preparation. Their cases include the following:
    • Medical & Nursing Malpractice
    • Personal Injury
    • Product Liability
    • Criminal
    • Workers Compensation
    • Workplace Injury / Illness
  • Negligence and Wrongful Death
  • Semi-Truck Accidents
  • Toxic Tort and Environmental
  • Probate
  • Employment
  • Disability, ADA, and Social Security
  • Founder and CEO, Lisa K. Feather, RN, BSN, PA-C, MPAS, CLNC, is a Legal Nurse Consultant, extensively experienced in broad areas of direct patient care, understands the nuances and subtleties of medical records and the hospital experience that are often missed by non-medical professionals. Her more than 34 years of direct healthcare experience encompasses:
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • Family Practice & Urgent Care
    • FMCSA Certified Medical Examiner
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Electronic Health Record (HER)
  • Trauma Care Instructor
  • Clinical & Nursing Management
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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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    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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    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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    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 previously served as Co- Chair of the American College Of Cardiology Cardiovascular Care Team and Section, and he also served as 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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