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Ronald T. Smolarski
MA, CLCP, CEA, CRC, LPC, CCM, CVE, CRV, CDEII
114 Felch St.
Ann Arbor MI 48103
USA
phone: 800-821-8463
fax: 734-665-2584
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Ronald Smolarski Vocational Rehabilitation Expert PhotoRonald T. Smolarski has 38 years of experience in the field of Rehabilitation and Economics. For Personal Injury and other related cases, Mr. Smolarski, specializes in Catastrophic & Pediatric Care, is qualified in the courts to provide expert testimony in several areas, including:
  • Life Care Planning (Future Medical)
  • Forensic Economist (Economic Loss / Lost Income / Loss of Earning Capacity / Present & Future Value)
  • Vocational Expert (Vocational Testing of Worker Traits)
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations (Upper & Lower Extremity)
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Projections
Litigation Support - Ronald Smolarski is highly experienced in cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, and trusts. He has participated in hundreds of trials and depositions as an Expert Witness in District, Circuit, and Federal Court. His services are available to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense.

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4/28/2015 · Life Expectancy
THIS ARTICLE DESCRIBES HOW Life Care Planners can help trust officers, relationship managers, estate planners and attorneys determine the future monetary requirements, in actual dollars, of a catastrophically disabled, pediatric or geriatric client. This can be done through the creation of a Life Care Plan for that individual's lifetime. Case histories are used to demonstrate how LCPs address the complex needs of such clients. The article concludes with a discussion of the ways in which the discipline of Life Care Planning complements the expertise of the trust officer.

3/26/2015 · Life Expectancy
How funds are handled after the settlement of a case reflects the competency and knowledge of attorneys and recognizes their outstanding legal skills. This article focuses on the management of settlement proceeds and the maintenance aspect of the care of a client with a disability when that client's financial health is turned over to a trust attorney, relationship manager, financial planner, trust officer or estate planner.

2/24/2015 · Damages
How do you determine what care and how much money a chronically or catastrophically disabled individual will need for the rest of his or her life? Some attorneys representing either the plaintiff or the defendant in such cases are now getting the expert help they need from specially trained rehabilitation consultants called "life care planners".

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Dr. Robert E. Burdick, MD
2201 39th Ave E.
Seattle WA 98112
USA
phone: 206-329-5948
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Robert E. Burdick, MD, is a Board Certified Medical Hematologist and Oncologist with over 40 years of academic, clinical, and expert witness experience. Trained at the University of Washington, he is licensed in the state of Washington and maintains a faculty position at the University of Washington as an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine.

In addition to having a broad base of experience with both private practice and academic medicine, he is current with medical literature pertaining to his expertise. His experience includes chemotherapy drug trials, collaboration with surgeons, radiation therapists, and bone marrow transplantation subspecialists and the allied fields of radiation therapy, surgical oncology, diagnostic radiology, and surgical pathology.

Dr. Burdick is knowledgeable about solid tumors such as cancer of the breast, lung, colon, thyroid, tongue, larynx, head and neck, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, anus, skin, melanoma, liver, kidneys, bladder, pancreas, ovary, testicle, hepatoma, and sarcoma, as well as soft tissue malignancies such as non-Hodgkin's and Hodgkin's lymphoma, the acute and chronic leukemia's, multiple myeloma, anemias, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, and pancytopenia.

Robert Burdick has over 30 years of experience in the medical-legal arena with expertise in evaluating deviations from the standard of practice for both plaintiffs and defendants. He has testified in 30 to 50 depositions and 8 to 10 trials. He is able to project credibility, explain complex medical issues in easily understood terms, and has the poise and demeanor to withstand the rigors of cross-examination while defending those opinions.

Dr. Burdick is articulate in both oral or written form, and writes a clear, concise and ethical opinion supported by the premise of evidence based medicine. His opinions are prompt and he will state clearly whether he believes the standard of care has been violated, causation, and the degree of damages the claimant has sustained.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Anemia
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Blood Disorders
  • Bone Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cancer Causation
  • Cancer Therapies
  • Causation Analysis
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Delay in Diagnosis
  • Hematology

  • Hemophilia
  • Hodgkin's Disease
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Leukodystrophies
  • Liver Cancer
  • Loss of Life Expectancy
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Medical-Legal Issues

  • Melanoma
  • Myeloma
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Neutropenia
  • Oncology
  • Oral Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Standard of Care
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Thrombosis
  • 9/30/2014 · Medical
    "Has the standard of care been violated?" is the basic question in all medical malpractice cases, the answer to which may be difficult to determine because the standard of care is often unwritten, can be ever changing, and is a blend of academic and private practice opinions. In addition to having a broad base of experience with both private practice and academic medicine the expert witness must be current with the medical literature, knowledgeable about solid tumors such as cancer of the breast, lung, colon, thyroid, tongue, larynx, head and neck, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, anus, skin, melanoma, liver, kidneys, bladder, pancreas, ovary, testicle, hepatoma, and sarcoma, as well as soft tissue malignancies such as non-Hodgkin's and Hodgkin's lymphoma, the acute and chronic leukemia's, multiple myeloma, anemias, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, and pancytopenia.

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    Vera F. Dolan, MSPH, FALU
    Principal
    6238 Belgium Drive
    Las Vegas NV 89122
    USA
    phone: 702-476-8500
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    Vera Dolan is an epidemiologist with over 30 years of experience in the life and health insurance industries. She is one of the leading mortality experts in the life insurance industry. She writes underwriting manuals and policy and procedure manuals for life and health insurance companies.

    Vera has testified in both state and federal court, and has been retained in over 100 cases since 2006 for plaintiffs and defense on an equal basis. She is very credible testifying in deposition and on the stand.

    * Life expectancies that are personalized and accurate to the standards of the life insurance and life settlement industries. Addresses the cases when life expectancies that are simply taken from a life table or estimated by a doctor, actuary or biostatistician are not sufficient or credible. Addresses the cases when a complete insight into the individual's medical conditions and/or personal history of high-risk behaviors is needed to assist the judge or jury in their decision. This information often decides the case, see article for details.

    * Expert in bad faith/wrongful denial of life/health insurance claims.

    * Expert in life/health insurance underwriting material misrepresentation.

    * Expert in medical risk assessment and underwriting issues.

    * Expert in life insurance underwriting policies and procedures.

    * Expert in epidemiology. Previous cases include infectious diseases, occupational and environmental exposures, pesticides and tobacco.

    * Approved life expectancy expert with the U.S. Department of Justice.

    * Active consultant to the life insurance industry conducting cohort mortality studies, and writing underwriting and policy and procedure manuals.

    * Over 100 articles published on mortality research and underwriting.

    * Friendly, clear, concise, objective and quantitative.

    * There is no charge for the initial phone consultation.

    * There is no charge for travel time.

    2/21/2013 · Life Expectancy
    The advantages of a life expectancy using life insurance underwriting and life settlement methods include:

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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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    Edward M. Foster, PhD
    4754 Fremont Ave. South
    Minneapolis MN 55419-5207
    USA
    phone: 612-418-5246
    fax: 612-823-6236
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    Edward M. Foster, PhD, is a Forensic Economics Expert with over 40 years of experience. Dr. Foster received his PhD in economics from MIT in 1961. He is professor emeritus and past chairman, Department of Economics, University of Minnesota, where he taught from 1961 to 2008 and held several other administrative positions. He has been a consultant in forensic economics since the late 1960s.

    Dr. Foster has analyzed cases related to individual plaintiffs and to class actions for plaintiff and defendant, the U. S. Attorney’s office (Minneapolis), and the Minnesota Attorney General's office. Much of his consulting for the government was also concerned with valuing costs and benefits from government investment projects, including those in health and safety that require the valuation of human lives, and those that require evaluation of corporate investment opportunities. Much of his teaching, research, and research carried out under his supervision by graduate students has been in this same area of cost-benefit analysis.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Foster specializes in Loss Analysis in civil litigation. He advises both plaintiff and defense attorneys on cases involving Personal Injury / Wrongful Death, Employment Disputes, and Lost Business Profits cases.

    Dr. Foster has provided approximately 2,000 independent reports and evaluation of opposing experts' reports in the past 40 years, and testified often in Federal and State courts (AK, IA, MN, OH, ND, NV, SD, WI).
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    901-1851 Sherbrooke east
    Montreal H2K4L5
    Canada
    phone: 514-738-6476
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    François Sestier, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FACC, CIME, is a Cardiologist and Life Expectancy Calculation expert. He has over 40 years of experience in the field of medicine, 29 years as an Adult Cardiologist in the cath lab and 30 years as an Insurance Medical Officer.

    Education - Dr. Sestier graduated from medical school in Nancy, France, 1967, where he obtained certification in Cardiology, Pneumology, Occupational Medicine, and Aeronautical Medicine. In Canada, since 1973, he obtained a Quebec certification in cardiology (CSPQ), and a fellowship in cardiology of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (FRCPc). Dr. Sestier also obtained a PhD in Experimental Medicine (McGill, 1977).

    Experience - Dr. Sestier has been a staff cardiologist at CHUM, Hôtel-Dieu, Montreal, medical director of Quebec Blue Cross since 1985 and medical director and vice-president of OptimumRe since 2002. He received certifications from the American Board of Insurance Medicine (1995) and the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (2011). As a medical officer for various insurance companies, he has reviewed over 1,000 applications for life Insurance, giving advice on the Mortality and Life Expectancy associated with the applicant's medical conditions.

    Dr. Sestier - Life Expectancy Calculation


    Litigation Support - Dr. Sestier's medico-legal advice is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. He has performed life expectancy calculations for litigation purposes on topics as diverse as traumatology, traumatic brain injury, cognitive impairment, spinal cord injury, morbid obesity, diabetes, many different cardio-vascular pathologies, sudden death, stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease, sleep apnea, liver cirrhosis, hepatitis B and C, and all kinds of cancers.

    Areas of Litigation Expertise:
    • Disability Assessment
    • Permanent Disability Eligibility
    • Medical Liability
    • Insurance Médicine
    • Life Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Travel Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Life Expectancy Calculations
  • Work Life Expectancy calculation
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    Steven A. Eisenberg
    Consulting Actuary & Owner
    1136 Old Roswell Rd
    Roswell GA 30076
    USA
    phone: 404-307-9861
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    Steven Eisenberg Insurance Actuary Expert PhotoSteven A. Eisenberg, FSA, MAAA has over 45 years actuarial experience. He offers litigation support nationwide with regard to personal injury and wrongful death economic damages, appropriate mortality, life expectancy (note: population tables, that have not been modified by an actuary for lifestyle, chronic illnesses, family history, result in unreasonably long life expectancies), interest (discount) rates, future increases in income (note: historical experience indicates that wage inflation rates are lower than discount rates). His litigation support also includes life insurance product design and pricing, compensation, illustrations, administration and management services, policyholder tax issues, and product appropriateness.

    Background Experience - Throughout his career, Mr. Eisenberg worked extensively in litigation support as an expert witness including actuarial design, administration and illustration of various life insurance and annuity products, both traditional and non-traditional, universal life (or excess interest products), and both general account and separate account variable insurance products. His expert work includes pricing these products and developing appropriate actuarial assumptions (e.g. mortality and life expectancy, interest and discount rates, agent or broker compensation and expense assumptions).

    He is also a co-inventor of several patents dealing with financial derivatives(swaps) relating to longevity and mortality mitigation.

    In 1986, Mr. Eisenberg pioneered the development of large case COLI and BOLI and unwind strategies that are still used today. He is a renown expert in designing, developing, and evaluating Bank owned life insurance (BOLI) and Corporate owned life insurance (COLI) programs for insurance companies, banks, other financial institutions, brokers and litigation clients. This includes developing appropriate actuarial assumptions (mortality and longevity, lapses and surrenders, expenses, taxes, interest and discount rates, compensation, policy dividends and life insurance company profitability and investment exposure (disintermediation)). He also developed administrative procedures, sophisticated illustration systems (for example, utilization of policy loans and partial surrenders) and insurable interest issues. His expertise includes policy owner tax issues (e.g. Section 264, 7702, 7702A, 1035) and legislative changes. He has evaluated the appropriateness of these products (general or separate account including stable value) for corporate and bank policy owners, including the accounting and financial impact to the policy owners.

    Mr. Eisenberg is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (1973) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (1975). He has served as an Instructor of Actuarial Science at Georgia State University and delivers lectures and seminars to associations throughout the United States.

    His services are offered to clients nationwide.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Eisenberg currently provides expert litigation support for all aspects of life insurance and personal injury. He is a renowned expert in:
    • COLI / BOLI Product Design
    • Assumptions & Contracts
    • Tax History
    • Broker
    • Consultant
    • Third Party Administrator
  • Marketing and Administration
  • Compensation and Standards of Practice
  • Benefit Funding and Financial Analysis
  • life settlement
  • Loss Determination
  • Personal Injury economic Damages
  • Life Expectancy and Mortality