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5380 Old Bullard Rd
Suite 600-326
Tyler TX 75703
USA
phone: 414-218-4310
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Seth Womack Emergency Medicine Expert PhotoSeth P. Womack, MD, FAAEM, is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. A fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Womack is recognized for his expertise in pediatric, trauma, neurological, and cardiac resuscitation. Dr. Womack is also ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) certified and has completed the Difficult Airway Course: Emergency ™. He is currently licensed to practice in Louisiana, Texas, and Wisconsin.

With an undergraduate Degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Biomedical Engineering, Dr. Womack is an experienced flight physician, skilled in the utilization of video laryngoscopy for emergency airway management and bedside ultrasound procedures. He has treated over 25,000 patients over the course of his medical career.

Litigation Support - Dr. Womack is highly experienced and able to serve as an Emergency Medicine expert witness. His case review services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. Dr. Womack works on cases involving an alleged breach of the standard of care committed by an emergency room physician. The issues he may be called upon to address include standard of care, breach, and causation.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Heart Attacks
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Strokes
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Airway Management
  • Appendicitis
  • Ectopic Pregnancy
  • Pneumonia
  • Aneurysm Trauma
  • Testicular Torsion
  • Mental Health / Suicide
  • Sepsis
  • Airway Management
  • Central Line Placement
  • CASE: 43-year-old male presents to the ER with chief complaint of vomiting blood and epigastric (upper stomach) pain. Approximately 1 hour prior to presenting to the ER, he finished dinner with his family of 5; became nauseated and sweaty; and vomited his meal mixed with a large amount of dark red blood. His wife states that it seemed "like a gallon!" Pertinent past history included weekly ibuprofen use for chronic knee pain and alcohol use consisting of beer only on the weekends when he is not working.

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    Jeffrey C. Wolkowicz, MD
    3100 Coral Springs Dr.
    Ste 304
    Boca Raton FL 33433
    USA
    phone: 954-821-2241
    fax: 954-341-1009
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    Jeffrey C. Wolkowicz, MD, has over 20 years of experience in the field of Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine. In private practice in Coral Springs Florida, he has active hospital privileges at Coral Springs Medical Center, Coral Springs, Northwest Medical Center, Margate, and University Hospital, Tamarac.

    Since 2002, Dr. Wolkowicz has served as the Chairman of Pharmacy and Therapeutics and the Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy / Pulmonary Diagnostic Services at Coral Springs Medical Center. He is also Chairman of the Critical Care Committee and an Infection Control Committee member.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Wolkowicz He has been providing services to the legal industry for over 10 years. He offers support to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. His services include IME's, record reviews, written reports, and expert testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Pulmonary Disease
    • Critical Care Medicine
    • Asthma
    • Asbestos
    • Reactive Airways Disease
    • COPD
    • Pneumonia
  • Lung Cancer
  • Bronchitis
  • Asbestosis
  • Occupational Lung Disease
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sepsis
  • ARDS
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    Clinton F. Merrill, Jr., MD
    118 Mountain Air Dr.
    Laramie WY 82070
    USA
    phone: 308-225-3954
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    Clinton F. Merrill, Jr., MD, has over 35 years of experience in clinical Internal Medicine and 28 years of experience in Medical Oncology and Hematology.

    Dr. Merrill is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of all solid tumors as well as the full range of hematologic malignancies. He has special expertise in benign hematology including: anemias, low blood cell counts, iron overload disorders, bleeding and clotting disorders.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Merrill offers expert witness services to counsel representing Plaintiff and Defendant. His services include medical record review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony. Dr. Merrill takes pride in providing thorough record review, meticulously researched reports reflecting unbiased opinions, and excellent communication skills with the ability to make the complex understandable.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Breast Cancer
    • Colon Cancer
    • Lung Cancer
    • Tumors
    • Leukemias
    • Lymphomas
  • Myeloma
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Benign Hematology
  • Anemia
  • Bleeding and Clotting Disorders
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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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    Washington State University
    Tracy L. Skaer, PharmD, FC, FABFE, FASHP, FASCP
    College of Pharmacy
    HSB Suite 210 PO Box 1495
    Spokane WA 99210-1495
    USA
    phone: 509-358-7724
    fax: 509-358-7744
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    Tracy L. Skaer, PharmD, FABFE, FASHP, FASCP is a Certified Forensic Consultant and Professor of Pharmacotherapy with over 30 years of pharmaceutical experience; 10 years as an expert witness.

    Dr. Skaer is a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Examiners Institute, the highest honor ACFEI can bestow upon a member that is reserved for those with outstanding achievements and excellence. She is also a Fellow of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacist, and a Member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacist's (ACCP) Pain and Palliative Care Practice and Research Network (PRN).

    Dr. Skaer's research interests include chronic pain, comorbid mental illness in chronic disease, depression, anxiety disorders, insomnia, mindfulness, complementary and alternative medicine, and pharamcoeconomics and pharmacoepidemiology. Her research has been supported by over $3.2 million in grants from foundations and pharmaceutical industry.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Skaer has completed several expert cases across the United States. Her services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include record review, written reports, deposition, and trial testimony. Dr. Skaer's cases involve:
    • Chronic Pain
    • Narcotic Use
    • Opioid Pill Mills
    • Illicit Substance Abuse
    • Opioid Overdose
    • Wrongful Death
  • Urine Drug Testing
  • Medication-Related Suicide
  • Medication Reactions and Interactions
  • FDA Controlled Substances Act
  • Opioid Prescribing
  • Opioid Dispensing Regulations
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    Alan J. Waldman, MD
    703 N. Main St.
    Ste. B
    Gainesville FL 32601
    USA
    phone: 352-377-3771
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    Alan J. Waldman, MD, has practiced Forensic Neuropsychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry for over 20 years. He specializes in the evaluation of head injuries, dementia, any type of post accident cerebral neuropathy, and any neuropsychiatric / psychiatric disorder.

    The learning and honing of Dr. Waldman's skills progressed through his stint as full time faculty at the University of Florida, his subsequent private practice, the neuropsychiatric consultant to a head injury rehabilitation and residential facility, and the medical directorship of a 217 bed State of Florida forensic psychiatric institution. While at the institution, he did consultations on the head injured patients and those suspected of malingering.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Waldman has evaluated over 400 respondents or potential respondents, for the state and defense in Florida's post incarceration sex offender program. He has testified in approximately 50 hearings and trials (again for both sides) and has been qualified as an expert in the prediction of sex offender recidivism risk. He has a great deal of experience in the detection of Embellishment and Malingering.

    Dr. Waldman has been qualified as an expert witness in circuit, county, and federal courts through out Florida. He was retained by the Office of the Attorney General of Texas in Austin for a case involving questions of malingering by a death row inmate whose case was remanded back to the Federal District Court in Austin by the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Waldman has testified in courts in California, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Maryland, New Hampshire, and Texas.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Sexually Violent Predator Evaluations
    • Brain Injury
    • Criminology
    • Competence to Proceed (Stand Trial)
    • Forensic Psychiatry
    • Forensic Psychology
    • IMEs
    • Malingering
    • Embellishment
    • Neurophysiology
    • Neuropsychiatry
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Impaired Driver
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sanity / Trial Competency
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Cognitive Impairments
  • Sexual Harassment / Discrimination
  • Spousal Abuse
  • Stalking
  • Suicide
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    Vast Enterprises, LLC
    Timothy Luckett , BS, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, CIC, LNC
    President/CEO
    14171 Shepherd Drive
    Rancho Cucamonga CA 91739
    USA
    phone: 909-268-2126
    fax: 773-945-8103
    Timothy P. Luckett, BS, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, CIC, LNC a Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) gives expert opinions and testimony in all types of medical malpractice cases for both Plaintiff and Defense. Mr. Luckett is a Registered Nurse Expert in Surgery, ICU, Nursing Home Neglect, Outpatient Surgery Center Matters, and Hospital Surgical Matters.

    Mr. Luckett has served as a circulating nurse, RR nurse, and as a registry nurse in General Surgery, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Gynecology, Vascular and Urology Surgeries. He has given numerous laser safety lectures and is a clinical assistant for the University of California at Los Angeles, Registered Nurse First Assist (RNFA) program. Mr. Luckett has also served as a case consultant and reviews nurse malpractice cases for the California Board of Registered Nursing.
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    Timothy S. Beck, MD
    Medical-Legal Consultant
    PO Box 384
    Clayton GA 30525
    USA
    phone: 706-982-4156
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    Timothy S. Beck, MD, is an Internist, board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Beck has been actively practicing medicine in several different settings for greater than 10 years, including outpatient office, hospitals, and nursing homes.

    Dr. Beck has been providing Medical-Legal support since 2009. With medical licenses in Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee, his experience includes Legal Case Reviews, Independent Medical Reviews, Disability Case Reviews. In addition, Dr. Beck serves as the medical director for a regional home health agency, he is an assistant clinical professor at Georgia Regents University and is the medical director of a multi-state ambulatory lab company. Dr. Beck offers physician led consultation, advocacy, and guidance through the medical system. He provides timely responses to inquiries, work done on time, and work done accurately. Dr. Beck specializes in finding and defending the truth with respect to:
    • Medical Errors
    • Medication Errors
    • Hospital Errors
    • Deviations from the Standard of Care
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    John F. Steinfirst, LCSW
    70 Parker Avenue
    San Francisco CA 94118
    USA
    phone: 415-753-9441 (Office), 510-773-9485 (Cell)
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    John F. Steinfirst, LCSW, has over 40 years of experience in Clinical Social Work, Supervision, Program Development, and Management, and as CEO for 20 years of a $30 million mental health, child welfare, social services agency.

    As principal of the well-respected residential and community based Fred Finch Youth Center in Oakland, with programs throughout California, Mr. Steinfirst has experience with an array of services for a variety of institutions, government and private agencies. Clients include but are not limited to abused and neglected children, developmentally disabled and mentally disabled, co-occurring disordered, children, youth, and families, adults, the elderly and those with substance abuse problems.

    An innovator in his field, Mr. Steinfirst is responsible for developing and implementing the first residential and day treatment programs in California for developmentally disabled consumers with mental health problems, and one of the most comprehensive affordable housing, mental health, and vocational training programs for Transitional Age Youth, ages 17-28.

    Litigation Support - As a licensed and experienced Mental Health Therapist, Mr. Steinfirst also offers expert witness services to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant. His cases involve standards of care, group homes / residential treatment and care, foster family agencies, a wide range of states' regulations and laws, mental health issues, social services, developmental disabilities, psychiatric institutions, and clinical services, for all ages.

    Mr. Steinfirst's most recent case involved an insurance company that refused to settle for $2 million. The case resulted in a $5.3 million victory after he took the stand for 1 1/2 days.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Behavioral Science
    • Child Abuse
    • Child Custody
    • Child Psychiatry
    • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Community Mental Health
  • Disability
  • Drug Abuse
  • Therapist Malpractice
  • State Laws and Regulations
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    The Reading Medical Group- Laureldale
    William Santoro
    MD
    3212 Kutztown Road
    Laureldale PA 19605
    USA
    phone: 610-929-3380
    fax: 610-685-9290
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    Dr. William Santoro, MD is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. In addition to being the Medical Director at the Reading Hospital & Medical Center detoxification and rehabilitation program, Dr. Santoro is also the Medical Director for New Directions, Methadone Treatment center where he is responsible for all admission physical examinations and for prescribing methadone to approximately 950 opiate dependant patients.

    Dr. Santoro is the Addictionist on staff at The Reading Hospital & Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry. He is consulted by the hospitalists to care for patients admitted to the hospital with addiction complicating their condition. Dr. Santoro runs a private Suboxone Outpatient Center treating up to 100 patients with Suboxone maintenance.

    With a special interest in Sports Medicine in 2001, he served as a volunteer physician for the U.S. Olympic Training Team in Lake Placid, New York.

    Dr. Santoro has been deposed approximately 6 times in the past several years. He has testified in two cases, one on behalf of the Plaintiff and the other for the defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Methadone Treatment
    • Suboxone Treatment
    • Dual Diagnosis Pain / Addiction
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    C. Perry Cooke, III, MD
    5824 Widewaters Parkway
    East Syracuse NY 13057
    USA
    phone: 315-256-2520
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    C. Perry Cooke, III, MD, is an Orthopedic Surgeon with more than 35 years of experience in the management of Musculo-Skeletal Injury and Disease. He has treated all Orthopedic conditions, but now concentrates on Disorders of the Shoulder and Knee.

    Dr. Cooke is a founding member and has been the long-term managing partner of a large private Orthopedic group in Syracuse, NY. His Patient Satisfaction Surveys are consistently very high. He is on the active staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Community General Hospital, Upstate University Hospital, and Specialists’ One-Day Surgery Center, all in Syracuse, NY. In the past, he was occasionally assisted at Surgery by a Resident in Orthopedics, but for many years is now assisted by a PA or LPN…performing as the primary surgeon on every case.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Cooke is comfortable in the legal environment. He is experienced in Depositions, Video Testimony, and Courtroom Testimony. He is not intimidated by the proceedings of a courtroom or an opposing attorney.

    Dr. Cooke testifies for both defense and plaintiff cases. He relates well to juries, being able to explain complicated situations using plain English terminology. Dr. Cooke can use documents, charts, and anatomic models to educate members of a jury. He will participate in a case only if his opinion is supported by the evidence.
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    Edward Suarez, MD, PA
    11120 North Kendall Dr.
    Ste. 101
    Miami FL 33176
    USA
    phone: 305-274-8811
    Edward Suarez, MD, PA, is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Earning his MD in 1979 from the Universidad De Valladolid, Facultad De Medicina in Valladolid, Spain, Dr. Suarez has over 35 years of experience practicing in his field of expertise. He is currently in private practice.

    Dr. Suarez specializes in the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of persons of all ages with physical and/or cognitive impairments and disabilities. He is trained in the rehabilitation of neurologic disorders, and in the diagnosis and management of impairments of the musculoskeletal (including sports and occupational aspects) and other organ systems, and the long-term management of patients with disabling conditions. This involves:
    • Diagnosis and treatment of patients with painful or functionally limiting conditions
    • Management of comorbidities and co-impairments
    • Diagnostic and therapeutic injection procedures
    • Electrodiagnostic Medicine
    • Prevention of complication of disability from secondary conditions
    Dr. Suarez is a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a Member of the American Association of Electromyography and Electrodiagnosis, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Pain Management.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Suarez provides expert witness services to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. He is a Certified Physician of Florida Worker's Compensation and Certified Physician Specialist for the Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. His services include medical record review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony when necessary.
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    James T. Sturm, MD
    St. Paul MN 55116
    USA
    phone: 651-216-4859
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    James T. Sturm, MD graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1970 and pursued a career in General and Thoracic Surgery. As a surgeon, he was a member of several multispecialty surgical teams doing surgery on the thoracic and lumbar spine.

    In 1982, Dr. Sturm began practicing Emergency Medicine and further developed his interest in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the neck and back. He currently practices Neck and Back Pain Rehabilitation at Physicians Neck and Back Clinic in Woodbury, MN.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Sturm is a Disability and Impairment Rating evaluating physician and is certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. He has performed over 2,000 IMEs in his 25 years of experience. Dr. Sturm provides expert witness services to insurance companies and counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. His services include medical record review, IMEs, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony when needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Personal Injury
    • Neck and Back Pain Rehabilitation
  • Disability and Impairment Rating
  • Trauma
  • IMEs
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    William B. Stetson, MD
    191 S Buena Vista St Ste 470
    Burbank CA 91505
    USA
    phone: 818- 848-3030
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    William B. Stetson, MD is an Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in Sports Medicine with an expertise in Arthroscopic and Reconstructive Surgery of the shoulder, knee, elbow and ankle. Dr. Stetson is an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He spends over 90% of his time in clinical practice and research and has over ten years experience as an expert witness and in reviewing complex medical-legal issues.

    He is the Team Physician for the USA Men's and Women's Olympic Indoor Volleyball Teams and accompanied both teams to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. He is a former athlete himself, a two time All-American volleyball player at the University of Southern California (USC). He is also a recipient of the NCAA's prestigious Silver Anniversary Award, given to former NCAA athletes who have gone on to distinguish themselves after graduation.

    Areas of Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialization:
    • Knee Arthroscopy
    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Rotator Cuff Repair
    • ACL Reconstruction
    • Treatment of Arthritis
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Recurrent Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Impingement / Bursitis
  • Meniscus Repair and Meniscectomy
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
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    Dr. Stephen M. Raffle
    Principal
    35 Wolfe Grade
    Kentfield (San Francisco) CA
    USA
    phone: 415-461-4845
    fax: 415-461-4039
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    Stephen M. Raffle, M.D. is double Board-Certified, in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Raffle has over 43 years as a clinical and forensic psychiatrist offering his expert opinion in Federal and State jurisdictions nationwide. In addition to serving as an expert witness, Dr. Raffle consults to attorneys, judges, insurers, and to employers regarding Fitness for Duty and Risk of Violence (Threat) Assessment:

  • 5000+ psychiatric assessments
  • Forensic testimony, 700 depositions and trial testimony
  • Successful clinical practice

    The job of an expert witness is to educate a jury, judge, attorney, trier of fact about the forensic psychiatrist's conclusions and how those opinions were derived, in a manner well-reasoned and skillful, easily understood by every person, not only another Forensic Psychiatrist. In short, an educator. Dr. Raffle’s experience as an educator extends well beyond a forensic venue, yet underpins the key to his ability to explain his opinions.

  • Prof. of Psychiatry, UCSF Medical School, 20 years
  • Hastings College of the Law postgraduate course "Trial and Appellate Advocacy" instructing seasoned attorneys about the direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses, with special focus on mental health experts and licensed medical professionals, Psychiatrists (MD), Psychologists, LCSW, MFT, and physicians in other medical specialties, 11 years

    Stephen M. Raffle, M.D. & Associates' expertise is well-established in forensic assessment in the areas of:

    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Dementia and Competency
    • Testamentary Capacity
    • Undue Influence
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Malingering
    • Emotional Distress: Intentional & Unintentional infliction
    • Emotional Distress: Forensic Evaluation to render medical-legal opinion
    • Diagnosis and Need for Treatment
    • Fitness For Duty
    • Risk/Threat Workplace Violence Assessment
    • Wrongful Termination
    • Discrimination (ADA, Title VII, EEOC)
    • Harassment
    • Employment Litigation
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Catastrophic Injury
    • Temporary and Permanent Disability
    • Medical Records Review
    • Assist in Preparation for Direct and Cross-examination of Expert Witnesses and Deposition of expert witnesses
  • 35 Wolfe Grade
    Kentfield, CA 94904 (San Francisco Bay Area)
    (415) 461-4845
    Licensed in California.
    12/3/2014 · Psychiatry
    In order for a medical opinion to be admissible as evidence in civil, criminal and administrative cases, the basis of the opinion must fulfill either the Daubert Criteria or the Frye test, depending on the jurisdiction. The judge of the court rules on the admissibility of the expert opinion. The effect of Daubert has been to limit expert testimony to opinions which are based on a scientific foundation. Daubert specifies that adequate scientific support and method and a known error rate must exist. The testimony of a mental health expert rendering an opinion using criteria which does not meet Daubert standards is weakened by the implication that it is not based on "sound science." In some instances, for example, a mental health expert uses an approach where there are no peer-reviewed studies or methods, such as when psychologists compose their own neuropsychological test batteries. In most cases where an attorney is considering a "Daubert challenge," a contemporaneous and up-to-date literature search is indicated. Also, extensive case law presently exists as to specific issues. Being familiar with the Daubert criteria enhances effectiveness in challenging a mental health expert's opinion, whether on voir dire or cross examination. On direct examination, the strengths of an opinion reached under Daubert criteria become a "teaching moment" for the trier of fact, because it will be founded on the science of mental health assessment.

    10/27/2014 · Psychiatry
    Undue influence occurs when the testator's freewill and freedom of choice in the disposition of the assets of his or her estate is replaced by the substituted judgment/wishes of another. This can apply to creating a will, codicil to amend a will, trust or other legal instrument.

    2/11/2014 · Psychiatry
    The medical expert cannot express an opinion about the ultimate question to the trier of fact: how much is the plaintiff's emotional distress (emotional injury) worth in dollars? Yet when the question of these monetary damages is put to a jury, their deliberations are better-served if considered in the context of a Forensic Psychiatrist's knowledgeable findings and testimony.

    5/28/2009 · Human Factors
    All psychiatric reports evaluate something, but not always the same thing. For example, eligibility for benefits, or fitness to do a job. To make sense of the report, the reader must determine what is being evaluated and how it is being done

    5/28/2009 · Psychiatry
    In civil cases where emotional distress is alleged, it often occurs that the plaintiff’s attorney designates the treater as his expert. Usually the argument is that the plaintiff’s own therapist has spent many more hours with the plaintiff than the defense expert and therefore "knows" the plaintiff better. The treater often agrees with this reasoning

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