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James M. Miller, PE, PhD
Founder
2392 Fuller Court
Ann Arbor MI 48105
USA
phone: 734-662-6822
fax: 734-747-9712
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The experts at Miller Engineering are Ann Arbor based professional engineers celebrating 35 years of service to University, Government, Insurance, and Industry through research, publications, presentations, and testimony. Miller Engineering has a staff of engineers and experts in the Mechanical, Chemical, Agriculture, Industrial, and Human Factors fields of engineering with specific knowledge in the following areas:

Vehicles
  • Car/Truck Accident Reconstruction
  • Crash Data Retrieval (CDR)
  • Visibility & Reaction Time Analysis
  • Tires, Trailers, Brakes & Accelerators
  • Truck/Off Road Vehicle Egress/Ingress
  • Traffic Signing and Construction Zones
Mechanical & Electrical Safety
  • Product Safety & Analysis
  • Machinery - Metal, Wood, Plastic Molding
  • Machine Guarding & Safety, Robots, Automation
  • Hazard and Risk Analysis
  • Employee Safety Procedures – OSHA
  • Electrical Distribution & Transmission Hazards
Warnings & Instructions
  • Warning Labels & User Manual Design
  • Hazard Analysis & Product Label Designs
  • Medical Device & Drug Warnings & Instructions
  • Inadequate Warnings Analysis
  • Standard Compliance (ANSI Z535)
  • Product Recall Information & Strategies
Chemicals Safety & Labeling
  • NEW OSHA HAZCOM (2012) & GHS Review
  • MSDS, SDS and Product Label Compliance
  • Toxic Torts - Diacetyl, Asbestos, Benzene, Lead, Carbon Monoxide
Chemical Exposures & Workplace Safety
  • Chemical Inhalation, Ingestion, Dermal Contact
  • Contamination - Water & Environmental
  • Manufacturing & Process Line Accidents
  • Slips, Trips, Falls, & Entanglements
Fires & Explosions
  • Cause & Origin Investigations
  • Gas, Vapor, & Electrical
Agriculture
  • Tractor & Equipment Accidents
  • Chemical Applications & Exposures
  • Crop Storage & Harvesting Accidents
  • Pesticides
Construction
  • Vehicle Visibility Accidents
  • Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents
  • Power Tool Repetitive & Immediate Injuries
  • Scaffolding - Cranes - Hoisting - Fork Lifts
Consumers/Household Safety
  • Appliances & Tools
  • Child Furniture, Choking, Playgrounds
  • Swimming Pools & Exercise Equipment
  • Recreation - ATV, Boats, Bicycles, Boards
  • Ladder, Stair, Step and Railing Accidents
  • Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents
Insurance Subrogation & Forensics
  • Accident Investigations
  • Electrical & Fire Causation
  • Chemical Leakage Damage
  • Defective Equipment Injuries
  • Premise and Process Damages
James Miller Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoJames M. Miller, PE, PhD – Founder

Dr. Miller is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Michigan College of Engineering and a registered professional engineer and consultant with over 35 years of experience as an expert witness. He specializes in warnings, labeling and instruction manuals, consumer product design, machine guarding, process safety, fire science, vehicle visibility, tractor egress/ingress, pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention, recreational vehicles (ATVs, boats, and personal watercraft), compliance with occupational safety and consumer safety standards (OSHA, MSDS, CPSC, ANSI, ASTM, UL, etc.).


Mark Lehto Engineering Expert PhotoMark R. Lehto, PhD – Co-Founder

Dr. Lehto is a Professor of Engineering at Purdue University. He specializes in knowledge engineering, warnings and instructions, structuring expert systems, accident modeling, accident statistical analysis, consumer product safety, boating safety, in-field national surveys of product usage and product information effectiveness.






Bradley Cook Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoBradley T. Cook, PE – Managing Engineer

Bradley is a registered professional engineer and consultant with extensive experience in accident reconstruction. He specializes in vehicular accident reconstruction and has investigated hundreds of vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles, etc. Bradley also has experience in product safety and hazard analysis; occupational safety and health (OSHA) compliance; pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention; investigation and reconstruction of industrial and consumer product accidents. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Science in Engineering with a Biomedical concentration from Purdue University.
Mark R. Lehto & Steven J. Landry
Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers, Second Edition presents and integrates important methods and tools used in the fields of Industrial Engineering, Human Factors and Ergonomics to design and improve jobs, tasks and products. It presents these topics with a practical, applied orientation suitable for engineering undergraduate students.
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Emphasizing customer oriented design and operation, Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers explores the behavioral, physical, and mathematical foundations of the discipline and how to apply them to improve the human, societal, and economic well being of systems and organizations.
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Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange, SE
Suite 600
Atlanta GA 30339
USA
phone: 770-953-1752
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Wayne Suway Dentistry Expert PhotoDr. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD, has been a practicing General Dentist for over 30 years. Considered a leader in dentistry by his peers, Dr. Suway has had extensive dental training, has received professional recognition for his work, and continues to pursue additional dental education to offer patients the latest and best level of care.

Litigation Support - Since 1987, Dr. Suway has worked as an expert witness for attorneys that have represented St. Paul and CNA insurance carriers. He has provided reviews, depositions, and trial testimonies for Dental Malpractice cases.

Dr. Suway is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology and an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Emory University School of Dentistry and received his Bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University. Dr. Suway also completed a one-year program in implant dentistry under the American Academy of Implant Dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia. He is licensed to practice dentistry in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and New York.

For over a decade, Dr. Suway has been recognized as a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry – a prestigious award in the dental field. With more than 1,000 hours of additional education in applied dental techniques and technology, Dr. Suway combines more than three decades of experience with continuous training in the General Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, and Implant Dentistry fields to provide patients with the highest quality of care possible.

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4015 Watters Lane
Gibsonia PA 15044
USA
phone: 724-255-7176
fax: 484-991-1952
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Al Vangura, Jr., MS, CPS, holds an MS in Bioengineering, a BS in Exercise and Sports Science - Biomechanics, and an AS in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Mr. Vangura has over 30 years of product development experience of class I, II, and III medical devices, sports equipment, playgrounds, motor vehicles, appliances, etc. He holds multiple patents and has worked as a machinist for over 10 years.

Mr. Vangura is a seasoned, hands-on executive engineer with an extensive background and experience in the product development cycle in a variety of settings. He has led cross-functional teams developing Medical Devices for Respironics, Hill-Rom, Alung and CardiacAssist, athletic products for Reebok, Adidas, and the U.S. Olympic Biathlon team. He has also developed Military Aircraft for Sikorsky Aircraft, Boeing Defense and Space and the International Space Station for NASA.

Litigation Support - Mr. Vangura has participated in forensic engineering evaluations for over 11 years with extensive courtroom experience. He provides forensic evaluations during legal proceedings involving product-related injuries, motor vehicle crashes, and other incidents requiring independent injury evaluation and review. Mr. Vangura has been involved in over 400 biomechanics cases.

Areas of Specialization:
  • Occupant Biomechanics
  • Walking / Running Biomechanics
  • Trip / Fall Biomechanics
  • Playground Accidents and Safety
  • Sports Equipment Design / Safety
  • Machine Accidents
  • Child Abuse
  • Altercations
  • Medical Devices
  • OSHA, MSHA, FDA, and ADA
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    Ned Einstein
    President
    15-17 S. William Street,Suite 3A
    New York NY 10004
    USA
    phone: 212-766-1121 (NY) or 818-988-4586 (LA)
    fax: 212-766-1122
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    Areas of Expertise: Accident analysis, testimony and mediation in vehicle and pedestrian accidents involving transit, paratransit, schoolbus, motorcoach, special education, non-emergency medical transportation, taxi, shuttle, child transport systems and services; slips and falls; crossing, boarding and alighting; wheelchairs; seatbelts; ADA and accessibility; passenger safety, security and sexual abuse; vehicle design, specification, crashworthiness, quality assurance and product liability; industry standards and practices; driver training and vehicle operation; management, monitoring, supervision and enforcement; maintenance; NHTSA, FTA, FMCSA and USDOT regulations; vehicle testing and certification; contract negotiation and compliance; risk management; planning and system design.

    The Firm: Transportation Alternatives is a passenger transportation and automotive consortium engaged in consulting and forensic accident investigation and analysis (more than 350 cases). Specializes in elderly, disabled, schoolchildren.

    Education: MURP (Urban and Regional Planning): George Washington University, 1975 BA, English Literature: Rutgers University, 1969

    Professional Experience:
  • President, Transportation Alternatives (1980 to present). Consulted to USDOT, transit agencies, private contractors, social service agencies, municipalities and school districts. Designed several major transportation systems
  • Chairman/General Manager, PTS Transportation (1982-1992). Directed operations of a 70-vehicle paratransit system for physically and developmentally disabled individuals and a non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) service
  • President, TAM-USA (1989-1995). Formed and directed a U.S.-Slovene joint venture company which coordinated the design, testing, certification and marketing of a European-manufactured school bus and motorcoach.

    Appointments and Memberships:
  • American Public Transportation Association
  • National Association of Pupil Transportation
  • United Motorcoach Association
  • American Bus Association
  • Community Transportation Association of America
  • Association Internationale pour la Sécurité du Transport des Jeunes
  • National School Transportation Conference (1995, 2000, 2005)
  • Committee on School Transportation Safety, National Academy of Sciences
  • Bus Industry Safety Committee (ABA)
  • Access Committee (APTA)
  • 5/23/2017 · Transportation
    As Part 2 of this series hopefully demonstrated there is much to learn about what lies ahead in the motorcoach world from the experiences of modes deploying smaller vehicles. This installment provides a preview of the likely emergence of "highly-automated vehicles," or HAVs, in the world of large vehicles: School bus, transit and motorcoach service.

    3/28/2017 · Transportation
    In a monthly magazine, it is almost impossible to keep up changes that are racing along This past September, 2015, small fleets of Volvos and Ford Fusions were released into the general traffic stream in Pittsburgh, and driverless Anheuser-Busch trucks began delivering Budweiser and Bud Light. The Netherlands and Finland have been deploying driverless motorcoaches for months now. And we already have a few similar services operating in the U.S.

    2/13/2017 · Transportation
    In Part 1 of this series, I identified the enormous range of benefits that would likely accompany even the first wave of autonomous buses, coaches, trucks and delivery vehicles. And I identified a handful of dysfunctional consequences, the most serious of which is a Tsunami of driver unemployment. Lest anyone doubt these inevitabilities, he or she might consider consulting the seven-installment series in National Bus Trader titled "Bad Regulations and Worse Responses" (June 2014 through January 2015).

    12/28/2016 · Transportation
    National Bus Trader has always been a leader in its selection and treatment of topics related to technology and innovation. So the decision to craft a lengthy article about NBT Editor Larry Plachno's experiences "behind-the-wheel" of a motorcoach-of-the-future at a "ZF Ride & Drive" event in Aachen, Germany (NBT, September, 2016) should not have been a surprise. Nor should it come as a surprise that safety, liability and other issues related to this technology will be explored as well.

    8/19/2016 · Transportation
    The notion of "screening" driver-candidates for Sleep Apnea screening is not merely unsupportable, it is a delusion. In 2011, 517 truck drivers in Australia were tested for Obstructive Sleep Apnea ("Assessing Sleepiness and Sleep Disorder in Truck Drivers" in SLEEP, 2011). According to an anonymous self-evaluation questionnaire (a "multivariable apnea prediction index, based on self-report measures"), only 12% felt they had it, while roughly 4.4% had tested positive for it. Yet when all of them were tested, 41% more of them had this condition. The testing also found that a full 50% of the study participants were obese, and 49% of them smoked cigarettes. Neither of these parameters are included among the handful of criteria currently employed by either the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's or Federal Railway Administration's "recommended" screening exercise -- although, In fairness, the size-17 male neck (or size 16 female neck) serves as a proxy for obesity. At the same time, as noted below, it also captures plenty of "false positives."

    6/29/2016 · Transportation
    Like most fields, public transportation is swollen with studies, both in the U.S. and abroad. Yet some of the most fascinating things seem to be never studied, or rarely studied.

    5/23/2016 · Transportation
    This final installment of this series provides the rewards for reading the first six: Starting-point ideas about things the motorcoach industry can do defend its density against intrusion from Transportation Network Companies (like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar), which have already begun plunging into the charter and tour sectors, mostly with medium-sized, body-on-chassis vehicles. It also includes things that would help increase profits and create new service opportunities - and compete with new, legitimate players penetrating the market.

    4/13/2016 · Transportation
    As NATIONAL BUS TRADER readers following this series have noted, our judicial system seems to be "running the table" with TNC-related issues. The $220,000,000 settlement of a case against FEDEX effectively eliminated the notion of an "independent contractor" in its six states. And the California courts are soon likely to boot out Uber. The FEDEX case in the U.S. Court's 10th Circuit effectively rippled a TNC's ability to deprive its drivers of a regular employee's costly array of fringe benefits. This settlement is likely to soon play out in the other nine "Circuit" encompassing the other 44 states. And if Uber is booted out of California altogether, on top of the FEDEX settlement, the TNC threat will be diminished significantly.

    3/11/2016 · Transportation
    Practically beginning my public transportation career as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Transportation, I learned to hate "Wash-Speak." Government agencies do not compound things; they exacerbate them. They use nothing, but utilize everything. They never start anything, yet implement everything. And much-ado-about nothing is usually referred to as a paradigm shift.

    2/25/2016 · Transportation
    Well, by now, the "Cat's Out of the Bag" about transportation network companies (TNCs). For this, we owe our thanks to National Bus Trader, Limo, Charter and Tours Magazine (especially) and the United Motorcoach Association. The August 15, 2015 issue of the UMA-sponsored Bus & Motorcoach News contained two articles about these previously-unfettered, robot-controlled beasts.

    2/3/2016 · Transportation
    These past five years, practically unnoticed until this last one, have witnessed the most radical change in public transportation since the introduction of scheduling software in the Early 90s: The invasion of traditional, analog services wallowing in their nostalgia by hyper- [or uber]-digital counterparts big on access, low on some concerns, and flying beneath virtually every City's and State's regulatory radar.

    1/6/2016 · Transportation
    Mitchell Rouse! In the 1980s, a strapping, 6'4"-inch-tall visionary who had inherited a 50-vehicle taxicab company and, within a few years, expanded it into a 350-vehicle leviathan, along with eight small paratransit operations. With a heavily-computerized operation a decade before Windows took over the World, his dispatch office still answered every call with a live Earthling. Wilmington/Checker Cab was all about decency, respect and efficiency. And at a time when most of Los Angeles County was beginning to deteriorate rapidly into lines, menus, incompetence and traffic. Yet, as a brilliant manager with an expanding corporate mentality, Rouse was also a rabid supporter of Unionism, and embraced his Teamster's affiliation with pride.

    12/15/2015 · Transportation
    Like every mode of public transportation, and for almost every aspect of our society, the motorcoach industry has, over the decades, been affected significantly by regulations. Some of these experiences were challenging yet produced dramatic results that, among other benefits, have saved us money. One terrific example is that modern motorcoaches dump perhaps one percent of the particulates into our environment than they did a mere two decades ago. Here, the regulations, though challenging, were at least realistic. But our industries' (and other bus modes') responses to it - effectively our engine manufacturers - were far more important than the regulations: Their responses were magnificent.

    11/18/2015 · Transportation
    The explosion of digital technology has triggered increases in vehicle costs, purged small and medium-sized companies from the transportation landscape, and contributed to a nationwide shortage of qualified drivers. But it has taken its greatest toll on management, where supervisors with a genuine understanding of transportation are gradually being replaced by armies of "templeteers."

    11/2/2015 · Transportation
    In the last installment of National Bus Trader, "Fatigue Monitoring Technology" presented an overview of the approaches and devices in development, and available, to prevent and detect driver fatigue. But unlike prevention technologies, fatigue detection devices raise a unique question: What happens when they work?!

    9/30/2015 · Transportation
    Little in public transportation is as challenging as driving load upon load of wheelchair occupants, with unique needs (and often unique chairs), in all directions, with last-minute one-of-a-kind trips dispatched into tight schedules created days, or even weeks, in advance. Yet this is precisely what paratransit drivers do - hour after hour, day after day.

    8/14/2015 · Transportation
    With panoramic/wraparound windshields lying against the front plane, sun visors, tinted windshields, crossover and parabolic mirror systems, ergonomic driver compartments with tilting/telescopic steering columns and pneumatically-adjustable seats, video surveillance cameras and motion detection sensors - much less corrective lenses, sunglasses, annual vision examinations, and continual improvements in headlamps - one would think that bus drivers could see and react to large objects appearing directly in front of their vehicles. But, as many jurors learn, one would be wrong.

    7/8/2015 · Transportation
    Comparing their relative safety to that of other vehicles, a number of motorcoach features come immediately to mind: Mass, monocoque construction pneumatic suspension, and fully-padded, forward-facing seats. Yet incidents like these still occur:

    6/12/2015 · Transportation
    No, this is not the name of a case. It refers to a dangerous conflict coursing through the bus and motorcoach industries - a conflict that we cannot afford to let exist.

    5/13/2015 · Transportation
    The previous article in this series emphasized the importance of transportation professionals selecting bus stops instead of students or their parents doing so. Regardless, while plenty of tools are available to help, the critical tool for evaluating and approving safe bus stops is a live Earthling.

    In the last installment (STN, Jun, 2007), I stressed the importance of distinguishing between an actual bus stop and the waiting area across the street from it in terms of safety. But the selection of the stop and waiting area also involves concerns for student security. Sometimes, there are trade-offs that must be made. These trade-off are often complex and subtle. But they must be made correctly.

    3/6/2015 · Transportation
    Except in rural areas with vast distances between intersections, a bus stop can reasonably be placed in one of three positions:

    1/26/2015 · Transportation
    In those rare instances where the safety of transportation modes can be compared statistically, bus riders fare several decimal points better than bicycle riders. The risks associated with motorcycles are "off the charts." The Figure below illustrates these comparisons for "home-to-school" trips - trips that comprise 15 percent of all transit trips and 96 percent of all schoolbus trips.

    12/17/2014 · Transportation
    Every responsible society has mechanisms to hold its citizens, and their organizations, accountable for their actions. With respect to safety, our society effects this goal through the enactment and enforcement of statutes and regulations, and through the process of civil litigation. As with most rules and most societies, many of our transportation organizations have discovered loopholes. Employing these loopholes, they have effectively reduced their liability exposure at the cost of compromising safety.

    11/11/2014 · Transportation
    Unlike those of many transit systems, schoolbus stops are not always identified with signage - at either the precise position of the stop or signage indicating that a schoolbus stop is approaching (the black glyph on yellow background). Rarely is the stop zone itself marked (for example, by red-lining the curb). In particular, the failure to mark the stop's precise positioning can be problematic - and occasionally dangerous.

    10/2/2014 · Transportation
    As pressure from the unknowing continues to mount, rumors have it that the U.S. motorcoach industry is slowly inching toward the installation of seatbelts. That we are doing so by skipping the decades of seat compartmentalization that has helped fend off most seatbelt advocates in the schoolbus industry is only more unfortunate since existing motorcoach seats lend themselves to a far more evolved form of compartmentalization than the "incomplete compartmentalization" (in NHTSA's own words) of their yellow body-on-chassis cousins.

    8/27/2014 · Transportation
    Question: What is the difference between a poorly-selected and -designed bus stop and a land mine? Answer: Very little. When you step on either of them, your ankles, knees and hips are likely to explode. The genuine difference is that the carnage from land mines is intentional, whereas that of poorly-selected and -designed bus stops usually reflects incompetence and, often, indifference.

    7/23/2014 · Transportation
    As it affects liability, an operating agency's status as a "common carrier" has an enormous impact not only on determining liability itself, but depending on legal constructs in various states, can also affect considerations like immunity and/or the assessment of punitive damages - often barriers to the assessment of damages afforded to public agencies. So except for motorcoaches deployed in commuter/express service under contract to public transit agencies, these latter considerations rarely affect motorcoach operations in the courtroom.

    6/13/2014 · Transportation
    In rural areas, children spaced far apart were once transported to school by horse and wagon. After the first day of school, the horses learned the routes and simply repeated them day after day, eliminating the need for drivers. The vehicles were cheap, and the engines ran effectively on oats. As our nation changed, pupil transportation's development reflected our increasing urbanization and, later, suburbanization. These developments included a new phenomenon known as traffic. As a safety matter, the need for pupil transportation grew to reflect a child's inability to cross streets or negotiate intersections, as verified by studies like the 1968 Swedish study "Children in Traffic." In simple terms, children below age 13, and particularly below age 10, do not possess the physical, mental and emotional skills necessary to cross streets and intersections.

    At the rudimentary level at which most crossing procedures are executed, schoolbus drivers are supposed to "direct" the students across the roadway when they are certain that either the traffic has been stopped in both directions or it is so distant (if even visible) that the students could easily complete their crossing before any oncoming vehicles reach the bus. The bus would obviously have its red flashers and stop arm engaged as a "fail safe."

    Drummed into my head as a schoolchild was the mantra, "Cross at the Green, Not In Between." This slogan still provides the basis for Today's thinking about following the pedestrian path to and from school or a student's bus stop. When last year, a study of 7,000 pedestrian accidents in New York City over a four-year period was released, its findings turned this century-old cliché on its head. The implications for the pupil transportation industry are dramatic, and should awaken all of us to a new reality that may save hundreds if not thousands of lives a year, since most vehicle-pedestrian accidents happen to students walking or cycling to school, as well most of those traveling by schoolbus who are struck when crossing by third-party vehicles.

    For those readers who remember Jayne Mansfield, or even know who she was, this is not a story about her Hollywood exploits or bedroom acrobatics. It is a story about a common type of accident - a rear-ender involving an automobile striking a truck or bus - often referred to, in accident reconstruction circles, as "the Jayne Mansfield syndrome."

    1/31/2014 · Transportation
    I have often written about the impacts of overly-tight schedules as the primary causative factor in incidents - in fact, the underlying cause of perhaps half of them. Because speeding is one of the "cures" to this problem, one of its characteristics is the failure to slow down when the roadway surface is not, as jazz musicians say, "melody." One of the most common scenarios is to cruise over speed bumps and speed humps. Another is to fail to slow over rugged terrain, particularly potholes and the often dysfunctional patches that sloppy road crews create to "repair" them.

    12/30/2013 · Transportation
    For decades, multiple sources cited the commonly-accepted statistic that only an estimated four percent of all individuals possessed a medical condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is largely the result of certain physical characteristics and lifestyle habits that reduce the flow of oxygen into one's lungs while asleep. These characteristics result in lowered blood oxygen levels throughout one's normal night's sleep, and lower the quality of that sleep such that the individual is fatigued through much of the day.

    11/7/2013 · Transportation
    Supply and Demand: When it comes down to it, the ultimate dynamics of survival in life on Earth. More poetically, 70's pop artist icon James Taylor crooned, "You provide the satisfy, and I'll provide the need." So here we go on another jaunt to expand the scenarios for motorcoach usage. However, along the road, we are actually inventing a brand new mode - not that no one has necessarily tried this particular one before.

    10/11/2013 · Transportation
    As with every installment in this series of articles, this particular model or vision is highly unusual, has only limited application, and requires considerable creativity and effort to bring to life, and still contains some constraints even if and when one can develop it beyond the womb of an idea.

    9/24/2013 · Transportation
    There are plenty of things obvious to almost any adult, motorist or pedestrian about large vehicles. The most obvious is their size and mass. But at the other end of the spectrum lie nuances rarely understood by anyone who has not driven a vehicle with a long wheelbase: The way such a vehicle turns, and the way its tires "track" compared to those of a typical automobile, van or pickup truck.

    8/21/2013 · Transportation
    As NBT readers of my past columns well know, my perspective on accidents and their causation is pretty skewed because I spend most of my professional time examining their details.

    8/6/2013 · Transportation
    One of the most fundamental concepts of liability is that the defendant "takes the victim as he finds him." Apart from hospitals and nursing homes, few areas of modern life confront, litigate and test this principle as often as public transportation.

    7/18/2013 · Transportation
    As we all know, public transportation is a fiercely competitive business, even in operating environments which are subsidized. But the failure to make tiny investments in safety can be costly in the courtroom.

    2/26/2013 · Transportation
    Alcohol and bus ridership present a curious enigma. As a matter of public policy, we allow intoxication. As a matter of free market dynamics, we encourage it. And rightfully so, we want to protect those intoxicated from hurting themselves and others.

    12/20/2012 · Transportation
    This title makes me think immediately of funerals. This is not what this installment is about, although problems in the office and on the road often translate into funerals for operating companies, not just their accident victims.

    10/24/2012 · Transportation
    As most motorcoach community members know, contracting plays a major role in much of our operations - including the 30% of motorcoach service provided to schoolchildren on field trips, as well as the commuter-express service provided under contract to transit agencies.

    8/22/2012 · Transportation
    One would think in the Age of Irreversible and Growing Unemployment, employers could phase out their "dead wood" and find some personnel capable of performing their functions competently. Regrettably, bus agencies and companies are generally not among those which do.

    One of the unfortunate problems with non-news-oriented magazines is the juxtaposition of their readers' limited long-term memories coupled with the publishers' reluctance to repeat themes (much less whole articles) that are not linked to stories that reflect continuing news or problems.

    Recently, I conducted a workshop on safety and liability for transportation directors. I asked innocently, "What do you do after training?" Several attendees shouted out, "More training!"

    Many of our fundamental and commonly-held beliefs are invalid because they were derived, often haphazardly, from a blur of intuition, superstition, history, tradition and circumstance rarely subjected to scientific scrutiny. Before the inventions of artificial light and mechanical clocks, being awake during daylight and asleep during darkness were survival necessities - lest one be devoured by predators or stumble into a pit.

    In my review of more than 80 public transportation-related accidents and law suits, one almost universal theme has been the absence of any log review. This failure has generally combined with another common theme: A vehicle running behind schedule. The relationship between these two themes is easy to both understand and demonstrate - as is the acknowledgement that they constitute a genuine safety problem. But in a courtroom, the fact that system management failed to notice the vehicle running late - and worse, failed to even look for it - translates into a liability problem as well.

    Since driving a 20- or 25-ton motorcoach is touted as so being difficult, it is only fair to ask why so much carnage, and so many law suits, occur apart from collisions. In particular, the number of incidents occurring at or near stops seems largely disproportionate to the perceived simplicity of handling things when the bus or coach is stationary

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    Catherine Witt
    Traffic Safety Consultant
    PO Box 25436
    Kansas City Missouri 64119
    USA
    phone: 816-813-6232
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    Catherine Witt Traffic Safety Expert PhotoCatherine Witt specializes in Temporary Traffic Patterns during construction operations, maintenance operations, utility operations, and special events. Any time the motorist traffic pattern is changed there are specific requirements. Ms. Witt and her team are familiar with the requirements on a national level, in all 50 states, the state specific requirements and job site specific based on contracts.

    Experience: Ms. Witt and her team have a total over 100 years experience in the Traffic Safety Industry. She has trained over 20,000 construction, maintenance, utility and law enforcement workers in the requirements nation wide and started out doing installation over 25 years ago. Ms. Witt then worked for the City of Overland Park, KS doing design, plan review, special events and in house training.

    Catherine Witt provides litigation consulting and expert witness services for legal cases involving fatalities, catastrophic injuries, personal injuries, and workplace safety. She has expertise in Work zone safety and OSHA regulations for construction, utilities, special events, emergency response and maintenance. Ms. Witt's expert witness services are available to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Roadway Worker Safety
    • Temporary Traffic Control
    • Flagger Operations
    • Mobile Operations
    • Installation and Removal
    • High Visibility Safety Apparel
    • Adequate Signing
    • Adequate Channelization
  • Appropriate Tapers
  • Traffic Safety
  • Compliance with Plans and Standards
  • Compliance with Jurisdictional Requirements
  • Special Events
  • Emergency Response
  • Multi Jurisdictional / Multi Employers
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    Thomas Roney
    President
    3333 Lee Parkway,Suite 600
    Dallas, TX 75219
    CO TX FL USA
    phone: 214-665-9458
    fax: 214-975-1245
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    Thomas Roney, LLC is a national economic consulting firm specializing in Economic Damages Calculations and expert testimony for plaintiff and defense attorneys throughout the country. Our team of experienced experts, including economists, finance and forensic accountants, serves you in a professional, timely and cost-effective manner. We are experienced litigation consultants and have testified in Texas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas and New York. With offices in Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston, we focus on:
    • Commercial damages and intellectual property
    • Economic Damages in Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, and Wrongful Termination.
    • Medical Malpractice and Valuation of Care Cost Plans.
    • Consulting Services/Critique of opposing expert for defense and plaintiff firms.
    • We also provide financial expertise in matrimonial disputes.
    Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Thomas Roney LLC has offices in:

    Florida Office:
    1111 Brickell Avenue, 11th Floor
    Miami, FL 33126
    T: 305-913-8571
    Colorado Office:
    999 18th Street, Suite 3000
    Denver, CO 80202
    T: 303-572-2366
    12/28/2006 · Expert Witnessing
    As an attorney, plaintiff or defense, you face this question in every case with economic damages. You know not every case requires an economic expert. When the economic damages are minimal or easily computed, such as past wage or profit losses, an expert may not be necessary

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    Thomas Lepper
    810 Rose Drive
    Benicia CA 94510
    USA
    phone: 408-691-2779
    fax: 707-751-3833
    Thomas J. Lepper has over sixteen years of experience as a consultant, inspector and tester within the automotive industry. He has more than ten years of experience as a forensic automotive consultant for nationally known insurance companies and law firms. Mr. Lepper is qualified to testify as an Expert Witness in the Superior Court for the State of California.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Tire and Brake Separations and Failures
    • Theft and Forced Entry Issues
    • Fire Cause and origin
    • Transmissions
    • SDM Interrogation with CDR Tool
    • Steering and Suspension Systems
    • Seat Belt and Airbag Issues
    • Mechanical Defects
    • Throttle / Unwanted Acceleration Issues
    • Wiring and Electrical Issues
    • Racetrack / Racecar Incidents
    Mr. Lepper's forensic, automotive fire, brake and tire expertise has been performed for major nationwide insurance companies, nationally known rental car companies and law firms. Please contact for fee schedules.
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    Skip Stearns
    Principal
    P.O. Box 113
    Stratham NH 03885
    USA
    phone: 603-778-0110
    fax: 603-778-0333
    Mr. Stearns leads a collection of highly experienced and specialized hotel and hospitality experts with offices in AZ, FL, LA, MA, ME and NH. THE HOTEL EXPERTS, LLC has provided hospitality consulting, litigation support and impartial expert witness research, reports and testimony for both plaintiffs and defendants who are individual litigants, hotel owners, hotel operators, franchisors and franchisees since 2002. THE HOTEL EXPERTS, LLC always endeavors to balance the specific resume attributes of its experts and their location with the strategic needs of each individual case in matters from contract or brand disputes and employment conduct to accounting and valuation, and safety and security issues including various personal injuries and wrongful deaths.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Operating Standards
  • Product Standards
  • Safety & Security Standards Emergency Procedures
  • Integrity Standards
  • Employee Qualifications & Hiring Practices
  • Standards for Training
  • Marketing Practices
  • Franchise Agreements & Management Contracts
  • Franchise Relations
  • Casino & Gaming Operations
  • Restaurants
  • Alcoholic Beverage Services
  • Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Valuation
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    Jeremy Swenson, CSP
    11940 Cartwright Ave.
    Grandview MO 64030
    USA
    phone: 816-564-9131
    fax: 816-761-5309
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    Swenson Consulting offers Snow Removal Expert Witness Services to legal professionals needing assistance with snow and ice removal slip and fall cases. He is a Snow Expert in black ice, sleet, freezing rain, and slick conditions. He is very familiar with the snow and ice removal industry standard operations and practices across the country, and will help determine how this relates to the snow removal agreement or operations in a slip and fall incident or snow related accident.

    Principal, Jeremy Swenson, CSP, has satisfied requirements by SIMA (largest nationally recognized snow and ice trade organization-Snow and Ice Management Association) to become a Certified Snow Professional. There are less than 250 CSP’s in the United States Of America. He works with attorneys on defense and plaintiff sides with regards to snow removal, ice treatment and snow removal best practices issues. He works nationwide and will travel.

    Swenson Consulting also offers detailed Weather Analysis services and reports for situations surrounding a slip and fall event or accident, and will offer detailed weather expert witness consultation regarding the weather surrounding the slip and fall accident.

    Mr. Swenson currently owns and operates Snowmen, one of the largest snow and ice management companies in North America. He is Security Clearanced and trained for onsite snow operations at the IRS Regional Headquarters, FBI Headquarters, Department Of Treasury Buildings, and many types of Airport, Railroad, Organ Transplant Centers, and Medical facilities. After overseeing thousands of commercial accounts over the years, he has worked through most every issue that is relevant to a snow removal operation in the industry.

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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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    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
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    Sterling Anthony
    President
    100 Renaissance Center - Box 43176
    Detroit MI 48243
    USA
    phone: 313-531-1875
    fax: 313-531-1972
    More than 40 years experience: defective packaging; unreasonably dangerous products; failure-to-warn; materials-handling; warehousing; cargo loading and securement; falling cargo; insurance claims for loss or damaged cargo; falling merchandise; patent infringement; trade-dress infringement. Have testified in state and federal courts and knows how to connect with a jury. Have worked for Plaintiffs and Defendants. Services: consulting; analysis; cite inspections; exemplar testing; opining; report writing; testifying. Long list of attorney references. Self-employed consultant. Former employee at Fortune 100 firms. Former university instructor. Many published articles and speaking engagements. Knows how to combine theory and practice.
    7/31/2010 · Product Liability
    An attorney involved with crate litigation might readily recognize the need for a packaging expert, yet, not be sufficiently aware of the specific knowledge and capabilities that best qualify that expert.

    8/20/2007 · Product Liability
    A more appropriate term would be packaged product liability, because a packaged product consists of product + package, and either component (or both) can incur allegations of negligence, strict liability, and failure to warn

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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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    Dr. Alan Steinman,MPH
    Consultant in Environmental Medicine
    4720 Cooper Point Rd NW
    Olympia WA 98502
    USA
    phone: 253-229-4088
    fax: 360-866-0715
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    Dr. Alan Steinman is an expert in Maritime Medicine with particular emphasis on Sea-Survival, Drowning and Hypothermia. He has served as Surgeon General and Director of Health and Safety for the U.S. Coast Guard, as medical advisor to the Coast Guard's Chief of Operations, and as rescue physician on numerous Coast Guard search and rescue missions. He has an international reputation in hypothermia and cold-water survival.

    Dr. Steinman is widely published in the field of environmental medicine, including a chapter on immersion hypothermia in a leading textbook of emergency medicine. His research into human cold-water immersion and hypothermia merited the prestigious Arnold D. Tuttle Award from the Aerospace Medicine Association. The results from his human hypothermia studies contributed to the basis of current U.S. Coast Guard cold-water survival time charts.

    Dr. Steinman is Board Certified in Occupational Medicine; he is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. His Doctor of Medicine degree is from the Stanford School of Medicine; his post-graduate medical training was at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and the University of Washington School of Medicine.

    Dr. Steinman has experience in both federal and state courts serving as an expert witness in numerous cases involving sea-survival, drowning, and hypothermia.
    7/4/2002 · Aquatics Safety
    Immersion in cold water is a hazard for anyone who participates in recreational, commercial or military activities in the oceans, lakes, and streams of all but the tropical regions of the world. Recreational aquatic activities include swimming, fishing, sailing, power-boating, ocean kayaking, white-water rafting, canoeing, ocean-surfing, wind-surfing, water-skiing, diving, hunting and the use of personal water craft

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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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