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Georgia J. Persky, RN, MBA, PhD, CLNC
Legal Nurse Consultant and Healthcare Executive
Harrison New York USA
phone: 914-552-2277
fax: 914-921-6467
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Georgia Persky Legal Nurse Consultant Expert PhotoGeorgia J. Persky RN, MBA, PhD, CLNC, is a Columbia University trained nurse researcher with over 40 years of broad Clinical Nursing experience and 25 years of senior leadership in healthcare organizations. She has 20 years of Surgical Nursing and Operating Room experience. Dr. Persky has expertise in the micro issues in adult patient care and the broad management, quality, and regulatory issues in hospitals.

Background Experience - Dr. Persky served as Vice-President of Nursing and Patient Care Services for New York Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center. For nine years, she was responsible for Patient Care Services, Risk and Quality Management and Patient Satisfaction for a 750 bed academic hospital. She directed a $200 million budget with 33 patient services units and Care Management, Respiratory Therapy, Social Work and Admitting Departments with 9 direct reports and 2,000 patient services FTEs.

Litigation Support - As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant and Quality Reviewer, Dr. Persky has investigated hundreds of Malpractice and Injury cases as a quality reviewer and can assist in legal case review with chronologies, timelines, and evidence based reports. She has testifying experience with human resource and employee discrimination cases with ability to attest to standards of care in clinical litigation. Dr. Persky's services are available to attorneys for plaintiff and defense seeking an expert in nursing and patient care with a strong understanding of how hospitals work.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Nursing Standards of Care
  • Surgical and Perioperative Nursing
  • Quality and Risk Management
  • Fall and Pressure Ulcer Prevention
  • Medical Device Safety
  • HIPPA
  • Hospital Policy and Procedure
  • Medication Safety
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Hospital Administration
  • State, Federal, Joint Commission Regulatory Compliance
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    Acute Care In-Patient Setting
    Paticia J. Bartzak, DNP, RN, CMSRN
    20 Wellesley Avenue
    Natick MA 01760
    USA
    phone: 508-250-4300
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    Dr. Patricia J. Bartzak, DNP, RN, CMSRN, is a highly educated Bedside Registered Nurse with an active practice in a level one trauma center for a leading academic medical center in the northeast. Dr. Bartzak has more than 14 years of bedside experience with multiple nursing certifications including trauma and burn care, as well as cardiac and advanced cardiac life support. In addition to her current role, Dr. Bartzak has practice experience with cardiac, stable ventilator and geriatric-psychiatry patients.

    Dr. Bartzak has a program of research with the veteran population in the area of post-traumatic stress disorder. She is a column editor for a peer-reviewed nursing journal and frequently submits and has been published in MedSurg Matters, the journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. Dr. Bartzak is well-versed in research protocols, and remains current on a number of research trials. Dr. Bartzak maintains CITI certification and is a voting member of an Institutional Review Board (IRB).

    Dr. Bartzak was selected as one of 39 registered nurses in the country to rewrite the Scope & Standards of Nursing (ANA, 2015). In addition to this contribution, she was the lead author in the Scope & Standards inaugural article published in American Nurse Today (July, 2015).

    Dr. Bartzak views nursing as a way of life. She teaches nursing at all levels of educational preparation: associates, bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. Dr. Bartzak is a fierce advocate for her students, while also ensuring that nursing standards are met.

    Dr. Bartzak has expert witness experience, and is know for her meticulous medical record review, footnoted and referenced information to supplement her own knowledge and experience to bring critical information and insight to a case.

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    1/14/2016 · Nursing
    Electronic documents provided by Attorney Sample were reviewed to develop a nursing expert opinion. The documents reviewed included the Operating Room Report, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit records, Neurology Notes, Medical Progress Reports, Nursing Notes and Care Plans, Respiratory Flowsheets, Laboratory Results, Vital Sign and Infusion Flow Sheets and Written Orders.

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    Rex E. Jung, PhD
    Two Woodward Center
    700 Lomas Blvd. NE
    Suite 102
    Albuquerque NM 87102
    USA
    phone: 505-243-0335
    fax: 505-216-2623
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    Rex Jung Neuropsychology Expert PhotoRex E. Jung, PhD, is a Neuroscientist and Neuropsychologist in the Department of Neurosurgery at a major University. He completed an internship at Baylor College of Medicine, in Neurosurgery and Behavioral Health in 2000, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Psychiatry Research.

    Dr. Jung has conducted neuropsychology clinics in the Departments of Neurology (2003-2006) and Neurosurgery (2008-present) where he has evaluated a wide range of patients diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, tumor, epilepsy, vascular malformation, multiple sclerosis, and dementia.

    Dr. Jung has specific expertise in the integration of neuropsychological, neurological, and neuroimaging data across a wide range of disorders. He is adept at determining whether psychological factors are interfering with the patient's ability to provide optimal performance in neuropsychological and neurological settings.

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    Litigation Support - Dr. Jung has been retained as an expert by counsel for both defense and plaintiff cases in states including Texas, Illinois, New Mexico, Colorado, and California. Ideal engagements include clients suffering from brain injury, with residual cognitive complaints. Dr. Jung's services include Neuropsychological Evaluations and Consultations, Case Reviews, and Independent Neuropsychological Examinations.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Stroke
    • Tumor
    • Dementia
  • Postconcussion Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain
  • Malingering
  • Disability and Social Security
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    Dr. Lorne Label, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAN
    2100 Lynn Road Suite 230
    Thousand Oaks CA 91360
    USA
    phone: 805-497-4500
    fax: 805-495-1717
    Dr. Lorne Sheldon Label, MD, MBA, FAAN, is a Board Certified Neurologist who has extensive training in the treatment of all neurological diseases of adults and children. The field deals with brain, spinal cord, nerve and muscle disorders. Dr. Label has been recognized by the court as having the education, experience, training, and knowledge to assist in rendering an opinion on the subject of Adult and Pediatric Neurology and Acupuncture. His ability is in explaining complicated methods and procedures, technical medical matters and data, as well as interpreting and rendering opinions about a certain set of facts to the court.

    Dr. Label has offered his Expert Witness testimony to the legal industry for over 25 years. He has been retained as an Expert by attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense over 200 times. His services are available for Medical Record Review and Testimony, Medical Malpractice Cases, and Insurance Questions Regarding Neurological Issues.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Head Trauma
    • Brain Injury
    • Seizures
    • Encephalitis
    • Acupuncture
    • Dementia
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Neuromuscular Abnormalities
  • Headaches
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Multiple sclerosis
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    Mary S. Genevieve, MD
    1035 Peach St., St. 204
    San Luis Obispo CA 93401
    USA
    phone: 805-544-7511
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    Mary Genevieve, MD is a Board-Certified Neurologist with over 20 years of experience in diagnosing, treating, and managing Neurological Disorders at top hospitals throughout the country. She brings her expertise, dedication, and sincere concern to all her patients.

    Dr. Genevieve currently practices Neurology at Central Coast Neurology Medical Office, Inc. in San Luis Obispo, California. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

    Education: MD, George Washington University; MS, Physiology, Georgetown University; BS, Physiology, Michigan State University; BS, Anthropology, Michigan State University.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Genevieve provides expert witness services to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. She has extensive experience being deposed, testifying and writing expert witness reports. Dr. Genevieve treats various neurological problems including:
    • Adult Neurology
    • Concussion
    • Personal Injuries
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Neck, Lower Back Injuries
    • Hospice End of Life Care
    • Migraines / Headache

  • Dementia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Spinal Core Injuries
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Palliative Care
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    Stephen L. Nelson, Jr., MD, PhD, FAAP
    4720 South I-10 Service Rd # 401
    Metairie LA 70001
    USA
    phone: (504) 507-0774
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    Stephen L. Nelson, MD, PhD, FAAP, is a dual board certified Child Neurologist with over 15 years of experience in Pediatric Neurology and Pediatrics.

    Dr. Nelson is the current Director of Pediatric Neurology at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, LA, where he performs high volume inpatient and outpatient evaluations. He runs the pediatric epilepsy center which offers video EEG monitoring as well as epilepsy surgery. Dr. Nelson is also a full-time Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry at Tulane University School of Medicine. He holds a medical license in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Maryland and is certified as a medical doctor expert witness by the state of Florida.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Nelson has been providing expert witness services since 2004. He has served as an expert witness in child neurology for both defense and plaintiff counsels in the military, civilian sector, in various states, and even overseas.

    Dr. Nelson's services include Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs) and reviews, objective opinions, deposition, and trial testimony. His services encompass all phases of the medicolegal process, including evaluating whether the standard of care was met or breached, testifying in court, or assessing damages based on negligence and resulting injury. For defense and plaintiff, he reviews medical records for liability and provides expert opinions and testimony about causation and presumed life expectancy.

    Medico-Legal Issues:
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Medical Negligence
    • Physician Advocacy
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Automobile Accident
  • Areas of Expertise:
    • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD, ADHD)
    • Autism
    • Birth Asphyxia
    • Brain Development Abnormalities
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Developmental Delay
    • Concussion
    • Electroencephalography
    • Epilepsy
    • Genetic Disorders
  • Erb's Palsy / Birth Injury
  • Headache Disorders
  • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
  • Infantile Spasms
  • Movement Disorders
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri
  • Seizures
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    Dr. William J. Holden
    William J. Holden, PhD
    1823 Terry Lane
    Georgetown TX 78628-3333
    USA
    phone: 512-639-4254
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    William J. Holden, PhD, has over 30 years of experience in the field of Psychology, specializing in Neuropsychology.

    Dr. Holden is currently in private practice providing psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for a broad range of clinical cases including children, adolescents, and adults ranging in age from preschool age children to elderly adults in nursing homes and geropsychiatric units.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Holden has over 25 years of experience conducting neuropsychological evaluations, psychological evaluations, and IMEs. His records review and assessment services are available to counsel representing plaintiff and defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Brain Related Disorders - stroke, head injury, dementia, developmental delays, ADHD / LD, anoxic / hypoxic events
    • Neuropsychiatric Conditions - post-traumatic stress and personal injury sequela, symptom validity, malingering
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    Seth Lefberg
    Owner / President
    3283 Cypress Court
    Monmouth Junction NJ 08852
    USA
    phone: 877-244-3703
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    Homestead Medical Experts offers unbiased, unrivaled Medico-Legal Expert Witness services for attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. Homestead handles all administrative duties for the experts associated with scheduling, correspondence, billing, and providing secure medical record/report transfer. This allows the physicians to have the information streamlined for them.

    Homestead provides your case personal attention and helps facilitate anything in regards to expert needs until the case has settled. Services range from extensive Medical Record Review and Independent Medical Exams as well as Expert Witness Testimony.

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    Roger Behar Neurology Expert PhotoRoger Behar, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at Drexel Medical School and has been in private practice as a Neurologist in Princeton, since 1986. He is also the Medical Director of the Stroke committee at St. Peters University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.

    Dr. Behar received his Medical Diploma from New York Medical College in 1980. He completed three years of Internal Medicine Residency at Stony Brook, New York and was Board certified in Internal Medicine in 1983. Three years of Neurology training was completed at the University of California Medical School in San Diego in 1986. He was Board Certified in Neurology and Psychiatry in 1987. Dr. Behar also received Board certification in Electrodiagnostic Medicine (EMG/NCV studies, evoked potential studies) in 1989 and passed the neurosonology certification exam of the American Society of Neuroimaging in 1990.

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    Dr. Roger Behar has performed over 200 IMEs, given over 50 depositions, and testified over 25 times. He is experienced, educated in IME’s, and well-versed on the relevant laws and terminology in order to promote ease in the determination of Workers Compensation / Motor Vehicle Accident claim decisions.

    Dr. Behar sees General Neurology patients, however, his areas of expertise include:
    • Epilepsy
    • Stroke
    • Neuropathy
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    • Concussion
    • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Migraines
  • TIA
  • Dementia
  • Dizziness, Balance Problems
  • Joseph Tracy Neuropsychology Expert PhotoJoseph I. Tracy, PhD, ABPP(CN), has over 25 years of experience in Neuropsychological, Psychological Assessment, and Psychoanalysis. He is a Professor in the Department of Neurology, the Director of Neuropsychological Services, and Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience and Brain Mapping Laboratory at Thomas Jefferson University/Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

    Dr. Tracy serves on the editorial review boards of such journals as Neuroimage, Human Brain Mapping, Biological Psychiatry, Brain Topography, Epilepsia, Journal of Alcohol Studies, Brain and Language, and the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience among others. He has been invited to lecture around the country by such entities as the International Neuropsychological Society, Office of Naval Research, Department of Defense, and the American Epilepsy Society to name a few.

    Dr. Tracy offers litigation support services to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant on complicated medical issues involving:
    • Neurologic Disorders
    • Concussion
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Memory Disorders, Dementia
    • Epilepsy
  • Stroke
  • Tumors
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Learning Disorder
  • 5/11/2016 · Medical
    In recent years, resting-state functional connectivity (rsFC) methods have been increasingly used to reveal the integrity of brain cognitive networks [1,2]. Functional connectivity has also been shown to be of value in determining the impact of epilepsy on brain activity and identifying the abnormal brain networks associated with seizures [3-6]. Seizures produce dysfunctional, maladaptive networks by linking brain areas randomly through seizure propagation and secondary epileptogenesis, making functional connectivity an ideal technique for both identifying aberrant network organization and synchrony, and capturing such change over the course of the disease or in response to treatment.

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    Michael Perrotti
    PhD
    Three Pointe Drive Suite 303
    Brea CA 92821
    USA
    phone: 714-528-0100
    fax: 714-528-2575
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    Dr. Michael PerrottiDr. Michael J. Perrotti, Ph.D, a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, specializes in Clinical and Forensic Psychology. He has over 30 years of experience with consumers, courts, and counsel including civil, prosecution, defense counsel, family court and the US Government. Dr. Perrotti contributes to the profession as an Expert Witness for the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, Enforcement Division, Board of Behavioral Science Examiners and is a government expert on disability for the Social Security Administration, Office of Hearings & Appeals as well as the US Department of Health & Human Services. Dr. Perrotti was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science at the Keck School of Medicine, USC (2005-2006).

    Dr. Perrotti possesses specialized training and expertise in the area of Assessment of Sexual Deviation and Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse Allegations. His training, experience and use of the Abel Assessment of Sexual Interest Computerized Test from the Abel Center in Atlanta, Georgia, enables him to add a state-of-the-art sophisticated tool for the evaluation of sexual offending.

    Dr. Perrotti was appointed a government expert for the Office of Hearings and Appeals for the Social Security Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services. He has been a Expert Consultant on T.V. shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigations, Numbers, and Vanished. Dr. Perrotti is a part of a cadre of psychologists who assisted the San Bernardino Juvenile Court with the establishment of risk factors and protocols for the evaluation of juvenile sex offenders. Dr. Perrotti is a member of the Orange County Sheriff's Reserve, Professional Services Division.

    Services Include:
  • Neuropsycholgical Assessment
  • Sanity / Competency to Stand Trial Assessment
  • Police Misconduct
  • Suggestibility Testing
  • Crime Scene Investigation in Report Formulation
  • Sexual Predator Determination
  • Effects of Psychotropic Medications on Confession
  • Expert Neuropsychologist in Sexual Assault Trial
  • Disability Determination for Social Security Office of Hearings & Appeals
  • Expert in Bonding Studies and False Confessions
  • PTSD (acute and complex) in General, Law Enforcement, and Iraq War Veterans
  • Panic Disorders and Phobias
  • Custody Evaluation
  • Severe Trauma in Children, Adolescents, and Adults
  • False Confessions
  • 8/16/2016 · Psychology
    Unlike in Alzheimer's Disease, neurofibrillary tangles in athletes with CTE tend to accumulate perivascularly within the superficial neocortical layers. It is interesting to note that TAU pathology in CTE is partially and extensively distributed, possible related to multi-directional mechanical force from physical trauma (McKee et al, 2009; Neuropath Exp Neurol 68, 709-35.) It is theorized that accumulation of hyperphosphor is related to a protein that is thought to result in development of CTE and associated neurobehavioral disturbances.

    6/21/2016 · Psychology
    Just this month, an article appeared in the Journal of Neuropsychology entitled "Early Onset Marijuana Use is Associated with Learning Inefficiencies." Young adults reporting early onset marijuana use have learning weaknesses, which accounted for the association between early onset marijuana use and delayed recall.

    1/19/2016 · Psychology
    The recent editors of Myers on Evidence of Interpersonal Violence (Myers 2016) notes that the most well-known of psychological instruments to assess suggestibility is the Gudjohnson Suggestibility Scales (GSS). The GSS is utilized by psychologists to evaluate whether defendant's confessions were voluntary. The author notes that it is doubtful that these instruments are sufficiently reliable for use in legal proceedings. It is noted that in Shanklin, 379 111 Dec 211 the trial judge did not err in subjecting the GSS to a Frye Henry.

    11/6/2015 · Psychology
    Does the availability of weapons lead to violence? Citizens certainly have a right to bear arms and defend themselves. However, what does the science say about this area?

    10/19/2015 · Neuropsychology
    The public understanding of TBI is so poor that it is officially referred to by the US National Center for Injury Prevention and Control as "the silent epidemic." In the acute phase, the usual radiological examinations are not sensitive to TBI and diffuse axonal injury (DAI). There is a significant amount of false negatives with CT scans administered in the ER.

    9/22/2015 · Neuropsychology
    The author recently had a chapter accepted for publication on Methodology for Conducting Bonding Studies in Child Custody Evaluations (CCE). This chapter was written in response to the requests of many psychologists over the years who wanted guidance in procedures for conducting bonding studies. Many psychologists conduct bonding studies with cursory observations of parent and child. There is no application of an objective scoring system or any methods that can be replicated by other CCE Evaluators. This is essential in science.

    8/20/2015 · Neuropsychology
    This week marked the enshrinement of Junior Seau in the NFL Hall of Fame. Junior was an outstanding linebacker for USC who went onto great accomplishments in the NFL. However, all was not well. The effects of domestic violence, substance abuse and gambling difficulties; as reported on ESPN's Outside the Lines, took the toll on Junior. He repeatedly complained to a friend who was a fellow player and suffered from headaches, how he too, suffered for years from headaches. ESPN noted that he was reported to have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neuro-degenerative disease that can lead to dementia, memory loss and depression. Gina Seau reported that Junior's disease was associated with head-to-head collisions caused from 20 years of playing in the NFL. This scenario affected his ability to think logically.

    11/20/2013 · Psychology
    To determine if there are any changes in self-concept, locus of control and frequency of aggressive behaviors in juvenile offenders. As a function of receiving Direct Decision Therapy (DDT). Sub-objectives are whether DDT will effect positive change in self-concept, higher interval control and significantly fewer aggressive behaviors.

    7/17/2013 · Brain Injury
    Recently the examination of the brain of Junior Seau revealed the diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The recent diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after examination of the brain of Junior Seau underlines the seriousness not only of repetitive brain trauma in professional sports and in military populations but also raises continuing serious questions about the management and prevention of CTE in athletic sports.

    6/26/2013 · Psychology
    Prosecutors and law enforcement are frequently confronted with situations wherein children have been traumatized and/or injured. These injuries have resulted in disabilities which affect the child’s ability to understand questions as well as express answers to questions.

    It is a matter of utmost importance that an even playing field be created in adversarial proceedings. What is conducive to this is use of forensic guidelines as standards by all experts involved in a case.

    4/18/2013 · Psychology
    There has been great voiced concern by practitioners and researchers over overcategorization and overgeneralization of individuals accused of sexual offending being lumped into one category of "sexual predators." Whereas there certainly is a need for protection of children from predators in our society, the pendulum has swung too far to the extreme.

    3/18/2013 · Psychology
    Recently the Oregon Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upended how eyewitness identification is to be used in criminal trials. The article in The New York Times (2012) indicated that misidentification is the country's leading cause of wrongful conviction.

    2/4/2013 · Psychology
    The issue of children's memory is contentious. Some individuals assert that if a child says something, therefore it must be true. However, the research shows that this certainly is not the case. Human memory is not an exact recording of an event(s).

    11/15/2012 · Psychology
    All too often one sees survivors of abuse all categorized under the rubric of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As Herman, in a paper on complex PTSD, notes (1992), PTSD formulation fails to capture the sequelae, acuity, and severity of prolonged, repeated trauma.

    11/15/2012 · Brain Injury
    Freeman et al. (2005) noted that it was in the mid-'80s when it was first noted that mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) could result in serious and lasting consequences. Numerous studies with human and animal subjects have demonstrated the evidence of neurocognitive defects and delayed return to work in MTBI patients with postconcussive syndrome.

    10/4/2012 · Psychology
    The recent death by suicide of Junior Seau of the San Diego Chargers is only one of many suicides in the NFL. O.J. Murdock, a 25-year-old wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Recent cases have come to the fore concerning faulty eyewitness ID raising increasing and continuing concern about the error rate of eyewitness ID. This concern dates all the way back to Janet Reno, Attorney General, who appointed a committee of mentalhealth professionals and attorney to evaluate the area of eyewitness ID.

    6/21/2012 · Neuropsychology
    The United States is seeing more and more young men returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with horrendous results in terms of family integration, societal integration, and domestic violence. Some of these individuals, according to Cernak, are found on the battlefield dead with no marks whatsoever on them.

    The problem of false confession is alarming. Just after publication by Barry Scheck in his text on and his writings on DNA and establishment of the Innocence Project, he found 77 wrongful convictions and individuals wrongfully imprisoned in California.

    2/3/2012 · Psychology
    Police departments across the United States are routinely questioning young children concerning child sexual abuse allegations. Frequently the police are untrained in the correct techniques to utilize for investigating interview of the children.

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    Robert B. Sica, PhD, FACPN
    2100 Route 33, Suite 9 and 10
    Neptune NJ 07753
    USA
    phone: 732-988-3441
    fax: 732-988-7123
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    Robert Sica Clinical Neuropsychology Expert PhotoRobert B. Sica, PhD, FACPN is a Neuropsychologist specializing in Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychology.

    Dr. Sica is a staff clinical neuropsychologist in the Neuroscience Division at Jersey Shore University Medical Center (JSUMC) and Riverview Medical Center, both members of the Meridian Health Care System, where he treats patients along with his academic responsibilities of teaching medical students, residents, and neuropsychological interns.

    Dr. Sica was the first neuropsychologist on staff at JSUMC. Through his knowledge and experience, he established an American Psychological Association accredited Neuropsychological Intern/Residency program at JSUMC. He is also a member of the Meridian Neuroscience Team treating various brain disorders.

    Litigation Support - Besides Dr. Sica's practice and hospital responsibilities, he is a forensic consultant in probate, workers' compensation, social security disability, and personal injury matters. His services include case analysis of:
    • Concussion / Post Concussion Syndrome
    • Cerebral Vascular Accidents
    • Neoplasm
  • Variants of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Dementia
  • Dr. Sica provides expert testimony for counsel representing both plaintiff and defense. He is available for independent medical examinations, medical and neuropsychological record review, case planning, depositions, and trial testimony when necessary.

    Areas of Focus:
    • Civil – Neurogenic v. psychogenic, damages-acquired v. premorbid, post-traumatic v. premorbid psychological characteristics, performance and symptom validity analysis, disability analysis, cognitive impairment analysis.

    • Administrative – Workers’ compensation examinations – past v. acquired cognitive deficits, identification of functional deficits.

    • Probate – Neuropsychological analysis of clinical capacity in: financial capacity, testamentary capacity, driving capacity, and independent living capacity.
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    3/8/2016 · Neuropsychology
    The question is whether to accept or reject neuropsychological services in the analysis of a case.

    2/17/2016 · Neuropsychology
    Beginning January 2015, a pharmaceutical representive slipped and fell on black ice striking her head. There was brief loss of consciousness (LOC), nausea, blurred vision and dizziness. She was brought to CentraState Medical Center ER, treated and released. CAT scan of the head was negative. She was seen by Meridian Occupational Health (MOH) and cleared neurologically. She was referred to Neuropsychology with the neuropsychological examination placed on hold due to the recency of the injury. A Montreal Cognitive Assessment was given demonstrating cognitive problems (22/30). Psychological screening measures reflected general autonomic arousal. Medical adjustment counseling (MAC) was recommended two times a week with biofeedback due to anxiety and restoration of control.

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    Maurice Preter
    MD
    1160 Fifth Avenue
    Suite 112
    New York NY 10029
    USA
    phone: 212-713-5336
    fax: 212-713-5336
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    Areas of Expertise:
    • Conscious pain and suffering, including mass casualties, such as aviation accidents
    • Emotional and physical damages
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Mild-traumatic head injury
    • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder/PTSD
    • Workplace harassment
    • Neuropsychiatric impairments
    • Diminished mental capacity
    • Criminal responsibility/mitigating factors/ leniency
    • Downward departure in civil and criminal proceedings (including death penalty cases)
    • Medical and psychiatric malpractice
    • Standard of Care
    • Pharmaceutical product liability
    • Professional misconduct
    • Retention and commitment
    • Treatment over objection
    • Cognitive impairment/dementia
    Dr. Maurice Preter, MD, is a practicing psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, neuropsychiatrist and neurologist. One of a handful of dually board certified experts in both neurology and psychiatry, internationally active as lecturer, medical educator and as clinical and medical-legal consultant. In addition to active clinical consultation, Dr. Preter, a Castle Connolly and New York Magazine Nominated Top Doctor, may be called upon for psychiatric and neuropsychiatric forensic expertise to assist plaintiff and defense counsel, the courts, federal, State agencies, and international organizations.

    Presentations/Publications: See http://psychiatryneurology.net/bio/.

    Comments:
    • Fluent in English, French, German.
    • Licensed in New York, Paris, Germany
    Recent Award: 2016: Best Doctors of New York, Castle Connolly/New York Magazine
    Mark W. Green, (ed,), Philip R. Muskin (ed.)
    Dr. Maurice Preter and Samuel Lieblich contributed the chapter on "Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Approaches to Headache." Whilst the vast majority of headaches are minor ailments, some patients develop chronic symptoms that have psychiatric dimensions. These symptoms can be immensely challenging to manage and can have a serious impact on the patient’s quality of life. The relationship between headache and psychiatric disease is often rationalized as cause and effect; however, the interplay between the two is complex.
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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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    Dr. Stephen M. Raffle
    Principal
    35 Wolfe Grade
    Kentfield, CA 94904
    Also
    Oakland CA 94612
    USA
    phone: 415-461-4845
    fax: 415-461-4039
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    NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
    North of San Francisco
    35 Wolfe Grade
    Kentfield, CA 94904
    (415) 461-4845
    Oakland
    300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza,Suite 700
    Oakland, CA 94612
    (510) 465-3300

    NATIONWIDE / INTERNATIONAL, has over 43 years of experience offering his expert opinion in Federal and State jurisdictions nationwide. Dr. Raffle has consulted for attorneys, insurers, employers and judges. His track record and experience is impressive: over 5000 psychiatric evaluations, 700+ depositions, 150+ trials, a successful clinical practice, teaching career at U.C. Medical School, and Hastings College of the Law postgraduate course "Trial and Appellate Advocacy" for 11 years instructing attorneys about the direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses.

    Stephen M. Raffle, M.D. and Associates' expertise includes, but is not limited to the following:
    • Chronic Pain
    • Psychosomatic Medicine
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Psychogenic Pain
    • Traumatic Brain injury and other Dementias
    • False Memory Syndrome
    • Malingering
    • Emotional Distress: Intentional & Unintentional infliction
    • Emotional Distress: Evaluation of
    • Fitness For Duty
    • Risk/Threat Workplace Violence Assessment
    • Wrongful Termination
    • Discrimination (ADA, Title VII, EEOC)
    • Harassment (sexual, etc.)
  • Employment Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Substance Abuse
  • Testamentary Capacity
  • Undue Influence (including Cults)
  • Toxic Exposure
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Temporary and Permanent Disability
  • Need for Treatment
  • Sexual Molestation
  • Medical Records Review
  • Assist in Preparation for Direct and Cross-examination of Expert Witnesses and Deposition of expert witnesses
  • 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