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Edward J. Priz, CPCU, APA
3230 S. Harlem Ave.
Riverside IL 60546
USA
phone: 708-945-7393
fax: 708-442-6010
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Advanced Insurance Management LLC lower Workers Compensation Insurance costs for employers by finding and correcting underwriting and auditing errors in Workers Compensation premium calculations and audits. They consult with employers about Workers Compensation insurance premium audits, classifications, and experience modifiers, double checking technical issues that directly affect the premium charges made by insurers.

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Edward Priz Workers Compensation Expert PhotoPrincipal,Edward J. Priz, CPCU, APA, has worked full-time in the Insurance Industry since 1976. In 1982, he also began consulting on Workers Compensation insurance issues, and in 1987 established his own consulting firm to specialize in this field, as Advanced Insurance Management.

Mr. Priz holds the professional designation Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) from the American Institute of Property and Liability Underwriters, as well as the designation Associate in Premium Auditing, from the Insurance Institute of America.

As a consultant, Mr. Priz has worked with clients both large and small throughout the United States regarding proper Workers Compensation audits, premiums, classifications, experience modification factors, and related technical matters. His consulting clients have included Caterpillar, Bridgestone Tire, Walsh Construction, and the San Francisco 49'ers professional football team, as well as numerous companies in manufacturing, construction, health services, non-profits, and the staffing industry.

Consulting Expertise:
  • Premium Audits
  • Classification Codes
  • Experience Modification Factors
  • Retrospective Rating
  • Large Deductible Policies
  • Insurance Agent / Broker Duties
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    11/11/2015 · Insurance
    Employers generally realize that the initial premium they pay for Workers Compensation insurance isn't the final premium for that coverage-Workers Comp is normally subject to an audit after the policy ends, to adjust premium charges based on actual payroll amounts. When the policy starts, after all, payroll amounts can only be estimated for the coming year. So it's routine for employers of any size to undergo a Workers Compensation premium audit, and to receive an audit statement that often seeks some additional premium.

    8/20/2015 · Insurance
    A growing trend for many businesses has been for their customers and prospects to use their experience modification factor as a safety benchmark, requiring a modifier of 1.00 or 1.05 for those bidding on projects. A higher modifier can disqualify a firm from bidding on many projects, particularly governmental projects.

    7/10/2015 · Insurance
    Recently, a former Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance wrote an Op-Ed piece, decrying recently proposed legislation that would require insurers to file changes in Workers Compensation insurance rates with regulators before using those rates with insurers. The proposed legislation would also allow the Department of Insurance to disapprove rates if it was determined they were excessive.

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    An easy to understand guide, written for a general business audience, that explains in detail how Workers Compensation insurance is priced and audited. The Field Guide explains the classification system used by insurance companies, the audit process, experience modification factors, and how and why overcharges occur. Most importantly, it explains in plain language how employers can protect themselves from the common mistakes the insurance industry makes that cause Workers Comp premiums to be higher than they properly should be.
    Edward J. Priz, Scott Priz
    Everything business owners and managers need to know to understand Workers Compensation insurance for their company, including how to reduce premium costs.
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    Many of the rules which determine premiums are understood only by employees in the audit and underwriting departments of insurance companies. The result is a built-in bias in the system which favors higher premiums. CompControl was written by an industry insider -- a consultant who has saved clients more than $4 million in overcharges. His book reveals how the system really works and how you can make it work for you.
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    Brian H. Kleiner, Ph.D., MBA
    Brian H. Kleiner
    Professor of Human Resource Management
    at a prestigious Cailfornia university
    551 Santa Barbara Avenue
    Fullerton CA 92835
    USA
    phone: 714-879-9705 or 714-595-1891
    fax: 714-879-5600
    Dr. Brian H. Kleiner was a former human resource manager for Ford Motor Company. He has had over 100 private and public consulting clients and has trained thousands of employees. Dr. Kleiner taught three 36-hour courses on KLCS-TV, has over 500 publications, and has given trial / arbitration testimony in over 70 cases, including one resulting in a $12.5 million plaintiffs verdict in 2014 concerning disability discrimination and wrongful termination. He has been profiled in Bender's California Labor and Employment Bulletin in 2007 as a result of his overall forensic expert successes and other achievements.

    Degrees Include:
    • B.S. in Business Administration, Drexel
    • MBA, UCLA
    • Ph.D. Management, UCLA
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    Garson M. Caruso, MD, MPH, PA
    647 East Siddonsburg Road
    Mechanicsburg PA 17055
    USA
    phone: 717-691-5409 or 717-968-0576 (Cell)
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    Garson M. Caruso, MD, MPH, PA, is a board certified Occupational Physician in private consulting practice with extensive clinical and administrative experience in emergency and occupational medicine, including:
    • Case Review, Analysis, and Management
    • Impairment Determination and Disability Rating
    • Medical Direction
    • Industrial Illness and Injury Care
    • Medical Review Officer functions
    Dr. Caruso has performed occupational health services and consulting for organizations including Lockheed Martin, Bechtel Aberdeen, PepsiCo, Dean Foods, The New York Transit Authority, and multiple Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He has very broad and in-depth case management and file review experience involving complex disability and workers’ compensation claims. He is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and International Academy of Independent Medical Evaluators (IAIME); a Certified Independent Medical Examiner (CIME; 2009-2014); and a Certified Medical Review Officer. He has also held numerous leadership roles in ACOEM, and both published and presented at national, state, and local conferences in his areas of expertise. Dr. Caruso's primary professional interests are worker disability prevention and management, with a particular focus on the psychosocial aspects of occupational medicine and workers compensation, and prevention or minimization of unnecessary work disability.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Caruso's expertise is available to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. His services include Independent Medical Evaluations, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed. Dr. Caruso is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, Florida, Maryland, New York, Virginia, Louisiana, and North Carolina.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Occupational Medicine
    • Causation Analysis
    • Disability Prevention and Evaluation
    • Workers Compensation
    • Impairment Evaluation and Rating
  • Fitness for Duty
  • Return to Work
  • Drug Testing
  • Work Capacity
  • Work Life Expectancy
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    Forensic Psychiatrist and School Mental Health Expert
    307 West Minnehaha Parkway
    Minneapolis MN 55419
    USA
    phone: 612-275-7385
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    William Dikel, M.D. is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who consults locally and nationally to school districts and to state departments of education. He has written mental health plans for many school districts and conducted a program evaluation of the Hawaii Department of Education’s School Based Behavioral Health program. He provides expert witness services in due process and civil hearings for both school districts and for parents’ attorneys. He is a member of the American School Board Association’s Council of School Attorney’s IDEA Reauthorization task force. He is an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Minnesota, and has been an adjunct professor in the University of Missouri’s Center for the Advancement of Mental Health Practices in the Schools. He is a leader of the Tier 3 Treatment community of practice group for the Center for School Mental Health, and has been a member of the American School Health Association’s task force on school mental health policy. He has written several articles on school mental health and school mental health law, and is the author of the book, “The Teacher’s Guide to Student Mental Health” published by W.W. Norton. He is the recipient of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s 2015 Sidney Berman Award for outstanding achievement in school mental health.

    Dr. Dikel's school consultation includes creating mental health plans for school districts, consultation about individual students, maximizing available funding streams, providing cost-effective services, co-locating mental health diagnostic and treatment services into school districts, providing in-service presentations, and assisting in data gathering and outcome analysis.

    Dr. Dikel has given over 100 state and national presentations on topics including diagnosis and treatment, criminal justice, school mental health, sexual abuse, violence, suicide, behavioral analysis, psychiatric medications, substance use disorders, psychiatric disability, mental health funding, multi-system collaboration, integrative care, mental health law, public health and mental health policy.

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    William R. Dikel, MD
    From anxiety and depression to ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, behavior disorders, substance use disorders, and psychoses, this practical book provides essential information on how mental health disorders are diagnosed and treated, how they tend to manifest at school, and how they affect students’ emotions, behaviors, and ability to learn. It explains why traditional behavioral interventions are often unsuccessful, and describes effective classroom interventions that teachers can use to provide optimal educational experiences.
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    Craig D. Gunderson, DC, QME
    9450 Ming Ave.
    Bakersfield CA 93311
    USA
    phone: 661-861-1000
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    Craig D. Gunderson, DC, QME, has been a Board Certified Chiropractor in the State of California and Oregon since 1977. After earning his Bachelor's Degree in Biology, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree, from Western States Chiropractic College in 1977.

    Dr. Gunderson is an Examiner for the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. His is a Past President and Fellow of the Academy of Forensic Industrial and Chiropractic Consultants and Past Vice-President of the California Chiropractic Association. He also served as an instructor for the Board of Chiropractic Examiners and Division of Workers Compensation Medical Unit.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Gunderson uses his 40 years of Chiropractic experience to provide expert witness services for Chiropractic and Occupational Medicine cases. He is Certified in Manipulation Under Anesthesia, Certified AMA Guides 5th Edition, and CA-MTUS Practice Guidelines. He uses nationally recognized evidenced-based treatment guidelines for Chiropractic Malpractice, Chiropractic Defense Peer Review, and Chiropractic court testimony. Dr. Gunderson has testified over 20 times since 2015.
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    Malcolm S. Cohen, PhD
    President
    305 E. Eisenhower Pkwy., Ste 316
    Ann Arbor MI 48108
    USA
    phone: 734-846-0549
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    Employment Research Corporation carries out economic and statistical analyses related to employment issues including EEOC audits, OFCCP compliance, wage and hour claims, economic loss, employment discrimination and class action statistical analysis. Analyses are performed using recognized scientific methodology to assure clients of unbiased information.

    Consulting Services:
    • Employment Discrimination - Analysis of Reduction in Force (RIF), Compensation and Pay Equity Studies, Data Preparation for Affirmative Action and EEO Reporting, Promotions and Terminations Analyses, Statistical Analysis in Employment Class Action Lawsuits, OFCCP and EEOC cases
    • Wage and Hour - Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), California Wage and Hour and Other State and Local Labor Standards, Prevailing Wage Litigation
    • Labor Market Statistics - Employment Audits, Labor Market Indicators
    • Economic Loss - Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, FELA Analysis of Injured Railroad Workers, Mitigation of Damages in Employment, Economic Analysis of Life Care Plans, Wrongful Termination
    Malcolm S. Cohen, PhD, President of Employment Research Corporation, has over 30 years of experience in the field of Economics and Employment specializing in Labor Markets and Statistical Analysis.

    Dr. Cohen founded the firm in 1997, after retiring as the Director of the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations at the University of Michigan, which he directed for 13 years. With a PhD in Economics from the MIT in 1967, his research interests include labor market information, labor turnover, employment forecasting and labor shortages. He has directed several major studies to identify national shortage occupations and measure labor turnover using administrative records.

    Dr. Cohen's research has been cited in Time, Money, and leading newspapers throughout the United States. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. His book, Labor Shortages as America Approaches the Twenty-first Century, was published by the University of Michigan Press. His most recent book, Global Skill Shortages, written with Professor Mahmood A. Zaidi, is published by Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    Malcom S. Cohen, PhD
    As the world entered the twenty-first century, global skill shortages in many occupations were evident throughout the world. While these were mitigated by a global recession, there is no generally agreed upon method for measuring these shortages. This book discusses various theories for measurement. Using data collected from 19 developed countries in North and Latin America, Europe, and the Pacific region, the authors explore various aspects of skilled labor shortages, develop a methodology of measuring shortages by occupation, and provide estimates of the likelihood of the occurrence of such shortages.
    Malcom S. Cohen, PhD
    Predicting labor shortages is of great importance for planning education and training of the nation's present and future labor force. Malcolm Cohen has developed an innovative approach to measuring labor shortages. Originally sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, his work is presented here, updated for 1994.
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    IU Health Arnett Hospital
    5177 McCarty Lane
    Lafayette IN 47905
    USA
    phone: (765) 838-7480 / cell: (616) 644-6348
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    Eric M. Orenstein, MD, is a Board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon dedicated to providing quality orthopaedic care. He has completed a post-residency Fellowship program in Joint Reconstructive Surgery including hip and knee replacement surgery and is trained in minimally invasive surgery of the hip and knee. As an experienced physician with more than 32 years of specialization in orthopaedics, he takes a highly personal approach to caring for his patients.

    Dr. Orenstein's practice includes general orthopaedics with a specialty interest in total joint replacement surgery. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Orthopedic Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he teaches residents and medical students. Dr. Orenstein has been an active member of Indiana University Hospital's Surgery Standards Committee for several years.

    Areas of Specialization:
    • Minimally-Invasive Partial Hip & Knee Replacements
    • Revisions
    • Sports Injuries
    • Knee Arthroscopies
  • Arthritis of Hip and Knee
  • Fracture Care
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Independent Medical Evaluations
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    Erin O'Callaghan BS, MA, JD, CRC, NCC, LPC, CLCP
    145 S. Livernois #102
    Rochester Hills Michigan 48307
    USA
    phone: 248-312-9597
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    Erin O’Callaghan BS, MA, JD, LPC, CRC, NCC, CLCP, is a member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, International Academy of Life Care Planners, Michigan Rehabilitation Association, and the American Board of Vocational Experts.

    Ms. O’Callaghan has worked diligently for 13 years as a rehabilitation professional providing the highest standards of professional ethics. She has extensive occupational knowledge of the current labor market and how limitations may impact employability and earnings capacity. She provides consultation services in the areas of:

    Life Care Planning - In depth analysis of medical records, injuries, relevant guidelines for case facts and future care. Application of standardized methodology in the preparation of a Life Care Plan. Written and /or verbal consultation with members of treatment team and evaluators for use in the development of a lifelong plan of care.

    Wage Earning Capacity - Evaluation of transferable skills, labor market information, and geographical employment opportunities subsequent to an injury or disability to determine employability and/or loss of earnings capacity.

    Vocational Rehabilitation - Full range of vocational rehabilitation services including vocational counseling, job seeking skills training, rehabilitation, and adjustment to disability counseling.

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    Henry Flores, PhD
    3111 Alamo Creek Circle
    San Antonio TX 78230
    USA
    phone: 210-846-8260
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    FloreStat, LLC is a Data Management, Date Mining, and Statistical Analysis company offering business, government, and litigation support services. FloreStat constructs sampling frames and databases suited to their clients' needs, provides high-powered data analysis using SPSS, and produces reports for litigation, formal presentations to boards, local governments and potential business partners.

    Governmental Services (Small municipal governments):
    • Economic Development Research
    • Database Construction
    • Databases Management/ Organization
  • Data Mining
  • Statistical Analyses
  • Written Reports
  • Business Services (Small businesses and individual entrepreneurs):
    • Economic Development Research
    • Human Resource Management
    • Logistics Management / Supply Chains
  • Database Construction
  • Databases Management/ Organization
  • Data Mining
  • Henry Flores Employment Law Statistics Expert PhotoHenry Flores, PhD., Owner and Operator, has over 30 years of experience in Data Management, Data Mining, and Statistical Analysis. A Distinguished University Research Professor, he also teaches Political Science and International Relations at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

    Select Background Experience - A member of the Institute for Public Administration, Politics, and Public Policy, Dr. Flores has conducted national election exit polls and local telephone polls for numerous elections. He has provided consultations on environmental contamination issues and developed methodologies for enumeration of homeless communities.

    Dr. Flores has also served as outside evaluator to Nielsen Media Research on the construction of their sampling frames and population samples. He also assisted in the assessment of Nielsen’s household targeting methods and techniques.

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    Gary Young, M.Ed., CRC, CDMS, CCM, NCC, ABVE/D, FVE
    4 Trenton Ave.
    West Trenton NJ 08628
    USA
    phone: 609-883-9033
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    Gary A. Young has worked in the field of Rehabilitation Counseling for over 35 years. He has earned a Master of Education, is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Certified Disability Management Specialist, Certified Case Manager, Diplomate of the American Board of Vocational Experts, and Forensic Vocational Economist.

    Consulting and Training - Mr. Young serves as a consultant on Americans with Disabilities Act issues providing sensitivity training, compliance issues, job analysis, and employee training sessions. He is also a Vocational Expert for the Social Security Administration, participating in training programs for Administrative Law Judges, representative bar associations, and National Representative organizations.

    Selected Speaking Topics:
    • Legal Issues in Report Writing
    • Review of Workers’ Compensation Laws
    • Social Security Practices and Regulations
    • Hand Injuries and Rehabilitation Practices
    • Vocational Evaluation and Testimony in Social Security Disability Setting including mock hearing for National Organization of Social Security Representatives
    • Dickinson Law School Seminar on Social Security Issues Lecturer and Author
    Gary Young has been evaluating Vocational and Economic Loss Projections and residual productive skills and value in cases focusing on employment related matters since 1977. His expertise is in determining future vocational options and economic loss projections. Mr. Young also provides catastrophic case management, performing complete Life Care Plans and economic projections for future medical costs.

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    Christopher A. Lowery, DHSc, CLCP
    13831 Northwest Freeway, Suite 171
    Houston TX 77040
    USA
    phone: 713-996-9200
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    Healthways Services offers a wide variety of Health and Human Service programs designed to help individuals and companies achieve unparalleled professional success. Through Project S.T.O.P. (Self Taking On Prevention), we educate and encourage our clients as they work toward self-sufficiency. The S.T.O.P program is made up of many unique services which is design to provide assistance to families and individuals facing serious obstacles that affect their ability to live happy and successful lives while reaching their full potential.

    Services Include:
    • Anger Management
    • Anti-Theft Intervention Education
    • Assistive Technology Evaluations
    • Catastrophic Case Evaluation
    • Health Education & Disease
    • Domestic Violence Education
    • Drug / Alcohol Abuse
    • Earning Capacity Evaluation
    • Life Care Planning
  • Medical Bill Review
  • Medical Direct-Hire Solutions
  • Social Security Disability Claims
  • Ticket-to-Work
  • Veteran's Disability Benefits
  • Vocational Services
  • Work Incentive Planning
  • Worker's Compensation Claims
  • Litigation Support
  • Christopher Lowery Vocational Rehabilitation Expert PhotoPrincipal, Christopher A. Lowery, is a qualified health and human service professional who serves as a Health and Rehabilitation Consultant. Having worked in the medical, vocational, and rehabilitation industry since 2002, he is committed to providing quality representation and assistance to meet the needs of every client.

    Background Experience - Dr. Lowery served as the Managing Director and Senior Healthcare Recruiter for Outsource Personnel in Houston, TX. Prior to that, he served as a personal injury legal assistant, document review paralegal, and medical claims analyst. This experience is joined with his education in Counseling, Human and Health Services Administration, and Health Science in Global Health, which makes him particularly qualified to serve in the rehabilitation industry.

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    Dawn M. Adams, PHR
    W307 N6380 Shore Acres Road
    Hartland WI 53029
    USA
    phone: 414-659-4553
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    HResults partners with clients to provide expert advise related to organization development, employment laws, and Human Resources. HResults competently leads and implements strategic initiatives while building relationships with leaders, teams, and business owners.

    HResults Services:
    • HR Management
    • Benefits
    • Organizational Development
    • Instructional Design and Training
    • Employment Law Compliance
    • Talent Acquisition
  • Employee Surveys
  • Performance Management
  • Coaching - Team Building
  • 360-Degree Feedback
  • Employee Relations
  • Policy Design and Implementation
  • Dawn Adams, President of HResults, is a certified Professional in Human Resources, with 25+ years of experience in Human Resources and Organization Development. She built her expertise in the professional services, manufacturing, health care, financial services, government, IT, and construction industries. Ms. Adams has held various leadership positions within organizations, including Vice President of Human Resources for a statewide, nonprofit healthcare organization.

    Ms. Adams has built additional coaching and development expertise through CPP, the Center for Creative Leadership, and Team Trek. In addition to her PHR certification, she earned several certifications through Lominger International and CPP. Ms. Adams is a former member of the national Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), its national Employee Relations Expertise Panel, a SHRM scholarship judge, and a former member and chair of MMSHRM’s Employment Practices Committee.

    Ms. Adams has lectured for various professional organizations, including the National Business Institute, Wisconsin Employers Resource on Risk, MMSHRM, Marquette University, and Alverno College. In addition, she has contributed valuable information to articles related to the human resources profession for SHRM, Newsweek, Inc., BizJournals, and Pacific Business News.

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    Curtis E. Falany, PE
    President & Principal Engineer

    1003 S. Alexander Street, Suite 9
    Plant City FL 33563
    USA
    phone: 352-793-9300 (Office)813-716-2582 (Cell)
    fax: 813-793-9301
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    J. B. Shepherd & Company, Inc. has been very effective in litigation support by assisting attorneys in their evaluation of the merits of impending action, in testimony and in consultation with counsel during preparation for trial. We qualify as experts in many fields of engineering practice. We can also assist in locating an expert if the required areas of expertise are beyond our scope. We are available to counsel for either plaintiff or defense and as advisors and experts empaneled by the Court.

    Curtis E. Falany, PE, President and Principal of J. B. Shepherd & Company, Inc., has been a forensic electrical engineer and expert witness for over 25 years. Previously, he was the CEO of an electrical design build firm and a principal in a consortium of companies serving the electrical, computer, and communications industries worldwide. He has served as a member of the Florida Electrical Contractors Licensing Board and as the author of the Hillsborough County Florida Electrical Code.

    Litigation Support - As a forensic engineer and expert witness, Mr. Falany has assisted clients in the investigation and resolution of more than 500 cases, both in the USA and overseas. He has given expert testimony in both Federal and State litigation. Mr. Falany has consulted on matters of:
    • Electric Utilities
    • Property
    • Casualty
  • Fidelity
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Construction Disputes
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    Dr. Robert H. Schram
    President/CEO
    4950 York Rd Buckingham Green One
    PO Box 231
    Holicong PA 18928-0231
    ALL STATES USA
    phone: 215-794-0800 x304
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    Dr. Robert H. Schram has over forty years experience as the Executive Director/CEO of a large community non-profit organization (BARC Development Services) supporting children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Mental Illness, and Autism from birth through retirement. Dr. Schram had the honor of receiving Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Nomination by the Grenzebach Award through the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He was promoted to Fellow for Meritorious Service in the American Association for Intellectual Disabilities and Autism.

    Dr. Schram holds certificates in: Finance from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School; Leadership from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Desales University; Medical Ethics from the University of Penn Medical School; and Dispute Resolution from the Ford Motor Company. In his book, Company Management…Policies, Procedures, Practices, he guides entrepreneurs and top managers in the governance and supervision necessary for success.

    Dr. Schram provides the following Consulting Services:
    • Cultural and Sexual Harassment
    • Development of Bylaws, Policies, and Procedures
    • Public Relations
    • Supervisory and Progressive Discipline
    • Conducting Investigations of Staff Misconduct
    • Performance Evaluations
    • Improving Staff and Organizational Communication
    • Developing Program Quality Control Mechanisms
    • Leadership Training for Managers
    • Nonprofit Fundraising
    • Personal Safety and Abuse Prevention
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    Robert H. Schram, DPA
    Company Management…Policies, Procedures, Practices is written as a guide for both entrepreneurs initiating their own business and top managers of more established companies. It covers all the critically important aspects of governance and supervision necessary for success including: meeting management techniques; fiduciary and financial responsibilities; strategic planning; legal and risk management; initiating and embracing health and safety committees; developing and utilizing an effective human resources department; creating and implementing a position rating manual; fostering public relations; crafting updating, and employing employee handbooks.
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    Jerald L. Cook, MD, FACOEM
    10425 Tierrasanta Blvd
    Ste 108
    San Diego CA 92124
    United States
    phone: 858-848-9052
    fax: 858-251-3041
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    Med Fit Consulting is an Occupational and Environmental Medicine Risk Prevention company. Med Fit provides consulting services to management, safety officers, and human resource officers to reduce corporate expenditures and risk in the areas of disability and workers' compensation, regulations such as OSHA, ADA, and FMLA, and improved worker health and wellbeing.

    Some corporations are uncertain of their needs and desire an overview assessment of their worksite to learn how they can increase compliance and improve their work environment. Examples of Med Fit Consulting services include:
    • Risk communication to employees or public regarding industrial or environmental exposures
    • Recommendations on reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities
    • Emergency management planning
    • Crisis situations or catastrophic events in community
    • Disability management, collaborating with treating physicians to reduce time away from work
    • Health promotion and wellness program development
    • Medical surveillance program development
    • Early return to work policy development
    • Occupational health evaluation of the worksite
    Jerald Cook Occupational Medicine Expert PhotoJerald L. Cook, MD, FACOEM, is Board certified in Occupational Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

    With additional experience in Environmental Medicine and Toxicology, Dr. Cook has broad background experience, serving such industries as nuclear power, firefighters, healthcare workers, police officers, veterinarians, public service, transportation, military and veterans, warehousing and retail, environmental engineering, business services, and federal government.

    Dr. Cook is currently the Medical Director at a worksite clinic providing acute, primary, and preventive care to warehouse workers. He also serves as a military advisor and also provides direct acute care, primary care, wellness screening and health counseling to active duty Marines and Sailors.

    Previously, Dr. Cook held the title of Occupational Health Department Head at the Twentynine Palms Naval Hospital where he was the sole provider offering occupational health services to 660 hospital staff and over 5,000 civilians and service members. He provided OSHA compliant medical surveillance examinations, FMCSA certification examinations, and managed federal workers’ compensation injuries and illnesses.

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    3/19/2018 · Toxicology
    Cocaine remains a popular drug of abuse, and per HHS (2008) of 6.5 million US Federal workplace drug tests, about 40,000 were positive for cocaine in 2007. Drug testing for cocaine is based on the metabolite benzoylecogonine which is detectable in the user’s urine for 24 hours, possibly even up to 72 hours. Non-metabolized cocaine may only be detectable for 4-6 hours following use, making it a less useful target in a drug testing program.

    2/12/2018 · Forensics
    In 2016 the White House reported that they were going to scrutinize some forensic sciences in the court room. The White House's scrutiny, however, over some forensic disciplines is probably justified. When the level of evidence required is very high, the expectations from the scientific community should also be very high. These are usually cases where consequences of decisions can lead to long imprisonments. Being speculative about what evidence means, or making decisions based on poor science is irresponsible. The public has high expectations from the scientific community, and when experts testify that there is scientific evidence which proves a case, there is trust involved in those statements. If judges allow experts to present themselves as such, and to express their opinions as the truth, errors involved making scientific conclusions may not be well understood by the layperson.

    1/17/2018 · Toxicology
    Presumptive tests, also known as preliminary tests or field tests, allow drugs to be quickly classified into a particular chemical group, but do not unequivocally identify the presence of a specific chemical compound. Preliminary drug test results are often included in a panel of tests, which then be used as a guide to an appropriate confirmatory test to determine and verify the chemical compounds present.

    11/16/2017 · Disability
    Fibromyalgia is considered a functional disorder with unknown etiology and unclear pathophysiology. It's not well understood because there is little objective information to support the physical and psychological impairment that affected individuals report. This often becomes a challenge for individuals that feel disabled by the disorder and try to prove that the disorder prevents productive and meaningful work, so they qualify for disability benefits. Fibromyalgia is characterized by complaints of widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and poor sleep, cognitive and psychiatric symptoms, headaches including migraines, and a variety of other symptoms. With or without psychosomatic symptoms, depression and anxiety are common in fibromyalgia (Ghiggia, et al. 2017) and should always be assessed when evaluating the presence of and effects of fibromyalgia. Individuals with fibromyalgia experience a heightened response to stimuli.

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