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Dr. Jeffrey Stone
DO, MPH, FCCWS
5960 W. Parker Road
STE 278-458
Plano TX 75093
USA
phone: 214 265-9408
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Dr. Jeffrey Stone, DO, MPH, FCCWS, specializing in Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, served as Medical and Fellowship Director for the Hyperbaric Medicine Unit at the Institute for Exercise & Environmental Medicine at Texas Health Dallas from 1992- May 2016.. Dr. Stone received his medical degree from Western States University and received a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University. Dr. Stone completed a residency in aerospace medicine at Brooks Air Force Base and a fellowship in hyperbaric medicine and Wound care at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. He is one of the first 60 physicians in the U.S. to receive his certification in Wound Care. Dr. Stone currently provides care to patients in acute care, LTAC, long term care facilities SNF and Nursing Home) and outpatient care.

Dr. Stone has been widely published in many medical journals regarding his expertise in Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, Dr. Stone serves as an Expert Witness for Peer Reviews, Legal Reviews, and Medical Malpractice Cases.

Areas of Expertise: Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen-
  • Pressure Sores
  • Arterial Ulcers
  • Diabetic Foot Wounds
  • Acute Traumatic Ischemias
  • Decubitus Ulcers
  • Non-Healing Wounds, Venous or Arterial or Pressure Related
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3/5/2013 · Medical
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1/3/2013 · Medical
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11/1/2012 · Medicine
Adequate debridement, control of infection, off-loading of pressure, and appropriate topical management are the most important interventions in treating nonhealing wounds.

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

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

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

Areas of Expertise:
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Asthma
  • Asbestos
  • Reactive Airways Disease
  • COPD
  • Pneumonia
  • Lung Cancer
  • Bronchitis
  • Asbestosis
  • Occupational Lung Disease
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sepsis
  • ARDS
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    Andrew Wittenberg, MD, MPH, FACEP
    3350 E. 7th St. #525
    Long Beach CA 90804
    USA
    phone: 310-266-6775
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    Andrew Wittenberg, MD, MPH, FACEP, is a practicing Emergency Medicine Physician with over 10 years of experience. He is Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

    Dr. Wittenberg is currently the chairman of Emergency Medicine at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He has been practicing Emergency Medicine in Long Beach for over 10 years. He is a part of Columbia Emergency Medical Group, Inc., which staffs the ER at Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s and Community Hospital of Long Beach. Dr. Wittenberg graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and completed his residency at LAC-USC. He has been recognized for excellence in teaching with awards from two residency programs.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Wittenberg offers expert witness services in medical malpractice cases involving Emergency Medicine. He provides consultation for chart reviews, expert witness depositions, and testimony. Dr. Wittenberg's services are available to both plaintiff and defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Trauma
    • Stroke
    • Myocardial Infarction / STEMI
    • Pregnancy / Ectopic Pregnancy
    • Sepsis
    • Pulmonary Embolis(PE)
  • Aneurysm
  • Pneumonia
  • Appendicitis
  • Intubation
  • Ischemia
  • Testicular and Ovarian Torsion
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    Karen Wilkinson, MN, ARNP
    Seattle WA
    USA
    phone: 425-367-2275
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    Karen Wilkinson MN, ARNP brings a unique blend of over 30 years of clinical nursing experience with her nursing faculty experience and paralegal background to offer many services to attorneys.

    Ms. Wilkinson provides services in medical and nursing malpractice cases, general negligence / personal injury cases, product liability cases, toxic torts and environmental cases, worker’s compensation and workplace related injury cases, criminal cases, and any case where health, illness, or injury is an issue. She works as a consulting expert, a testifying expert, and/or a Life Care Planner to provide you with case chronologies, expert reports and declarations, medical billing review, declarations, IME attendance, and many other services.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Nursing Care Issues
    • Medical Care Issues
    • Ancillary Care Issues
    • Inner Workings of Hospitals
    • JCAHO Accreditation
    • Pain Assessment & Management
    • Neurodevelopmental Issues
  • Staffing
  • Delegation
  • Managed Care
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Life Care Plans
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Medication Error
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    4100 Milam
    Houston TX 77006
    USA
    phone: 713-797-9200
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    James M. Wheeler, MD, MPH, JD, magna cum laude in Biology / Psychology from Harvard, is an OB/GYN trained at Baylor, with subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology / Infertility at Yale. He is also a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale, focusing upon clinical epidemiology and biostatistics and health policy. He also earned his MPH at Yale majoring in Biostatistics, minoring in Maternal/Child Health. He graduated from the University of Houston Law Center with a JD in 2005, and was invited to join the Health Law division there. He has completed ADR training, having completed training programs separately in mediation, and arbitration.

    Dr. Wheeler is a former national officer of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and served on several of their health policy committees including the Health Care Commission and the Hysterectomy Committee. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers on a wide array of topics in ob/gyn, with a particular emphasis on methodology. He has given over 200 invited lectures to ob/gyns, reproductive endocrinologists, radiologists, midwives, nurses, surgical technologists, law students et al. He sees himself first and foremost as a caregiver, and second to only that, as a teacher.

    Dr. Wheeler has consulted in several hundred medicolegal matters for over 20 years, mostly in ob/gyn, but including family practice, internal medicine and several of its subspecialties, general surgery and several of its subspecialties, and dermatology. He has been a testifying expert before the FDA for drugs and devices, and has testified before U.S. Congressional staffers on health policy issues. He reviews for attorneys from both plaintiff and defense bars, as well as insurance companies (e.g. Pro-Assurance), and health plans (e.g. Harvard Community Health Plan). He has helped with Board of Medicine reviews, and constructing/defending class action suits. The combination of his training in medicine, basic and clinical research, clinical epidemiology, biostatistics and law make him a uniquely qualified person to review the complex issues of medicolegal cases.

    Dr. Wheeler is a qualified first-reviewer, and a convincing expert during testimony. He has never been excused from a case as insufficiently expert.

    Areas of expertise:
    • Gynecologic surgery
    • Forceps / Vacuum Uses/ Complications
    • Fetal Stress vs. Distress
    • Cesarean vs. Vaginal Birth
    • Shoulder Dystocia
    • Pregnancy induced Hypertension / HELLP Syndrome
    • Hysterectomy: Indications and Complications
  • Preterm Labor
  • Incompetent Cervix
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic Adhesions
  • Leiomyomata Uteri
  • Infertility
  • Advanced Reproductive Technology (IVF)
  • A malpractice action requires the plaintiff to prove: (1) the defendant caregiver owed a duty of care to the plaintiff-patient, (2) the caregiver departed from that standard of care, and (3) that departure from the standard of care actually caused the injury claimed by the plaintiff. "Causation" 11; often the critical component in a malpractice action because the presence of a duty is often obvious, except perhaps in "Good Samaritan" cases, but the statutorily-required expert witnesses will argue about whether the caregiver departed from some standard of care. Because defining "causation" is difficult, there are interesting distinctions in legal versus medical, sociological, or philosophical concepts of cause-and-effect. Applying this difficult concept of "causation" to the very complex world of labor and delivery (L&D) does indeed beg the question, just how can causation be established?

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    Clinton F. Merrill, Jr., MD
    118 Mountain Air Dr.
    Laramie WY 82070
    USA
    phone: 308-225-3954
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    Clinton F. Merrill, Jr., MD, has over 35 years of experience in clinical Internal Medicine and 28 years of experience in Medical Oncology and Hematology.

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

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

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Breast Cancer
    • Colon Cancer
    • Lung Cancer
    • Tumors
    • Leukemias
    • Lymphomas
  • Myeloma
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Benign Hematology
  • Anemia
  • Bleeding and Clotting Disorders
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    Robert B. Weber, MD, FACC, QME
    Culver City CA 90230
    USA
    phone: 310-558-9777 (Office) 310-266-3129 (Cell)
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    Robert Weber, MD, FACC, QME, is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. A Cardiologist for almost 35 years, Dr. Weber is currently practicing clinical cardiology and is on staff at major Los Angeles teaching medical centers and cardiovascular centers of excellence (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Southern California Hospital).

    Dr. Weber's practice encompasses the range of cardiovascular diagnostics and treatment. He has a particular interest in Cardiomyopathy and employs a combination of pharmacologic and integrative therapeutics. Dr. Weber completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of California, Los Angeles and received his medical degree from The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Saint Mary’s Medical Center and the Hospital of Good Samaritan, and completed his cardiology fellowship at Huntington Memorial Hospital.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Weber has over 10 years of experience performing approximately 250 Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs). He has been retained for his expertise 80 times. Approaching each case with impartiality, Dr. Weber's services are available to attorneys for both plaintiff and defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Coronary Heart / Artery Disease
    • Heart Failure
    • Heart Valve Disease
    • Cardiomyopathy
    • Abnormal Heart Rhythms
  • Pericarditis
  • Hypertension
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Atrial Fibrillation
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    W Bradford DeLong
    Diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgery
    PO Box 662
    Orofino ID 83544
    USA
    phone: 208-476-4676
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    W. Bradford DeLong, MD, is a board certified Neurosurgeon with over 30 years in practice. His long clinical career included training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, service as a neurosurgeon in the US Air Force during the Viet Nam War, and a clinical faculty position in the Department of Neurosurgery at UCSF in San Francisco,

    Dr. DeLong retired from clinical practice in 2000, and has spent his professional time since then practicing forensic medicine and researching Cauda Equina Syndrome. He developed a seminal meta-analysis on the timing of surgery in CES, published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, 2008. His work continues in this area with further articles to be published soon.

    Dr. DeLong is especially interested in recent research in Cauda Equina Syndrome from a herniated disc that points to the compelling conclusion that CES can be recognized early, before the bladder has become completely paralyzed, when the odds of a complete recovery from surgery are considerably improved, in contrast to deteriorating odds of recovery if surgery is delayed until bladder paralysis is complete.

    Litigation Support - An internationally recognized forensic scholar in Cauda Equina Syndrome, Dr. DeLong offers objective advice and analysis for both plaintiff and defense. He is highly experienced in issues of standard of care and causation. He applies high analytical standards to the cases he reviews and is experienced in scholarly medical literature review and in the preparation and presentation of trial exhibits.

    Dr. DeLong's services include scholarly medical literature review, second opinions, case review, exhibit development, non-testifying consultant, and expert testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Spinal Surgery
    • Cauda Equina Syndrome
    • Spinal Injury/ Spinal Trauma
    • Spinal Stenosis
  • Disc Herniation
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Neurosurgical Medical Malpractice
  • Neurosurgical Risk Management
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    Vast Enterprises, LLC
    Timothy Luckett , BS, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, CIC, LNC
    President/CEO
    14171 Shepherd Drive
    Rancho Cucamonga CA 91739
    USA
    phone: 909-268-2126
    fax: 773-945-8103
    Timothy P. Luckett, BS, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, CIC, LNC a Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) gives expert opinions and testimony in all types of medical malpractice cases for both Plaintiff and Defense. Mr. Luckett is a Registered Nurse Expert in Surgery, ICU, Nursing Home Neglect, Outpatient Surgery Center Matters, and Hospital Surgical Matters.

    Mr. Luckett has served as a circulating nurse, RR nurse, and as a registry nurse in General Surgery, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Gynecology, Vascular and Urology Surgeries. He has given numerous laser safety lectures and is a clinical assistant for the University of California at Los Angeles, Registered Nurse First Assist (RNFA) program. Mr. Luckett has also served as a case consultant and reviews nurse malpractice cases for the California Board of Registered Nursing.
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    The Reading Medical Group- Laureldale
    William Santoro
    MD
    3212 Kutztown Road
    Laureldale PA 19605
    USA
    phone: 610-929-3380
    fax: 610-685-9290
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    Dr. William Santoro, MD is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. In addition to being the Medical Director at the Reading Hospital & Medical Center detoxification and rehabilitation program, Dr. Santoro is also the Medical Director for New Directions, Methadone Treatment center where he is responsible for all admission physical examinations and for prescribing methadone to approximately 950 opiate dependant patients.

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

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

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

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Methadone Treatment
    • Suboxone Treatment
    • Dual Diagnosis Pain / Addiction
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    S. Garrett Sullivan, MD
    3513 Dexter St.
    Denver CO 80207
    USA
    phone: 970-389-0358
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    S. Garrett Sullivan, MD, is an Anesthesiologist with over 35 years of experience in Anesthesiology and Pain Management.

    Dr. Sullivan was Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1985 and received the added qualification in Pain Management in 1998. He has been a Diplomat of the American Board of Pain Medicine since 2000. Specialized in research on CRPS / RSD during his fellowship at UCLA.

    Background - Dr. Sullivan has many years of experience as a solo practitioner for Rose Medical Center. He then served concurrently as the President of Alpine Pain and Spine Specialists and the Medical Director of the Summit Surgery Center. Since then, he has practiced Anesthesiology and Pain Management for various medical groups throughout Colorado.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Sullivan currently provides Medical Malpractice Chart Review and Disability Determination, Independent Medical Evaluation for Veterans with Disabilities. His services are available to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant and include medical record review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony.
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    Sylvia L. Rolison, BSN, MPH, CCM, CLNC, CMSP, Owner/Director
    Stephanie L. Williamson, BSN, CCRN, CCM, CLNC
    PO Box 245
    Perkinston MS 39573
    USA
    phone: 601-310-8744
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    Stone Rehabilitation, LLC nurses have over 35 years of nursing experience and over 20 years of Medical Case Management experience. Offering services in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, their mission is to achieve cost effective case management services for clients while maintaining a quality work product.

    Company Objectives:
    • Same day informational turn around
    • Creative cost effective measures on a case by case basis
    • Be a positive mediator between the employee, the physician, the carrier and the employer to facilitate return to gainful employment and productivity
    • Encourage the injured worker to be productive by using creative worksite rehabilitation
    Consulting Services:
    • Certified Legal Nurse Consulting Services
    • Full Medical Case Management Services
    • Telephonic Medical Case Management Services
    • Onsite Job Analysis
    • Limited Case Management Services
    Sylvia Rolison Legal Nurse Consultant Expert PhotoSylvia L. Rolison, BSN, MPH, CCM, CLNC, CMSP, has been providing Legal Nurse Consulting services to attorneys, carriers and nursing homes for both plaintiff and defense issues since 2002. This has included the review of over 400 nursing home files for merit and participation as a nurse expert in 132 mediations.

    Ms. Rolison has also given educational in services on Quality Improvement and Documentation issues to Long Term Care and Assisted Living Facilities throughout Mississippi. As a Certified Case Manager, she has provided medical case management services to Worker's Compensation Carriers, Employers and Employees. Ms. Rolison's responsibilities include meeting with the physician to obtain current medical treatment information, relaying/coordinating patient care including medication, radiological studies, physical therapy and equipment with the employee, other physicians, carrier, and the employer, as well as coordinating Independent Medical Evaluations. She is licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

    Areas of Expertise: Nursing, Care, Long Term Care, Nursing Practice, Nursing Standards of Care, Assisted Living, Quality Nursing Home Care, Worker's Compensation, Occupational Health, Mediation, Certified Case Manager, Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, Elder Care.

    Stephanie Williamson Medical Case Manager PhotoStephanie Williamson, BSN, CCRN, CCM, CLNC, provides Medical Case Management services on behalf of employers/Worker's Compensation carriers to employees injured at work. She is also currently employed in a local Level II Trauma Center Emergency Room and practicing as a staff nurse performing tasks include caring for emergency room patients in trauma, cardiac and medical settings.

    Ms. Williamson has previous nursing experience as an ICU Coordinator. She performed duties including staff scheduling, performance improvement projects and productivity reports, as well as nursing duties on a 20 bed Intensive Care Unit that included patient assignments, pre-cepting new nurses.

    Ms. Williamson has served on several committees to transition the electronic medical record to a newer updated system to meet new national guidelines. She has trained ICU employees on use of the new system. Currently assisting a Nursing Home Carrier with review of nursing home files for merit.

    Areas of Expertise: Nursing - ICU, Nursing Emergency Room, Intensive Care, Emergency Room, Nursing Practice, Nursing Standards of Care, CCRN, Neuro-ICU, Worker's Compensation, Occupational Health, Critical Care.

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

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

    Areas of Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialization:
    • Knee Arthroscopy
    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Rotator Cuff Repair
    • ACL Reconstruction
    • Treatment of Arthritis
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Recurrent Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Impingement / Bursitis
  • Meniscus Repair and Meniscectomy
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • View Dr. Stetson's Consulting Profile.
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    Stephen M. Raffle, M.D.
    President
    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 49 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
  • Expert testimony in 700 depositions and trials
  • Successful clinical practice

    The job of an expert witness is to educate a jury, judge, attorney, and trier of fact about the forensic psychiatrist's conclusions and how those opinions were derived in a manner well-reasoned, skillful, and 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
  • U.C. 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 (MDs), Psychologists (LCSWs / MFTs), 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
    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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    CA USA
    phone: 510-657-6366
    fax: 510-657-3849
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    Dr. Richard K. Skala, DC, QME, has been a Doctor of Chiropractic since 1976, providing chiropractic manipulation and spinal manipulation, as well as related physiotherapy. Certified in Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA), he has been granted Hospital / Surgery Center privileges for MUA and has performed hundreds of MUA cases. He was one of the first chiropractors in California to train for and provide Extracorporeal Shockwave Treatments (EWST). He has post graduate certification in the performance and interpretation of neuro-electrodiagnostics.

    Consultation and Expert Witness Services for Attorneys regarding
    • Personal Injury
    • Industrial Medical-Legal Cases
    • Standard of Care involving General Chiropractic, Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA), Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression, and Extracorporeal Shockwave (EWST)
    • Chiropractic Licensure Compliance California
    • Workers Compensation
    One of the foremost experts in Workers’ Compensation in California, he has taught many doctors on the subject and testified at numerous WCAB trials and hearings. He has been declared an expert witness by the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. He has been a Qualified Medical Evaluator since 1992, an Independent Disability Evaluator since 1992, a certified AMA Impairment rater since 2003, a Fellow of the Academy of Chiropractic Forensic Consultants (AFICC) since 2003, and a consultant to the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners since 2008.

    Dr. Skala is a noted author in his field of expertise. He has written numerous published newsletter articles on Chiropractic and other topics related to that field.
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