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The Silent Witness: How Cameras are Changing our Legal System

August 28, 2015


It’s a reality of our time – cameras are everywhere.

Unless you haven’t watched or listened to the news in the past year, you have probably noticed the effect that cameras have had (whether they are surveillance, mobile phone or police cams) on collecting evidence from everything ranging from medical malpractice to police misconduct cases, and everything in between. The camera, something that observes yet makes no comments, is increasingly becoming a Silent Witness – a powerful and compelling means of evidence collection.


5 Reasons Attorneys Should Hire a Professional Expert Witness Service

August 21, 2015

Hiring a Strong Medical Expert Witness

We often receive frantic calls from attorneys who have hired an expert witness on their own, and discover that they, for any number of reasons, need to replace them – and fast! These calls typically happen when a case has progressed to the point where the expert opinion is now critical for the pursuit of the case, and the attorney has discovered an issue with the expert that will cause credibility problems or problems in qualifying the expert.



Trends in Education Litigation Show an Increase in Lawsuits Against Schools

July 29, 2015

Did you know that almost one third of all high school principals have been involved in a lawsuit in the last two years, compared to only 9% ten years ago?




Certificate of Merit/Affidavit of Merit

July 2, 2015

Our Comprehensive Case Evaluation service is a simple and cost effective approach to meet your State requirements in the preparation of an Affidavit of Merit and/or Certificate of Merit While the requirements of the Affidavit of Merit/Certificate of Merit vary from State



Beyond Slip Trip & Fall

May 15, 2015

The Center for Disease Control estimates that over one million Americans suffer Slip, Trip and/or Fall injuries each year, and 20% to 30% of those people will suffer moderate to severe injuries such as fractures and head trauma.

If you represent a person that has been injured due to a Slip, Trip or Fall accident, contact Saponaro, Inc. today.

With more than 35 years of experience in the referral of expert witnesses, in all specialties, we can recommend the expert best suited to meet the needs of your case, during a brief discussion of the facts of the events leading up to injury.



How An Independent Medical Exam Can Help Legal Disputes

March 11, 2015

Independent Medical ExamAnIndependent Medical Exams is required in disability and personal injury litigation. When a claimant lists a physical or mental condition as part of a claim, many insurance policies require an Independent Medical Exam to be performed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 60,000 personal injuries occur each year due to truck accidents. Medical mistakes cause almost 100,000 deaths a year, and construction accidents cause 300,000 injuries.

A Bureau of Justice Statistics study found that tort and personal injury trials comprised almost 60 percent of 27,000 contract, tort, and real property trials nationwide in 2005.

Our experts can conduct an Independent Medical Exam for a legal dispute in areas including (but not limited to):

  • Pain Management
  • Orthopedics
  • Neurology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Neuropsychology
  • TMJ Specialists
  • Psychiatry
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery

An Independent Medical Exam can assist an attorney in the preliminary assessment of a case or legal dispute. In a personal injury or workers’ compensation case, a physician will evaluate the claimant’s wounds to determine if there is a relationship between diagnosis and the injuries. The physician can also tell an attorney the extent of permanent impairment or disability after an examination. A claimant’s attorney may suggest a different course of action in a legal dispute or case based on the results.

An Independent Medical Exam provides unbiased facts and opinions in legal disputes. Due to the high number of personal injury and disability claims, physicians often have a heavy workload. It is not uncommon for a doctor to make a mistake, or have a potential conflict of interest. An Independent Medical Exam is not vulnerable to claimant manipulation or falsities.

Our Experts can provide services that include (but are not limited to):

  • Second opinions
  • Peer evaluations
  • Chart reviews
  • Legal testimony
  • Functional capacity evaluations
  • Fitness for duty exams
  • Permanent impairment rating
  • Certified Disability Evaluations

Saponaro, Inc. offers Independent Medical Exams for your personal injury, worker’s compensation, or product liability litigation. Our board-certified Physicians posses a broad range of credentials and certifications in their respective specialties. We offer the most dedicated and experienced team of professionals who can assist in your legal dispute.

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Affidavit of Merit / Certificate of Merit

February 24, 2015

Affidavit of MeritSaponaro, Inc., has experts available to provide Certificate of Merit or Affidavit of Merit in all Medical specialties and sub-specialties including:

Physician’s Assistants
Nurse and Nurse Practitioners
Nursing Home personnel
Dental care

Saponaro, Inc. has been assisting medical malpractice attorneys throughout the United States with their Certificate of Merit and Affidavit of Merit requirements. We screen your case with the appropriately qualified physicians, matching certification for certification, and recommend the expert best suited to speak to the specific criteria of your case.  The experts we refer are available to support their opinions through deposition and/or trial.

We provide the expert’s curriculum vitae, hourly rate, and retainer requirement at the time of the referral.  We also provide replacement experts, for any reason, at no additional cost.

You work directly with the recommended expert, and pay the expert directly for their time involved in assisting on your case.

With over 40 years of experience let Saponaro, Inc., be the one call you make for all your Expert Witness Referrals.


Accidental Child Death: The Role of A Medical Expert Witness

February 20, 2015

Medical Expert WitnessAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unintentional injury was the leading cause of death in children in 2012. Some of the main reasons for accidental child death—reported by The National MCH Center for Child Death Review—are motor vehicle accidents, drowning, suffocation, poisoning and firearms.

Medical poisonings in children have increased in the last several years, due to the high rate in which parents are filling prescriptions. In a Pediatrics study, the author explains that over 700,000 children in the United States under the age of 18 go to the emergency room every year because of poisonings and accidental medication exposures.

When an accidental child death occurs, a medical expert witness will be able to determine if it truly was unintentional or not. Since there are over 90,000 wrongful deaths each year, due to medical malpractice alone, the role of a medical expert witness can be a major one.

  1. If a client is charged with Second Degree Murder due to the death of a child, a medical expert witness will be able to review medical records to determine the cause. In this example, the expert witness plays a crucial role in determining whether or not the individual is guilty of any wrongdoing.
  2. Many children die after ingesting or absorbing lead. Exposure to the naturally occurring metal can lead to brain damage, blood issues, or even death. A medical expert witness will have knowledge of OSHA standards regarding lead, and also know how to detect the common signs of lead poisoning in children. The expert witness can perform a case review, or even help a lawyer with case development.
  3. An expert witness will often provide testimony of key findings and facts about an accidental child death, such as one caused by Baby Shaken Syndrome. Their opinions and assessments can help to persuade a judge, jury or arbitrator.

Our Pediatrics and Nurse Practitioner Experts are available to address:

  • Accidental Death
  • Pediatrics
  • Intentional Child Injury
  • Child Abuse
  • Poisoning
  • Trauma
  • Adverse Effects of Drugs

Saponaro, Inc. will meticulously review the details of your case and suggest the best expert based on our thorough evaluation.

Let Saponaro, Inc. be the one call you make for all of your expert witness needs.


Electronic Medical Records

February 17, 2015

RN Synopsis & Review & Electronic Medical Records

Electronic Medical RecordsPersonal Injury and Medical Malpractice cases can be overwhelming, complicated, & time-consuming, often requiring the thorough review of several years of medical records.

Now, with the use of electronic medical records, the ability to clearly decipher a patients care is even more challenging.

An experienced Nursing professional can save you hours of time by outlining injuries and medical issues, summarizing medical history, and establishing possible relationships to the current injuries and/or outcome of a case.

At Saponaro Inc., our Nursing professionals have extensive experience reviewing, organizing, and summarizing voluminous medical records in a clear and concise fashion.

The RN Synopsis & Review will:

  • Establish timelines and chronologies of events.
  • Clarify medical history prior to an injury in question.
  • Explain injuries related to an accident/malpractice.
  • Assist medical experts in analysis of the electronic medical records
  • Outline potential deviations and potential defendants.
  • Explain medical issues and terminology.
  • Recommend the type of Expert needed.
  • Conduct literature research.

Our highly qualified Nursing professionals will provide you with a straight-forward analysis of the medical records to help you pinpoint the pertinent issues of your case before you invest significant financial resources and non-billable hours on a case with a limited recovery value.

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Police Operations

February 1, 2014

police operationsIn November of 2012, 59 Cleveland police cruisers were involved in a car chase and mass shooting incident when two unarmed individuals were killed in a hail of 137 rounds of bullets. Some 13 officers fired their weapons, despite the fact that no one had shot at the officers. During the pursuit, many of the officers had not followed instructions about switching their radios to the main communications channel and therefore did not hear orders to discontinue the chase. (more…)