September 16, 2015
The Daubert Standard is used by a trial judge to make an assessment of whether an expert’s scientific testimony is based on reasoning that is scientifically valid and can be properly applied to the facts of a case. The Daubert standard is the test currently used in the federal courts and some state courts.
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.
August 21, 2015
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.
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?
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
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.
March 11, 2015
AnIndependent 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
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- TMJ Specialists
- 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.
March 3, 2015
Police Officers, DEA Special Agents, and other Law Enforcement individuals will provide expert testimony during civil and criminal litigation. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program estimated Law Enforcement made 11.3 million arrests in 2013. The highest numbers of arrests were for drug abuse violations, larceny-theft, or driving under the influence.
The office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention reported a total of 1.3 million juvenile arrests in 2012. The majority of juvenile delinquent crimes that year involved drugs, theft and assaults.
An experienced Law Enforcement expert witness can save you time and money by analyzing a case with an experienced attorney. Also, an expert in that field will testify in court as well as depositions to share relevant behind-the-scenes information that is not known to a judge or jury.
Law Enforcement experts are available (but not limited to) the following topics:
- Arrest, Search and Seizure
- Policies and Procedures
- Detention Center
- Excessive Use of Force
- Informant Handling Procedures
- Firearms Misuse and Wrongful Shooting
- Jail, Security, Prison and Correctional Care
- Police Standards and Practices
- Pepper Spray Or Taser Misuse
- Police Misconduct
- Premise Security Issues
- Wrongful Imprisonment
- High Speed Vehicle Pursuits and Chases
- Law Enforcement Policies and Procedures
- Failure to Supervise
The role of a Law Enforcement or Police Officer expert witness in a case includes (but is not limited to):
- Court Testimony – A Police Practice expert witness may provide testimony in court for police misconduct litigation. The participation of one of these experts in a case that involves excessive force may alter the nature of the litigation due to their specialized knowledge.
- Case Analysis – A Law Enforcement consultant will conduct a preliminary analysis to formulate supported opinions, and determine the merits of a case.
- Deposition – During the discovery phase of a lawsuit, Law Enforcement experts can provide a deposition to a court reporter.
For over 40 years, Saponaro, Inc. has been a trusted name in expert witness referral, having successfully placed experts in over 25,000 cases. We will find the perfect consultant or expert to fit the needs of your case. Let us handle the paperwork and administrative duties so you can save time and money.
February 24, 2015
Saponaro, Inc., has experts available to provide Certificate of Merit or Affidavit of Merit in all Medical specialties and sub-specialties including:
Nurse and Nurse Practitioners
Nursing Home personnel
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.
February 20, 2015
According 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Intentional Child Injury
- Child Abuse
- 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.