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.
February 17, 2015
RN Synopsis & Review & Electronic Medical Records
Personal 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.
February 1, 2014
In 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…)
November 15, 2013
Over the past two decades, the number of truck accidents has increased by 20%.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2002, 4,897 individuals died and 130,000 people were injured in crashes that involved a large truck. Trucking accidents typically cause much greater harm than ordinary traffic accidents due to the large size and heavy weight of most trucks of up to 10,000 pounds.
Commercial motor vehicle (CMV) accidents involve complex litigation around regulatory issues and industry standards of care. Our truck accident expert witnesses can provide in-depth analysis, accident reconstruction, and testimony for a variety of issues, including (but not limited to):
October 30, 2013
Events that should never occur in surgery (“never events”) happen at least 4,000 times a year in the U.S., according to research from Johns Hopkins University.
The finding published in Surgery, is the first of its kind to reveal the true extent of the prevalence of “never events” in hospitals through analysis of national malpractice claims.They observed that over 80,000 “never events” occurred between 1990 and 2010.
They estimate that at least 39 times a week a surgeon leaves foreign objects inside their patients, which includes surgical items such as towels or sponges. In addition, surgeons performing the wrong surgery or operating on the wrong body part occurs around 20 times a week.1
October 15, 2013
After Hurricane Sandy did catastrophic damage up and down the East Coast, 450,000 private insurance claims were filed in New Jersey alone. Estimates of property damage, business expenses and other losses have exceeded $80 billion, with estimated insured losses in the $25 billion range. Questions of causation, business interruption, water damage, reinsurance coverage, and more have all come to the forefront. Unfortunately, claim denials, underpayments of insurance claims, undervalued damage estimates, lowball insurance settlements, delayed payments or deceptive practices can infringe on legal rights.
October 1, 2013
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a deadly accident on the road than those in cars, with head injury being the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents. Additionally, while deaths in most other categories have gone down over the last 10 years, motorcycle fatalities have actually increased.
This trend demonstrates the need for qualified experts with specific knowledge about motorcycle accidents and accident reconstruction. Saponaro, Inc. can provide a cost-effective, physics based Impact Severity Analysis to provide clarification of the extent of impact and injury caused to your client in a motorcycle or automobile collision. (more…)