July 31, 2011

Insurance Adjusters Expert Witnesses

Insurance adjusters expert witnesses may may advise on issues involving insurance claims, , insurance agencies, and associated topics. In Adjusters’ Pet Peeves, Charles Hunter Mcree, claims expert and risk management executive, writes: Knowing adjuster pet peeves and their hot buttons can help those who work with adjusters to foster better relationships. This includes the gamut of vendors and business partners such as defense lawyers, rehab specialists, surveillance firms, and expert witnesses.... So what sets an adjuster’s teeth on edge? Let’s explore an informal and highly subjective list I have composed:

1. Cheapskate insurance buyers. Some policyholders make insurance-buying decisions based on “the cheapest quote,” and then feign surprise when they don’t get platinum claim service. Usually things are cheaper for a reason. If you check into a Motel 6 and pay a bargain basement price, then please do not whine because the hotel lacks concierge service and a mint on the pillow. When shopping for insurance, many accounts are “all about price.” When they have a claim, it is all about service. Sorry, but those two usually go hand-in-hand — in both claims adjusting and in other realms.

Read more: propertycasualty360.com.

July 30, 2011

Finance Expert Witness On Real Estate Market

In Before the 2008 Financial Crisis, a Real Real Estate Market Did Not Exist, finance expert witness Chris McConnell, AIFA, writes:
Chris McConnell AIFA®, FiduciaryFORENSICS® expert based in Los Angeles, has released his FiduciaryALERT™ for 2011. According to McConnell, after every mortgage borrower signed their name they thought they were just getting a mortgage. In addition to lending the money, certain banks “converted” those mortgages into residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS)and held them as investments, for their own profits. The so-called “value” of these mortgages, was leveraged quite literally for pennies on the dollar. Paper profits mushroomed allowing banks to hand out massive bonuses to their own proprietary traders. It was all done according to certain banks’ and often the very same traders’ internal proprietary computer models.

Read more: prweb.com.

July 29, 2011

Pulmonary Medicine Expert Witness On Fatal Asthma Part 1

In Fatal Asthma, pulmonary medicine expert witness Dr. James F. Lineback, Newport Longevity Medical Group, writes:

Asthma is a very common pulmonary problem affecting between three and five percent of the population. Fortunately, fatal asthma is a rare complication, though it often involves young people in the prime of their lives. The definition of asthma is reversible airway obstruction and involves inflammation and narrowing of the airways. Patients experience shortness of breath and feel as if they are breathing through a straw. Allergies, exercise, infections, and stress may cause an acute worsening of their condition.

July 28, 2011

Legal Fees Expert Witness & Journalist's Lawsuit

Hometown Bank notified the Galveston County 10th District Court on July 1 that it has selected Michael L. Wilson to testify as an expert witness on legal fees during litigation arising from Pasadena resident Manzoor A. Memon's case. Memon is suing Syed Rashid Bukhari for assaulting him in the bank's League City parking lot after a chance encounter last March.

Wilson will testify "on the subject of reasonable and necessary attorney's fees, including but not limited to the attorney's fees for the defendant in this lawsuit, as well as any issue raised by any other expert witness."

Read more: setexasrecord.com.

July 26, 2011

Marketing Expert Witnesses

Marketing expert witnesses may opine on marketing effectiveness, marketing research, marketing strategy, and more. At Expert Communications.com, Rosalie Hamilton provides methods for experts to find prospect attorneys, companies and insurers that need their expert consultant services. Here, an expert witness contributes to ExpertCommunications.blogspot.com:

I never, never offer an opinion of a case based on information given to me by the attorney. On the initial call, when asked my charges, and if I think I can help them, I simply reply that I cannot determine the cost until I have seen the documentation, and that I do not know what my final opinion will be until I have reviewed all documents and have performed my analysis. I do tell them I've done this for many years and I work quickly. By seeing my Rule 26, they can view the types of cases I have testified, and who the hiring attorney was. That lends to credibility.

Read more: expertcommunications.blogspot.com.

July 25, 2011

Insurance Expert Witnesses & Adjusters

Insurance adjusters expert witnesses may testify on insurance claims, insurance agencies, insurance fraud, and associated topics. In Adjusters’ Pet Peeves, Charles Hunter Mcree writes:

1. Cheapskate insurance buyers. Some policyholders make insurance-buying decisions based on “the cheapest quote,” and then feign surprise when they don’t get platinum claim service. Usually things are cheaper for a reason. If you check into a Motel 6 and pay a bargain basement price, then please do not whine because the hotel lacks concierge service and a mint on the pillow. When shopping for insurance, many accounts are “all about price.” When they have a claim, it is all about service. Sorry, but those two usually go hand-in-hand—in both claims adjusting and in other realms.

Read more: propertycasualty360.com.

July 24, 2011

Infectious Disease Expert On E coli

In Study sheds light on EU outbreak's E coli family tree, Lisa Schnirring, Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy writes:

German researchers who were the first to release the initial genome sequence of the Escherichia coli O104:H4 outbreak strain published their in-depth findings yesterday, which found that it differed from a 2001 strain found in Germany, but that both could have evolved from a common progenitor. Infectious disease expert Dr Dag Harmsen, that the group's work represents the first use of a next-generation sequencing platform.

Read more: www.cidrap.umn.edu.

July 23, 2011

Engineering Expert On Las Vegas Harmon Tower

GlassOnWeb.com reports:

The unfinished Harmon tower at CityCenter is virtually unrepairable and could collapse in a "code-level" earthquake, according to a structural engineer hired by MGM Resorts International who examined the 27-story building.

Read more: glassonweb.com.

July 22, 2011

Insect Pathology Expert Witnesses

Insect pathology expert witnesses may write reports and provide testimony on pest control standard of care, insect pathology, pest control, and related topics. The National Resources Institute explains that insect pathology is the study of disease in insects.

The rationale behind the investigation of diseases that attack insect pests is that the causative organisms can be used as "natural insecticides" for controlling these pests without resorting to the use of toxic chemical insecticides. They are natural, specific and completely safe to man, domestic animals and crops. They are also harmless to other non-target insects such as bees, predators, parasitoids and other beneficial species. These pathogens can be mass produced using simple techniques that are appropriate for developing countries, thus enabling these countries to develop their own low-cost alternatives to expensive, imported and often environmentally-damaging chemical pesticides.

Read more: nri.org.

July 21, 2011

Marketing Expert Witnesses Part 2

Marketing expert witnesses may opine on marketing effectiveness, marketing research, marketing strategy, and more. At Expert Communications.com, Rosalie Hamilton provides methods for experts to find prospect attorneys, companies and insurers that need their expert consultant services. Here, an expert witness contributes to ExpertCommunications.blogspot.com:

My retainer agreement not only lists the fees and scope of my work, but I also have a clause (in bold) that expressly forbids the attorney from disclosing me as an expert witness if the attorney has not retained me. This happened many times in my early career, and that is why I put it into my retainer agreement. The clause also states I will take action against the attorney if I am listed without being retained. This clause has stopped attorneys from listing me as expert without retaining me. In addition, I have proof that I sent them the retainer agreement, thus I know my clause has been read. [editor's note: see other experts' experiences on being designated without permission in this past discussion.]

Read more: http://expertcommunications.blogspot.com/.

July 20, 2011

Tree Care Expert Witnesses

Tree care expert witnesses may opine on certified arborists, diagnosis and treatment of tree diseases, forestry, and related topics. In Chipping Away at Chipper Safety, Rick Howland writes:

The tree care industry can be a dangerous one, but is becoming less so as the days go on, thanks to two things that can work independently or in concert with one another: Safer equipment and better operator training.

The chipper is a perfect example. You might think you recognize all the improvements that have been made in chipper technology over the years, but you are likely to be wrong. Sure, you can click off the major steps in safety and training, but there is some very subtle, very effective engineering that's working on your behalf, thanks in large part to a savvy manufacturing group that wants you and your employees to be efficient in your job and safe enough to, yes - go home to your family each night, but also to come back and buy more, bigger and better machines.

Read more: treecareindustry.org.

July 20, 2011

Arborist Expert Witnesses

Arborist expert witnesses may testify on tree pruning, arboriculture, and tree removal safety, among other topics. In Who is Responsible for Safety?, Carl Potter of the Tree Care Industry Association writes on how accidents happen:

You know safety procedures require you to wear eye protection but it's all the way back at the truck, so you'll go ahead without them - just this once. You make the decision to do this job without the proper equipment and start sawing. Debris flies up and hits you in the face and now you have something in your eye. You go back to the truck and look in the mirror, trying to clean your eye. You're thinking the whole time that you should have worn your glasses, because you are in trouble. Now you have to go to the doctor and will have an OSHA recordable. Your boss is going to be mad.

Read more: treecareindustry.org.

July 20, 2011

Risk Assessment Expert Witnesses

Risk assessment expert witnesses may provide reports regarding value at risk, risk management plans, and the risk management process. In Newly released ISO/IEC 27005:2011 helps improve risk management, DISC InfoSec blog writes:

Newly released ISO/IEC 27005:2011 helps improve risk management
ISO 27005:2011, the newly released international information security risk management standard, is now available to the international community of business continuity and information security practitioners.

Information security risk management is one of the core competencies of information security. This Standard is an essential companion to ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 27002 and replaces ISO/IEC 27005:2008.

Read more: DISC InfoSec blog.

July 18, 2011

Silicone Breast Implant Expert Witnesses & Injury Lawyer

Silicone breast implant expert witnesses may write reports and testify on silicone products, silicone gel-filled implants, and silicone-rubber materials. HoustonPressBlogs reports that Houston-based pharmaceutical injury lawyer Ed Blizzard was a chief negotiator in a 1990s case against Dow Corning and helped to win a $3.2 billion settlement in the silicone breast implant case. In 1991 Dow lost the lawsuit filed by Mariann Hopkins who claimed her implants had ruptured and damaged her immune system. Thomas Talcott, a former Dow Corning engineer, to testified as an expert witness on her behalf.

Blizzard is now representing about 50 people against Johnson & Johnson over what Dr. Thomas Joyce, a biomedical engineering professor at Newcastle University (UK), recently called "the biggest disaster in the history of orthopedics." In 2010, The New York Times exposed Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopedics for surgically implanting faulty artificial hips that were designed to last 15 years or more, but instead failed after just a few years. "What has happened is the friction of metal on metal has caused a shedding of metal debris that causes bone erosion and tissue death," says Blizzard.

Read more: blogshoustonpress.com.

July 18, 2011

Insect Expert Witness & Casey Anthony Trial

Insect expert witnesses may write reports and opine on mosquitoes, flies, termites, and more. The defense team in Casey Anthony's murder trial brought in an independent expert witness on insects, giving testimony that appeared to bolster some of the case for the Orlando woman's attorneys.

Read more: bbn.frn.com.

July 17, 2011

Marketing Expert Witnesses & Initial Inquiry Call Part 1

Marketing expert witnesses may opine on marketing effectiveness, marketing research, marketing strategy, and more. At Expert Communications.com, Rosalie Hamilton provides methods for experts to find prospect attorneys, companies and insurers that need their expert consultant services. ExpertCommunications.blogspot.com writes:

Following Rosalie's June newsletter article, "How Much to Say in the Initial Inquiry Call," several experts sent me their own "initial call" procedures. Here is one so clear and comprehensive, I wanted to share it:

When a new attorney calls me and tells me general information about a case he has, I listen politely, I take notes to protect myself, and then I offer to send the attorney a copy of my CV, my Rule 26 disclosure, and a standard copy of my retainer agreement. Since the attorney calling always wants to know what my rates are, I simply tell them I will forward the retainer agreement, and all costs are fully disclosed. I then email all the documents to the "new" attorney.

Read more: expertcommunications.blogspot.com.

July 17, 2011

Trucking Industry Expert Witnesses & EOBR Requirements

Trucking industry expert witnesses may opine on qualifications of truck drivers, federal motor vehicle safety standards, as well as related issues. In Electronic On-Board Recorders: More Than Just HOS Compliance, Field Technologies Online writes:

The trucking industry is facing substantial reforms in the face of recent regulatory activity concerning Hours of Service (HOS) compliance and Electronic On-Board Recorder (EOBR) requirements. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed new rules for EOBR use. Beginning June, 2012, the FMCSA will require truckers with a 10-percentor greater HOS violation rate during a single compliance review to install EOBRs on all their vehicles to track driver hours. Whether this rule will extend to all motor carriers in the future remains to be seen.

Read more: Field Technologies Online.

July 17, 2011

Risk Management Expert Witnesses

Risk management expert witnesses may testify on value at risk, risk management plans, and the risk management process, among other topics. In the introduction to Effective Strategies for Risk Management, Verisign writes:

Information security now demands a significant level of attention from organizations, but the traditional approach of identifying risk in purely technical terms has proven insufficient. Today, organizations must consider the areas that truly affect information security and integrate those findings into an overall risk management program to ensure effective and appropriate technology spending.

Read more: verisign.com.

July 17, 2011

Silicone Expert Witnesses & Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone expert witnesses may write reports and testify on silicone breast implants, silicone products, and silicone polymers. In FDA Sees No New Safety Signals for Silicone Breast Implants, John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage Today, writes:

The FDA's preliminary review of postmarketing studies on silicone breast implants, released Wednesday, found no evidence that the products increase the risk of breast cancer, reproductive abnormalities, or other problems. But, the report also noted, "no study has been large enough or long enough to completely rule out these and other rare complications."

The report shed no new light on the previously reported cases of anaplastic large-cell lymphoma potentially associated with silicone gel implants. It merely noted that the relationship was still under investigation.

Read more: medpagetoday.

July 17, 2011

Trucking Accident Expert Witnesses & The Spoliation Letter

Trucking accident expert witnesses may opine on qualifications of truck drivers, crashworthiness, truck maintenance, and related topics. In The Importance of Hiring an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney, attorney Randy Rozek writes:

As any experienced truck accident lawyer knows, the spoliation letter is perhaps the most important step in representing any truck crash victim. In my office, I insist that a spoliation letter be sent out the same day I am retained. This is not discretionary it is mandatory. The spoliation letter is sent certified to the the trucking company AND the truck driver. The spoliation letter puts the company and driver on notice of the claim and directs them not to destroy the essential evidence that I need to prove my client's case. The spoliation letter also directs the company and driver that if they decide to destroy this critical evidence, then the Court will likely instruct the jury that this evidence would have been favorable to the injury victim. My spoliation letters are very specific as to the exact evidence that must be retained. My spoliation letters vary depending on the facts of the crash. Only an experienced truck accident attorney has the knowledge to draft an appropriate spoliation letter tailored to the facts of the crash.

Read more: wisconsintruckaccidentlawblog.com.

July 17, 2011

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation Expert Witnesses

Federal motor carrier safety regulation expert witnesses may write reports and testify on federal motor carrier safety standards, crashworthiness, truck maintenance, hours of service, and related topics. In New Business Model for Unsafe Trucking Companies, attorney Randy Rozek writes:

As described in an April 2011 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, the trucking industry has seen the development of a new business model. This new business model involves flagrant regulatory abuses resulting in a poor governmental safety rating, which then gives way to bankruptcy and restructuring under a new name with a clean slate.

Read more: www.wisconsintruckaccidentlawblog.com.

July 16, 2011

Liability Insurance Expert Witnesses & BOPs

Liability insurance expert witnesses may testify on personal liability insurance, business liability insurance, and related topics. In Small Business Liability Insurance – The 4 Types That You Need To Protect Your Business, everythingsmallbiz.com writes:

Business Owner’s Policies, also known as BOPs, are policies that are many types of liability put together into one policy. The contents of one of these policies can be custom made by the agent as to what a business owner needs.

For example, other types of small business liability include Storekeepers Liability Insurance, Uninsured Motorists Coverage (because you never know what might happen!) Landlords and Tenants Liability Insurance Policy, Employers Liability and Compensation, Commercial General Liability Insurance, Physicians, Surgeons and Dentists Professional Liability, and Manufacturers and contractors Liability.

Just as health insurance for small business is vital to the owner to protect the business entity, these types of insurances also work to protect the business against loss in the event of a third party claim. The type of business one owns will determine the type of insurance plans you will purchase.

Self-insured Retention can be negotiated in events where several policies are required. This means that the entity that is being insured will self-defend smaller claims as well as self-insure the smaller claims. This is a riskier type of insurance for insurers as well as the insured, but it can cut down on liability premiums.

Read more: everythingsmallbiz.com.

July 15, 2011

Auto Insurance Claims Expert Witnesses

Auto insurance claims expert witnesses may testify on damages, insurance companies, and insurance adjusters. In The Accident Scene Be careful with what you say, AutoInsuranceClaimAdvice.com writes:

If you leave the scene and then the police get called, you can be cited for leaving the scene of the accident. In addition, if you are at the scene of the accident and you try to negotiate repairs without the police, there will be no guarantees of anything. The other party can deny things later, and they can blame you for everything.

I have seen claims where the police was not involved, and the parties will be later in disagreement as of how many people were passengers in each vehicle. You might think you hit one person, but suddenly you have five people claiming injuries against you!

Read more: auto-insurance-claim-advice.com.

July 14, 2011

Professional Liability Insurance Expert Witnesses

Professional liability insurance expert witnesses may write reports on professional indemnity insurance, negligence claims, and more. In Small Business Liability Insurance – The 4 Types That You Need To Protect Your Business, everythingsmallbiz.com writes:

Professional liability insurance is for professionals who need coverage from malpractice, negligence, errors and omissions. Attorneys, insurance agents, physicians, architects, information technologists, and artists are all professionals that require, to some degree, professional liability insurance. Affordable liability insurance can be acquired from many resources. Price quotes can be obtained from agents, online insurance providers, and various insurance companies.

Read more: everythingsmallbiz.com.

July 13, 2011

Construction Site Expert Witness On Trench Collapses Part 2

In Construction Trench Collapse Cases Require Knowledge and Experience with OSHA, construction site expert witness William Gulya, Jr., President & CEO, Middlesex Trenching Company, writes:

Trench collapse cases are frequently very intense, as the result is often death or serious injury. Experts must be experienced and proficient in various shoring components, construction installation methods and means, soil classifications, impact of weather conditions, testing, OSHA regulations regarding workplace safety, and OSHA investigative report conclusions. Trench collapse cases often require the expert give oral testimony in lengthy depositions and review countless other documents, and evidence. The expert must also be explicitly familiar with OSHA citations that may have been issued in the case. OSHA uses classifications of citations such as “willful and serious,” and the expert must be well versed in the implications these classifications have on the case. After a thorough review of all the documentation, depositions and other evidence, the expert must provide an initial expert report and likely supplemental or rebuttal reports, which include testing results, graphs, charts, detailed analysis, and conclusive supported professional opinion. The report must be clear, concise, detailed and accurate, and presented professionally.

July 12, 2011

Employment Practices Liability Insurance Expert Witnesses

Employment practices liability insurance expert witnesses may testify on discrimination claims, wrongful termination claims, and more. In Small Business Liability Insurance – The 4 Types That You Need To Protect Your Business, everythingsmallbiz.com writes:

Employment practices liability insurance protects from discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, hiring, retention, and promotion, and a laundry list of other claims that could potentially harm your business. This is not an umbrella policy, but one that covers many claims that have been filed in recent years against employers that the insurance agency thought could be helpful to business owners. This policy can protect against claims made from past workers and events that occurred in the past, as well as current workers and events.

Read more: everythingsmallbiz.com.

July 11, 2011

Liability Insurance Expert Witnesses

Liability insurance expert witnesses may testify on personal liability insurance, automobile liability policies, and more. In Liability Insurance or Personal Umbrella Liability Policy, InsuranceLocal.com explains:

Often called an umbrella because it is carried over all other liability insurance and is used for a catastrophic loss when primary liability insurance is exhausted. This policy adds $1,000,000 ($2,000,000 to $10,000,000 available) extra coverage to your personal liability and automobile liability policies. Coverage is provided for you, your spouse and any relatives living in your household and insured by your primary policies.

This policy is designed to cover catastrophic situations where a legal award could exceed the limits of you primary liability insurance. This policy also included coverage if you are sued for false imprisonment, wrongful eviction, libel, slander, defamation of character or invasion of privacy.

Read more: insurancelocal.com.

July 11, 2011

Insurance Claims Expert Witnesses

Insurance claims expert witnesses may write reports and testify on auto insurance claims, insurance companies, insurance adjusters, and more. In The Accident Scene Be careful with what you say, AutoInsuranceClaimAdvice.com writes:

What to do in case of an accident? Or what to do it do at the accident scene?

These are questions often asked, and there is no accepted correct answer.

What we know is that these questions are often asked too late. What you do and say at the accident scene could set up the tone of an insurance claim and unfortunately can affect the insurance decision of liability (who is at fault).

Insurance companies forget that they are dealing with human beings in a very difficult situation. Accidents are very complicated to deal with. They are very confusing.

Insurance adjusters will be asking you questions as if you were a professional in this field.

Read more: auto-insurance-claim-advice.com.

July 10, 2011

Health Insurance Expert Witnesses

Health insurance expert witnesses may write reports on long term care insurance, medical insurance and related topics. In State Senate committee passes insurance rate regulation bill, PasadenaStarNews.com writes:

The State Senate's Health Committee approved Assembly a bill by a 5-3 vote Wednesday that would clamp down on health insurance rate hikes. AB 52 would require California health plans and insurers to seek approval from regulators before raising health care premiums, co-payments or deductibles.

Read more: pasadenastarnews.com.

July 10, 2011

Environmental Expert Witness On Gas Drilling

A study by environmental expert witness Alisa Rich showing elevated levels of air pollutants and toxins such as benzene led residents in Denton County, TX, to complain to the state that they were breathing polluted air and suffering negative health effects from natural gas compressor stations. When controversies have arisen over natural gas drilling and its impact on air and water quality in North Texas, Alisa Rich has often been a key player.

Critics of gas drilling have cited her findings in calling for tougher environmental regulation of the industry. "I would like to see the industry invest less money in their marketing propaganda and direct that funding towards technical equipment that can reduce emissions, rather than try to convince individuals that emissions do not occur and that industrial mining is 'safe,'" Rich said, referring to natural gas extraction. "Industrial mining is neither safe to the occupational workers nor to individuals subjected to carcinogenic emissions and surface contamination of radioactive materials from mining natural gas."

Read more: star-telegram.com


July 9, 2011

Trucking Expert Witnesses & New Cross Border Trucking Program

Trucking expert witnesses may write reports and testify on federal motor carrier safety regulations, the truck manufacturing industry, qualifications of truck drivers, and related topics. Transport Topics offers trucking and freight transportation news and this week reports:

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves issued the following statement after the United States and Mexico announced the launch of a new cross-border trucking program:

“American Trucking Associations welcomes this latest step in improving the efficiency of trucking and trade at our southern border. By signing this historic agreement, the U.S. and Mexico have laid the groundwork for continued economic growth on both sides of the border.

“Further, ATA is encouraged that Mexico will soon be dropping its incredibly damaging tariffs, which will also spur growth in trade between our two countries.

Read more: truckline.com.

July 8, 2011

Construction Site Expert Witness On Trench Collapses Part 1

In Construction Trench Collapse Cases Require Knowledge and Experience with OSHA, construction site expert witness William Gulya, Jr., President & CEO, Middlesex Trenching Company, writes:

Trench collapses (a.k.a. cave-ins) are one of the most feared construction accidents in the underground utility and site-work construction industry. The very thought of being buried alive and crushed by the soil is horrifying and often results in death or serious injury. Other potentially fatal dangers may exist when workers enter trench excavations such as asphyxiation in a confined space and inhalation of toxic fumes. Electrocution or explosions can occur when workers come into contact with underground electric cables natural gas mains or service lines. OSHA requires that all workers in trenches and excavations are protected, and that safety and health programs address the wide range of dangers that may be encountered during excavations. Excavation cave-ins are a major cause of fatalities within the construction industry. The fatality rate for excavation work is 112% higher than the rate for general construction. (OSHA)

July 7, 2011

Finance Expert Witnesses

PricewaterhouseCoopers has just released its Daubert Challenges to Financial Experts:An 11-year study of trends and outcomes, which surveys federal cases since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1999 Kumho Tire decision expanded Daubert’s reach to financial experts. Highlights of this year’s report include:

* This past year (2010) saw the most challenges and the second highest exclusion rate for all expert witnesses during the past 11 years (2000-2010).

Read more: bvwirenews.com.

BVR's Online Symposium on Litigation and Economic Damages: Part 1
Working With Financial Experts webinar.

July 6, 2011

Psychology Expert Witness On Supreme Court Decision

The Supreme Court failed to uphold a California law banning the sale of violent video games to children on June 27, citing the First Amendment right to free speech. Professor Craig Anderson, distinguished professor of psychology and director of ISU's Center for the Study of Violence, has contributed extensively to a large body of research showing a definitive link between exposure to violent media and aggressive behavior. Though he has served as an expert witness in similar cases, he did not take part in this one.

Read more: iowastatedaily.com.

July 5, 2011

Medical Expert On Death of Motorcycle Helmet Protester

A motorcyclist who was participating in a protest ride against helmet laws died after he flipped over the bike's handlebars and hit his head on the road. Philip A. Contos, 55, lost control of his bike, smashed his head on the pavement and died near Syracuse, N.Y. "The medical expert we discussed the case with who pronounced him deceased stated that he would've no doubt survived the accident had he been wearing a helmet," said state Trooper Jack Keller.

Read more: dailymail.co.uk.

July 4, 2011

Expert Witnesses Not Allowed to Testify In Proctor & Gamble Case

Procter & Gamble won a big victory in its defense of dozens of lawsuits over its Fixodent products. A federal judge in Miami threw out the lead case in a series of lawsuits that claimed using the denture cream caused nerve damage.

U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia Altonaga did not rule on the merits of the plaintiffs' claims. But she ruled that the expert witnesses the plaintiffs planned to call would not be permitted to testify. Their opinions, she ruled, were not based on enough scientific evidence and so she would not allow them to present their theory to a jury - that the zinc in Fixodent caused harm.

Read more: cincinnati.com.

July 3, 2011

Auto Insurance Claims Expert Witnesses

Auto insurance claims expert witnesses may write reports and testify on issues involving insurance claims, insurance adjusters, insurance agencies, and more. In Tips and Strategies to Deal with Insurance Companies an attorney contributing to auto-insurance-claim-advice.com writes:

Consumers are often surprised when the insurance company:
* Gives them a low total loss evaluation
* Fixes their car with USED parts
* Cuts their rental car early
* Gives them a low bodily injury settlement
* Devaluates their pain and suffering
* Denies coverage on questionable investigations
* Attributes fault to the wrong driver
As an ex-claim adjuster, now an attorney, I learned how the insurance claim process works and how you can protect your rights and get compensation for your damages. Insurance companies train adjusters to be hard negotiators in just about every aspect of a claim (whether you know it or not).

Read more: http://www.auto-insurance-claim-advice.com/.

July 2, 2011

Medical Expert Witness & Plancher $10M Award

In the wrongful death suit involving University Central Florida football player Ereck Plancher, the jury has awarded the family $10 million in damages. The jury found the UCF Athletic Association negligent in Plancher's death.

Plancher collapsed and died following off season conditioning drills at the UCF football complex on March 18, 2008. Orange County medical examiner Joshua Stephany and three experts hired by the Plancher family attorneys testified Plancher died from complications of sickle cell trait.

Read more: sun-sentinel.com.

July 1, 2011

Trucking Expert Witnesses & New Kansas Speed Limit

Trucking expert witnesses may write reports and testify on federal motor carrier safety regulations, the truck manufacturing industry, qualifications of truck drivers, and related topics. Transport Topics offers trucking and freight transportation news and this week reports:

A new, higher speed limit in Kansas could cause safety problems if trucks are governed at lower speeds than the new limit, the head of the state’s trucking association said. Kansas set a new 75 mph speed limit on rural stretches of some interstate highways and other freeways effective July 1, its Department of Transportation said in a release.

The new limit applies to all vehicles on the highway, though trucks with speed limiters would still travel slower than other highway traffic, said Tom Whitaker, executive director of the Kansas Motor Carriers Association.

Read more: ttnews.com.