August 31, 2013

Sports Medicine Expert Witnesses & NFL $765M Settlement

Sports medicine expert witnesses may provide reports on professional athletes, sports injuries, exercise physiology, traumatology, and related matters. In the news, the NFL will pay $765M to former players who accused the league of hiding the dangers of brain injury in playing pro football and profiting from the violence (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, MDL No. 2323).

Read more: http://www.paed.uscourts.gov/documents/opinions/13d0728p.pdf

August 30, 2013

Legal Fees Expert Witnesses

Legal fees expert witnesses may advise regarding attorneys' fees, expert witness fees analysis, and fee disputes, and more. In The determination of expert witness fees/attorney fees, and the same as taxable costs, Judge David Hoort, Ionia County, MI, writes:

Expert witnesses may be paid a fee in excess of the fee paid to an ordinary witness with the trial court’s permission and that the fee paid to the expert witness may be taxed as part of the taxable costs. MCL 600.2164(1). An expert is not, however, entitled to compensation—as a witness—for every service that the expert may have provided.

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

August 29, 2013

Medical Expert Witness Testifies In Jackson Family v. AEG Case

Medical expert witness Dr. Gary Green testified for concert promoter AEG in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial. Jackson’s family maintains that AEG Live is liable in the singer’s death because the company hired Dr. Conrad Murray. AEG argues that Jackson chose and controlled the doctor and that AEG had no way of knowing the drugs Murray administered to Jackson.

Dr. Green is team doctor for Pepperdine University athletics as well as a clinical professor in the division of Sports Medicine at UCLA and Major League Baseball's consultant on performance-enhancing drugs.

August 28, 2013

Social Media Expert Witness On Social Networking Investigations Part 1

In Social Networking Research & Investigations, The Legal, Ethical & Evidentiary Issues, social media expert witness Richard B. Harer, V.P. Specialized Investigations writes:

The proliferation of social media sites, and the information they contain, has created a significant “tool” for the legal and investigative industry. With over 400 social media sites currently in existence, and well over 1 billion users, the availability of information on almost anyone and any topic is just a few clicks away. However, one must not only recognize the value, but also the limitations. Many legal, ethical and evidentiary issues have arisen in recent years, perhaps making it one of the fastest evolving areas of law today.

This article will explore some of the research and investigative resources available, as well as some of the issues already raised regarding the information developed, and will continue to raise for years to come.

Social Media: A Required Tool

Social networking sites have become such “standard tools” that Peter Foley, Vice President of claims at American Insurance Association, said that investigators and (legal researchers) could be considered negligent if they didn’t conduct at least “a quick scan of social media to check for contradictions.”

However, Foley and other insurance experts caution that the information should be used only as launch pad for further investigations and never as final proof of fraud. Manulife, citing ongoing legal proceedings, declined to comment on a recent case involving information developed on a social media site that contradicted an insured’s disability claim, but said in a statement, “We would not deny or terminate a valid claim solely based on information published on websites such as Facebook.”


Read more: http://www.jurispro.com/RichardHarer

August 27, 2013

International Trade Expert Witness On Quality Fade Part 1

In Quality Fade in China, international trade expert witness Rosemary Coates of Blue Silk Consulting writes:

Quality Fade, the process of quality degradation over time, is the single biggest issue in low cost manufacturing countries. It happens frequently in China where manufacturing processes are immature and competitive pricing drives the profits to extremely low levels. It also happens in Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh and other low-cost countries.

You have probably noticed quality fade, but didn’t know what to call it, or understand how it happened. Maybe you noticed a plastic shampoo bottle that seemed too thin. Maybe that hand-held electronic game you put in your son’s Christmas stocking stopped working after a few days. Maybe the zipper in your pants broke after a few zips.

Quality fade is a particular problem for products coming from China, where nearly 40% of the world’s production now takes place. This startling fact about the tremendous volume of goods produced in China is evidenced at the drug store, department store, big box retailer and the grocery store. The ubiquitous “Made in China” label can be found everywhere. These products are initially equal or superior in quality to Western-made goods, but over time, quality begins to fade. Sometimes poor quality is just an inconvenience and sometimes it is downright dangerous.

August 26, 2013

OSHA Expert Witnesses & Silica Exposure

OSHA expert witnesses may consult on construction industry standards, safety design, safety hazards, job hazards, and more.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced on Friday a proposed rule aimed at curbing lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers.

OSHA News Release: 13-1767-NAT states: The proposal seeks to lower worker exposure to crystalline silica, which kills hundreds of workers and sickens thousands more each year. After publication of the proposal, the public will have 90 days to submit written comments, followed by public hearings.

August 25, 2013

Hydrology Expert Witnesses & Las Posas Project

Hydrology expert witnesses may consult on hydrogeology, hydrologic engineering, water resources, groundwater hydrology, watershed hydrology, and more. The Las Posas Basin Aquifer Storage and Recovery Project is in the news this week after it became evident that the system is leaking. Groundwater levels have dropped steeply at the Moorpark, CA, facility which includes a five million gallon water storage tank. Planned to warehouse water below ground to be pumped out during dry spells or emergencies, the project, now owned by Calleguas Municipal Water District, has been a failure. Calleguas described the project:

The project includes the installation of thirty ASR wells within an approximate nine-square mile area in the Las Posas Basin, nearly thirty miles of large diameter pipeline to connect the wells with existing District infrastructure in the cities of Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks, and a combined pump/hydroelectric generation station in the City of Moorpark to facilitate the flow of water to and from the wells.

Read more: http://www.cfnews13.com/

August 24, 2013

Water Safety Expert Witness On Aquatic Accidents Part 4

In What's Your H2O (Safety) IQ?, water safety expert witness Dr. David Smith, Commander, USCG (RET) writes:

The following 20 questions were the basis of a key address to the First International Boating and Water Safety Summit, April 18-25, 1997 in San Diego, California. The Summit was sponsored by the National Water Safety Council and The National Safe Boating Council. This article is taken from the proceedings of the Summit. The article has been repeatedly updated to reflect current aquatic accident statistics. Human physiology, by contrast, has not been known to change in the last 10,000 decades.

How well can you answer these twenty boating and water safety questions:
16. [a] At higher levels of intoxication, approaching 0.2 BAL at night, which two primary colors are difficult to discern?
Ans. Red and green.

[b] What color is the stop light in your car?
Ans. See one of the two colors in 16 [a] immediately above.

[c] What percent of fatal auto accident victims, and presumably boating victims too, have a BAL approaching 0.2?
Ans. Possibly as high as 25%.

17. What percent of serious boating accidents happen on sea coasts or the great lakes?
Ans. 10%.

18. [a] What is the average size of boats involved in fatal accidents?

Ans. Under 16 feet.

[b] How fast is the average boating victim's craft moving at the time of the fatal accident?
Ans. It's sitting still or drifting. Remember: most boating deaths are due to drowning when a non PFD wearing, frequently alcohol affected, poor or non swimmer falls out of, capsizes or swamps a small craft. **

[c] What is the primary accidental cause of deaths to hunters?
Ans. Drowning and/or immersion hypothermia.

19. What are the four behavioral effects of imbibing intoxicants ranked from those whose effects first appear at the lowest levels?
Ans. Balance is degraded at relatively low dosages, one or two beers
per hour in an average adult male. Next is vision; then sensory integration -going from simultaneous to sequential; then judgment. For more details please request the article: Alcohol and Water Don't Mix.

20. The basic number of persons required for safe water skiing is two, an operator and a skier.
Ans. Wrong. For the best possible safety situation, three persons
should be involved: driver, skier and a specifically designated observer. (The observer is not required in some states if the driver has a wide angle, rear-view mirror.)

* H.E.L.P.= Heat Escape Lessening Position- leaning back in water with ankles crossed, head out of water, arms over chest and knees drawn upward. Best performed when wearing a PFD and previously practiced.

Read more: http://www.jurispro.com/DavidSmithCDRUSCGRET

August 23, 2013

Sports Medicine Expert Witnesses & Ryan Braun Suspension

Sports medicine expert witnesses may provide reports regarding exercise physiology, traumatology, doping control, and more. This week Ryan Braun admitted he took performance enhancing drugs during his National League most valuable player season of 2011. Braun said a nagging injury led him to take banned substances from Biogenesis. He is serving a 65 game suspension.

August 22, 2013

Medical Expert Witness Describes Top Medical Experts

Medical expert witness Dr. Burton Bentley II, M.D., FAAEM, is President of Elite Medical Experts, LLC., and specializes in securing leading experts from the nation’s top universities. In Who really has the top medical experts? Dr. Bentley writes:

The success or failure of any medical negligence case rests squarely upon the medical facts, yet it is the competence of the testifying expert that ultimately allows those facts to be discovered and voiced. Consequently, the starting point of any successful outcome must be the selection of the best expert witness. Whether opining for the plaintiff or the defense, the litigator with the top medical expert secures a strong competitive advantage.

The first step in selecting an expert is to assure the strength of his or her credentials. In general, however, most credible experts have graduated from a US medical school and have attended a US residency program for specialty training. Those that attend top-tier schools such as Ivy League universities may have an intangible perception of elevated credibility based solely upon their credentials. Experts should be in full-time practice both presently and at the time of the alleged negligence, though exceptional experts may have additional fellowship training or publications within the specific area of medicine which they are addressing. Experts should have extensive clinical experience which manifests itself in professionalism, confidence, and fluency.

Read more: EliteMedicalExperts

August 21, 2013

Emergency Medicine Expert Witness Testifies In Wrongful Death Case

Dr. Neal Richmond testified as an emergency medicine expert witness in the wrongful death and personal injury lawsuit against Johnson’s Lifecare in the 2010 death of Billie Jean Garber. Harlan Circuit Court, KY, plaintiff Clifford Garber claims Lifecare failed to supply oxygen when they transported Billie Jean Garber from the ambulance to her room.

Richmond is the director for the Louisville Metro Emergency Medical Services and testified that because there was no autopsy, there is no way to determine the cause of death.

August 20, 2013

How to Cross Examine An Expert Witness Webinar

Together with The National Law Journal, Kobre & Kim LLP’s Center for Trial Advocacy will hold their third annual event on September 10, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois. The event entitled Cross Examination of an Expert Witness will feature nationally recognized trial attorneys Dan Webb of Winston & Strawn and Kobre & Kim LLP’s Matthew Menchel.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
6:30pm – 7:30pm CDT: Live Seminar/Webinar
7:30pm – 8:30pm CDT: Live Seminar Cocktail Reception

Complimentary CLE will be offered for NY on the live date of the program. Credit has been requested for IL and FL. CLE credit for other jurisdictions available upon request. A participant must individually view a program on its broadcast date to receive credit.

More info: http://www.virtual-strategy.com

August 19, 2013

Voting Expert Witness Testfies Re: Ballot Inconsistency

Voting expert witness Pete Perry testified regarding voting irregularities in the Hattiesburg, MS, June mayoral election. Among the problems, Perry found that absentee ballots did not match the number of absentee envelopes. Mr. Perry is owner of Paradigm Government Relations, LLC, Jackson, MS.

August 18, 2013

Child Safety Expert Witnesses & Laundry Detergent Poisonings

Child safety expert witnesses may testify on poisoning prevention, playground injuries, electrical safety in the home, and childhood injuries, as well as related issues. In the news, a 7-month-old boy died after eating a laundry detergent "pod" which was accidentally left where he was sleeping. The American Association of Poison Control Centers writes:

Poison centers receive many calls each year about children getting into laundry detergent. Swallowing it often causes mild stomach upset, if there are any symptoms at all, but poison center experts say the new highly concentrated single-load liquid laundry detergent packets seem to be different.

Some children who have gotten the product in their mouths have had excessive vomiting, wheezing and gasping. Some get very sleepy. Some have had breathing problems serious enough to need a ventilator to help them breathe. There have also been reports of corneal abrasions (scratches to the eyes) when the detergent gets into a child’s eyes.

Read more: http://www.aapcc.org/

August 17, 2013

Fire Expert Witnesses & Bridge Fire

Fire expert witnesses may provide reports concerning arson detection, arson investigators standards of care, fire equipment, and fire origin and cause. Rhode Island fire officials are investigating a suspicious electrical fire extinguished Saturday on the Sakonnet River Bridge. The fire damaged nearby equipment and not the bridge structure. Arson is suspected.

August 16, 2013

Aviation Expert Witnesses & UPS Crash

Aviation expert witnesses may testify on air traffic control, aircraft accident investigation, aircraft contract manufacturing, aircraft design, and aircraft operations. In the news, The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a full Go-Team to investigate the crash of a United Parcel Service Airbus A300. The crash occurred while on approach to Runway 18 at Birmingham International Airport in Birmingham, Ala.

Senior Aviation Investigator Dan Bower will serve as investigator-in-charge. NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt is accompanying the team and will serve as the principal spokesman during the on-scene phase of the investigation. Federal officials have found no evidence of a pre-crash fire or engine failure aboard a UPS plane that went down in Alabama, killing two pilots.

Read more: http://www.ntsb.gov/news/2013/130814.html

August 15, 2013

Correction Facilities Standards Of Care Expert Witness On Inmate Death

Correctional facilities standards of care expert witness Gene Miller testified in the death of inmate Shannon Finn. Finn is believed to have died of alcohol withdrawal while in the Warren County Regional Jail, KY. Finn's survivors are suing Warrren county, the jail's former medical director and deputy jailers for negligence resulting in his death.

Read more: http://www.bgdailynews.com.

August 14, 2013

Expert Witness Profiler Offers Expert Challenge Predictor

Expert Witness Profiler, LLC, the country's leader in expert witness research, announced today the addition of the "Expert Challenge Predictor" feature to its Preliminary Screening Report product. With this new feature, the Preliminary Screening Report will now be able to predict instances of challenges to a particular expert's testimony which the company's legal researchers are likely to find.

Read more: http://www.watchlistnews.com.

August 12, 2013

Patents Expert Witnesses & Microsoft v. Motorola

Patents expert witnesses may provide reports and testify regarding computer patents, design patents, and international patents and licensing. In Experts Streamlined in Microsoft-Motorola Case, Courthouse News Service writes that U.S. District Judge James Robart, W.D. Wash, "has approved and denied a raft of expert witnesses in a contentious battle between Microsoft and Motorola over the licensing of wireless technology." In the Seattle complaint, Microsoft claims that “Motorola demanded exorbitant licensing fees in breach of industry wide agreements, while Motorola cried patent infringement against Microsoft over the disputed technology.”

Courthouse News Service is a nationwide news service for lawyers and the news media. Based in Pasadena, California, Courthouse News focuses on civil litigation, from the date of filing through the appellate level. Read more: http://www.courthousenews.com/.

August 11, 2013

Use Expert Witnesses Early

In Use Experts Early, J. Patrick McConnell, Odin Feldman Pittleman Law Firm, writes:

Many of the divorce cases we handle involve closely held businesses, complicated banking transactions, commingling of separate and marital funds and difficult financial issues. The rules in most courts require the disclosure of expert witnesses and what they are going to say at a fairly early stage in the litigation. Too often practitioners wait too late to designate expert witnesses and they are blocked by the Courts from using experts.

Read more: http://www.virginiadivorceandcustodylaw.com

August 10, 2013

Building Codes Expert Witness On New York Building Permits

In The Building Permits New York Requires, building codes expert witness Christopher E. Chwedyk, AIA, CSI, writes:

According to New York City building codes, unless you’re only making a minor alteration or repair to your property, you’ll need to obtain a building permit before you commence work. The type of building permits New York requires for your project depends on the nature of the project itself and what type of construction will be happening.

There are four main types of building permits New York property owners may have to seek:

New Building – A new building permit is required when a construction project involves the creation of an entirely new structure. If there are plans to demolish an old building and replace it with a new one, this would also require a new building permit.
Alterations 1 – A type one alteration is one that involves a change to the Certificate of Occupancy of a property. Often, this occurs when a space is converted from a commercial building to a residential one or when an addition or extra floor is added.
Alterations 2 – A type two alteration is a large-scale project that involves several different types of work, such as plumbing, construction, and more. It does not require altering the building’s occupancy levels.
Alterations 3 – A type three alteration is a minor change to the building that only involves one type of work.

Read more: http://www.jurispro.com/ChristopherChwedyk

August 9, 2013

A to Z Guide To Expert Witnessing

At Expert Communications.com, expert witness marketing and training expert Rosalie Hamilton reviews The A to Z Guide to Expert Witnessing by Steven Babitsky, Esq., James J. Mangraviti, Jr., Esq., and Alex Babitsky, MBA. Ms. Hamilton recommends:

Resource lists - checklists for CVs and reports; directories of different resources such as legal journals, bar associations, etc.; and especially the model documents - fee schedules, expert reports, and consulting agreements.

Publishers description: The A-Z Guide to Expert Witnessing is the comprehensive work on expert witnessing. The topics covered include civil procedure, evidence, qualifications, CV writing, forming and expressing opinions, report writing, testifying skills, marketing, fee setting, billing, collections, ethics, privileges, discovery, avoiding abuse and much more. It features 24 concisely written chapters, 26 appendices, hundreds of examples with easy to read summary head notes, priceless practice pointers and a detailed index.

Find additional articles and resources for experts at http://www.expertcommunications.com

August 8, 2013

Water Safety Expert Witness On Aquatic Accidents Part 3

In What's Your H2O (Safety) IQ?, water safety expert witness Dr. David Smith, Commander, USCG (RET) writes:

The following 20 questions were the basis of a key address to the First International Boating and Water Safety Summit, April 18-25, 1997 in San Diego, California. The Summit was sponsored by the National Water Safety Council and The National Safe Boating Council. This article is taken from the proceedings of the Summit. The article has been repeatedly updated to reflect current aquatic accident statistics. Human physiology, by contrast, has not been known to change in the last 10,000 decades.

How well can you answer these twenty boating and water safety questions:

11. [a] How fast does an immersed body lose heat to water?
Ans. Up to 25 times as fast as to air of the same temperature.

[b] How fast does a submerged body lose heat?
Ans. The area above the collar loses about 40% of the body's heat. If the head is submerged, heat loss rates increase to at
least 25 times that of similar air temperatures and higher.
[c] What is the difference in heat loss rate between still and moving water?

Ans. 10 times as fast in moving water.

12. What are your primary heat loss areas and how should you protect them?
Ans. Head and neck, armpits and sides, groin. Do H.E.L.P. if alone, huddle if with others. *

[b] What temperature of water is cold?
Ans. Depending on a number of variables having to do with size,
fitness, nutrition, clothing, sobriety, will to live, general health level, alcohol etc. -water less than body temperature may be lethal.

13. If an unconscious person wearing heavy clothing and a Type I or II PFD falls face forward into water, will the PFD turn them to an upright, head out of the water position?
Ans. Probably not. Air trapped in multiple clothing layers and boots may counter PFD turning moment. Moral: Try your PFD in the water in types of situations where you would be likely to use it. On the job training while drowning is a very poor form of education

14. What is torso reflex?
Ans. Torso reflex or inhalation response occurs when an unsuspecting, untrained person is suddenly plunged into [relatively] cold water. Immediate exposure to cold environments automatically results in hyperventilation in order to increase metabolism. If a person's head/mouth is submerged when uncontrollably gasping they will drown. Basic protection: conditioning yourself and others to always breathe before water entry and covering your mouth on the way in.

15. What operational characteristic of Personal Water Craft frequently confuses inexperienced operators, thereby leading to potentially serious collision situations?
Ans. You must maintain throttle to turn the craft. Releasing the throttle and then turning causes a PWC to continue in its original direction. This is counter-intuitive when compared to our conditioning in breaking and turning to avoid a collision when driving an auto.

Read more: http://www.jurispro.com/DavidSmithCDRUSCGRET

August 7, 2013

Workers Compensation Expert Witnesses & 9th Circuit Case

Workers compensation expert witnesses may provide reports regarding injured workers, compensation claims, and employee claims. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Portland, OR, ruled Friday against worker's compensation benefits for longshoreman Gary Schwirse. Evidence showed he had 9 beers and half-pint of whiskey before he fell over a railing and landed on concrete.

Case No. 11-73172; BRB No. 11-0119.

August 6, 2013

Lead Poisoning Expert Witness & CA Lead Paint Case

Lead poisoning expert witness Joseph Courtney testified in The People of California v. Atlantic Richfield Company et al regarding lead-based paint as a source of lead poisoning. Courtney is a research scientist for the California Department of Public Health’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch. Ten cities and counties want lead based paint manufacturers to pay for eradicating lead paint from homes.

The Department of Public Health’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch states that children at risk for lead poisoning are young children under six years of age who spend time in homes, childcare centers, or buildings built before 1978 that have chipping or peeling paint. Because their brains and nervous systems are still forming, they are at greatest risk of harmful health effects from lead poisoning.

August 5, 2013

Food Safety Expert Witnesses & Cyclosporiasis Outbreak

Food safety expert witnesses may testify on nutritional supplements, food packaging, food sanitation, nutrition, food processing, and more. On Saturday, the FDA released this information on the multistate outbreak of Cyclosporiasis:

The FDA traceback investigation has confirmed that the salad mix identified by Iowa and Nebraska as being linked to the outbreak of cyclosporiasis in those states was supplied to restaurants in those states by Taylor Farms de Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V., a processor of foodservice salads. The FDA traceback investigation found that illness clusters at restaurants were traced to a common supplier, Taylor Farms de Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V. The restaurants in Iowa and Nebraska include Olive Garden and Red Lobster, both of which are owned by Darden Restaurants.

FDA’s investigation has not implicated consumer packages sold in grocery stores.

Read more: http://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm361637.htm

August 4, 2013

Employment Expert Witnesses & BART Negotiations

Employment expert witnesses may consult on compensation, human resources, wrongful termination, labor economics, labor law, and benefits, as well as related topics. Over the weekend, negotiations between Bay Area Rapid Transit management and the agency's two largest unions over pay, medical benefits and pensions resumed Sunday morning. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 gave notice to strike Monday if no progress is made before then. BART trains carry approximately 400,000 passengers daily.

August 4, 2013

Explosions Expert Witnesses & Propane Gas Plant Explosion

Explosions expert witnesses may provide reports on chemical explosives, implosions, steam boiler explosions, dust explosions, and more. This week eight people were injured in a central Florida propane gas plant explosion. The accident happened Monday night at the Blue Rhino propane plant in Tavares, Lake County, FL. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents who investigated the Texas fertilizer plant explosion will be part of the team in Tavares. Prosecutor Byron Todd Jones is to be installed as the new director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

August 3, 2013

Water Safety Expert Witness On Aquatic Accidents Part 2

In What's Your H2O (Safety) IQ?, water safety expert witness Dr. David Smith, Commander, USCG (RET) writes:

The following 20 questions were the basis of a key address to the First International Boating and Water Safety Summit, April 18-25, 1997 in San Diego, California. The Summit was sponsored by the National Water Safety Council and The National Safe Boating Council. This article is taken from the proceedings of the Summit. The article has been repeatedly updated to reflect current aquatic accident statistics. Human physiology, by contrast, has not been known to change in the last 10,000 decades.

How well can you answer these twenty boating and water safety questions:
6. How far from safety are most drownings?
Ans. 10 feet or less.

7. How many drownings are: [a.] observed by relatively near witnesses?
[b.] initially reported to a lifeguard in a supervised setting (lifeguard does not detect)?
Ans. a. Estimated 60%, b. Estimated 70%
(per American Red Cross survey, 1984.)

8. What are the four main types of drowning?
Ans. Primary -dying at the scene of submersion.
Secondary -dying within 72 hours of ingesting water and/or chemicals, pollutants, or biological matter into the lungs [there may be more of these than primary drownings -no one knows exactly].
Wet -displacing air with water in the lungs and sinking to the bottom.
Dry -suffering a non-released spasm of the larynx/ epiglottis, not ingesting water into the lungs, remaining positively buoyant but unable to breathe [about 10-15% of all drownings].

9. [a] What are the four signs of drowning?
Ans. A. Victim is vertical in water with no supporting kick or lateral movement; B. Victim has head back and mouth open to breathe in -They cannot and do not cry out (drowning is silent.); C. They have their arms extended out from their shoulders, pressing palms downward into water; D. They bob up and down.

[b] What is usually not a sign of drowning?
Ans. Crying out.

[c] What is the longest survival of submersion with total recovery
in North America?
Ans. 66 minutes, summer of 1986.

10. What happens to a person wearing heavy clothing, such as fire fighter turn-out gear, or fisherman’s waders if they fall into the water?
Ans. Nothing, besides getting wet if they know what to do and have practiced fully clothed, relaxed back floating. [Where is their PFD?] And -fire fighters' PFD's work best when worn under turn-out coats.

Read more: http://www.jurispro.com/DavidSmithCDRUSCGRET

August 2, 2013

Industrial Hygiene Expert Witness Testifies In Asbestos Exposure Case

Industrial hygiene expert witness Fred W. Boelter testified in the case against Garlock Sealing Technologies in Bankruptcy Court, W.D.N.C.. The trial will determine the liability of Garlock for current and future asbestos claims. Fred W. Boelter, CIH, PE, BCEE, has nearly 40 years of experience in industrial hygiene, environmental engineering and risk management with expertise in examining asbestos exposure stemming from gaskets.

August 1, 2013

Computer Security Expert Witnesses & Hackers

Computer security expert witnesses may consult regarding network security, network forensics, computer crime, data security, and computer forensics. According to Reuters, computer software hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek will release blueprints for techniques to attack critical systems in the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape at the Def Con hacking convention in Las Vegas, August 1-4, 2013. Miller and Valasek are labeled "white hats," meaning ethical hackers who specialize in uncovering computer weaknesses before criminals may exploit them.