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Modern Police Practices and Standards in Civil Litigation

The “objective reasonableness standard” of police civil litigation was established by the United States Supreme Court in Graham vs. Conner in 1989.  As a police practices expert, I cannot render an opinion as to the objective reasonableness of a police…

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Working With Construction Experts in Complex Litigation

Finding the right construction expert for defect and workmanship claims can be difficult for attorneys without a specialty in construction. Attorneys tend to retain engineers or architects as experts because, like attorneys, they are degreed and licensed. However, this tactic…

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Deciphering the Code of Nursing Credentials to Select your Best Expert

One of the first questions I am asked by attorneys as an expert witness is, “what do all those letters behind your name mean?” Nursing is a unique profession with its own designations and regulations, and credentialing is an essential…

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How Safe are Our Schools? A Potentially Uncomfortable Self-Assessment

It has been more than four years since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in which 20 children and 6 adults were killed by an outside attacker. Given the scope of this event as well as the national and…

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Complications of Kidney Stone Surgery and Medical Legal Liability

Every year, nearly 1% of adult Americans develop a kidney stone for the first time and nearly 10% will develop one in their lifetime. Although most patients can spontaneously expel a kidney stone, nearly 10-20% of adults will ultimately need…

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The Doctrine of an Innkeeper’s Liability: Is the Franchisor of a Hotel Liable for the Negligence of its Franchisee?

Both a long-respected legal doctrine and a core principal of the hospitality industry, the top priority of hotel owners and operators is to protect the safety of their guests. Equally, owners and operators are usually deemed culpable for negligent behavior.…

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Wrong Level Spine Surgery: Causes and Standards of Care

As a spine surgeon, one of my greatest fears is to operate at the wrong level. For example, if a patient had a herniated disc between the L5 and S1 vertebrae, and I took out a disc between L4 and…

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Essential Qualities in Your Orthopaedic Expert

The majority of medical legal cases involving bodily injury require the expertise of an Orthopaedic Surgeon.  Most accidents and industrial injuries involve the musculoskeletal system— including bone fractures, ligament injuries, or soft tissue injuries involving the extremities or spine.  With…

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Sepsis: Controversies and Risks

As the physicians say it happens in hectic fever, that in the beginning of the malady it is easy to cure but difficult to detect, but in the course of time, not having been either detected or treated in the…

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Medico-Legal Implications of Diabetes, Thyroid Disorders, and Glucocorticoid Therapy

Diabetes Mellitus is an extremely common disorder.  The incidence of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DM2) has exploded in parallel with the rising incidence of obesity: so much so that the colloquial name Diabesity has come to designate the combination of…

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