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Dr. Katharine Wenstrom Concludes a Mother's Post-Partum, Catastrophic Brain Damage Could Have Been Avoided in $46M Med Mal Case

The Trial: Trabue v. Atlanta Women’s Specialists, a medical malpractice trial over the catastrophic brain damage a woman suffered in a collapse days after she gave birth.

The Expert: Dr. Katharine Wenstrom, an obstetrician, testifies for the plaintiff and concludes that complications from unchecked preeclampsia and a pulmonary edema likely caused the new mother’s heart to stop.

The Verdict: $45.8 million.

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Dr. Harris Fisk on the Interplay Between a Truck Crash Victim’s TBI and PTSD in $53M Trial

The Trial: Lennig v. CRST, et al., a California damages-only trial over injuries two brothers suffered in a head-on collision with a semi-truck.

The Expert: Dr. Harris Fisk, a neurologist, testifying for the plaintiff on the traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other complications one of the brothers suffered as a result of the crash.

The Verdict: $52.89 million total.

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Dr. Susan Bukata Details an Emergency Amputation, En Route to a $35M Award in a Motorcycle Crash Case

The Trial: Ekbatani v. Caltrans, a personal injury trial over leg injuries a motorcycle rider suffered in a collision with a taxi van.

The Expert: Dr. Susan Bukata, an orthopedic surgeon, testifying for the plaintiff about the injuries he suffered and the need to amputate his leg.

The Verdict: $35 million.

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Dr. Sigurd Berven’s Testimony About the Off-Label Use of Spinal Implant Helps Clear Surgeon in 7-Figure Med Mal Case

The Trial: Christina Avalos v. Dr. William Dobkin, a medical malpractice trial over the off-label use of a spinal implant.

The Expert: Dr. Sigurd Berven, an orthopedic surgeon at University of California San Francisco Medical Center, testifies for the defense on the use of the spinal implant and the standard of care in such procedures.

The Verdict: For the defense.

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In $6M Wrongful Death Med Mal Trial, Dr. Hugo Cheng Outlines Bowel Obstruction Treatment Omissions

The Trial: Scoggins v. Smith, et al., a medical malpractice trial over the death of a 72-year-old hospital patient following a bowel obstruction. 

The Expert: Dr. Hugo Cheng, an internal medicine specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, testifies for the plaintiff on his belief that additional measures, such as a nasogastric tube CT scan and potential surgical consult, should have been implemented as part of the standard of care. 

The Verdict: $6 million.

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Dr. Peter Salomon Delves Into Colonoscopy Details to Clear Doctor at Trial Over Patient’s Colon Cancer

The Trial: Kazandjian v. Vastola, a Florida medical malpractice trial in which a physician is accused of rushing a colonoscopy and missing a patient’s colon cancer.

The Expert: Dr. Peter Salomon, a gastroenterologist, testifying for the defense on the standard of care and in colonoscopies and the likelihood that plaintiff had a visually detectable cancer at the time of the colonoscopy at issue.

The Verdict:  For the defense.

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Biomedical Engineer Reed Ayers Concludes Flaw Caused Hip Implant’s Failure, Before Jury Delivers $4.5M Verdict

The Trial: Warner v. Wright Medical Technology, Inc., a product liability case in which plaintiff claims laser etchings made on the Profemur R hip implant caused it to become brittle and fracture. 

The Expert: Reed Ayers, Ph.D, a biomechanical engineering expert, testifies about the effect of laser etchings on the implant and whether, in his view, a design or manufacturing defect existed.

The Verdict: $4.5 million.

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Dr. Peter Shields Dissects Research Tying PCBs to Lymphoma, Leading to Monsanto Trial Win

The Trial: Steele, et al v. Monsanto Co., et al., a toxic tort trial in which plaintiff claims two men developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from Polychlorinated biphenyl (or PCB) used by agrochemical company Monsanto.

The Expert: Dr. Peter Shields, an oncologist at The Ohio State University, testified on behalf of the defense on research plaintiff offered in an attempt to link PCB exposure to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The Verdict: For the defense.

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Psychologist Ellen Stein Highlights Impact of Former Kaiser Worker’s Discharge, Leading to $492K Verdict

The Trial: Warner v. Wright Medical Technology, Inc.

The Trial: Gonzalez v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., an employment discrimination trial in which the plaintiff claims she was discharged because her employer did not wish to pay to treat her son’s kidney disorder.

The Expert: Ellen Stein, Ph.D., a San Diego-based forensic psychologist, testifying for the plaintiff and providing her opinion on plaintiff’s psychological issues and appropriate treatment.

The Verdict: $492,000.

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Dr. Jonathan Schleimer Questions TBI Diagnosis to Clear Concert Venue in Eight-Figure Trial

The Trial: Hickman v. Hard Rock Café, a premises liability case in which the plaintiff contends she suffered back and brain injuries during a concert.

The Expert: Dr. Jonathan Schleimer, a California-based neurologist testifying for the defense as to the severity of the plaintiff’s injuries.

The Verdict: For the defense.

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Dr. Annie Yessaian Details Studies Linking Talc With Ovarian Cancer, Leading to $417M Jury Verdict

The Trial: Echeverria v. Johnson & Johnson, a California state court trial in which plaintiff contends she developed ovarian cancer because of long-term use of Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products.

The Expert: Dr. Annie Yessaian, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine.

The Verdict: $417 million.

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Dr. Mark Needham Details Standard of Care on Drug Side Effect Information, Helps Clear Doctor in Med Mal Trial

The Trial: Hyoung v. Yoo, a medical malpractice trial in which plaintiff suffered blistering and necrosis across more than 30 percent of her body after using an antibiotic prescribed by defendant physician for acne.

The Expert: Dr. Mark Needham, a family medicine specialist who testified as to the appropriateness of the medication at issue and the standard of care as to the detail a patient should give on a medication’s potential side effects. 

The Verdict: For the defense.

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In $26M Med Mal Trial, Dr. Kalman Blumberg Details Treatment Delays He Concludes Caused Respiratory Collapse

The Trial: Williams v. St. Francis Hospital, a medical malpractice case in which plaintiff claims medical staff failed to properly treat a neck hematoma, leading to her respiratory collapse and resulting brain damage.

The Expert: Dr. Kalman Blumberg, an orthopedic surgeon based in Florida, testifies regarding the standard of care in treating a hematoma similar to the one suffered by the plaintiff.

The Verdict: $26 million.

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Dr. Paul Holtzheimer Analyzes Standards of Electroshock Therapy Treatment, Leading to Defense Verdict in Med Mal Case

The Trial: Dadi v. Sharma., a medical malpractice case in which plaintiff, a cardiologist, claims he was improperly given electroshock therapy, often called electroconvulsive therapy or ECT, which led to brain damage and destroyed his career.  

The Expert: Dr. Paul Holtzheimer, a professor of psychiatry with expertise in electroconvulsive therapy.

The Verdict: For the Defense.

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Dr. Stephen Abram’s Analysis of Issues in Epidural Injection Procedure Leads to Nearly $22M Verdict

The Trial: Brown v. Southeastern Pain Specialists, P.C., et al., a medical malpractice case in which plaintiff claims negligence during an epidural procedure for pain management led to oxygen deprivation and the patient’s ultimately fatal brain damage.

The Expert: Dr. Stephen Abram, an anesthesiologist based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Verdict: $21.98 million.

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Dr. Gregory Moneta’s Conclusions on Care of Clot Lead to $4.9M Verdict at Med Mal Trial Over Patient’s Leg Amputation

The Trial: Gray v. Iakovidis, a Florida medical malpractice trial in which plaintiff claims he was forced to undergo a below-the-knee amputation because of defendant healthcare providers’ failure to properly treat an acute blood clot in his leg.

The Expert: Dr. Gregory Moneta, a vascular surgeon and professor at the Oregon Health Sciences University, testifies to the standard of care in dealing with a patient who complains of symptoms similar to that of the plaintiff.

The Verdict: $4.9 million.

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Dr. Anne Weber Details Alleged Defects in Pelvic Mesh, Setting Up $68M Verdict

The Trial: McGinnis v. CR Bard, a products liability trial in which plaintiff claims defects in two pelvic mesh implants manufactured by the defendant caused her chronic pain.

The Expert: Dr. Anne Weber, an obstetrician and gynecologist, testifies to the alleged link between the pelvic mesh and plaintiff’s chronic pain.

The Verdict: $68 million, including $33 million compensatory damages and $35 million in punitives.

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Dr. Suneet Chauhan’s Details on Vacuum-Assisted Delivery Help Clear Doctor in Med Mal Case

The Trial: Cantrell v. Moore, a Georgia medical malpractice case in which plaintiff claims a doctor negligently used a vacuum device during childbirth, ultimately injuring the child’s shoulder and leaving her without the use of her arm.

The Expert: Dr. Suneet Chauhan, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive health at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School, in Houston, details vacuum-assisted delivery and the nature of “pop-offs” in such deliveries, concluding the defendant met the standard of care while using the vacuum device.

The Verdict: For the defense.

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Dr. Ronnie Fuerst’s Testimony Helps Clear ER Doctor in Med Mal Trial Over 12-Year-Old’s Death

The Trial: Kelly v. Indian River Memorial Hospital, a 2016 medical malpractice trial over the death of a 12-year-old girl suffering from diabetes-related complications.

The Expert: Dr. Ronnie Fuerst, a pediatric emergency medicine physician based in South Carolina.  

The Verdict: For the defense.

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Dr. Sanjong Pangarkar’s Conclusions on Plaintiff’s Bus Incident-Related Back Pain Lead to $14.31M Verdict

The Trial: Francisco v. Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, a 2014 California trial in which plaintiff claims she suffered lifelong back injuries when a public transit bus drove over a speed bump too quickly, sending her airborne and causing her to land on the hard bus seat.

The Expert: Dr. Sanjong Pangarkar, a Los Angeles-based pain medicine specialist, who criticizes the defense expert’s contention that the plaintiff is malingering, and who outlines his opinion on the severity of plaintiff’s injury and her ultimate prognosis.

The Verdict: $14.31 million.

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Dr. Carl Capelouto’s Testimony on Urologist’s Standard of Care Yields Defense Verdict in Fatal Cancer Case

The Trial: Moradov v. Atlanta Radiology Consultants, P.c., et al., a 2017 Georgia state court trial in which plaintiff claims defendants, including a urologist, failed to meet their standard of care when reviewing imaging to detect a kidney growth plaintiff contends ultimately led to fatal kidney cancer.

The Expert: Dr. Carl Capelouto: A Georgia-based urologist testifying as to the standard of care in urological treatment when imaging is performed.

The Verdict: For the Defense.

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Sarah Lustig Details Life Care Plan at Center of $20M Verdict in TBI Trial

The Trial: Khan v. Moore Freight Service, a damages-only, 2016 Georgia trial over catastrophic brain damage a man suffered in a collision with a tractor-trailer.

The Expert: Sarah Lustig, a life care planner based in South Carolina, highlights and explains her recommendations in the life care plan she completed.

The Verdict: $20 million.

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Dr. William Rogers Details Timeline of Patient’s Fatal Heart Attack, Clearing Defendant Physician in Med Mal Trial

The Trial: Cox v. Fatemi, a medical malpractice trial in which plaintiff, the widow of a fatal heart attack victim, claims the defendant physician was negligent in diagnosing her husband, a television sports director, with a virus and that the physician failed to order tests that could have revealed acute coronary syndrome days before he suffered the heart attack.   

The Expert: Dr. William Rogers, a cardiologist and professor at the University of Alabama Birmingham testifies for the defense, explaining his belief that the patient did not suffer from acute coronary syndrome at the time he saw the defendant and concluding the physician appropriately treated the patient.

The Verdict: For the defense.

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Dr. Jeffrey Markham Details Evidence of Plaintiff’s Brain Damage En Route to $20M Verdict in TBI Trial

The Trial: Thompson v. Lamplight Village Homeowner’s Association, a 2018 Nevada premises liability trial in which plaintiff claims he suffered a traumatic brain injury when a swing set’s metal bar broke and struck his head.

The Expert: Dr. Jeffrey Markham, a radiologist from Texas, who testifies as to the extent of the plaintiff’s brain injury.

The Verdict: $20 million, including $10 million in punitive damages.

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Bioengineer Joseph Peles Details the Disastrous Consequences of Rollover, En Route to $4.5M Award

The Trial: Trejo v. Ford, a 2014 Nevada product liability trial in which plaintiff claims roof crush from a rollover of a Ford Excursion killed Rafael Trejo.

The Expert: Joseph Peles, a bioengineering expert and accident reconstruction expert, who testifies for the plaintiff about the forces that led to the death of Rafel Trejo.

The Verdict: $4.5 million.

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Dr. Carolyn Brockington Outlines Treatment of Stroke Patient, Leading to Defense Verdict in Med Mal Case

The Trial:  Roberts v. St. Vincent’s Medical Center, a 2016 Florida medical malpractice trial in which a patient claims defendant doctors’ failure to properly treat her deep vein thrombosis led to her stroke. At issue was whether doctors should have done more than use heparin, and whether they should have promptly inserted a filter to prevent blood clots from reaching her heart.

The Expert: Dr. Carolyn Brockington, M.D., a neurologist based at New York’s Mt. Sinai Hospital, testifies as to the propriety of the defendant neurologist’s treatment.

The Verdict: For the defense.

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Dr. Harry Reynolds’ Testimony Helps Clear Surgeon at Trial Over Colorectal Surgery Complications

The Trial: Robinson v. Duke University Health System, a 2015 North Carolina medical malpractice trial in which plaintiff claims she suffered from “conversion disorder”-- a condition in which patients show signs of physical injury or illness after a traumatic event without any detectable underlying cause—following the inadvertent attachment of her colon to her vagina during intestinal surgery.

The Expert: Dr. Harry Reynolds, a colon and rectal surgeon affiliated with Cleveland Medical Center testifies for the defense and concludes the defendant healthcare providers met the standard of care under the circumstances. He also explains that he is unfamiliar in practice with “conversion disorder.”

The Verdict: For the defense.

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Dr. Daniel Musher’s Conclusions on Hospital Patient’s Cause of Death Help Clear Med Mal Defendant

The Trial: Harper v. Vick, a 2016 Georgia medical malpractice trial, in which a patient went into cardiac arrest hours after arriving at a hospital ER suffering from neck swelling and complaining of difficulty breathing. Plaintiff, the patient’s widow, claims doctors were negligent in failing to intubate him to keep his airway open.

The Expert: Dr. Daniel Musher, a professor of infectious disease at Baylor University’s College of Medicine, testifies for the defense.

The Verdict: For the Defense.

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Dr. Angela Ashley’s Conclusion on Car Crash Victim’s TBI Helps Yield $11M Verdict

The Trial: Williams v. Papa John’s Pizza, a 2016 Georgia trial in which a driver involved in a crash with a Papa John’s pizza delivery driver contended she suffered a traumatic brain injury.

The Expert: Dr. Angela Ashley, an Atlanta-based neurologist and professor at Emory University, testifying for the plaintiff on the severity of the plaintiff’s brain injury and delivering an opinion on its cause.

The Verdict: $11 million.

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Dr. Frank Pomposelli’s Detail on The Importance of Differential Diagnosis Leads to $8.54M Verdict

The Trial: Beber v. MDVIP, a 2015 Florida medical negligence and false advertising trial in which a concierge medical firm was accused of responsibility  for the alleged negligence of one of its service’s physicians in failing to timely diagnose a woman’s vascular problems. The vascular condition ultimately required the amputation of her leg.

The Expert: Dr. Frank Pomposelli, a vascular surgeon and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts’ St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, discusses the importance of a differential diagnosis when treating patients, and the fact that the treating physician in this case should have considered the possibility of a vascular condition earlier in his treatment.

The Verdict: $8.54 million.

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Dr. Gordon Sze’s Testimony Helps Clears Dr. in Wrongful Death Med Mal Case

The Trial: Freudberg v. Martin Memorial Medical Center, a 2015 Florida medical malpractice trial in which a patient died from complications suffered during a stroke. Plaintiff, the patient’s husband, claims the physicians could have saved her life if they had lowered her blood pressure.

The Expert: Dr. Gordon Sze, a professor of radiology and biomedical imaging at Yale, details the patient’s condition as well as the difference between different brain bleed episodes, concluding the patient’s outcome was not caused by unchecked hypertension. 

The Verdict: For the defense.

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Dr. Ross Rames Outlines Likely Cause of Patient’s Urological Issues to Clear Doctor in Med Mal Trial

The Trial: Morges v. Savannah Pain Management, et al., a 2015 Georgia medical malpractice trial in which plaintiff claims he suffered bladder problems because of epidural injections defendant physician administered. 

The Expert: Dr. Ross Rames, a urologist in Charleston, South Carolina, testifying for the defense and concluding that plaintiff’s problems were not caused by an inappropriate epidural injection.

The Verdict: For the defense.

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Neuropsychologist John Sass Details Truck Crash Victim’s PTSD, TBI En Route to $15M Verdict

The Trial: Richards v. Total Transportation of Mississippi, LLC, et al., a 2017 damages-only Georgia trial over injuries a nursing student suffered when she was involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer.

The Expert: John Sass, a neuropsychologist based in Georgia, testifies to the severity of the plaintiff’s injuries, including PTSD she suffered from the crash.

The Verdict: $15 million.

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Dr. Luis Villa Delivers Testimony to Clear Doctor in Trial Over Teenager’s Thrombosis-Related Death

The Trial: Chapman v. Parikh, a 2014 medical malpractice case in which a teenager died of complications from thrombosis. Plaintiff claims the doctor could have discovered the condition with an early CT scan, while the defense argues the patient showed no signs of thrombosis until immediately before her death.

The Expert: Dr. Luis Villa, a hematologist, discussing the patient’s condition, and what led to the patient’s death.

The Verdict: For the defense.

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Addiction Expert Kenneth Cummings Explains Smoker’s Nicotine Addiction in Seven–Figure Tobacco Trial

The Trial: Olson v. R.J. Reynolds, a 2018 Florida tobacco trial in which the family of a smoker who died claims an addiction to nicotine caused his fatal lung cancer.

The Expert: Kenneth Cummings, a professor at the University of South Carolina, co-leader of the Tobacco Research Program, and an expert on nicotine addiction, concludes that Floyd Olson, the smoker at the heart of the case, was addicted to nicotine. 

The Verdict: $7.5 million.

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Dr. Reynold Rimoldi Concludes Plaintiff’s Back Problems Pre-Dated Resort Accident, Limiting Damage Award

The Trial: Richardson v. Mandalay Bay, a 2018 Nevada premises liability case in which plaintiff claimed he was injured when a resort’s large, arch-like sign struck him.

The Expert: Dr. Reynold Rimoldi, an orthopedic surgeon and spinal specialist based in Nevada, testifying for the defense on whether plaintiff’s orthopedic problems stemmed from the sign or from other causes.

The Verdict: $524,068.86.

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Radiologist Dr. David Owens Outlines Images to Clear Crossfit Facility Over Back Injury Claim

The Trial: Kerr v. No Shelter Crossfit, et al., a 2018 Missouri trial in which plaintiff claims she suffered a back injury while working out at a Crossfit facility.

The Expert: Dr. David Owens, a Georgia-based radiologist testifies for the defense to detail what he believes was evidence of plaintiff’s long-standing back issues and images he says shows the back issues of which plaintiff is complaining did not occur at the time she worked out at the Crossfit facility.

The verdict: For the defense.

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Life Care Planner Brook Feerick Details Slip-and-Fall Injuries En Route to $1.4M Award

The Trial: Bartholomew v. Ralphs, a 2018 California slip-and-fall trial on damages against a subsidiary of grocery giant Kroger, in which plaintiff sought compensation for a fall that required her to undergo a shoulder replacement. Due to complications with the initial replacement plaintiff was expected to require a second replacement of hardware.

The Expert: Brook Feerick, a life care planner based in San Diego, testifies for the plaintiff on some of the expected costs of plaintiff’s treatment, as well as her methodology to explain differences between plaintiff’s life care plan and the defense plan.

The Verdict: $1.4 million.

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Biomechanical Expert Dr. Harry Smith Details Cause of Fatal Bike Wreck in 7-Figure Trial

The Trial: Donley v. E&S Landscaping, a 2017 Florida trial in which plaintiffs, the family of a physician killed when his bicycle crashed into a parked landscaping truck, claimed the landscaping company was negligent in improperly parking the truck on the roadside where bikes travelled.

The Expert: Dr. Harry Smith, a biomechanical and injury causation expert, testifying for the defense on the impact and the doctor/cyclist’s physical condition at the time of the collision.

The Verdict: $3 million, but the physician was found 70 percent at fault, setting up a likely post-verdict reduction of the award.

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Dr. Jacqueline Moline Details Link Between Worker’s Mesothelioma & Asbestos, Leading to $2.38M Verdict

The Trial: Fowler v. Union Carbide, a New-Jersey trial over the mesothelioma death of a factory worker exposed to Union Carbide asbestos.

The Expert: Dr. Jacqueline Moline, an occupational medicine specialist based in New York, details exposure she says the factory worker received while working with asbestos, as well as its link to his ultimately fatal mesothelioma.

The Verdict: $2.38 million.

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Dr. Alexander Marmureanu Defuses Defense Claims on Crash Victim’s Life Expectancy, Yielding $11M+ Verdict

The Trial: Garcia v. Tri-Modal Distribution Services, et al., a 2019 wrongful death trial involving a driver who died after colliding with a big rig that was allegedly illegally parked.

The Expert: Dr. Alexander Marmureanu, a California-based thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon, testifies for the plaintiff on his belief that the accident victim would have lived a normal life expectancy, but for the crash.

The Verdict: $11.05 million.

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Dr. Stepan Kasimian Outlines Railroad Worker’s Back Injury, Leading to $1.632M Verdict

The Trial: Arizaga v. BNSF Railway Co., a California negligence trial in which, plaintiff, a railway worker, claims he suffered injuries to his back, neck, and head when a rail rack fell off of a truck and struck him.

The Expert: Dr. Stepan Kasimian, an orthopedic surgeon, testifies about the future treatment plaintiff will need and concludes plaintiff will be unable to perform the duties of his old job.

The Verdict: $1.632 million.

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Dr. Paul Collier’s Testimony Leads to 7-Figure Verdict in Trial Over Patient’s Leg Amputation

The Trial: Lockhart v. Bloom, et al., a 2019 medical malpractice trial in which plaintiff claims healthcare provider negligence forced the amputation of her leg.   

The Expert: Dr. Paul Collier, a vascular surgeon based in Pennsylvania, testifies concerning the fact that a catheter’s improper placement in the patient’s femoral artery caused damage that led to the loss of her leg, and the fact that the limb could have been salvaged if a vascular consult had been ordered earlier.

The Verdict: $4.7 million jury verdict with a finding that the doctor that allegedly failed to order the vascular consult earlier was 27% at fault. Lavinia settled for $1 million following the verdict.

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Dr. Richard Rauck Analyzes Plaintiff’s Complaints of Nerve Pain in Trial Over Disney World Restaurant Accident

The Trial: Wilson v. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts US, et al., 2019 trial in which plaintiff claims she developed complex regional pain syndrome, CRPS, after her foot was run over by a food cart at a Walt Disney World hotel food court.

The Expert: Dr. Richard Rauck, a North Carolina-based pain specialist, testifies for the defense.

The Verdict: Jurors awarded the plaintiff $59,840, a fraction of the $15-plus million she sought, and they found her 60% responsible for the accident.

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Dr. Bruce Olson Outlines Psychological Methodology Used in Testing Victims of Fatal Crash, Leading to $123M Verdict

The Trial: Dinh, et al. v. Ride the Ducks, Int’l, et al., a 2018-19 Washington State Court trial over the duck boat crash that killed at least five people and left more than 60 people injured.

The Expert: Dr. Bruce Olson, a clinical psychologist based in Seattle, testifies for the plaintiff on the psychological injuries those who survived the crash suffered.

The Verdict: $123 million total verdict.

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Dr. David Mannino Outlines Lung Surgery and Links Smoker’s Cancer to Cigarettes in $37M Tobacco Trial

The Trial: Mahfuz v. Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds, a 2019 tobacco trial in which plaintiffs contend respiratory disease and loss of lung capacity following treatment for smoking-related lung cancer combined to cause the death of a woman who smoked for more than 30 years.

The Expert: Dr. David Mannino, a pulmonologist at the University of Kentucky, details the cancer surgery in the smoker at the heart of the case, as well as his belief the cancer was caused by smoking.

The Verdict: $37.05 million.

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Physiatrist Dr. David Patterson Details Injuries After Wheelchair Lift Fall, Leading to $1.19M Award

The Trial: Rubin v. Dockmasters, Inc., et al., a 2018 California trial over back and neck injuries a woman suffered in a fall from a wheelchair lift that had been installed on her staircase.

The Expert: Dr. David Patterson, a California-based physiatrist, details his exam of the plaintiff as well as his diagnosis of her injuries.

The Verdict: $1.19 million.

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Dr. John Schaefer’s Testimony on Patient’s Potential Infection Leads to $3.5M Verdict

The Trial: Banks v. Rezaiamiri,  a 2015 Georgia negligence trial in which a physician’s office was accused of negligence for not following up on calls from a patient who had successfully undergone a cervical laminectomy but called complaining of a severe cough and sweating. The patient subsequently died, and his wife sued, claiming the practice failed to return a call regarding his health.  

The Expert: Dr. John Schaefer, an infectious disease specialist from Virginia, testifies he believes the patient died from pneumonia caused by Alpha strep bacteria that could have been easily treated if caught in time.

The Verdict: $3.5 million.

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Dr. Stefanos Kales Details Trucker’s Potential Sleep Problems Preceding Fatal Highway Crash in 7-Figure Trial

The Trial: Maldonado v. Wayne T. Fellows, Inc., a wrongful death trial in which plaintiff claimed a sleep-deprived trucker was responsible for a late-night crash that killed a mother and son. The trucker struck the car, which was disabled after already being hit by a drunk driver in a third vehicle.

The Expert: Dr. Stefanos Kales, a professor of occupational and environmental medicine at Harvard University, testifies for the plaintiff and outlines the factors he believes contributed to the trucker’s collision with the disabled car. Those factors included fatigue aggravated by a sleep disorder.

The Verdict: $3.9 million, with the trucker found 22% responsible for the crash.

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Dr. Thomas McNish Concludes Fire Did Not Kill Crash Victims, Clearing Automaker in Product Liability Case

The Trial: Call v. Subaru, a 2017 West Virginia product liability trial in which plaintiff claims a defect in a 1999 Subaru Forester utility vehicle caused a fire that killed 3 people in a crash. 

The Expert: Dr. Thomas McNish, a physician and bioengineering expert, testifies for the defense.

The Verdict: For the defense.

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Dr. Richard Kreider’s Conclusions Help Clear Supplement Company Over Claims Green Tea Extract Caused Liver Failure

The Trial: McCants v. Vitacost.com Inc., a 2019 Florida trial in which a man claimed his consumption of defendant’s green tea extract supplements caused his liver failure. 

The Expert: Dr. Richard Kreider a professor at Texas A&M and an expert on exercise and sports nutrition, testifies on his belief that it is impossible to determine what supplements caused plaintiff’s liver failure.

The Verdict: For the defense.

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Dr. Terrance Baker’s Testimony on ER Doctor’s Care Leads to $275K Verdict in Med Mal Trial

The Trial: Rovner v. Apollo MD Business Services, a 2016 Florida medical malpractice trial over claims that a hospital’s negligence caused the tissue damage that required a 74-year-old patient’s leg to be amputated below the right knee.  

The Expert: Dr. Terrance Baker, an expert in emergency medicine and geriatrics, testifies for the plaintiff that the treating physician failed to follow the standard of care with the patient.

The Verdict: $275,000.

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