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Walkway Barriers & Accessibility Disputes

By Mark Monteith, AIA, LEED AP
Expert Overview

Architectural barriers appear in a broad range of premises liability disputes. Compliance with the ADA and other relevant codes and standards frequently removes hazards from access routes like…

Security Assessment: Apartment/Condo Walkthrough

By Michael Pearl, CPP
Expert Overview

In this article we look at some of the important items that should be evaluated when getting started on a premises security case. Whether you’ve been retained on behalf of the plaintiff or…

Parking Lot Operations & Management

By Christopher C. Fogarty
Expert Article

Parking lots are host to a variety of vehicle, pedestrian, operational, and construction activities, sometimes simultaneously. Facility owners and operators must inspect parking lots on the premises…

School Playgrounds as Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

By Suzanne Rodriguez, Ed.D., M.S.W., P.P.S.C., C.P.S.I.
Expert Article

Schools that utilize the playground as an entry and exit location for student pick up and drop off face a number of security challenges due to the size, number of access points, pedestrian and foot…

Field Sobriety Testing & Marijuana Impairment

By Mark Meredith
Expert Article

The most reliable indicator of driver impairment is an observation of a driver’s behavior behind the wheel, followed by an assessment performed by a qualified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). Forensic…

Child Welfare Cases

By Abigail Rich, LCSW
Expert Overview

This article discusses the forensic process for determining if child services failed to protect children. Social Work expert Abigail Rich has investigated a variety of cases where children have…

The Use of Restraints in Educational Settings

By Theresa Kreider, Ed.D., CPSI
Expert Article

The use of restraints in an educational setting is considered a late-stage intervention, typically reserved for incidents where students have failed to respond to earlier de-escalation techniques and…

Sliding Gate Injuries

By Christopher C. Fogarty
Expert Article

Sliding gate systems present a variety of hazards that can cause significant injury if not properly guarded and maintained. Whether motorized or manually-powered, these systems typically include heavy…

Stairs as Slip/Trip/Fall Hazards at Marinas

By Carl F. Wolf, CMM, CMI
Expert Overview

Floating docks can present a variety of slip, trip and fall hazards if they are not safely managed. It is best practice to use ramps and gangways to provide passage from the main dock to the floating…

Excavation Engineering: Building Damage Claims

By Anthony Volonnino, P.E.
Expert Article

In this article, Structural Engineer Anthony Volonnino, P.E., discusses excavation engineering, the common issues that arise with excavations in urban settings, and some of the failure points that we…

Delivery Driver Incident Investigations

By Michael O’Dell
Expert Article

A large segment of the truck driving population is composed of drivers who work locally and are home most nights. In this article, Commercial Trucking Expert Michael O’Dell explores the unique…

Evaluating Security at Bars & Nightclubs

By Mark Meredith
Expert Article

Bars, taverns, nightclubs, and restaurants have a responsibility to implement reasonable measures to provide a safe environment for guests and employees. A central task in many of our cases is to…

Rider Thrown from Horse Incident Investigations

By J. Tim Potter, Ph.D., PAS
Expert Article

Many of our equine expert witness investigations involve incidents where a rider has been thrown from a horse and sustained injuries. We are tasked with determining the cause of the horse’s…

Evaluating Lighting in Premises Liability Disputes

By Douglas W. Peden, R.A., NCARB
Expert Article

Adequate illumination is often a topic in premises liability claims. In this article, Architect & Premises Safety Expert Doug Peden discusses the standard of care for artificial illumination and…

Vehicle Wheel Separation: Causes & Consequences

By Richard Sherman
Expert Article

Wheels that separate from a moving vehicle create two potentially deadly hazards; the first is a disabled vehicle with diminished braking ability and directional control/stability, the second is an…

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