- Parking Lot Pedestrian Strike Incidents
In this 1 hour webinar, experts from Robson Forensic will provide an overview of the technical issues most frequently disputed in parking lot pedestrian strike cases.
Topics covered will include the use of physical evidence to determine the position and orientation of struck pedestrians, evaluating parking lot design as a causal factor of incidents, and understanding the pedestrian avoidance capabilities of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
Photogrammetry & Taking Effective Inspection Photos
This program will provide attorneys and adjusters with an overview of photogrammetry and how digital photos can be used to obtain data, such as measuring size, the distance between objects, and vehicle speeds. Experts from our Crash and Premises Safety groups will share their perspectives on taking effective photographs for future forensic analysis.
Identifying Problem Drivers: Motor Carrier Operations
In this webinar, experts from our trucking operations practice will discuss processes and procedures for identifying problem drivers. The discussion will include pre-hire screening and carry through to on-going processes relevant to both CDL and non-CDL drivers. Topics will be conveyed through a forensic lens, specifically intended for attorneys and adjusters investigating claims and litigation.
- Toxicology Fundamentals
This webinar will provide attorneys and claims adjusters an introduction to key foundational principles in the field of toxicology. Applied through the lens of forensic casework, attendees will develop a stronger understanding of the complex field of toxicology and how to effectively utilize a toxicologist in claims and legal disputes involving drugs, alcohol, and other environmental exposures.
- Infection Control and the Cruise Industry
This webinar will provide attorneys and insurance professionals with a frame of reference for evaluating the cruise industry’s response to Coronavirus. Tiffanie Haemer from our healthcare practice will review the process by which facilities perform hazard analyses that shape infection control policies and procedures. Retired cruise ship Captain, Henk Keijer will examine the typical components of a pre-COVID outbreak response including evacuation decision inputs. Retired USCG Captain, Kyle McAvoy will discuss government intervention capabilities and options regarding port access for cruise ships.
Child Care & School Safety: Forensic Evaluation of Facility-Based Programs
This webinar will focus on the industry standards relevant to providing safe facility-based programs for pre-school and school-aged children. Panelists from our Supervision practice group will examine policies and procedures within the context of two scenarios common in our casework, infant death and school discipline.
Attendees will develop a stronger understanding of the standards relevant to organizations that serve children. They will also gain valuable insight into the forensic process, including tips on preparing case information for expert analysis.
Construction Defects & Claims: The Shop Drawing Process
In this webinar, a cross functional team of construction experts will discuss processes, procedures and pitfalls associated with the shop drawing process. Framed within the context of construction claims investigations, the discussion will cover the importance of shop drawings and the responsibilities of the various parties throughout the construction process. The impact of Building Information Modeling (BIM) on the shop drawing process will also be explored.
- Tiger King – Questioned Document Examination
In this webinar, Forensic Document Examiner and retired FBI agent, Mark Songer, will share the details of his analysis of documents in question regarding the death of Don Lewis, former husband of Carole Baskin, the star of Netflix’s Tiger King docu-series. Using this case as an example, Mark will provide an overview of Questioned Document Examination and the processes for analyzing documents alleged to be forged, altered, or substituted.
- Un-Witnessed Fatal Falls
This webinar will discuss the process of conducting a biomechanical investigation in fatal fall incidents with no reliable eye witness or video evidence. Biomechanical engineer, Dr. Jamie Williams will recount her involvement in several such cases to provide attorneys and insurance professionals with a framework of strategies that can be employed to arrive at a scientifically reasoned explanation of causation in these technically challenging investigations. Examples of representative casework include falls involving stairways, construction sites and balconies.
Technical Evaluation of Property Management & Premises Liability Cases
This webinar will introduce attendees to the technical issues frequently reviewed in forensic casework involving injuries in the built environment. Experts specializing in Property Management and Premises Safety will discuss the incidents most frequently investigated, the conditions associated with causation, and the standards of care followed by architects, property managers, and facility operators in order to provide safe environments. This session will wrap-up by providing attendees with guidance for evaluating the technical merits of related claims.
Expert Connection™ Kit: Product Demo
The Expert Connection™ Kit provides a remote testimony experience with the benefits of an in-person event. This webinar will provide a virtual product demo, from unboxing and joining a meeting, to sharing and marking exhibits. Attendees will experience how simple it can be to arrange and conduct effective depositions.
The Expert Connection™ Kit addresses the key shortcomings of other videoconferencing platforms by delivering high resolution audio and video, removing the uncertainty associated with personal devices, and by incorporating a dedicated document camera. Prioritizing security, all meetings operate on the proven WebEx encryption protocol.
Blown or punctured tires are common in the aftermath of many vehicle crashes. In these instances, our experts are sometimes retained to determine if tire damage contributed to the cause of the crash, or if tire damage occurred as the result of crash forces.
In this webinar, tire engineering expert, Richard Sherman will provide attendees with an introductory level course on tire forensics. Topics for discussion will include the anatomy of a tire, a background on tire manufacturing, and an explanation of the process for determining whether or not tire performance may have contributed to the cause of a crash.
Trench & Excavation Investigations
Trench and excavation mishaps comprise a significant portion of the construction injury and property damage cases investigated by the Civil Engineers at Robson Forensic. This webinar will examine three aspects of construction excavation that are commonly associated with injuries and other loss claims: trenching, excavation support systems, and excavation near underground utilities.
Related to each topic, attendees will receive an overview of the issues that commonly contribute to mishaps, the standards and best practices that are designed to promote the safety of workers and the protection of property, and advice from our experienced experts on vetting the technical aspects of each case.
Amusement Investigations: Trampolines, Zip Lines, Inflatables and Amusement Rides
In this webinar, experts from our Amusement practice will provide an overview of 4 types of amusement equipment that are frequently the subject of investigation.(Trampolines, Zip Lines, Inflatables and Amusement Rides)
Specialized experts will provide an overview of the common failure modes, relevant safety standards, and insight on evaluating the technical aspects of these cases.
Patient Falls in Healthcare Settings
Not every fall in a healthcare setting is preventable; there are countless potential causes of patient falls, counteracted by an ongoing responsibility for healthcare professionals to provide appropriate safety interventions. In this webinar, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Healthcare Administration Expert, Christian Mongrain will explore patient fall events by examining the patient, the environment, and the most common intervention strategies.
Attendees will learn about the patient assessment process, factors that may cause a patient to be identified as a fall risk, and the interventions available to provide for patient safety. This session is intended to provide both plaintiff and defense counsel with valuable context for understanding the complex decision making processes in modern healthcare facilities.
- Motorcycle Crash Biomechanics
Medical records and other injury evidence can often be used to provide clarity in motorcycle crash cases where causation is in dispute. In this webinar, biomechanics expert Dr. Carolyne Albert will discuss the application of biomechanical engineering to motorcycle crash investigations.
Attendees will receive a primer on injury biomechanics, an overview of motorcycle case scenarios where an injury analysis may be helpful, and take a deep dive into the details of an example forensic investigation. The key principles of biomechanical analysis covered in this webinar will be relevant to a broader range of case types, including those with bicycle and pedestrian impacts.
Pavement Defects: Maintenance & Construction
Pavement defects commonly contribute to the cause of motor vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian mishaps. In this webinar, experts from our Highway Engineering practice will examine typical defects that appear in our casework, the potential consequences, and the relevant standards. Experts will examine the topic from the perspectives of the construction engineer and municipal manager.
Attendees will learn how specific defects affect various road users differently and gain insight on the forensic process of investigating a mishap.
- Demystifying Metallurgy Investigations
From industrial mishaps, to vehicle crashes, to consumer product liability cases, material failures are often at play. Despite the relevancy of the topic, the fundamentals of metallurgy and failure analysis are widely misunderstood among those outside of the discipline.
In this webinar, metallurgist Dawn DiMarco will lift the veil on metallurgy and forensic failure analysis. By examining the technical details of an actual case example, Dawn will explain foundational concepts of materials science that can be applied to an assortment of scenarios. Attendees can expect to learn about different failure modes and the types of testing that are typical in these investigations. They will also gain valuable insight on how metallurgists read and interpret failure patterns.
Marina Safety Investigations
Marinas and boatyards can be dangerous places; they combine the traditional hazards associated with a commercial premises and warehouse facility, but with the introduction of a dynamic waterfront hosting vessel traffic. It’s no surprise that our forensic casework requires regular visits to these complex facilities.
In this webinar, Certified Marina Manager and a Certified Marine Investigator Carl Wolf will discuss 3 fact patterns common to his casework: drownings, slips and falls, and injuries involving boatyards and dry rack storage. Information discussed will be derived from his own casework as well as the Marina Policy Guidelines Manual, which Carl authored. Attendees can expect to strengthen their understanding of the relevant standard of care and gain insight on the process of investigating mishaps.
Horse & Livestock Investigations: Fencing, Riding Injuries & Nutrition
Animal Science and behavior factor prominently in a broad range of civil disputes. In this webinar, Dr. Tim Potter will discuss 3 issues common to his own forensic casework: animal containment (fencing), horseback riding injuries, and issues involving nutritional abuse and feed contaminations. His presentation will begin with a primer on animal behavior, as it relates to each of the topics covered.
Machine Guarding: Pinch Points & In-Running Nip Hazards
Pinch point and in-running nip hazards are associated with some of the most gruesome machine accidents we have investigated. Absent proper guarding, these design features have the potential to entrap a worker and pull them further into the machinery.
In this webinar, Mechanical Engineer Jack Green, P.E. will provide an overview of machine guarding by focusing more narrowly on pinch points and in-running nip hazards. His discussion will include an overview of the design safety hierarchy, common machine arrangements that result in these hazards, and some of the approaches taken by design engineers to prevent injury. Information will be conveyed through prior case examples in a way that will be applicable to a broader range of industrial mishaps.
HVAC Assisted Disease Transmission
The transmission of infectious airborne diseases such as influenza, the common cold, and COVID-19 can be accelerated or mitigated by a building’s HVAC equipment and systems. In this webinar, Mechanical Engineer and Building Systems Expert, Rene Basulto will discuss HVAC system performance, specifically as it relates to air quality and efforts to control the transmission of infectious diseases.
The topic will be framed within the context of forensic investigations, focusing on maintenance, calibration, and air balance; all issues that are commonly addressed in our casework.
Wind Engineering: Assessing Causation & Damages
In this webinar, structural engineer Mark Duckett, P.E., S.I., SECB will provide attendees with an overview of wind dynamics, focusing on the way wind interacts with buildings and various structures and products. He will discuss the design methodologies employed by structural engineers to ensure that systems are safe and resilient against expected wind forces. Using case examples, Mark will demonstrate the broad range of investigations where wind engineering is relevant and will also provide attendees with tips for recognizing wind damage.
- Active Safety & Crashworthiness in Heavy Trucks
The heavy truck industry has been slow to adopt many advances in safety and technology that are currently considered standard equipment in passenger vehicles. This webinar will provide an update for attorneys and insurance professionals on the state of crashworthiness in on-highway and off-highway heavy trucks.
Construction Vibration: Investigating Damage Claims
How can you determine if the property damage in your case (or claim) was caused by vibrations originating from a nearby construction project? Damages are often expensive, conditions prior to construction activity are not always documented, and the science behind ground vibrations is esoteric.
In this webinar, Structural Engineer Anthony Volonnino will unravel the assessment of construction vibration claims into three main variables: the source of the vibration energy, the distance between the source and the structure, and the nature of observed distress. By reviewing causation in two forensic cases, attendees will learn scientific and engineering principles that can be applied to their own casework.
Forensic toxicologists are often called upon to determine whether drug or alcohol intoxication was a contributing factor to a vehicle crash, workplace injury, or other fatal incident. In this webinar, toxicologist Vanessa Fitsanakis, Ph.D., will discuss the process of conducting a postmortem toxicological analysis to determine drug and/or alcohol concentrations.
Dr. Fitsanakis will consider processes such as postmortem redistribution, the similarities and differences between postmortem and antemortem analysis, and the importance of evaluating the medical and prescription history of the deceased.
- Electric Utility Injuries
This webinar will examine electric utility clearance requirements and some of the failures that can bring the general public into contact with live equipment. Electrical engineer Jim Orosz, P.E. will discuss various scenarios, common to his forensic casework that can cause fatal electrical exposures. Each scenario will be reviewed by examining fact patterns from actual mishaps. Attendees to this webinar will learn about electrical safety standards and technical principles relevant to this type of casework.
- Foster Care: Evaluating Claims of Abuse and Neglect
This webinar will review child abuse and neglect through the perspectives of two different experts. First, licensed clinical social worker, Abigail Rich will discuss the role of child protective services in safeguarding the health and safety of children. Her discussion will describe how an allegation or claim progresses through the system. It will focus upon the objectives of services giving particular emphasis to the common failure points that can leave children susceptible to abuse or neglect.
In the second half of this webinar clinical psychologist, Dr. Staci Weiner will discuss the psychological effects of trauma and abuse. Her presentation will cover four functional components of psychological impact and describe the process utilized by clinical psychologists to establish patient baseline data and assess damages.
- Resolving Conflicting Testimony through Biomechanics
This webinar will explore how biomechanical investigations can help resolve conflicting testimony. Experts from our biomechanical engineering practice will present three case examples where injury data was compared with other evidence to scrutinize competing versions of the event.
Injuries tell a story and can often be used to better understand the direction, force, and sequence of impacts or body in motion. Attendees will receive an introductory course on forensic biomechanics that can be leveraged on a broad range of casework.
- Construction Fall Investigations
This webinar will examine the standards and circumstances that figure prominently in construction fall investigations. Civil Engineer, Greg Pestine will provide an introduction to OSHA 1926 with an emphasis on fall protection as it relates to scaffolds, steel erection, and aerial lifts. He will review the fact pattern from two prior investigations to provide real life examples where training, execution, or enforcement fell short.
Structural Engineer, Mark Duckett will examine what happens when fall protection measures fail. Taking a deep dive into construction guardrails, his discussion will explore design and testing requirements, including structural deficiencies that can result in falls.
Vehicle Fires – Origin & Cause 101
This webinar will walk attendees through the basics of vehicle fire investigations from the foundational principles of determining the area of Origin, to the vehicle-specific systems associated with Cause. Two Certified Vehicle Fire Investigators (CVFIs) will examine the details of prior incidents to provide a relevant and actionable session for attorneys and insurance professionals.
- Simplifying Technically Complex Cases
How can one get a techno-geek expert to simplify a technically complex case so normal people can understand it? The answer often lies with reconstruction. Done properly, it has the potential to clear multiple hurdles in one fell swoop – expert admissibility, causation, notice, punitive damages – and more. Bart will share his own experiences in applying reconstruction to simplify technically complex and high value cases. He will also discuss circumstances where reconstruction is not possible, inadvisable, or simply not worth the expense.
Bart Eckhardt, P.E. is a self-confessed techno-geek who has testified in deposition over 100 times and in trial several dozen times in matters where marine and/or mechanical engineering were at issue. He has been qualified as a marine accident reconstructionist and an industrial accident reconstructionist in state and federal venues. He is also President/CEO of Robson Forensic.
- Investigating Medical Device-Related Pressure Injuries
While a significant portion of all hospital-acquired pressure injuries are related to medical devices, it can be difficult to determine if the skin breakdown occurred due to the actions and/or inactions of providers and the medical devices they applied. In this webinar, two experts from our healthcare practice group will provide a pressure injury overview specifically designed for attorneys and insurance professionals.
Attendees will learn the symptoms and stages of skin damage, the devices and equipment most frequently associated with pressure injuries, and the medical standard of care for preventing and treating these maladies.
Premises Security at Multi-Unit Residential Properties
The standard of care for security at condominium and apartment complexes (multi-unit residences) is informed by the specific characteristics of a property. Factors such as the location, type of premises, and the history of relevant criminal activity all play a role in determining the appropriate level of active and passive security measures.
In this webinar, premises security expert Michael Gerard will discuss the process for establishing the standard of care in cases involving assaults and home invasions. His discussion will include different aspects of security: foreseeability, physical and procedural security measures, and security personnel.
The forensic investigation of an industrial explosion and fire can often reliably determine causation and liability by following the trail of chemical compounds, industrial processes, and engineering controls [that were in place]. In this webinar, Michael Klein will provide an overview of the hazards, processes, procedures, training, and compliance measures that figure prominently in explosion and fire cases.
Attendees will learn how and why explosions occur; regulations and industry standards that are intended to mitigate the hazards and risks; and where to start when facing a new case or insurance claim.
The Standard of Care for Captains, Masters, or Skippers
The titles of Captain, Master, or Skipper are used to demarcate the person in charge aboard commercial or recreational vessels. These titles carry a responsibility to ensure for the safety of those aboard his or her vessel and the safety of other vessels operating in the region by acting in accordance with a set of minimum standards of care.
In this webinar, Captain Kyle McAvoy (USCG Retired) will explore the standard of care for Captains, Masters, and Skippers within the context of boating mishaps and commercial claims. Attendees will gain insights to the governing standards as they apply to professional mariners and recreational boat operators and develop a framework for evaluating their actions during times of duress.
- Snow & Ice in Premises Liability and Property Management Disputes
Addressing the standard of care in premises liability and property management disputes involving snow and ice can be complex. In these cases, issues of causation and notice can be complicated by site drainage, unnatural snow accumulation, and the variety of services and surface treatment options available to property managers.
In this webinar, premises safety expert Sylvia Deye and Property Management expert Albert Kerelis will discuss the most prominent technical challenges in snow and ice investigations. Attendees will learn about site issues that can contribute to snow/ice related injuries, the standard of care for property owners and managers, and some of the relevant safety standards.
Understanding Forensic Technology used in Vehicle Crash Cases
This webinar will review the capabilities and limitations of key forensic technologies used to document and analyze crash sites and vehicle damage in motor vehicle cases. Experts from our Crash Reconstruction practice will present alongside our Forensic Technology group to offer attorneys and insurance professionals a conceptual framework for addressing the challenges in their own cases.
- Extracurricular Activities
The requirements for student safety and supervision in after-school programs such as clubs, sports teams, and intramural activities are often more nuanced than with traditional classroom activities. These activities can take place off-campus in other facilities, public/municipal property, and/or in partnership with third party organizations, adding layers of oversight and responsibility. In this webinar, experts from our Supervision & Education practice will address some of the specific concerns that arise while investigating incidents that occurred during after school programming.
Topics will be discussed from the perspectives of administrators, sports coaches, and recreational activity leaders, with a dedicated expert representing each group. Attendees can expect to learn about the common issues, the standard of care for ensuring student safety, and administrative or operational gaps that can result in injuries, assaults, and abuse.
Aviation Passenger Safety
This webinar will explore aviation safety by following the passenger’s journey from pre-flight through take-off, landing, and deplaning. Experts from our Aviation practice will explain the critical safety steps involved in ground operations, cabin safety, and boarding/deplaning. The focus throughout the presentation will be on the causative factors that contribute to the passenger and crew injuries most common to our casework.
- Tempered Glass Failure Investigations
Due to the physical properties of tempered glass, the failure of products featuring this material can result in a variety of serious injuries. In this webinar, ceramic scientist and failure analysis expert James Derby will provide an introduction to the science of tempered glass, failure analysis methods, and an examination of the conditions that can cause it to explode.
Information will be framed within the context of legal disputes, providing attorneys and insurance professionals with a foundation of technical knowledge. James will bring the topic into focus by examining details from a tempered glass product common to our forensic casework: shower doors.
Electrical Controls and Product Malfunctions
The failure of a product or system to turn on/off or respond to input can lead to a broad range of injuries or property damage. Whether it be a seemingly innocuous device like a coffeepot, or a heavy duty industrial cooling system, the root cause of a failure can often be traced to electrical controls.
So what are electrical controls, and how do they potentially factor into your casework?
This webinar will simplify the topic of electrical controls, starting with the basics and building up to examples of actual incidents caused by control failures. Experts from our electrical engineering group will provide attendees with insight on evaluating these cases and guidance on discovery questions to ensure that adequate information is available for proper forensic analysis.
Drownings with Lifeguards on Duty — the Unrecognized Victims
This webinar will explore some commonly misunderstood aspects of drownings that occur at facilities with lifeguards on duty.
When a drowning occurs at a guarded pool, the immediate reaction is often to point blame at the lifeguards, but recent science demonstrates that this is not always appropriate. The leader of our Aquatics practice, Maria Bella who has investigated hundreds of drowning incidents across the country, from private pools to hotels, resorts, schools, and institutions large and small will explain the scientific factors that may prevent an attentive guard from seeing or recognizing a swimmer in distress. She will also describe the preventive steps that facilities can take to eliminate dangerous lifeguard blind spots.
Psychologist Dr. Staci Weiner will close the event with a discussion on the psychological impact of drownings. Her discussion will include the short and long term effects for those closest to the victim, as well as the potential implications for the lifeguards on duty.
Security at Commercial Properties
Security guards, cameras, and access control systems can enhance the level of security at a property, but provide no assurance of security on their own.
In this webinar, security expert John Hassard will provide a holistic view of security as it relates to claims and litigation. The conversation will focus on physical security measures, while providing context on the role of policies and procedures and non-security personnel in maintaining a reasonably safe environment. The webinar will include three brief case examples where the adequacy of security was called to question at commercial properties.
- Carbon Monoxide Exposures
This event has been rescheduled to a future date.
Carbon monoxide affects human health at relatively low concentrations and can become fatal at sustained CO concentrations above 150 to 200 ppm. In forensic investigations, our experts are often tasked with determining how and why CO was able to concentrate within enclosed areas.
In this webinar, Mechanical Engineer and Building Systems Expert, Dale Cagwin will discuss some of the most common causes of Carbon Monoxide accumulations in occupied spaces. By drawing on case experience, Dale will explain some of the many sources of CO gas, how emissions should be exhausted from occupied areas, and what can go wrong to cause dangerous concentrations of this toxic gas.
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- Rural Intersections
More than half of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. and Canada occur on rural roads, with ~2,700 of them (nearly 10%) at rural intersections. In this webinar, Highway Engineer & Intersection Design Expert, Gordon Meth, P.E. will discuss the design issues that contribute to these incidents and the engineering solutions that are currently available.
Attendees will learn about relevant issues such as stopping sight distance, sign placement, and intersection detection. The conversation will be delivered through the lens of litigation, positioning each topic within the context of legal disputes.