Aquatic Accidents: Expert witness consulting by Ph.D. Scientists
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Consultancy

Consultancy

Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman has consulted on a wide range of projects over the last 25 years.  Dr. Leatherman limited the number of cases in the past because of his heavy load of administration, research and teaching, but now he can take on more cases because the administrative burden has been lifted.  

This expert research has been conducted in Florida, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, California, Hawaii, Costa Rica and the British Virgin Islands.

Recent cases undertaken by Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman include:

  • Gallo v. Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, FL, 2018-Present (for plaintiff in diving accident).

  • Cornman v. Long Branch, NJ, 2015-2017 (for insurance company in sand hole collapse and child suffocation).

  • Patient v. Juno Beach, FL, 2015-2016 (for insurance company in potential drowning case of teenage boy).

  • Downes v. Oglethorpe University, 2014-2016 (for insurance company in surf drowning case in Costa Rica), video deposition.

  • Sans Souci v. Citizens, 2013 (for plaintiff for hurricane damage), deposition.

  • Horizons v. Citizens, 2013 (for plaintiff for hurricane damage), deposition and non-binding arbitration.

  • Tongier v. EF Travel, 2013 (for plaintiff in rip current drowning), deposition.

  • Tahiti Beach Homeowners v. Pfeffer, 2011 (for plaintiff in definition of waterway and beach usage).

  • Health Park Medical Center v. Bovis, 2011 (for insurance company regarding hurricane damage), deposition.

  • Cruz/Powell v. USA, 2010 (for plaintiff in rip current drowning), deposition.

  • Bryant v. City of Panama City Beach, 2009 (for plaintiff in rip current drowning).

  • White v. Wyndham, 2009 (for insurance company in parasailing accident).

  • Falls v. Arvida, 2008 (for insurance company regarding hurricane damage), video deposition.

  • Pavaluri v. Ginnie Springs, 2008 (for plaintiff regarding drowning).

  • Capone v. Ruffin, 2007 (for insurance company in diving accident), deposition.

  • PZP Investments v. Citizens Property Insurance, 2007 (for plaintiff regarding hurricane damage), deposition.

  • Federated Department Stores v. Federated Department Insurance Company, 2007 (for insurance company regarding hurricane damage), video deposition.

 

Dr. Stephen B. Leatherman recently completed his dissertation which involved field measurements of rip currents and its implications for beach safety.  He has assisted in four expert witness cases that involved loss of life or spinal injuries located in Florida, New Jersey and Costa Rica.