- single-family and multiple-family residences, including apartment buildings
- industrial and manufacturing facilities
- outdoor facilities: parking lots, sidewalks, roadways, lawns
Our work in this area generally covers building and property physical features and characteristics associated with hazards, such as:
- whether buildings and properties were defective in design in regard to safety
- whether buildings and properties conformed with:
Our reconstruction of premises accidents determines whether building and property features and/or conditions caused or contributed to the accident, including those accidents commonly called slips and falls and trips and falls. Our work in this area includes determining whether revision of the facilities was required for safety.
- windows and window assemblies
- interior and exterior steps, stairs and ramps, and their handrails and guardrails
- passenger and freight elevators and lifts used as passenger elevators
- interior and exterior balconies
- sidewalks, parking lots, and other exterior walking surfaces
- features and fixtures nearby, on, or within the above features and fixtures
- ramps, including ADA ramps (or the lack of ADA ramps where required)
- potentially inadequate slip-resistance of surfaces
- potentially inadequately guarded openings and elevated edges of floors (with drops to lower floors)
- potentially inadequate warnings of hazards.
- ice potentially unnaturally present
- ice and snow present from potential inadequate maintenance
- appropriate accepted engineering practices
- standards, regulations and codes
- especially state and federal building codes and requirements
- including ADA requirements
Our analyses are performed to determine:
took 8 college courses in physics and engineering mechanics, the scientific bases for reconstruction of slips, trips and falls
Buildings and properties have similar features associated with these safety issues, which we analyze based on accepted engineering and safety principles for the use of buildings and properties.
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Experience and Qualifications of James D. Madden, P.E. in regard to Premises -
Accidents, Building and Property Safety, Slips and Falls, Trips and Falls, and Falls
from Heights, with potential fall-protection issues
over 175 incidents involving premises issues, have been investigated, analyzed and reconstructed as part of the forensic engineering work during over the last 30 years, including potential building defects, slips and falls, trips and falls, and falls from heights with potential fall-protection issues
● attended engineering seminars presented by the National Academy of Forensic Engineers
● over 45 years of engineering experience, with:
● 17 years experience in industrial operations, engineering design and construction assistance
● over 30 years experience in forensic engineering, including:
● working on over 1100 cases
● issuing over 700 reports and over 70 affidavits
● testifying in over 100 depositions and over 90 trials
See details of the forensic work throughout this website, and a summary on the Employment Page.
● designed facilities and analyzed facilities for safety during 15 years of working in design engineering
Examples of facilities that we have analyzed
● see examples of fixtures and features in next section below
Examples of features and fixtures that we have analyzed
● see examples of facilities in next section above
Our Engineering Analysis and Reconstruction of Premises Accidents,
including Slips and Falls, Trips and Falls, and Falls from Heights
regularly attend additional technical courses and seminars each year to meet the requirements for continuing engineering education for the Professional Engineer's license
earned 2 Engineering degrees, Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering, and took additional post-degree coursework, with coursework in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering mechanics, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and normal psychology
at the start of forensic work, completed refresher and additional post-degree college credit coursework and continuing education coursework in mechanical engineering, metallurgy and materials
earned the Professional Engineers license (P.E.) by taking the National Council of Engineering Examiners' (NCEE) examination in Fundamentals of Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering sections of the NCEE examination in Principles and Practices of Engineering
designated a Diplomate Forensic Engineer by the National Academy of Forensic Engineers in accordance with the standards of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB)
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Our reconstruction also includes determining whether it was a slip and fall or a trip and fall that was involved in the accident, when it was one or the other. Slips and falls are different mechanically and dynamically from trips and falls. Falls from heights may have some or the same mechanical and dynamic features of slips and falls or trips and falls. However, in other circumstances, especially with failure of support under the person, falls from heights have characteristics largely different from those of slips and falls and trips and falls.
Our Work with Premises Accidents - includes investigation and reconstruction of slips and falls, trips and falls, and falls from heights, and investigation and engineering analysis of building and property characteristics and features associated with potential hazards, such as stairs, ramps and walking surfaces. This work includes assessing slip-resistance, guarding of openings and edges, potential inadequate warnings of hazards and potential trip hazards.
Our work includes assessment of the movements and potential observations of the person in a premises accident and adherence to applicable codes, standards and recommended practices, particularly building codes, including the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities.
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Madden Accident Analysis & Forensic Engineering, through its Senior Forensic Engineer, James D. Madden, P.E., a licensed professional engineer, has performed Accident Investigations, Engineering Analyses and Accident Reconstructions for accidents, incidents and cases in the metropolitan areas of Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Toledo, Warren, Youngstown, Mansfield, Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Lima, Findlay, Marietta and Steubenville, as well elsewhere throughout Ohio, and the metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh and Erie, as well as elsewhere throughout western and central Pennsylvania, and the metropolitan areas of Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Flint and Port Huron, as well as elsewhere in southern Michigan, and the metropolitan areas of Buffalo and Syracuse, as well as elsewhere in western and central New York state. In many of these areas James D. Madden, P.E. has provided expert reports and testified in the capacity of an Expert Witness in court proceedings, including depositions, arbitrations and/or trials.
Latest updates to the overall document and activity counts (reports, affidavits, cases, trials, and depositions), and counts of the number of individual specialty cases were completed 7/15/2020. The updates of the overall document and activity counts and the counts of the number of individual specialty cases for the period between 12/2007 and 7/15/2020 were based only on the documents produced, and thus are under-counts (i.e. cases without a report or affidavit were not included in the counts).
Consultation is available before starting a case. We invite you to
consult with us. There is no charge for an initial phone consultation.
Call us, or if you prefer we can schedule the consultation in advance.
Consultation with James D. Madden, PE, a Professional Engineer, and Forensic
Engineering Consulting and Testifying Expert Witness, is available to the client at all
times during the work - before, during, and after the investigation,
engineering analysis, reconstruction, report, and any other work on the case.
The qualifications of James D. Madden, P.E., Senior Forensic Engineer, Consulting and Testifying
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Qualifications of James D. Madden, P.E., Senior Forensic Engineer
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Over the last 30 years we have regularly worked on accidents which occurred in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York and nearby, including inspections of accident sites, equipment, and facilities, with reports and testimony. During these 30 years we have also worked on accidents which occurred in other states, and equipment and facilities located in other states, with inspections of accident sites, equipment, and facilities, from Utah and Kansas to Vermont and North Carolina, with reports and testimony for these accidents, when applicable.
Geographic Area of Practice - North America
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Presentation of results of our work
Our work investigating, analyzing and reconstructing accidents, and presenting the results, may include any
or all of the following, depending on the needs of the case:
Our Typical Work Activities and Products, when warranted by the case
● written reports and affidavits
● deposition testimony, including video deposition
● trial testimony and arbitration testimony
James D. Madden, P.E., while performing Forensic Engineering work full-time for over
the last 30 years, for both plaintiff and defendant, has to date:
Forensic Engineering Work by Senior Forensic Engineer James D. Madden, P.E.
● completed over 1100 cases
● written and issued over 700 reports
● testified in over 100 depositions
● written and issued over 70 affidavits
● testified in over 90 trials
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● inspection of the accident site, such as a roadway, outdoor facilities, building or industrial facilities
inspection of the involved equipment, in current condition, including in damaged condition (such as crashed vehicles); and when available for operation, during operation (such as industrial equipment)
● interviewing witnesses (often during the inspection of the accident site, product and/or equipment)
coordinating or interfacing with others while they are preparing specialized exhibits such as video animations and videos of demonstrations
review and study of case documents, evidence and applicable codes, standards, regulations and recommended practices
● written reports and affidavits, and exhibits
drawings, calculations, graphical analyses, computer analyses, etc. as required to analyze and reconstruct the accident, and to present the engineering analysis and reconstruction
● testing accident items and exemplar items (such as consumer products)
● photography and/or video of the accident site and involved equipment
● testimony in deposition, trial and arbitration
Madden Accident Analysis & Forensic Engineering
over 30 Years Investigating, Analyzing, Reconstructing & Testifying about Accidents
Forensic Engineering & Scientific Accident Reconstruction
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Madden Accident Analysis & Forensic Engineering, through its Senior Forensic Engineer, James D. Madden, P.E., a licensed professional engineer, has performed Accident Investigations, Engineering Analyses and Accident Reconstructions routinely for accidents, incidents and cases located in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New York, in the technical areas which are noted in this website, as well as providing expert reports and testifying in court proceedings in these states in the capacity of an Expert Witness, including depositions, arbitrations and/or trials, with Forensic Engineering work also performed in, and/or for cases in, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Vermont, Kansas and Utah, with testimony in court in Kansas.
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|> Traffic Accidents, Crashes|
|> Premises, Bldg, Property|
| incl. Slips, Trips & Falls|
|> Workplace - Industrial,|
| Commercial, Construction,|
| Farm, Forest, Extraction|
|> Equipment and Machinery|
| > Equip. Fire or Explosion, |
| > Hazardous Combustion,|
| incl. Carbon Monoxide |
| (CO) death or poisoning|
|> Consumer Products|
|> Chemicals and Materials|
| incl. Gases & Compounds|
Basic Forensic Specialties
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Madden Accident Analysis & Forensic Engineering, through its Senior Forensic Engineer James D. Madden, P.E., is available for Accident Investigations, Engineering Analyses, Accident Reconstructions, and testimony in deposition, arbitration and trial, for cases located throughout North America.