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Madden Accident Analysis & Forensic Engineering
8803 Brecksville Road, Suite 7-216, Cleveland, Ohio 44141
phone: 440-838-1191 fax: 440-838-1192
email address: info@maddenforensic.com, info@maafe.com
website: www.maddenforensic.com, www.maafe.com
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Our Work     - For over 30 years we have specialized in the investigation, engineering analysis, and reconstruction of accidents and incidents causing injury, death and property damage, and the engineering analysis of the safety of products, equipment and facilities involved in accidents and incidents. We have performed this work for both plaintiffs and defendants over this whole period. 
Phone: (440) 838-1191
The results of our work can be, and are regularly, presented in client consultations, written expert reports, and affidavits, as well as in expert testimony in deposition, arbitration and trial. The presentation of the results of our work is determined by the requirements for the matter, and as requested by the client.
While looking in the list below for a forensic specialty, keep in mind that most of these forensic specialties are known by a number of different names, all of which may not be on the list. If a forensic specialty may be what you are looking for, but by a name you do not expect, you can check the description by clicking on 'summary' or 'detail' next to the name on the list. 
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question about the work we do or how we would handle your matter. Of course, there is no charge for such consultation. Initial phone consultation is always free and available to meet your schedule, including outside normal office hours. 
If your matter is within the forensic areas in which we work, which are listed immediately below and in summary form on the specialties section of the left sidebar, please contact us to discuss this matter with us. If you are not sure whether your matter is within our area of work, we would like to discuss the matter with you to determine if it is something within our work area, and if it is, we would like discuss with you how we could handle your matter. 
Phone: (440) 838-1191
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 Kansas and Utah to Vermont and North Carolina, with reports and testimony for these accidents, when applicable.
  Geographic Area of Work is North America 
USA
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
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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 1000 cases
  written and issued over 600 reports                  
  testified in over 90 depositions
  written and issued over 60 affidavits
  testified in over 75 trials                               
  verbal reports, by telephone or in face-to-face conferences
We present the results of our investigations, engineering analyses and reconstructions in 
the client's choice of any, or all, of the following: 
  Presentation of results of our work
  written reports and affidavits
  deposition testimony, including video deposition
  trial testimony and arbitration testimony
The qualifications of James D. Madden, P.E., Senior Forensic Engineer, Consulting and Testifying Forensic Engineer and Accident Reconstruction Engineer, are listed on the Qualifications 
page and the Forensic Specialties page (on another website opening on a separate tab).  <<< click on buttons to the left  
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Phone: (440) 838-1191
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.
Phone: (440) 838-1191
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.
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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 and Utah. 
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.  
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.
Contact us for more information  ▪  ph 440-838-1191 ▪  info@maddenforensic.com
Madden Accident Analysis & Forensic Engineering
30 Years Investigating, Analyzing, Reconstructing and Testifying about Accidents
James D. Madden, P.E. is our Senior Forensic Engineer, 
Accident Reconstructionist and Engineering Expert Witness
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There are many definitions of forensic engineering, most in one way or another expressing a similar concept in different ways, some more inclusive than others. We like the following more inclusive definition distilled from many sources, including the definitions listed below:
Forensic Engineering - A Composite Definition
"Forensic engineering is the application of the science of engineering by qualified professional engineers, through the application of accepted engineering practices and principles, within the requirements of the jurisprudence system, in matters which are in the jurisprudence system, or which may become matters for the jurisprudence system, including alternative dispute resolution. Forensic engineering includes the investigation of the physical causes of accidents and incidents, and other sources of claims and litigation, which may have caused injury, death or property damage. Forensic engineering includes the investigation of materials, products, equipment, structures, other facilities, components and systems which may have failed or not operated, functioned or performed safely and/or as intended, which may be as a result of design, manufacturing or construction defects. Forensic engineering includes the investigation of processes, procedures, actions and inactions which may have led to accidents in operation of vehicles, machinery, equipment and mechanical and other systems. Forensic engineering includes engineering analysis, accident reconstruction*, preparation of engineering reports and affidavits, and testimony at depositions, hearings and trials, and the rendition of advisory opinions in other settings, to assist in the resolution of disputes affecting life or property."
* Accident reconstruction is the determination of how an accident occurred using accepted engineering
  practices and principles and the evidence from the accident.
"Forensic Engineering  '...is defined as: —the application of the art and science of engineering in matters which are in, or may possibly relate to, the jurisprudence system, inclusive of alternative dispute resolution.' "
from National Academy of Forensic Engineers, as published on www.nafe.org:
"Forensic engineering is the application of the art and science of engineering in the jurisprudence system, requiring the services of legally qualified professional engineers. Forensic engineering may include the investigation of the physical causes of accidents and other sources of claims and litigation, preparation of engineering reports, testimony at hearings and trials in administrative or judicial proceedings, and the rendition of advisory opinion to assist in the resolution of disputes affecting life or property."
from National Association of Forensic Engineers, as attributed in a published Engineering Board Policy Advisory Request (the organization has not been identified):
"Forensic engineering is the investigation of materials, products, structures or components that fail or do not operate or function as intended, causing personal injury or damage to property. The consequences of failure are dealt with by the law of product liability. The field also deals with retracing processes and procedures leading to accidents in operation of vehicles or machinery. The subject is applied most commonly in civil law cases, although may be of use in criminal law cases. Generally the purpose of a Forensic engineering investigation is to locate cause or causes of failure with a view to improve performance or life of a component, or to assist a court in determining the facts of an accident. It can also involve investigation of intellectual property claims, especially patents."
from Wikipedia*
* The definition is preceded by the following statement: "This article includes a list of references, but its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations."
Other Definitions of Forensic Engineering
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Other Information which is listed in the page Table of Contents below
  consumer products  summary • details  
  premises, building and property accidents, including slips, trips and falls  summary • details
  workplace - construction, industrial & commercial operations and facilities  summary • details 
  traffic accidents, traffic crashes, including roadway design and condition  summary • details
  chemicals, gases and materials  summary • details
  equipment and industrial fires & explosions  summary • details  
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  human factors  summary • details   
  safeguarding, guards  summary • details
  codes, standards and recommended practices.  summary • details
  hazardous combustion, including causing carbon monoxide poisoning  summary • details 
  safety design  summary • details
  warnings  summary • details 
  We do work in the following forensic specialties:
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  industrial, commercial and construction equipment, machinery  summary • details  
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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, regulations, standards 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