Madden Accident Analysis & Forensic Engineering

Madden Accident Analysis & Forensic Engineering

James D. Madden, P.E.

8803 Brecksville Road, Suite 7-216 Cleveland, OH 44141

About the Expert

For over 30 years Madden Accident Analysis & Forensic Engineering and Sr. Forensic Engineer James D. Madden, P.E. have specialized in the investigation, engineering analysis, and reconstruction of accidents causing injury and property damage, and the engineering analysis of the safety of products, equipment and facilities. Madden Accident Analysis & Forensic Engineering and Sr. Forensic Engineer James D. Madden, P.E. investigate, perform engineering analyses and reconstruct: - traffic accidents - premises accidents - product accidents - machinery and workplace accidents - accidents involving chemicals and materials - fires and explosions involving equipment and industrial facilities, and - incidents involving carbon monoxide (CO) escape leading to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Areas of Expertise

  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Engineering Forensic Disciplines

Expert's Profile

For over 30 years Senior Forensic Engineer James D. Madden, P.E. has worked as a forensic engineer and accident reconstructionist in the forensic specialties of:

- consumer products, product liability, and equipment and machinery accidents
- premises accidents, including slips, trips and falls
- traffic accidents, including highway design and traffic control devices
- chemical, gases and materials accidents
- industrial, commercial and construction workplace accidents
- equipment and industrial fires and explosions
- hazardous combustion, including furnace and boiler explosions, and combustion equipment* and HVAC** malfunctions causing carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning

* such as furnaces, heaters, grills, emergency generators, etc.
** heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in residential, commercial and industrial facilities

This forensic work has been based on principles of mechanical engineering and chemical engineering, including engineering mechanics (sometimes called the physics of an accident), and:

- human factors
- safety design principles
- safeguarding principles, including machine guards
- warnings principles
- codes, standards, regulations and recommended practices.

In the over 30 years of forensic engineering work, Senior Forensic Engineer James D. Madden, P.E. has:

- completed over 1000 cases
- written and issued over 600 expert reports
- written and issued over 60 affidavits
- testified in over 90 depositions
- testified in over 75 trials

The forensic engineering work typically includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following activities, adjusted as required for each case.

- inspection of the accident site, such as a roadway, building or industrial facilities
- inspection of the involved equipment, during operation, or in damaged condition
- photography and/or video of the accident site and involved equipment
- interviewing witnesses - often during the inspection of the accident site, product and/or equipment
- review and study of case documents, evidence and applicable codes and standards
- testing accident items and exemplar items (such as consumer products)
- preparation of drawings, calculations, graphical analyses, computer analyses, etc.
- preparing written expert reports and affidavits, and courtroom exhibits
- coordinating or interfacing with others while they are preparing specialized courtroom exhibits
- providing expert testimony in deposition, trial and arbitration
- consultation with the client as requested, whenever requested
- response to all court requirements, such as scheduling

This forensic engineering work of Senior Forensic Engineer James D. Madden, P.E. followed 17 years of work in engineering design of equipment, systems and facilities, including construction assistance with the installation of these facilities. This work started after receiving the Master's degree in engineering.

12 ½ years of this work was with Engineering Construction companies, and 4 ½ years was with Chemical and Plastics companies.

The first 1 ½ years of work after receiving the Master's degree in engineering, and the work between receiving the Bachelor's degree in engineering and the Master's degree, had significant work in industrial operations. Work in industrial operations continued intermittently following the initial 1 ½ years of this work after receipt of the Master's degree.

Madden Accident Analysis & Forensic Engineering does work for both plaintiffs and defendants.

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Extensive information on the forensic specialties and employment is available on the company website - maddenforensic.com or maafe.com [see Visit Website near top of page]

Personal Achievements

Education

  • University of South Carolina (USC); Cleveland State University (CSU) - Bachelors and Masters degrees in Engineering (USC) - post-degree Engineering coursework (CSU)
  • coursework in mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering mechanics, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and normal psychology
  • Northwestern University Traffic Institute / Center for Public Safety - courses in Traffic Accident Investigation and Reconstruction
  • 9 courses in traffic accident investigation and reconstruction over 8 1/2 weeks, listed below under Special Training

Licenses

  • Professional Engineers license (P.E.) - earned by taking the National Council of Engineering Examiners (NCEE) examination in Fundamentals of Engineering and the NCEE examination in Principles and Practices of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering
  • Diplomate Forensic Engineer - designated by the National Academy of Forensic Engineers under the auspices and guidelines of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB)

Special Training

  • Northwestern University Traffic Institute / Center for Public Safety Courses in Traffic Accident Investigation and Reconstruction
  • 9 courses in traffic accident investigation and reconstruction over 8 1/2 weeks including:
  • Technical Accident Investigation - 2 weeks
  • Vehicle Dynamics - 1 week
  • Traffic Accident Reconstruction - 2 weeks
  • Continued Case Studies in Traffic Accident Reconstruction - 1 week
  • Computer-Assisted Traffic Accident Reconstruction - 1 week
  • Motorcycle Accident Reconstruction - 2 days
  • Vehicle Lamp Examination - 3 days
  • Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Technician 1 & 2 [retrieval of data from vehicle event data recorders (EDRs),"black box(es)" ] - 2 courses, 1 day each

Organizations

  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASABE)
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
  • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
  • National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE)
  • International Code Council (ICC), formerly Building Officials & Code Administrators International (BOCA)

Honors

  • elected to Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Scholastic Honor Society
  • elected to Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Scholastic Honor Society
  • elected to Sigma Xi National Research Honor Society
  • recipient of a National Science Foundation Grant for Undergraduate Research
  • recipient of a NASA Fellowship for Graduate Study

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