Every 10 seconds in the United States, there is a report of suspected maltreatment of a child, the equivalent of over 3 1/2 million calls per year. In three recent child abuse murder cases, Hayes+Associates (H+A), a Corvallis, OR consulting firm specializing in injury biomechanics, was called upon to provide expert testimony as to whether a child died by abuse or by unintentional trauma. In each instance, trial verdicts were consistent with H+A findings.
Reconstruction by Hayes + Associates, Inc. of a collision between a Portland bicyclist and an ambulance contributed to a defense verdict by supporting the ambulance driver’s claim that the cyclist toppled into the side of the vehicle when her tire was caught in light rail tracks.
Analysis by Hayes + Associates, Inc., an expert witness and consulting firm in Corvallis, ORE., played a role in the September 2016 settlement of two cases resulting from a faulty General Motors ignition switch, implicated in 124 deaths and 275 injuries, that cut power to engine and safety features including power steering, power brakes and airbags.
Kristen E. Lipscomb, Ph.D., an associate at Hayes + Associates, Inc., has been appointed to a newly formed industry advisory board established at the University of Portland on behalf of students enrolled in a recently-established master’s degree program in biomedical engineering.
Reconstruction by Hayes & Associates, Inc., on the roles played by occupant dynamics and injury biomechanics in determining impact speed between a jet ski and a larger boat in 2008 contributed to the decision by a Los Angeles jury to award $21.7 million to a 20-year-old woman who suffered a permanent brain injury in the Riverside County incident.
Technical analysis by Hayes + Associates in Corvallis, Oregon played a role in a Montana jury’s award of $248 million in punitive damages to two families of young men killed in a fiery collision involving a 2005 Hyundai Tiburon.
Research by Hayes+Associates, Inc., a Corvallis, Ore., consulting firm, and testimony by H+A President Wilson C. “Toby” Hayes, Ph.D., helped convince a federal jury in Wilmington, Delaware, that three patents owned by Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ) DePuy Synthes unit, a maker of artificial spinal-repair products, were infringed by intervertebral-implant products sold by Globus Medical Inc. (GMED).
stimony by Wilson C. “Toby” Hayes and forensic analysis by Jeremy J. Bauer of Hayes+Associates, Inc., an expert witness and consulting firm in Corvallis, OR, helped a jury in a Los Angeles Criminal Courts courtroom find Cameron Brown guilty of first-degree murder for throwing his daughter from a Rancho Palos Verdes cliff nearly 15 years ago. The jury’s decision came at the end of the third trial in this matter.
By reconstructing a shooting incidentinvolving a deputy and the man he fatally shot as the latter attempted to flee a rural Oregon residence by car, a team from Hayes + Associates, Inc., established that the deputy’s action, the firing of four pistol shots at the vehicle, was justified, given that the deputy feared for his life.
Testimony from Wilson C. Hayes, Ph.D., president of Hayes + Associates, Inc., played an important role in a federal jury’s decision to award $6 million to a railroad worker from Ellensburg, WA, after US District Court Judge Thomas Leighton found his employer, the Columbia Basin Railroad Co., liable for the severe head injuries the worker sustained while at work after dark in a Sunnyside rail yard.
In a decision handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on January 16, 2013, an $85 million jury verdict over patent infringement against Arthrex, Inc., overturned in June 2011 by a lower court in Oregon, was reinstated in favor of Smith & Nephew, Inc.
Research conducted by a team at Hayes + Associates, Inc. , a Corvallis, OR, consulting firm specializing in injury biomechanics, was instrumental in the return of a guilty verdict by a Washington state jury in the October 2012 trial of a 29-year-old woman accused of killing her boyfriend’s three-year-old daughter.